Getting To Know Your Local Zinesters: Sara Lyons & Jennie Cotterill

Sara Lyons and Jennie Cotterill
Library Sciences

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
We’re brand-new to the world of zines! Library Sciences is our first zine project, and we’re really excited about it.

Describe your most recent zine. 
Library Sciences is a seasonal themed art zine with an indie/folk-punk soundtrack that we’ve written and recorded ourselves.  Our first issue is about love and all those things that pull at our heartstrings, and it includes several pages of  illustrations and six original songs.


Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
We’ve been best friends for years but our biggest creative coup has probably been our all-girl Cock Sparrer tribute band, C*nt Sparrer (  There’s nothing like getting together and playing music with your best friends, which is what spawned the idea for the Library Sciences zine project — we just wanted to do even more together!

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work. 
a.) We’re fascinated by what we call the “secret me” phenomenon — the things that people do when they think no one knows.  A lot of our songs and illustrations for Library Sciences are based on our own “secret mes.”
b.) Educational children’s books and story anthologies from the ’50s and ’60s have really influenced our cover aesthetic.  We like that spare, two-color, sharply graphic midcentury look and we have been trying to recreate it as best we can in zine form.
c.) Our biggest influence is each other.  We are two weird little peas in a pod, and as best friends nothing is more inspiring than collaborating together to make something new and awesome.

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