As scientists and artists we recognize the potential for using art to convey complex scientific topics. We use intriguing topics like Face Blindness, Strange Plants, Endangered Species, and the Opium Poppy to teach basics in neuroscience, environmental science, chemistry and public health to make readers wanting more. Our goal is to get people who have never identified with science to think twice!
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We make zines about STEM topics that encourage people to dive deeper into subjects that might seem intimidating at first. By using zines to communicate science, the topics are much more inviting and entertaining to learn. Some of our favorite zines are "Face Blindness", "Circuit Bending", and "The Science of Sound". More recently, we have made zines about perception and the opium poppy.
We started making our first zine in the summer of 2015 when we visited Nicaragua together to slow down from our first year out of college. We were working full time in fields we love -- neuroscience and environmental science, respectively. It was great being immersed in our scientific pursuits, but we also wanted to find a way to keep in touch and to start making art more seriously. We decided to make our first zine about volcanoes, inspired by the many volcanoes surrounding us in Nicaragua and the rest is history!
Independent publishing is important because the information that is available to us is filtered or censored in many ways. Self-publishing empowers individuals to share their voices and perspectives without barriers like approval from funding sources, or an existing audience.
Our favorite part of making zines is the magic that happens when someone reads one of our zines for the first time and we can see the way they think about STEM change in their eyes as they scan through the pages. As scientists, we find immense joy in sharing the wonder and beauty of the universe we live in.