2016 so far

     

Tera and I have had quite the year so far! At East Bay Zine Fest, we met a new friend to collaborate with. Eric Villalobos, of Moronzine and The House of Wolves Collective (THOWC), worked with us to create a mini-poster about the Science of Sound. This project was made as an entry for The Flame Challenge , a contest in which visual and written entries answering scientific questions are judged by 6th graders. We were up against videos so we were surprised to hear that the judges placed us in the Top 25 entries of several hundred! We debuted this zine at the Los Angeles Zine Fest where people picked up copies for themselves, friends, and even students ranging from children to a graduate seminar at UCLA!

After March, things started to get a little more hectic for us. Tera began preparing for a big move to Berlin. Christine was studying for her qualifying exam, a test that determines whether one can continue in their PhD program. By the end of May, Christine had passed her exam and Tera was a week away from moving to Germany. As one last hurrah before the move, we set up shop at a Nightlife event at the California Academy of Sciences. The theme was 90's night so we brought our zines and Eric's button maker!

Now, as we begin to settle into summer, we have big plans ahead. Two Photon will be tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium in mid-July hopefully with new zines! Another big project we are launching is a photo zine that features successful scientists that are part of groups underrepresented in the sciences. We were fortunate to participate in summer research programs at the University of Oregon and Stanford where we met scientists from similar backgrounds (and actually where we met each other!) but many other students do not have the same opportunity. We hope that by creating this zine, we can not only highlight the diversity currently in science but to inspire those from underrepresented groups to pursue science. Keep an eye out for it or even better, apply!

Our first zine fest!

We made our first zine a few months ago. The product of an inspiring trip to Nicaragua, Volcanoes scientifically and visually describes how (you guessed it) volcanoes are formed.

After returning home, we continued to make zines, hoping to someday distribute them to the community. This day came way sooner than either one of us anticipated. Christine stumbled upon a zine fest conveniently located in Berkeley (where she currently goes to school). We scrambled to pull together an application for the East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair (EBABZ) by submitting a not-so-polished-but-just-good-enough version of the Volcano zine. A month later, we got an acceptance email, as well as a half table to display our zines. Our vision was coming to fruition!

We managed to make three more zines right before the Fest and didn’t get to printing until the week before.

EBABZ was exhilarating – by noon the floor was buzzing with vendors and visitors ready to chat, trade zines, and make connections. We decked our table in Christine’s collection of random scientific paraphernalia (an Erlenmeyer flask, a beaker, and rainbow test tubes), handed out free stickers, but most importantly, connected our community with fun scientific concepts.

So many people mentioned how much they liked science, despite lacking a scientific background. Hopefully our artsy zines will bring them closer to science in a more fun and less intimidating way.

With only three months until LA Zine Fest, who knows what we’ll come up with next!