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About Jacqui

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  1. Overheard Quotes

    “Look, we really need to talk about pandas.”
  2. Sticky Note Art?

    Hey Slammers, Art Director Jacqui here. Question, have you ever doodled on a sticky note? For like ever we have been kicking around the idea of a low-stakes ongoing art prompt for the Slam. Something that would be just for fun and open to all levels of artistic capability; from stick figures to Rembrandts. We'd put out a topic and y'all would post in the thread your interpretation on a sticky note. So if the topic were "Sea Life Formal Attire," someone might post something like this: What do you think? Interested?
  3. Alex D. Araiza

    Alex D. Araiza is a freelance artist living in Minneapolis, MN where he helps run Plus Dog Collective. He lives and works in a cozy house with his fellow artist friends, a dog, and an amazing cat. CICADA: A lot of your work tends toward dreamlike horror—what draws you to this kind of subject matter? ALEX D. ARAIZA: I have an extremely overactive imagination that lends itself to a lot of high anxiety and an ever-looming fear of death. For some reason, though, I’ve found that when I’m working on something that appears horrific or creepy, I become less focused on my mortality. My fear of monsters, ghosts, or strange, unusual sounds in the night is not my fear of death. I would rather be scared of fiction than be frightened of reality. CIC: In this comic, you literally “put a happy face” on your fear of death. How does art help cast a friendlier light on things that frighten you? ADA: Art helps me gain some control over my fears. If I can create something visually irksome or terrifying, what does that mean? Does it mean that my fears in real life are as counterfeit as the two-dimensional world I’ve painted on a wood panel? If I can create my own fears, maybe there’s a chance I can unmake them, or at least there’s a chance I can overwhelm them with a whole new idea. CIC: So you’re part of an artist collective called Plus Dog Collective. Can you tell us a little bit about that? What is the importance of community to you as an artist? ADA: Plus Dog Collective is a collective that my friends and I created post-college. The main two things Plus Dog does are to create anthologies and enter art conventions. A lot of us came out of school feeling dried and used up. With most of us stuck in non-art-related jobs, there was a real fear that we all kind of failed at life. Plus Dog was a remedy for the stagnant feeling of failure. It became our rallying call to get us unstuck from the mud. Having a community is just the norm of the art world. You can’t get by on your own, and really it’s worth it to reach out to others around you. Artists are meant to grow and reflect on the world around them. If a person is unwilling to get outside of their own head, they will be cutting themselves off from the only way to stay relevant. CIC: Are there any other comics and artists that are inspiring you right now? ADA: I would say the artists and cartoonists who have had the biggest influences on me have definitely been KC Green, Stephen Gammell, and Junji Ito. The latter may be the most obvious if you look at the style of my art, but KC Green may seem like a big surprise. I really value humor. I feel like the reason life can be so scary or sad is because those feelings only occur in reaction to the loss or the fear of loss of what is good. Also, humor, when it is successful, is the best tool to relate to your audience. If you can make people laugh, you can make people cry and scream. CIC: Say you’re a were-animal of some kind. What do you turn into every full moon? ADA: Another human. Does that count? A taller, cooler human. Or maybe just a house cat.
  4. Instructions

    This is a helpful guide for folding CICADA's 8-page zines, and for making your own!
  5. CICADA J/A 2017 Comic by Kelly K.

    © © 2017 by Name Here

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    Cicada Zine Issue 8: Tricksters, Thieves, and Other Rogues A Guide to Folklore Fauna.
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    Cicada Zine Issue 6: Divination Techniques for the Futuristically Inclined Spoiler warning.
  8. Killer Poppets

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    Cicada Zine Issue 5: Killer Poppets and Other Dolls That Do Stuff Poppets and golems and more, oh my!
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    Cicada Zine Issue 4: Field Guide to Forgotten Victorian Gadgets Mustache guard teacups, electric corsets, and more!
  10. Victorian Ghost Hunters

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    Cicada Zine Issue 3: Victorian Ghost Hunters Mediums, scientists, spirits, tricksters, and more!
  11. Pirate Queens

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    Cicada Zine Issue 2: Pirate Queens From the Caribbean to the South China Sea, these lady pirates knew how to plunder.
  12. Instructions

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    How to Fold a Sheet-O-Paper into an 8-Page Zine Zine assembly instructions: 1. Download to your computer or device before printing. 2. Make sure the document is centered and print at 100%. 3. Print the PDF single-sided. It should print onto a single sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper. 4. Cut and fold according to the instructions below. 5. Staple twice along the fold to bind the booklet together.
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    Cicada Zine Issue 1: Felicitious Recipes for Modern Youths Recipes for Cicada readers to enjoy!
  14. Best of The Slam 2013

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    Best of The Slam 2013 Some of the most exciting poetry and prose from our online writing forum The Slam.
  15. CAPTCHAzine

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    CAPTCHAzine You know it, you hate it, you love to hate on it: iiiiiiiit's CAPTCHA! Cicada readers vent their spleens against their deadliest foe.