Joolie Comix are comics and zines made by Julie Fiveash. Managing a comic book store by day and making comics by night, I’ve been making zines about plants, rabbits, haunted cities, and multi-racial awkwardness since 2010. My hobbies besides making comics are collecting books by Indigenous writers and taking care of lots of cacti.
My favorite part of making zines is just getting a weird idea that just stays with me and I just love it so much that I want to make it into something I can hand to people. Like, that's something you can sorta achieve through sharing something through social media, but I still like the physicality and work that goes into getting this idea into people's actual hands.
There will always be something that'll be hard to find, even with the internet, even with the best library you could find. There's always a story or advice or info you can't find that you'll somehow find in zines. Zines occupy the space right outside the periphery of things that are readily available and I think that's what makes them so special when you find exactly what you were looking for in them.
Dudes, just make them! Fold a piece of paper, write some poetry on them, draw a picture, make some copies, and give them to people. Get down that weird obsession you have, that one idea for a recipe, that comic about what your mom said the other day - make a zine about it and you'll find someone who connects with it, I promise you.