Majority of the zines we published are based around urban photography and poetry. We publish a bi-yearly photo zines of urban decay and of disfranchise communities. Also, we publish a yearly poetry zine of young poets from low income and disfranchised communities. Finally, currently working on publishing a short memoir on recovering from a brain tumor.
The current edition of Mi Desorden is about my recovery from a brain tumor. The previous edition was about urban photography while using public transportation. We are also debuting a urban young poetry anthology.
I began making zines around 2014 to due the lack of zines in which represented people of color. People of color were always represent in graphic design, print making, etc. One would argue it didn't speak to wider audience, but only used in footnotes on academic papers. One of my first zines was called, "Kumbia Punx" it was about the relationship between Cumbia and punk culture. It informed the reader through a visual and audio medium about cumbia with a punk aesthetic. I juxtaposed two classic styles of music not only inform but created consciousness of two marginalized cultures.
The manner we create our zine content is through various forms, primarily through Adobe Photoshop to create the layout. Then, print out a master copy for the printers to make copies. Also, if Abode Photoshop is not available, we create content through cutting and pasting different images and typed work.
My first interaction with Zines began in the late 90's with a zine about South East Punk Zine. This was before fast internet connections, smart phones and blogs. It has been over 15 years since my first interaction with zines, the content of zines covered has changed. Zines and independent publishing will always have a presence with independent culture. With each passing generation, young people will use zines to create and share their ideas.