Hello my name is Nica and I'm the writer and illustrator of Kwento. Kwento means "story" in Tagalog, my first language. Kwento is home to literary zines, illustrations, prints, cards, notebooks, and little embroidered pillows made by me.
What I write about? - inequality, poverty, humor, and romance. My inspiration? - life growing up in the Philippines and the color of my skin.
Which is, by the way- very brown.
Many of us who are small players in the game of publishing have no access to giant publishers to get our stories out. The zine community has always been welcoming home to those who want to express themselves through print. Zine fests allover the world prove that print is far from dead.
Make the zine. Don't be lazy. If you're afraid people will judge you, just accept that some people will - and that is OKAY. Making zines are fun because you'll meet like-minded people who will celebrate your work with you. Making a zine does not have to be expensive. You can be on a budget and make a badass zine.
My zines don't settle for just being cute or "interesting." I make zines to make your brain think so critically that you will either gag, be angry, cry, or dislike/like me. Kwento zines are all DIY printed & bound in a home by the coast or a studio in Berkeley.