Last Saturday we were fortunate enough to participate in Madison’s Print and Resist – a mini one day festival held in the downtown Madison Public Library dedicated to the independent artist.
I originally submitted the application for us on a whim after: 1) remembering that it existed on the application due date and 2) convincing myself that writing MORE was a great idea after tirelessly slaving away on a post-doctoral fellowship application for myself and a letter of recommendation for a student I taught 2.5 years ago. But boy am I glad that I did (good job past Jaye).
The day was filled with encountering old friends and making new ones, seeing amazing prints and zines in various styles, encouraging future collaborations, and witnessing the excitement, joy, and support for the work that we’re doing.
Being in such an environment is truly inspirational for someone like myself, who has just begun to attempt to create and enter this expansive field. And the constant questions and exclamations of, “What? This is free?!”, “You’re really not selling these?”, and “Can I take more to show others?” really helps validate that we’re doing good work that’s worth while. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been happier for $27 dollars; which we received in very kind donations.
Our participation in Print and Resist also culminated in the birth of a new baby comic bundle of joy – detailing the roles scientists have played in politics throughout history and why the March for Science is happening on April 22nd, 2017. (Which if you haven’t already, check it out! You’ll find it filed scientific stories from out home page .)
Doing so also demonstrated that we’re starting to get the hang of this creating comics biz, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We have grown so much in this past year since making our first comic and I am excited to see where the road will take us as we continue to expand our comic inventory and spread science knowledge by printing and, in these times, resisting.