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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