One of my favorite creative pastimes is making zines. It gives me an opportunity to illustrate whatever fun, weird things have been on my mind, design something of my own, or do a little bit of writing.
OLIVE IN SPACE
This zine originated as a silly drawing of my kitten as an astronaut that I scribbled in my sketchbook at the bar one night. Then it turned into a 16-page story about her “going to space.”
My muse, the real Olive, posing with her breakout zine.
I find space fascinating and love to read about astronomy and astrophysics. I especially like demonstrations of the incomprehensible size of the universe. I feel it really puts life into perspective; when I’m feeling stressed, remembering that the universe is infinitely expanding and that we are likely a part of a multiverse suddenly makes getting an immediate response to an email a little less paramount.
I decided to design some of my favorite space-is-huge-and-we-are-insignificant meditations in the style of the white-inspirational-quote-over-nature-photograph stuff that seems to populate social networks such as tumblr, instagram, and pinterest. But instead of “not all who wander are lost,” I included the type of quotes that make me feel better, even though they kind of drift into morbid territory. Most of the quotes come from my favorite chapter of one of my favorite books, “The Great Demotions,” from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (which is where the zine gets its title.)
Check out the whole zine here:
ALLEY CAT GANG
This zine was inspired by a pack of feral cats that lived in the parking lot of a loft I shared with some of my friends in college. It describes each member of their gang. And yes, there really was a possum that would follow them around in the middle of Detroit.
WOMEN, LADIES, BABES, BELLES, AND BEAUTIES
I like to draw all sorts pretty women. This zine is a compilation of some of those drawings.
I had to include a centerfold.
FEAST OF FLESH
This is the first zine I ever made, inspired by beautiful women and bad B-horror.