Emily Joy


I like to explore organic patterns found in destroyed digital content, and share my findings in a digestible tangible interactive format. There's usually an underlying theme of self-care, compassion, and/or interconnection within the mostly visual and aural zines. I hope to offer a glimpse of my perspective through glitched and augmented printed material.

  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
  • Please upload 2-5 images of your work.
What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Photocopying
  • Digital
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Folded
  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
  • Hand-stitched
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I started making zines in 2014 when I was invited to submit work to an Eyeball Burp compilation zine and collaborated with them on a zine called Line & Pixel. I had collections of work piling up and nowhere to release them, so I printed some personal art zines too. I was dealing with the beginnings of a debilitating illness and looking for a way to continue my work and stay connected with people. Printing zines and tabling at zine fests was still accessible to me, people were welcoming and my zines were received well so I continued to self publish my art, table at zine fests, and eventually organize a new zine fest at home in Joshua Tree.

How do you feel that are zines important in terms of free speech?

Zines give voice to people who are silenced or ignored in the mainstream. While some may argue that prohibiting racist, homophobic, transphobic, ablest content from a zine fest is prohibiting free speech, they aren't taking into consideration all of the people who are silenced and threatened by those oppressive ideas. Allowing for an intentional space where marginalized voices are prioritized creates an atmosphere of truly equitable free speech. Self-publishing allows us to bypass the social barriers and gatekeepers that prevent the amplification of our voices.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

Don't be intimidated, anyone can make a zine with a sheet of paper, some content, and a photocopier. Zine distros and festivals are great places to gain inspiration for content and aesthetic. Try to attend a fest in your area, talk to exhibitors and collect the zines that stand out to you. Try and get your zines into peoples hands by trading, giving them away, connecting with distros and book shops, or tabling at zine fests.

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