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I'm writing a Day of the Dead issue of my zine "Have You Seen the Dog Lately?" as part of the Revenge of Print campaign, and including some artifacts.
I'm writing a Day of the Dead issue of my zine "Have You Seen the Dog Lately?" as part of the Revenge of Print campaign, and including some artifacts.
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Zinester and indie press members of the Revenge of Print campaign invited me to revive "Have You Seen the Dog Lately?"--my zine that I started with my sister in 1988. I'm going full-on surreal and funky this time around, taking advantage of my current location in Oaxaca, Mexico, and celebrating Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, in "the Dog."

The danger here is that the zine could read like a Oaxaca guidebook or a tourism essay, so I'm veering off that route and keeping the content personal, strange, humorous, and a bit pop. Text, comics, photographs, ephemera, and art will cover folkloric sayings about death, muertos street art, my experiences attending an all-night party in a graveyard, and a guide to creating your own altar at home. Oaxaca pop culture, like witchcraft powders and lucha libre wrestling, also makes an appearance.

Oaxaca has a love for handcrafted and artisan bits and pieces, so the money I raise will go toward publishing and materials costs, including integrating handmade items into the zine's pages, such as a miniature papel picado banner and an altar collage with different patterns of Mexican oilcloth. My rewards to backers also feature lovely handmade, crafty, and Oaxaca pop culture treasures.

Please note that all items, including the zine, will be mailed in early July 2011, when I cross the United States border and have access to domestic shipping rates.

Thanks for reading my proposal and considering kick-starting my zine back into print.

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    A copy of Have You Seen the Dog Lately?, my zine with a Oaxaca pop and Day of the Dead theme, featuring handmade elements, good luck charms, and cool made-in-Mexico inserts that will surprise and delight you.

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    Two artist trading cards of original Day of the Dead mixed media art plus my HYStDL? zine.

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    A decorated matchbox shrine with miniature muertos elements, the two art trading cards, and HYStDL?.

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    A small Day of the Dead vinyl market bag, the matchbox shrine, the art cards, the HYStDL?.

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    A handmade accordion-style blank book with a Mexicano muertos cover, the small-but-dead market bag, the HYStDL? zine.

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    A funky Make-Your-Own-Altar Kit with illustrated instructions and items representing the essential altar elements of earth, wind, fire, and water. Packed in a large vinyl muertos market bag. And the zine.

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    A Make-Your-Own-Altar Kit with a pop culture accent: lucha libre toys, witchcraft powders with cartoon packaging, Loteria or other board games for playing in the graveyard, hammered tin devil ornaments, and a miniature modern ex-voto painting on metal, plus some other intriguing ephemera, packed in a large brilliant-yet-deadly vinyl market bag. And the zine.

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    Any combination of the above rewards, including the zine (but only one of the altar kits, please), delivered internationally.

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