All of my zines are of illustrations based on original concepts of mine. One of the zines is called "It Hurts Until It Doesn't" which is based off of my depression & anxiety and shows some deadpan humor on how it feels to deal/cope. Another is a third installment of my "Horrorscopes" which is my astrological horoscope series. Another is "Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla" which is about being queer/brown.
Most of them revolve around my personal experiences being queer, latinx and a woman.
I started making zines back in 2012 when I was 18. It was more for personal use rather than to openly share with others.
I ask myself a lot of questions before actually beginning a zine, it's a thought process where I ask myself millions of questions--What do I wanna make? How should I make it? Did I look at the news today, could I make it political? Can I make it cute? After thinking about what exactly I'm doing, I start drawing. I usually go back and forth in between several projects and that takes forever, it also seems like an overload of work but the end result usually comes out the way I want it to.
Independent publishing is important because it gives artists regardless of their background an opportunity to share their works immediately and without need for censorship. An artist is able to freely express themselves without any limitations to a variety of people.
My first zine was called "Stay Home". It was a run of about five copies, each page was hand-colored since I couldn't afford color printing and was the first time I ever saw my own art on paper. It was all about how my depression and anxiety often kept me at home. There were benefits to staying home though--not dealing with the world around me and being able to have some time to myself to recharge but ultimately going back outside and taking on a new day. It was one of my favorite zines because with depression and anxiety, it's just pessimistic attitude on the regular. I was able to make a comic with a happy ending despite circumstances I've dealt with and still face.
My favorite part is the final step: printing and assembling. There's something exciting about being able to put a zine you made together and finally be able to share it.
It's for the sassy, nervous and fourth coolest person in the room.