I have been making zines for a long time, two decades to be exact. They are, if not exactly my medium of choice, at least the medium I return to again and again, because they are great containers for all my other mediums - drawing, writing, painting. When I began The Year of Not Sharing, I decided to offer a zine subscription (or zinescription, for the cool factor) so I could still "share" in a non-internet format. I guess I am a share-er by nature. I read, I share my thoughts about the book. I live, I share the thoughts about the internal ramifications of that living. I also knew that having an every-two-month deadline would be a good incentive to create art to accompany the various written features.
I do pull some images off the internet or scan from my various books, but the very first issue of the zinescription has quite a few original drawings or paintings. It's neat to see how well paintings can transfer to black and white. All the drawings/paintings above (plus a few more) are in the first issue, which will be mailed around the first of February. The two small black and white ink paintings in the image above are in an article about aging, and the watercolors are just on their own, sharing my first experience with tube watercolors after re-reading Natalie Goldberg's book Living Color.
My short term goal is to keep the zine subscription going for at least a year, and to grow my subscriber base 100% during that time (that may sound like a lot, but the number of charter subscribers is small). My long-term goal is to find others who are tired of the ephemerality of the internet, who might like to try their hand at paper zinemaking. A zine about how-to-make-a-zine will be published within the next few months, if you are at all intrigued by that creative possibility. Also, if you would like a complimentary issue of No Rhyme or Reason, Issue One, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll mail one out to you when they have been printed.