Part diary, part sketchbook, mostly obsessive personal project: this 40-page zine is a journey into my head through drawings and jokes and memories and confessions. I guess this was a way to visually organize my thoughts. My round, nostalgic, silly, sad, aggressive, anxious, nonlinear, black & white thoughts.
It's basically a conversation I'm having with myself but you're welcome to listen in.
I started working on this in January, the month that's usually the most mentally and creatively... mmm... uninspiring? Draining? Basically, January sucks. I felt stuck because there's always so much I want to draw or work on but didn't know what my focus should be. A poster? A comic? A series of prints? I like to write but didn't know what to write. I love to draw but didn't know what to draw. Oh I got it: I'll try to do everything. No linear storyline or denouement or conclusion. Just put my mind to paper.
DO YOU MEAN WHAT I THINK YOU MEAN
I love pairing phrases and images together and indulging in whatever implications those combinations might create. Context is not really necessary in these pages. I want to see people fill in the blanks. Without providing many guidelines for interpretation, it's interesting what can be suggested.
Some of my favorite artists who do this type of thing best and who were huge inspirations to me include Kay Rosen, Mel Bochner, Steve Powers, and Ed Ruscha (see below). I love how their use of wordplay and type plays with context, assumptions, and implications.
A METHOD TO MY MADNESS
This zine might be the most honest thing I've ever worked on. If nothing else, it was a great exercise for me to explore things I'd like to say out loud and find a way to express them on my own terms. I've been wanting to work on comics more but often struggle with the panel structure and storytelling so I threw those notions out the door and instead made a book of my own little world built on collections of personal references and stream-of-consciousness writing and drawing.