Casual Friday: Stylish Neksenzi Students Minizine

Hey all! I have a new zine that will be available exclusively to read here! It’s a limited edition of 1.  Casual Friday is dedicated to Jaimie’s webcomic, Miracles of Neksenzi Point. I’ve been following their comic for a long time and I am absolutely in love with the characters! Not just the characters, but the lore and the story-telling as well. There is so much to learn about such a meticulously crafted world–there’s even a few whole new languages being used!

Just click through the cut to read!

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New Free Minizine: Minizine Madness

Minizines are super easy and super fun to share, so I thought I’d share how quick and easy it can be to fold a single sheet of paper and get going. You can read it down below!

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If you’re interested in owning your own copy, you can download the PDF for free from gumroad. The printable version for you to practice folding (and, you know, owning a shipping-free version of this zine to pass around to your friends) is 50c.

If you’re interested in getting printables for free in the future, there is a $5 tier on my Patreon that unlocks all $5 and under zines for FREE as well as all printables for free! Not bad!

Alternatively, if you’re feeling generous and you’d like to support the zine machine, I also have a tip jar here!

New Minizine: Postage Due #2

Have I got a thing for you!! Today’s minizine release is educational: how to address envelopes. You can click [ here ] to go and download the PDF and printable!

You can also read it online here!

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Okay, so I bet you’re wondering, “Why about addressing envelopes? Doesn’t everyone know how to do that?”

Well, no. Come back down to earth for a second: they don’t teach this stuff in school as often as they used to. A lot of kids rely more on email or text because of the convenience it offers, and it’s just something some people learn as they go. I did notice, though, that in my three years of working in the post office…people got creative. We also fielded questions from the front about how to address an envelope, so–why not? This serves as a great reminder for adults and a good basic guide for kids.

So, once again, you can download the minizine for FREE off of gumroad!

WEIRD CATS are out!!

Hey, guess what!! The new WEIRD CATS sketchzine is out! You can buy it on gumroad once again, for the low price of $2.99!

It’s got 35 pages of weird cat designs, comics, and weird cat-related activities. It’s more of a fun excerpt from a sketchbook, but I ended up having fun with it and made so much that I wanted to make it into a little minibook PDF. I had been working on it off and on since I got sick, and it was a small way to cheer myself up and get myself working on something creative again.

If you’ve been aching for more printable minizines, never fear! I will have a FREE printable out by the end of this week (:O!!!) and another FREE printable out the week after that! I am working on a small, simple minizine for a swap (due tomorrow) and another that I thought might be good for anyone who wants to make their own minizine.

WEIRD CATS! $2.99 on gumroad!

New Minizine: I Adopted 2 Kittens

Yes! It’s done!

In the second week of July, we adopted two kittens: Moth and Jersey. We introduced them slowly to one another, but much faster than recommended. Most websites we looked up recommended an introduction style that took seven weeks. Seven whole weeks!!

Listen, we live in a tiny, tiny apartment and we have only one room that we could possibly lock the kittens in: our bedroom. Thankfully, we don’t currently own a mattress (see: bedbug epidemic) and we are sleeping on couches, so we can still be with Bees, our older cat. That said, these kittens would wail and cry mournfully in the night until they finally curled up, sad and alone, on the plywood base of our empty bedframe.

We also thought it was really inconvenient.

What we ended up doing was opening the door a crack while one of us sat in the bedroom and letting Bees watch them through the door. Bees would growl and hiss, but we realized that beyond yelling at them, she didn’t demonstrate any hostile body language. No rising hackles, no yowling, no indication that she was gonna start a fight. We got brave and changed our methods. Basically, we let Bees wander in and out of the bedroom while keeping the kittens corralled inside. She took her time investigating and yelling at them until they all calmed down and sniffed noses.

After the three days, the kittens were released and now they’re free to irritate the hell out of us! Bees will frequently break the kittens out of the bedroom if we lock them up because they’re being too disruptive (2am, Moth and Bees will play with each other and run laps around the apartment) or too mischievous (chewing through cords, as kittens do).

Back to the zine! It’s 99c for the PDF version and an additional 50c for the printable. Here’s a preview of the master copy:

You can buy the minizine on Gumroad here!

Postage Due #1

That’s right, another minizine already! Actually, I purposefully waited to release this so there would be a gap between this and the next. I’m still trying to figure out InDesign to make PDFs! It turned out a lot better this time, enough so that I’m okay with releasing this copy.

Postage Due is an introductory minizine on snail mail! This little guy talks about why snail mail is so great and how one can get started doing it. The little 1 in the corner might clue you in on the fact that I’m planning on doing more later on. I think the next issue will be on the anatomy of the envelope (it’s kind of weird how little people know about addressing envelopes).

Here’s the zine and instructions on how to fold the printable!

Refreshing the Blog + Free Minizine

I’ve had a lot of time to think lately. This is still my personal blog, but I haven’t been putting it to very good use! Not to mention, I cringe every time I see what I’ve posted before. I’ve been laid up since April 26th (it’s June 12th now), suffering from an unknown illness that forced me to stop moving around so much and get some goddamned rest.

It was then that I looked back and realized that I haven’t had the energy to pursue what’s really important to me and I haven’t been doing any artwork (aside from those personal daily comics). Being sick realized that I had become overworked, overtired, andΒ phenomenally depressed! Since 2015! Wowza! Not to say I wasn’t depressed before, but I’ve realized that working outside for 10-16 hours every day can kinda be killer for the mental health.

With two months of rest, I’ve been dying for something to do, and realized that there is an easy way to simultaneously practice art, produce a body of work, and feel like I did something:

ZINES! Little ones, mostly, with fun things to look at. Today, I share with everyone a minizine that I wrote with my wife, Andrea.

This is a FREE minizine that comes in a digital edition and a printable edition! I’m selling it on Gumroad for pay-what-you-want. I feel like trans resources like this should be free for people and if someone wants to throw a tip my way, all the better!

Of course, I’m still learning how to do this, so the shop I attached to the blog is not very pretty, and BOY do I have to relearn InDesign! I ended up putting the PDFs together in Word.

To fold the minizine, you can find directions here!

There will be more zines soon and I’ll be playing around with the blog’s layout, so please bear with me in the meanwhile!

[Download the zine]