zine

Snorkelling, zines, and a comment about sharks

Here's another short comic that I printed out as a zine! The folding process is very fun and actually quite meditative with a good audiobook (HP and the Half Blood Prince at the moment, if I'm being completely honest - or rather, HP und der Halbblutprinz).

The challenge for this comic was to draw four panels that tell a stand-alone story, and then add in an extra three that are also stand-alone, and which add another layer to the first story. My first story was quite simply me enjoying the experience of snorkeling in the tropics, but bemoaning the fact that I didn’t have my contacts in to be able to see all the colours. The second story is the shark looking up and seeing someone swimming up above - extra scary since that person has just admitted to not being able to see anything!

When I compiled it I removed the text, as I thought that the watercolours make this a predominantly visual experience that benefits from being text-free.

The shark in question is a tiger shark, and although there have been reports of attacks or bites by these sharks, they are incredibly rare! For the most part sharks are either scared of humans or recognize that we’re not their normal food source, so they either steer clear, or only come in close to investigate & satiate their curiosity. Indeed, google tiger sharks and you’ll find lovely videos of divers befriending them. So despite me using this one as a scary device, it is actually a very low risk - in fact, sharks are at far greater risk from humans than we are from them. Let’s love us some tiger sharks!


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craft beer and comics

Last year I attended the Mikkeller Beer Celebration in Copenhagen and fell head over heels in love with craft beer. I cannot even begin to claim to know the first thing about beer, other than to be awed by how many wildly different types there are (wild and otherwise), but I was lucky enough to attend with friends who are brewers and who could afford me at least some insight into the wonderful world of hops, malts, and ferments. (Spoiler: it is an exciting and delicious world!)

Suffice to say, I am pretty excited to be going back this year! I have channelled all that raging enthusiasm into a short 6-page comic, which is also among my first forays into making zines. May it be the first of many zines, many delicious beers, and many illustrated beer reviews!