We make illustration zines and comics. The two of us cover a variety of topics from rats, to thirst traps, to chihuahua representation, to crime fighting bok choys! In our collaborative comic, "Mouth Breathers", we combine our individualistic styles to create a story following the misadventures of two asthmatic girls.
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We started making zines as a way to get our art into the world and share it with our communities. We also fell in love with the zine community. We started to collaborate because we have a lot of fun working together and very similar art styles. It's just really fun.
Crisselle: The biggest challenge for me is actually starting the zine itself mainly because it's difficult to transition between the brainstorming process and actually visually interpreting your ideas.
Gnat: My biggest challenge is having to find ways to make my ideas achievable with the resources/skills that I have. Sometimes my ideas can be a little ambitious so it ends up being a challenge to figure out how to actually make it, but I usually end up learning a lot.
Crisselle: My favorite part of zine making starts from the brain storming process all the way to the end. I love seeing the zine come together. Especially when have printed out each copy and fold and cut each one as needed. I really enjoy putting care into each zine I make they are my babies.
Gnat: My favorite part of making zines is that I learn so much from the process. Because it's DIY, I have had to figure out how to do a lot of things in order to produce a zine. You also learn a lot from others when you collaborate. It makes it even more gratifying to see it all come together.