When Melly-Em Clark announced that she had collaborated with some other bad ass artists to create a zine I was so excited. And when I got the chance to review it even more so! It is called 'Woman Can Be', and it is full of inspiring art about everything a woman can be, and it also came with two beautiful full colour prints. It is the first volume in a series of feminist zines, and involves 5 artists from 3 countries.
This illustrated lady print by Beau Brannick is just lush. I love that there are different skin tones represented right away, and the blue hair is super cute.
And this adorably colour print is by the editor and cover designer Melly-Em Clark. It is so bright and pretty! Both of the prints fit with the theme of the zine, but are also gorgeous stand alone pieces.
Included in the zine is art by Melly-Em Clark, Beau Brannick, Adrianne Adelle, Stella Volkenand, Jess Fauscette and Kayt Smith. The cover is in full colour, while the inside is black and white. I LOVE that it is a bald babe on the front of the zine. Hair is so tied into femininity and being female, so seeing a bald woman on the front of this zine is fab.
I picked out 2 random pages to share with you, and the first was 'Women can be bisexual' by Beau Brannick. That this illustration involves a woman in a wheelchair and love really gives me the warm fuzzies. Sexuality and disability aren't topics that a lot of people feel comfortable discussing so to see that sort of representation is brilliant.
And the second random page involved a personal hero of mine, Lieutenant Nyota Uhura! As a trekkie this really made me happy. Uhura was one of the first women of colour to be shown as an equal, and was also involved in the first interracial kiss shown on American television. Uhura's impact on youth finally seeing a person of colour on TV that was respected was immense. When she told Dr Martin Luther King Jr that she was thinking of leaving the series he told her that she couldn't quit because what she was doing was so important. And she changed her mind and became a true icon.
You can buy the zine in 3 different colours, from 3 different places!
For the yellow cover I have, buy it from Melly
For the blue cover buy it from Beau
And for the purple cover buy it from Jess
I'm excited to see where the zine goes next. I'm hoping for more different artists from all over the world, including those of colour, and more incredible art!
*this zine was gifted to me for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions, which are entirely my own.