Victoria: Comics have always been an outlet for the most terrifying, whimsical, and intimate aspects of my life. They often act as a journal for my thoughts, dreams, or a record for silly everyday occurrences. Slice of life is the best way to describe my zines!
Mark: I’ve always love creating characters that belong to a whimsical world or part of a video game. So being able for me to put them into zines help me create fun little adventures that the reader can go on.
Monica: My zines consist of slice of life comics that tend to depict humorously uncomfortable experiences, mental health, healing, and life lessons.
We've been making zines for a while now but haven't seriously made them until last year. We started making zines as an outlet for our creative passions, our struggles with mental health, and honestly, just for fun! It evolved to a stage where we all desire to share our stories and illustrations with others to build community and solidarity. We hope that our zines will be able to reach out to those who grew up sharing similar experiences, or to those who are going through rough patches in their lives and need a little bit of guidance to keep going.
Being able to write meaningful stories to share with people. Writing stories stemming from personal experiences is always difficult because we put ourselves in a vulnerable position. It's easy to fear what people may think of us for being so transparent in our zines, but at the end of the day, it's our most genuine experiences that feel the most human and provide a positive impact on others.
Don't be afraid to make a zine! It doesn't have to be beautiful. It doesn't have to be bound perfectly. The writing doesn't need to be fully refined. Just be yourself and create what you desire the most. At the end of the day, it's about enjoying yourself while you create. There is no judgement and no pressure!