Roxy Morataya

The content that I put into my zines are steeped in personal musings, and the celebration and empowerment of women, fat femmes, all genders, all orientations, and nerdy POC! Growing up, I rarely saw portrayals of people in cartoons, TV, comics, event art, who looked like me. When I started making art, I told myself that I would make art that would change that.

City:Los Angeles
  • Cultural
  • Feminist/Riot Grrrl
  • Perzine
  • Illustration
  • Music/Art
  • Fanzines
  • Other (please describe)

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What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Digital

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Folded
  • Stapled

When did you start making zines ... and why?

I made my first zine in 2013. I wanted to make zines because it was a form of art that was very pure. With zines, I could be my most venerable, messy, angry, happy, fat, brown, nerdy creative self. And, instead of getting unsolicited advice, belittled or trivialized to being "over-sensitive" or "too much about you", the community that introduced me to zines encouraged me to continue creating. Making zines helped me survive the cut-throat, over glamorized fine art scene of Los Angeles, my struggles with my mental health and gave me to some of the most supportive, loving people I've ever met. I make zines to survive and hope that who ever reads my zines will be able to breathe a little easier because of them.

How do you create your zine content?

I base a topic of a new zine off of something in my personal life, and then I make a list of what I want the content of that zine to be, and then I start using my connections, and art skills to bring the zine out of my brain and onto print.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

Putting the pages of each copy together. I love being able to hold my ideas in my hand!

What else do you want people know about you or your zines?

I make zines for fat, nerdy, hairy, strong, feeling brown women so they know they never have to apologize for being fat, nerdy, strong, hairy, feeling and brown.