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Meet Your Zine Maker: Yumi Sakugawa

April 18, 2013

Yumi Sakugawa is a southern CA-based illustrator and comics artist exploring interdimensional travel, reincarnation, the doomed romance of cat soul mates, meditation, the infinite universe and one-eyed blob monsters.  Interpret her dreamy comics at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 from 11am-6pm on Sunday, April 21st at Public Assembly in Williamsburg.


Your comics fold together personal experience, fantasy, and dreamlike worlds. Do you find those things blending together in real life too?

Yes, definitely. Sometimes dreamlike states feel more real than reality, and vice versa. Maybe this is why I like sleeping so much.

You’re one of the farthest-traveling BZF 2013 exhibitors, coming all the way from Los Angeles. Doing anything else fun on your trip?

I’m not very familiar with Brooklyn so I’m just excited to eat, drink, explore and meet interesting Brooklynites as much as my budget allows. So if you have any good recommendations for things to do in Brooklyn, come by my table and let me know!FriendLove_BZF

What are you planning for your Brain Frame performance (7pm at Public Assembly after the Brooklyn Zine Fest)?

My table-mate Kelsey Short and I are doing a collaborative comic reading. I’m actually in the midst of finishing it right now and I’m going to be getting all inky for the next few days barely getting it all done before I leave for New York. Without giving too much away, it involves a ghost girl, a supernatural love triangle and lots of creepy ocean imagery.

What new zines will you have at the BZF?

I’ll be selling limited copies of my emo web-comic “I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You” in booklet form. It is currently not available for sale online so if you want to get a copy, this is a good place to do it! Also, I’ll have my comic essay about Claudia Kishi of The Baby-Sitters Club book series available in zine form, and I will probably be printing one of my web comics I did for The Rumpus in comic zine form as well.


(Photo courtesy of Virginia Paine.)

And come back to Public Assembly at 7pm after the zine fest for Brain Frame, the performative art & comics variety show featuring a slew of Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitors! Poster by Yumi:

Brooklyn Brain Frame Flyer Small

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