We'll be selling zines from the valley-based EAT Art collective, which aims to amplify voices that are often invalidated + misunderstood. Much of the work revolves around "taboo" subjects like addiction, trauma, and mental illness in an effort to relieve the stigma surrounding them. We also distribute zines made by kids in an attempt to teach them the power of their voices and value of their art.
(1) Celibate Slut, an ongoing memoir chronicling Sabrina Dropkick's experience with mental illness and addiction. (2) The Little Fat Grrrl from Philly, a story and activity zine series where each issue tackles different topics including body image and depression. (3) Mania, Madness, and Markers, a one-panel comic series that depicts Dani Bronson's personal anecdotes on manic depression. (4) What Pablo Brought Out, a collection of poetry and collage by Elle Howes, featuring work from a college course taught by her most influential professor, Pablo Peschiera. (5) The Mustache That Played Roller Derby chronicles Nanie's experience playing junior roller derby and entering middle school. (6) 9 Ways to Know You're Near a Unicorn. Self-explanatory (lol). Also by Ilana (Nanie). (7) WTF DO I DO??????? is a series that offers “Real Help From Real People”. This collection of suggestions and anecdotes come from all types of people from across the world, with its debut issue offering tips on coping with anxiety.
Independent publishing is imperative to truth because this is where we find raw, authentic voices without the processing of a corporate lens.
The zine community is one unlike any other and reconnecting with those friends at fests and such is exactly what keeps me hooked. More often then not, we find safe spaces with a spectrum of artists, making it really easy for some of us "others" to find our tribes.