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    Alenka Figa

    Alenka Figa is a queer, feminist librarian. She spends her days thinking about how to effectively sing to babies and twittering about comics and her cat at @alenkafiga.

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  • How to Make a Zine the Chicago Zine Fest Way

    How to Make a Zine the Chicago Zine Fest Way0

    Hey there, baby zinesters! Have WWAC’s zine reviews left you itching to create something of your own? You’re in luck, because Chicago Zine Fest (CZF) organizers Savay, Heather and Johnny Wawrzaszek graciously taught my artist-friend Bike Morch and me a simple binding technique. The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) lent us their space for this

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  • Review: Beyond: The Queer Sci Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology

    Review: Beyond: The Queer Sci Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology1

    Beyond: The Queer Sci Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology Editor: Sfé R. Monster Assistant Editor: Taneka Stotts Beyond Cover Artist: Levi Hastings Beyond Interior Artist: Evan Dahm Contributors: Gabby Reed, Rachel Dukes, Niki Smith, Reed Black, Christianne Goudreau, Taneka Stotts, Ted Closson, Wm Brian MacLean, Blue Delliquanti, Shing Yin Khor, Kiku Hughes, Jon Cairns, Sfé

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  • Zine Review: Nonbinary by Melanie Gillman

    Zine Review: Nonbinary by Melanie Gillman1

    Nonbinary Melanie Gillman If you’re a webcomics reader, you may be familiar with Melanie Gillman’s beautifully illustrated As The Crow Flies. Nonbinary still features Gillman’s extraordinary shading and color-sense, but jumps genres into nonfiction, autobio comics. In sixteen pages, the artist crafts a highly accessible and very personal portrait of their experience coming out as

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  • Zine Review: Hot Dog Beach #3

    Zine Review: Hot Dog Beach #30

    Hot Dog Beach #3 Art and words by Lale Westvind September 2015 Disclaimer: I received review copies of issues 1-3 of Hot Dog Beach from Lale Westvind. I discovered Lale Westvind’s comic zines when I attended a panel at the 2015 Chicago Alternative Comics Festival (CAKE) titled “Comic Books and Speculative Fiction.” When the conversation

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