(Wow. I really like blue.)
When I decided my new project should be a zine a week, I didn’t set a deadline. I figured I could just get it done within seven days, put it out there whenever it was ready. I made two zines in May, and four in June, though three of those were in the second half of the month.
In July, I decided on a name for my project: Sunday zine. In July, I made four zines in four weeks, and already I feel better about this project. That’s the power of structure, a lesson I have to teach myself over and over.
A zine from a blog post that I never meant to be a zine. Sometimes you just write a bunch of words, and it’s only days later that you think, huh, that was pretty good. Also, because I was writing about printmaking, I had prints to go with my words. That’s a perfect zine to me.
As soon as my parents invited me to come along for a visit to see my great aunt in Sechelt, I knew I would make a zine out of it. Even though it was only a day trip, the ferry makes it feel like you’ve travelled far away from everything. I put this zine together on the Sunday after our trip, which is why I chose to handwrite the words. It just seemed like it would be faster. (It wasn’t.)
Another essay from a blog post, except this zine was already in the works. I wanted (and still do!) to write a second essay to go with it: about how Adventure Time is also a show for girls. But I had a friend coming to town that weekend, and I needed something quick and easy to go out on Sunday, so I wouldn’t be caught without a zine. The drawings were old, not made for the zine, but found in my sketchbook.
The concert was on a Friday, but the zine had to wait until after Elisabeth went home. (She makes a cameo as EB, the only one of us not stuck in ALL CAPS.) Even as the Sunday zine becomes habit, I’m still surprised by those moments when I realise, oh, that could be a zine. Oh, I don’t have to write a whole essay about what it felt like being a thirtysomething on the floor at a One Direction concert. I could just copy and paste my crazed realtime ramblings. That can be art, right?
The other thing I did this month was start a Patreon campaign. I’m still adding ideas and tweaking rewards, but you should check it out. It’s like a zine a week subscription, but even better!