Our zines are 80% absurdity, 20% tragedy of verisimilitude. As (aging) millennial women of color, we want to express our hyphenated identities through humorous drawings of personified astrology archetypes, existential sheep, and even sometimes a naked Putin on a horse among other silly subjects. In our personal zines, we examine the weird reality of living in LA as transplants from the east coast and the mid-west. Sometimes our zines also explore questions that keep us up at night like "how many hats can you stack on top of Sufjan Stevens's head?" or "Is Wendi Deng Murdoch a Russian spy?"
As a duo, it can be challenging to narrow down a topic or theme that both of us can contribute to but it always helps to simplify ideas. We also worry sometimes that our zines may be too niche but niche appeal is the point of zine-making in the first place!
Finishing them is our favorite part. Pushing the pixels a tiny bit more to the left, hitting that save button one more time, exporting to print, getting the final product in your hands and seeing typos immediately... But seriously, sharing our work with people who can give us feedback will be our favorite part.
Just start NOW. Zines are a perfect marriage of design, drawing, and writing and like any marriage, it takes work. So plan ahead and stop saving all our best ideas in the drafts folder. Zines are supposed to be a little rougher around the edges anyway, so don't be precious. And if you can, find cool collaborators.