The Destiny City Zine Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2-6 p.m. at two venues: Destiny City Comics and King’s Books, both of which are located at 218 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information visit destinycitycomics.com.
Come meet local artists who make comics. These independent writers and artists can’t wait to sell you their latest zine or other concoctions. Destiny City Zine Symposium is a seasonal event where Destiny City Comics and King’s Books offer space to artists to sell their wares to art lovers and hopeless, comic-collecting addicts. Hang out with someone that made a comic you’ve never heard of. Make someone’s day by purchasing their comic with cash.
Participants enlisted thus far include:
Lehmann is a comic book illustrator, graphic novelist, illustrator and musician. He is locally known for some of his work with Seattle Weekly.
Colleen Frakes is a Xeric and Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist living in Seattle. Her autobiographical comic “Prison Island” was about her life as a member of the community of prison personnel and their families that lived on McNeil Island.
Vaginer Things Club
Pro feminine/anti masculine gifts and zines.
Archive Six is a small press and zine distributor based in Seattle. It was originally set up to distribute personal work but eventually expanded to include work centered around important topics like art, social justice, feminism, women of color, intersectionality, fat activism and survival.
The distro is run by Rachelle Abellar, a graphic designer, fat activist, self-care advocate and cat lover. She works at the Tacoma Weekly by day and rocks a long reach stapler by night.
Archive Six is a reference to an episode of “Doctor Who” titled, “Bad Wolf.” The Game Station (formerly known as Satellite Five) is a space station in Earth’s orbit circa the year 199,909, and Archive Six is where records were kept referring to contestants being transmatted into game areas. A female programmer heads to Archive Six to discover more about the Ninth Doctor but the Controller forbids it, stating that “Archive Six is out of bounds.”
The distro was named Archive Six because the literature and merch carried explores, critiques, and celebrates topics that are considered “out of bounds” when it comes to mainstream media. Info: archive6.com
Koehler grew up in Pittsburgh in the late 80s/early 90s. When he was about 7 years old he won a complete set of 1990 Marvel superhero cards at a Cub Scout meeting. His young mind was blown away by the art, the myriad of different heroes and villains, and their relationships with one another. He quit Cub Scouts the following day. His obsession with these characters grew as he spent hours drawing their strange costumes and exaggerated poses and acting like he was the Silver Surfer or Sabertooth with his cousin. The two eventually started making up our own characters and meticulously drawing out all of their abilities and demeanors. Shortly after this Koehler was introduced to skateboarding and was again blown away by the artwork that emblazoned the bottoms of decks. The rules were loose and it felt like the artists were able to push the limits further, resulting in grotesque, satirical and tongue-in-cheek graphics. It sent his mind face first into an art-fueled feeding frenzy.
Additionally, growing up watching weird cartoons and horror movies, endlessly reading anything on folklore and mythology, and living part time in his imagination helped Koehler to create his own world of strange people and creatures. He let them interact however they wanted, based on their character, their struggles and their mythologies. Koehler paints life into his characters and sets them free to explore, build homes, cause trouble, make art, work, fight, start cults, play games, create and worship gods and develop into whatever they choose.
Knowles is the author of such titles as “Dog or Dracula,” Major Marvelous,” “Stick Guy Comics,” “Chum Bucket” and others.
Palm is an illustrator, designer, cartoonist, curator and organizer based in Seattle. Most of his interests lie within one or more of these following subjects: film, animation, toys, illustration, painting, graphic design, concept design, collectibles, comics, erotica, absurdism, surrealism, science fiction, entomology, biology and books.
Moondust Darling is a tarot reader and new age spiritual explorer whose zines include “Annoying Tarot Euphemisms” and “All My Friends are Aries.”
“As a tarot reader,” says Darling, “I’ve come to learn that certain cards cause people to react in certain ways. When we see something that makes us uncomfortable, sometimes we try to spin our reactions and make it lighter, brighter, kinder, or more easily digestible. In this sassy little zine, I cover some of my least favorite tarot euphemisms, and explore why I take issue with watering down hard cards.”
Dan received her bachelor of fine arts in digital art and animation from Digipen Institute of Technology and has been working as an artist ever since. She loves film, comic books and games.
Short Leg Studio
Short Leg Studio is an arts and game production company located in Tacoma. The philosophy of the proprietors is to have fun and to take care of people.
Jennevieve Schlemmer has an extensive background in sculpture, public art and fiber arts. Her main love, however, is drawing. She loves to play board games and role playing games and enjoys the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay and Iain M. Banks. You can find more of her work at Jennevieve.com.
Trevor Redfern has been programming and gaming since the day his dad brought home a C-64. He loves games of all styles from hearts to chess to Axis and Allies. He also enjoys composing music and drinking too much coffee.
Short Leg Studio wouldn’t be Short Leg without its original short leg, Oskar the Corgi. He is mascot, muse and companion that always keeps everyone smiling.
For Real Surreal Club was founded in 2015 by Masha Fikhman and Michael Koehler. As two artists seeking the mystical and surreal in everyday life, they sought to bring that aesthetic out of their daydreams and into the home.
Together they create mystical relics, each one with their own cosmic back story. For Real Surreal hopes to offer a uniquely mystical line of products that are not only practical but also fun for your home.
Does That Look Infected to You?
Monkey House Studio
With Monkey House Studio, you will find coloring pages that begin a journey of the imagination. Each surrealist, sci-fi and steampunk-inspired image hints at a larger story, but the story, like the artwork, is left incomplete. As you complete the art by adding color, create a story for the image. Write it down. Have fun with it. How does the tale end? How does it begin?
Baldock’s poetry is an active reminder that we can emerge victorious at any time in any place. She has the ability to unfold a moment so evocatively you may believe you’re with her when the words dissolve. Baldock has been doing spoken word for 20 years, but keeps a low profile when it comes to the Internet. (Big Brother is watching, after all.)
Y Comics is an independently owned and operated comic book publisher and seller based out of Seattle. They bring fresh new characters, amazing featured artists, and the latest in printing techniques to the game.
Proprietor Bill Coulombe is a comic book enthusiast who turned it into a full-time job. He has always had a passion for comics, even as a child. With years planning, writing and preparing, he has now put together his very own company, Y Comics, which is inspired by such artist as Alan Moore, Stan Lee and Grant Morrison.
Blue Cat Co.
Blue Cat brings family-friendly comics that are inspired by Abrian Curington’s stories, images, tunes.
“I write fun stories about people figuring out where they belong in a vast world of magic,” says Curington. “I also showcase the worlds of others.”
These comics made by Hannako Lambert and Rhodora Jacob are now on shelves at Phoenix Comics in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The titles are “Lonely Stars” and “Oni Street Beats.”
Jacob is planning a gorilla comic drop for Bwitch Zine: an all-girls/transgender magazine to help empower female artists.
Info: Rhododo.com or www.instagram.com/rhododoodle
One Person’s Trash
One Person’s Trash is a print literary journal with a web presence whose mission is to tell homeless stories. The prose and poetry center around the experience of homelessness and the content is chiefly contributed by the homeless, formerly homeless, and people whose professional and personal lives intersect with the homeless. One Person’s Trash launched its first issue May 22 of 2017 and aims to publish at least four times a year.