Another post for International Zine Month: sharing a few of my favorites. (I had a ton of fun looking through my collection and revisiting these!)
Miss Sequential, by Marissa Falco. Marissa makes a LOT of awesome zines, but I particularly enjoy these, her personal zines. I had the opportunity to meet Marissa at the Chicago Zine Fest, and had one my signature awkward "I know you on the internet and now we're meeting in person, also I'm super overwhelmed by this event so I'm nervous and going to talk way too much" conversations. But it was great. I love her illustration style and quirky stories. Plus, anyone that tweets about weird dreams is a winner in my book. You can find her zines right here in her own shop.
Feel Better Now, by Laura Berger. Many years ago, I stumbled on Laura's artwork on flickr. Of course I admire her funny little creatures, but more than that, there's a true tender soul in her work that I really connect with. This zine is full of all kinds of really wonderful encouragement. The screen-printed cover and "special mystery treat" at the end are nice touches too.
Love Like Pop, by Rachael Kuan. I'm slowly building up my collection of this series. The reason I'm so drawn to them is they look so quintessentially "zine"-y (if that makes any sense....) The typewriter text, the cut and paste aesthetic; you can really feel the handmade-ness of them, and I love that. She decorates her mail beautifully too... it's a happy day in my mailbox when one of these arrives.
So go buy some zines! It's an inexpensive way to get a happy treat in the mail while supporting art and self-expression. I'll be sharing a few more favorites in another post next week.