I am kels coker! I am from Anchorage, Alaska but currently live in Phoenix. I make Pink Realm, a surrealist feminist zine, as well as a few one-offs dedicated to my poetry & film photography. I make zines as a form of self-preservation. It’s a way of allowing myself a voice, which is so necessary, especially for women, and especially now. I’m stoked to support other creatives and independent artists at PZF 2018!!!
Shut Eye Press
I'm a local writer and artist who primarily works in letterpress printing and book arts mediums. I got interested in zines both because the scene is so radical and broad, and because I'm drawn to accessible art, intimate objects/literature, and books that can be felt and manipulated in unique ways as a part of their narrative. Around 6 years ago, I created Shut Eye Press, and Shut Eye currently spans my own creative book and print work, though I also like printing and binding for hire--making cards, broadsides, and hand-bound books for other people. In my own work I like playing with popups and other surprising forms, and I want to do more with large editions, collaborations, and natural printing and artistic methods.
As a person, I'm a queer/non-binary desert-loving, sex-positive voyeur who grew up in Wisconsin and lived a few other places, though I've been here in AZ for 8 years now. I tend to spend most of my time working too much and slowly building my own print studio, but I also try, more and more, to go outside and be present in nature and in my body. I think and write a lot about bodies, and I'm interested in how people relate to and define their own. I'm happiest making art that consumes my body, which is why I'll probably spend the rest of my life playing with printing presses and never write a novel.
I make zines and books that tend to feature text with an unusual form or binding; I enjoy the puzzle of planning complicated layouts (secret math nerd), and am trying to get more free and loose with the way I make art.
I look forward to tabling because I've been involved with the Zine Fest the last few years, and I really admire the work people bring to it, and the community they've created around it. I'm pushing myself to share and sell my work more and more, and want my work to get out there into people's hands and libraries. I also want to continue building my own collection of zine work and find some overlapping interests with other artists.
I'm a new media artist, small press publisher, and community organizer based in Joshua Tree, California. I self-publish collections of my artwork and occasionally contribute to compilations. Some of my past zines are "Shape Fields", "Systems", "Playgrounds", "Growth", "Imaginary World", "Disintegrated Data", "Self-Care: Balneotherapy", "Fill Your Pot With Soil (Watch Me Grow)", and "Slitscan Sinewaves". Some of the compilation zines and books I've contributed to are Eyeball Burp, Pop Ook, and "Prosthetic Reality".
I love meeting AZ zine folks and sharing my work with people who are receptive and inspiring themselves.
L.A. artist Amber McCall hails from a trailer park in Bell, California. Raised by a single mother, McCall drew from her imagination when the cost of toys left her with little else to play with. Instead, her drawings were her friends, though even as an adult, McCall’s art retains the innocence of a child waiting by the window for her schizophrenic father to come home. Her doodles, creatures, and c herub figurines take on the aesthetic of 80s analogue cartoons, the images familiar and friendly enough to catch you off guard with captions that launch you into the mind and anxieties of a young woman.
McCall has seen her fair share of tough shit. “Laughing at all my misfortunes has always been the best way for me to keep going.” Having grown up on food stamps and the occasional kindness of her mother’s many boyfriends, McCall went on to drop out of art school once the car she was living in in with all her supplies was stolen and she couldn’t afford to re-enroll. Before ever finding success as an artist and animator (McCall was recently listed on HuffPost as one of Instagram’s 15 Badass Female Illustrators) she slept the nights on random couches in between shifts as a night-time nanny. While at times her reality has been bleak, her art has always stayed in color.
McCall’s drawings reflect the emotional divide between trauma and kitsch, like learning that Santa isn’t real because your parent died wearing the costume. An art world Matilda, Amber McCall’s drawings are so steeped in the particular anxieties of an insecure child, you can’t help but want to reach inside and hug them. There’s a reason cute things can make a person cry, a tension explored vividly through in McCall’s drawings.