Not yet seen -zine

Not yet seen is a remixed version of Henry David Thoreau’s influential essay On the Duty of Civil Disobedience. In the zine I combine Thoreau’s text and my own illustrations. Not yet seen was created during the Zineton 2020 challenge in September 2020. This was the first time the challenge was held and different themes were randomly assigned to the participants. I got Elokapina’s (Extinction Rebellion Finland) theme “Civil Disobedience”, which I was very happy about!

A philosophical piece that challenged the reader and invited ti ponder very big questions. A lot to think about amid calming and beautiful illustrations. Thoreau’s essay is several hundred years old and still relevant, and the text came alive and fit into the modern context of 2020 through this zine.

Elokapina (Extinction Rebellion Finland)

We had a weekend to create our zines and we got our themes on a Friday. That Friday I spent mostly pondering on the theme. My first instinct was to approach the theme from a very personal viewpoint, perhaps from a trans point of view – after all, having a trans body itself is a form of civil disobedience, as to this day trans bodies are legally regulated. Sketching out my idea though I understood that one weekend wasn’t enough time to explore the theme in a satisfying fashion, so I put aside my first idea and went back to the drawing board. I knew I’d want to spent most of the weekend working on the illustrations, so it’d suit me well to work with already finished text. I ended up choosing Thoreau’s essay, as it has been on the public domain for some time already and it fitted the theme perfectly. I updated the text a little bit (for an example, I got rid of gender-specific pronouns), edited it, cut it up and finally laid it next to my own, storybook like illustrations.

I created the zine using tools such as Wacom Cintiq -pen display, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.

The finished zine was presented as part of the Zineton 2020 -gala with the other zines created during the challenge. For my delight, my zine got one of the special mentioned awarded by Elokapina! The challenge itself was a great experience and I hope to take part again in the upcoming years.

The cover of the zine.
A spread from the zine.