Get to Know Your Zinester: Opal Pence


Who: Opal Pence

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
Psychedelic illustrations and comics, with obsessive linework and patterning. Subjects range from furry fantasy adventure to autobio about being a sick human.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
All of my work makes an effort to share the experience of composure, both as an art form an societal concept. Temi is a series about a deer cast out from her community who makes a fantastic, brutal journey to acceptance. Curled Up Around a Wound is autobio about feeling really sick all the time. I also have some illustration zines – a pinup one, Mobile Slut Goddamn, and small Bestiary field guides. Those are mostly just for fun!

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
The last zine I read that I enjoyed was “12 Things to do Instead of Calling the Cops” by Sprout Distro. I’ve had to deal with many situations that became incredibly escalated due to police intervention. I truly believe that de-escalation techniques and communities can help solve many problems in a way that doesn’t put people at risk. This zine has a lot of helpful tips!

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