ms. berg and i (also, zines)

One of the projects I am working on these days is a story book, with words by myself and images by the Seattle artist Alyssa Berg.  A rough draft of one of the images from the book can be found on her tumblr. I am mad excited about this project.  It won't be together for a while, but it will be worth the wait. We will most likely be self-publishing it as a zine, though I don't know exactly how that will look yet.

I always enjoy collaborating with visual artists, and man, Alyssa is one of the hardest working visual artists I know.

In the meantime, if anyone is going to the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in Long Island City this weekend, both Alyssa and I will have older work available on the Visual Field Press table in the zine tent.

I can't tell you all what zines have meant to me, in my life. One of these days I will write a long essay about how the '90s zine movement influenced me as a kid, and how much magic can be instilled in these flimsy objects.  I'll talk about Repo Records, and Wooden Shoe Books. Fact Sheet Five, and sneaking into the teachers' copy room At Friends Central Middle School. I will try not to talk to much about how they relate to paper Russian Orthodox icons, and how  they don't relate to blogs. In any case, for the moment, I just want to say how excited I am that I get to spend Saturday in a tent full of zines.

By the way, the first issue of Pravic, a science fiction journal co-edited by old school zinester Nathaniel K. Miller, just dropped yesterday.  I can't wait to read it.