Biracial Bandit’s Kiani Ferris on Accessibility, White Feminism and Awesome Alliteration

By Emma May

Zines and accessibility:

I like zine making because in Seattle, where I am from, zines were a very much an important culture. I love how accessible they are. When I grew up, I didn’t have a lot of money, I didn’t have access to art and other things of that nature. Zines, on the other hand, are cheap and accessible. They are everywhere. I like the idea of accessibility, and the idea that we can communicate complex ideas in a way that is easily available to many different people.

Zines in the Age of Online Activism:

I think there is a difference between learning and sharing things online and reading it on paper. The Internet is amazing and accessible, yet you need a computer and wifi. There’s something special about holding a piece of paper that someone put time and effort into copying, stapling and sewing. I feel like it’s a lot more personal. Someone took the time to copy, paste and fold it.

Beginnings of Biracial Bandit:

I coined the phrase Biracial Bandit last year. It is a compilation of youth-created art and poetry. It is a submission-based zine. I contacted multiracial youth, who then their submitted art, poetry, photographs. I have always been very passionate about my ethnicity and my identity. I wanted some sort of catchy phrase that I could identify with. I made some patches with the phrase. I really liked it and identified with it. I also really like alliterations [laughs]. Biracial Bandit spawned from that.

Race within the DIY community:

I feel like when I go to zine fairs or DIY shows it’s mostly cis, white men. There are so many white people. White feminism and white feminist zines are very much a phenomenon right now. I went to the New York Art Book Fair the other day, although in some aspects it was somewhat diverse, it was mostly just a ton of white people in Doc Martens. In creating the zine, I wanted to create an outlet for representation for multiracial youth. When I started asking for submissions, everyone was so glad that there was something going on like this for youth of color. I really think it shows that we need more outlets for youth with marginalized identities.

The larger purpose of Biracial Bandit:

Being biracial has been a huge part of my life. I haven’t really fit into either White or Asian labels. That always upset me, although I am still very passionate about my multiple identities. I look different. People ask me questions that they normally don’t ask other people just based on my appearance. It’s confusing to them. It doesn’t bother me when people ask me what I am. I know I look confusing and I love to talk about it. I started the zine Biracial Bandit because I knew a lot of multiracial kids my age that wanted a platform of expression. They are all so amazing. I wanted to make a zine that celebrates that. I know there are a lot of multiracial people and there is probably a zine about them, but I haven’t seen it yet so I decided to make my own.

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ZAPP At Cornish College of the Arts

By Marissa Ricchetti

On the Monday, September 21st, ZAPP got to visit a class of first year visual art students at Cornish College of the Arts. Volunteers, Kathryn and Marissa, brought along a selection of zine’s from the archive for the student’s to browse and include in their activity for the day. The instructor, artist Dawn Cerny, had her students select a zine from the collection that they favored and share it with the class. We had a blast seeing what zines the students picked and hearing about why they liked them.image3



GiveBig UPDATE and thank you!

Thanks to everyone who gave BIG on May 5th.  Our fiscal sponsor, Shunpike, is processing Seattle Foundation’s “Stretch,” so while we wait, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the individuals who helped us raise a raw total of $1805 through monetary donations.

Audrey Zekonis
Violet Fox
Andy Glaser
Mindi Katzman
Arthur and Carol van der Harten
Gabriela Ooh
Sofia Leung
Michelle Dillon
Brian McGuigan
Jordan Michelman
Bryan Edenfield
Frances McCue
Amber Loranger
Emily van der Harten
Kathryn Higgins
Lou Samson
Susan Surface
Neelybat Chestnut
Garrett Kelly
Kelly McElroy
George Price
Domenica Clark
Raleigh Briggs
Tyler Hauck
Willie Fitzgerald
Joshua Powell
Sean McCain
David Lasky
Allen Huang
John and Patsy Burgess
Sara Diehl
Nora Mukaihata
Jonathan Grosvenor
Robyn Jordan
Tara Atkinson
Elise Doney
Erica Leigh Slepak
Maureen Vander Paus

We appreciate you so much, and because of you, we can teach workshops, put on rad events, preserve zines, and work toward our current goal of finding a secure and accessible space for the collection!




GiveBig – Today is the Day!

Today, Tuesday, May 5, is a very special day – GiveBIG! Until midnight, all donations will be matched with funds from the Seattle Foundation in a city-wide effort to raise as much funding as possible for worthy non-profits. This is the best time to donate to ZAPP.

Today’s donations will help ZAPP move forward on several fronts, including:

  • Moving forward on the search for a permanent home
  • Continuing open hours
  • Supplies (paper, pens, glue, scissors etc) for zinesters to practice their art
  •  Pop-up-libraries, tabling, and flyering
  • Readings, draw-ins and workshops around Seattle.

Head on over to our page on the Seattle Foundation and share the zine love.


Thanks! We like you too.






Drawing with Fogland Studios and ZAPP January Open Hours!


Hosted by ZAPP (Seattle Zine Archiving & Publishing Project) & Hollow Earth Radio & Fogland Studios.

Sunday, January 18th, 2015.   2-6pm

You are cordially invited to sit, snack, chat & make a drawing for publication in a hand-made book to be screenprinted by the end of the month at Fogland Studios in SODO.
We will be drawing with paint pens on cellophane so you need only bring your bad self and/or a snack.
All contributors receive a copy after printing.

In addition, this event takes place during ZAPP’s regular monthly Open Hours at Hollow Earth! Natter with ZAPP volunteers and check out awesome zines from the ZAPP archives (when you feel like a break from drawing).

ZAPP will also be on the air on Hollow Earth from 2:30 on the Buoy and Bellow Radio Programme!



Sparka út jams

And we did kick out the jams at the Reykjavik writing jam!

The October 10th reading was the first official event hosted by Seattle City of Literature, produced in partnership with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, Iceland Naturally, and ZAPP. Bragi Ólafsson and Karen Finneyfrock each wrote and traded one-sentence character sketches, then wrote stories featuring each others’ characters.

After the reading, ZAPP volunteers helped the audience of 75-100 people create zines from the work they just heard. From the official recap: “Everyone had a chance to walk out with a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted booklet commemorating the event. There were two covers to choose from, featuring the logos of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature and Seattle City of Literature, respectively, and there were stamps, collage supplies, and other materials available to customize the zines.  We’re sending a bunch of these zines to Reykjavik.”

Thanks to our partners for a great event!

Short Run

We’ll be at Short Run comix and arts festival on November 15th. We will debut our third collaborative zine, Xenographic #3, themed FOOD. Please say you’ll be there, too!

**Short Run will also host a number of events, in addition to the fest at Washington Hall,  from November 10th-20th.  Check it out because it’s going to be rad.

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