“It’s been strange taking inventory of all this, I feel like a spoiled brat. And worse yet, an embarrassed spoiled brat.” From gas stations to animation, Kreal shows us where the magic is made.
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For the 100th issue of Broken Pencil, we felt it appropriate to celebrate the use of zines as expression passed down through the ages, starring the Singapore-based family art collective behind Rubbish FAMzine.
Berlin is now home to more than 600 startups, modeling themselves after successful American businesses, many tried to import American workplace culture. Cartoonist Aisha Franz' latest book is a satire of the calamity that ensued.
“You can’t force the grain. If you can’t work with your own currents, you’re just fighting yourself.” Amid illness, foraging and introspection, Shim has become one of the most prolific creators in an indie tabletop gaming boom.
Cartoonist Alexander Laird gives us a tour of his goblin den, laying in wait for the right opportunity to watch Kevin Costner's Waterworld.
What seemed like an entertaining vampire adventure with somewhat sophomoric social insights blossomed into maybe the most poignant metaphorical commentary on racial politics I’ve ever read.
Review: Greater Power: A Vince McMahon Zine
Speaking as something of a lapsed wrestling fan, Greater Power makes a compelling case for once again investing oneself in the strange, strange world of sports entertainment.
Review: Crowdfunding for Designers
Craig Berman outlines an inspiring — and, quite frankly, increasingly necessary — approach to creativity that questions whether the labour of design must always be in service to others.
Hark! Adventurers! Join us in this magical, magazine quest as Broken Pencil guides you through the weird and wonderful realm of indie tabletop roleplaying games!
“What I want to do is use this exaggeration to point out contradictions and to point out ironies and skip over large swaths of theory and just smack it in your face. That’s the usefulness to me.” The activist, musician and director tells us how to speak to a world that’s gotten strange.
To settle all of your Broken Pencil Zine Awards questions, big and small, please refer to this handy-dandy Q&A right here.
The loss of local voices goes beyond arts scenes and progressive op-eds as trusted legacy publications become propaganda for your city’s worst actors.
Celebrating zine excellence since 2017, it’s the sixth annual Broken Pencil Zine Awards! You have between now and September 15th, 2023 to enter!
Folio asks artists and curators to gather works made with unexpected materials and adapt them for the printed page. In this issue we speak with Olivia Mae Sinclair, a textile artist binding books and zines with frayed fabrics, exploring a textured meaning of the text within.
One of the biggest appeals of zines and their scenes is the low barrier of access. What good is self-publishing if it is too prohibitive for most people to participate?
Etsy emerged as an opportunity to capture the feeling of zine and art fairs online, selling a diverse catalogue of pieces from a universe of uncanny creators. But a zine fair and a multimillion dollar enterprise are rarely the same entity.
While tarot may be best known today as a future-telling tool, it is much more than that. Meditation, personal growth and beyond. Follow your ideas to truly make your deck your own. Allow each card to become part of your own personal system of self-discovery.
Horror artist Trevor Henderson gives us a peek at the nightmare factory.
“To me the space is important as an example of creativity, community and solidarity coming together without commercial expectations.”