Release Day: Issue Two
We're pumped about releasing our second issue today! Let's talk about our favorite pages in this issue of Nickname.
AYSHA: It's so hard to pick my favorite page, but I think "Deep Breath" is up there for me. I really love the idea of taking deep breaths with the help of a cold stethoscope. Reading it gives me goosebumps because I've had those cold doctor hands pressed against my back while they move the stethoscope up and down with an uncertain look on their face as if bad news could be around the corner. It's one of those rare moments of silence between you and a stranger where you both can't speak. You just have to be present, breathing, and listening. I think that's why the old physicians notepad paper works so well with this poem. It's minimal and doesn't take away from the writing.
HURLEY: Aysha and I are both big goal-setters. We talk about our New Year's Resolutions a lot in this issue. These parts of the zine are my favorite because they feel genuinely conversational. Aysha and I discuss our goals all the time, and with a new year on our hands, it feels right to address this on the page.
AYSHA: Creating this issue was a little intimidating for me. When we released Issue One, we received the most amazing review from Syndicated, so when I sat down to work on the next issue, I had a little bit of a creative block. In retrospect, this was good because it helped me work out a lot of different ideas with different mediums. I made a lot of art I hated and a lot of art I liked. I got stuck on one particular poem Hurley wrote and didn't know how I was going to visually translate it to the viewer. I loved working on my cutting skills and seeing how detailed I could get with just scissors and paper. I felt like I was in kindergarten again, learning how to cut out shapes for the first time.
HURLEY: Nickname has become a safe space for both of us to make new work. I think the words and images in this issue reflect that freshness.
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