I have returned motherfuckers!!! Can’t really say that I’m better than ever, but I certainly am back.
I’ve been working on some fun stuff for the past few months, and now with summer here at last I finally have some free time to tell y’all about all the shenanigans I’ve been up to. So, let us get into it…
1NE.) Fan Projects Galore
Perhaps the most exciting thing that I’ve done over these past few months is work as a moderator for a fan zine for the first time (I’m just going to assume everyone reading this is familiar with fan zines). I’m usually just a participant in fan zine projects, but I was motivated to try my hand at at least one to get some experience in case I ever desire to do more as well as fill a specific void that I noticed needed filling.
The project is called The Heroine Mystique!!! It’s a fan zine centered on the female characters of My Hero Academia and themed around the genres of speculative fiction. The idea for this zine was primarily born out of frustration at the constant over indulgence of male-centered stories and the near non-existence of the female characters in fan works outside of femslash (no shade to femslash). This has always been an issue in fandom regardless of the number of female characters in the cast, but I figured I’d do something besides pull my hair out in frustration, so I rounded up a handful of volunteers to help me produce the zine, and now the first issue is up for pre-order on Big Cartel!!!
There are a total of 29 female/non-binary femme creatives participating in this project: 23 artists and 6 writers creating for one of the eight genres of speculative fiction (as defined on Wikipedia): Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal/Horror, Historical, Utopian, Dystopian, Apocalyptic, and Post-Apocalyptic fiction all with MHA’s female characters as the main characters of their own adventures.
Physical copies as well as a digital PDF are currently available to buy. Here’s the link to the page of previews on the zines Tumblr and a link to the Big Cartel store if the previews spark your interest; also please feel free to share the links with your friends who may be into My Hero Academia. Every cent is appreciated.
It was a blast working on this zine, and I’m somewhat sad that it’s almost over, but depending on how it’s received, I may do another issue next year.
I’ve begun planning for another fan zine that is more writer-centric, but nothing is too concrete at the moment. I’ll write another post for it down the line.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on fic for two other MHA fan zine projects. One is the BNHA Halloween Big Bang (not to be confused with the BNHA Hallowzine). It’s a big bang mostly themed around the paranormal, not necessarily the holiday – which is a bit misleading, but no one ever accused the BNHA/MHA fandom of being creative. Summaries are supposed to go up today around 4 pm, and I really hope that I get a good artist for my piece.
The other zine I’m in is the Big Threesome Zine. It’s not what it sounds like: it’s a zine dedicated to the Big Three of U.A. Mirio Togata, Tamaki Amajiki, and Nejire Hadou, and fics can feature them in platonic or romantic relationships. There was already a zine called the Big Three Zine, so you know there wasn’t much to work with, lol. The deadline for that is coming up soon, so I should probably get back to that WIP before that gets here.
2WO.) Indie Zines & Stuff
While I’ve been working on all that fandom stuff, I’ve also been submitting some things to some indie zines and other online publications. I’ve had a decent amount of success in these endeavors (when I make the deadlines).
Most recently I was accepted as a contributor for this zine called Sapphic. As the title suggests, it’s a zine centered around the perspectives of queer women. It’s a hand-made project made by a woman named Ellen Welsh (@ellenwelshart). There are no prescribed topics, it’s typically left up to us to submit pieces on any manner of subjects. My piece is about representation of bisexuality in fiction. I’m really proud of it and it would be nice if you all would buy the zine when it comes out. It will be available on Ellen’s Etsy shop LetterToAnIsland. I don’t yet know when the zine will be published since the zines are hand made and take a lot of time, but Sapphic #3 will also be available in PDF form, too.
I’ve also been accepted as a contributor for Ghoulishly Gay: an LGBT+ Monster Zine. As the title suggests, it’s a zine centered around writing and art of LGBT+ monsters. It’s being organized by Elizabeth Saylor (@zee_art_). Creation hasn’t started just yet, but I think I’m gonna like doing this.
In the meantime, I’ve sent pitches for articles to other online publications including Anime Feminist and Cocoa Controller, and I’m waiting on responses.
I’m just…doin’ it all, ain’t I?
3HREE.) My Writing Website
I’ve also been working on a personal writing website for my original fiction where I’ll be posting links to all of my fiction and freelance work because I don’t want this blog to become overcrowded with stuff. The blog title is just my name, Monte Varrick, and the inaugural post is already up. I plan to post some short fiction up in the coming months. If anyone is interested, I may post one or two here.
But that’s it for me at the moment. I’m going on vacation soon, but that’s not going to stop me from posting. I aim to have a review for Darling in the Franxx up soon, so be on the look out for that, and I’ll talk to you scrubs later!!!