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Announcement    A single edition compilation of The Dame Vanishes is now available!


Last updated on May 18, 2020

A single edition compilation of The Dame Vanishes is now available!


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Capturing the City - Photos & Haiku

So...what's a zine anyway? Short for magazine, zines are self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression more than profit. Zines cover a myriad of topics from music to gender identity, from poetry to bike repair tips. If you'd like to know more, a good starting point can be found at wemakezines.com/zines-101/.

My original zine, Haiku & Holga, contains 35 mm film photographs taken on a Holga camera with a focus on texture, form, and color. These photos are paired with the spare word form that is haiku. I started the zine after attending the 2013 Brooklyn Zine Fest and seeing all the amazing work people were doing.

My zine-making is also inspired by my grandmother. She was a poet, a painter, and a ceramicist. She made these little booklets which included her poems and drawings. We would take them to the local copy store and then to the post office where she mailed them to friends and family. I remember her as this amazing creative force. I compiled her collected works into a book called A Reflected Life which is available on my etsy page.

In the spring of 2014, I did a special release about the long cold winter because I felt it needed its very own zine. Summer 2014's issue focused on graffiti from New York and Quebec City. I made the next zine in both Spanish and English because I am currently learning Spanish. I have a photo zine called 22 Colour Photographs, riffing off of 122 Colour Photographs by Danish photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen. Urban Ephemera I & II collect graffiti I've discovered in New York City and Europe. I also released other zines like Into the Greenwood and Dem Bones. A small haiku chapbook called New York City Haiku contains my collected haiku.

Since I've always been a fan of comics, I made a comic called The Dame Vanishes. I was inspired by the old black and white Bogart and Bacall movies set in the dark, foggy alleys of San Francisco. Originally released in three separate acts, it is now available in one edition.

In Spring 2020, I published a mystery novella called Objects at Rest. It is available in ebook and paperback on Amazon at: www.amazon.com/author/michelle_spadafore. I am currently working on a new comic.

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Last updated on May 30, 2020
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