*Note: This article contains mild sarcasm and my awful jokes.
**Note: The list below contains thank-yous. Aside from my family, the order was as people came into my mind. I did not include last names or anything that people might consider private. They know who they are, and what they have done to help.
It was a dark and stormy night…. (I actually don’t remember the weather.)
But about a year ago at night, I created a zine after some friends and family members encouraged me to. (I had been writing show reviews under the Notes section of my Fa*eb*ok account for some time, and they thought it would awesome to have some paper content. Especially those without a Fa*eb*ok account.)
I worked on the zine alone. It was handwritten. I always made a quick cover from marker or pen. I always got copies done at the library. And my first interview was my brother.
Thunder, (the zine in discussion), has changed a lot.
I now type whatever part I write, because it looks a lot tidier. I work with a partner, and we take fan submissions so I’m no longer working on the zine alone. I have WAY more cover options. (Some people could argue the new covers are better, but I don’t think anyone understood my artistic vision. I mean, I did it in PEN and in a hurry. I am so creative and avant garde.)
The machine I was most thankful for this year was a printer of my own. It’s expensive at times, but great when it’s cold out and I can print at home.
By far, the most surprising thing I experienced this past year was the interviews. How many people wanted an interview; and continue to. How people said yes when I asked. (I even requested to attend the S.C.E.N.E Festival as Media and was accepted! But I got sick the night before and had to sadly cancel all my interviews.)
I met alot of fantastic people this year, and discovered more about the people and city I admire.
That’s why I want to take this time and say thank you. Below is a list of people who have been awesome to me this year. Whether they read the zine, offered praise and encouragement, visited this site, provided a soundtrack, or were an awesome family member/ friend/ reader/, I owe them EVERYTHING. The zine would not exist, I would not have readers, and I would not have motivation. So thank you to:
My Mom and Dad
My maternal Grandmother
Sue and Crash
Craig and Leah
Glen and Jody
The members of Adelleda
The members of Web Society
The members of Rackula
The members of NOT
Erik and Nina
The members of The Rebel Arms
The members of Skullians
The members of Slender Loris
The members of Wiggler!?! And The Tiny Humans
The members of Gag Order
The members of Nanochrist
The member of Born Wrong
The members of Bourbon DK
The members of The Nailheads
The members of The Safety Collective
Rebel Time Records
The members of Gatling
The members of The Pre-Nods
The members of At What Cost
The members of Nothing Helper
All my readers. The ones I never see. The ones who surf this site, and the ones who pick up a zine.
Thank you everyone. I look forward to a new year of writing, interviews, photography, exploring this great country, and meeting cool people.
If I’ve forgotten anyone, sorry!