Meet Your Zine Maker: Jenipher Lyn
Jenipher Lyn is a happy-go-lucky illustrator who showcases words of encouragement inspired by unhappy times using hand drawn typography and whimsical illustrations. Let her cheer you up at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 on Sunday, April 21st at Public Assembly.
What’s the story behind your zine “From Oranges to the BIG Apple”?
It’s a zine about life’s difficulties, being extremely clumsy, and being a “full time” working artist while living in New York City. A year and a half ago I moved from Orlando to New York, and I made a blog to document my daily adventures. I’ve spent the last few months drawing, collaging and printing Issue 1.5 of “From Oranges to the BIG Apple!” and my beloved mini comic, “Clare Carrot”.
Why “Issue 1.5”?
My goal was to create a zine using my “Nightly Doodles” before last year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest. While trying to find an apartment and a job, running two business, among other things, I didn’t get very far. I did end up finishing, but it wasn’t the best zine ever created. So I declare this version to be issue 1.5 because it’s technically the ‘first [completed] issue’ of my zine.
What are the Nightly Doodles?
In 2010, while going through a hard time in life, I started a project called “Nightly Doodles.” I have continuously drawn one doodle just about every night and posted it to various web pages to inspire others and keep myself accountable. I am really proud of how those “Nightly Doodles” have grown into hangable artwork, tote bags, and even baby onesies! My drawings are mostly whimsical punny doodles and happy, encouraging words of wisdom and that everyone [especially women and girls] needs to hear!
What are you looking forward to at the Brooklyn Zine Fest?
Ahh, I’m so excited! I had such a blast at last years BZF, and am pretty stoked that i get to share my zine with everyone this year. I’m super excited to get to meet some of the authors of my favorite zines, and ‘re’ meet some amazing folks that i purchased zines from last year. It’s going to be a great day. :)