Drafting the essay came easy. Shaping it was rough. Coming up with a title was roughest. For weeks, it had no name. "Zine essay" served as my title placeholder because the organization tick in me (anxiety?) can't move into drafting the body of an essay until I've listed a title in bold orange at the top of the document.
Then, last week, I began reading "Minor Feelings" by Cathy Park Hong. Inhaled it, really (I finished it yesterday). While references to various authors, art and writing movements, poetry techniques, and art class practices momentarily left me out of the huddle, Hong's investigation of the feelings she's experienced and continues to experience as an Asian American woman hit hard. We are no monolith. I don't pretend that we even stand in parallel, least of which artistically. But I came away from her debut prose work with mental and emotional tethers. In deciding to call my essay "In Minor," I formed a concrete one.
Produced in black and white, "Isang Mahal" is set at $9 before shipping and can be purchased from the Hello Barkada Ko-Fi shop. Only 100 copies will be sold in its first run. Close to half of the overall profits will be used to pay royalties to Rodriguez, Trazo, Begay, and Nuñez, and the bulk of the remainder will be earmarked to fund artist opportunities in 2023.
I'm grateful to artist Sharon Lee De La Cruz for answering my questions about paper weights, and the first four barkada who purchased a copy of the zine! Buy yourself or a friend a copy today!
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UPDATED AUGUST 14, 2023 TO REFLECT CURRENT PRODUCTS IN SHOP.