title: Left Me Overs & Oh Canada! & Murmur Nation
creator: Maiji/Mary Huang
pages: 10 & 6 & 60
Left Me Overs is an aesthetically pleasing mixed media zine in planning and execution regardless of whether or not it was made with Maiji’s non-dominant hand. This zine was the result of severe pain developing in her right arm, which left her unable to use it for a prolonged period. To cope, she decided to continue to paint and draw but with her less dominant hand.
Oh Canada! is a one-sheet collage zine that I actually wish was longer. It was done on the fly as part of a zine workshop but hints at a weighty subject. The pages are filled with patriotic images of, presumably, Canada Day and inset with torn pieces of handwritten paper through which Mary introduces the topic of her never-before-considered immigrant identity as a Canadian citizen.
Murmur Nation is about storytelling. About partaking in the formation, distribution, and continuance of a story, and the human need for communication. Through a vignette of four different comics, Maiji attempts to show us her views on storytelling and the ways it functions in our lives.
The inside pages, save for the typeset font, are done entirely in pencil drawings. At first, the sketched look may seem undefined or unfinished with its wobbly lines and unkempt appearance, but they add decidedly more texture and movement to the stories, lending to a visual illusion of murmur and chatter. Although each comic story stands alone, they build upon one another in illustrating Maiji’s message, which is interspersed in the pages between the vignettes. By the end, what’s taken away is something along the lines of how we give communication meaning and make it transcend beyond time and place.
sipping: (Bulgarian) green apple juice
chewing: Vietnamese baguette (toasted)