Nyky Gomez Moves On From Brown Recluse Distro

Moves on from Brown Recluse Zine Distro

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Any­one who has ever run a zine distro knows it's a com­pli­cated and of­ten thank­less labour of love. For Nyky Gomez, founder of the Brown Recluse Zine Distro, this sit­u­a­tion was no dif­fer­ent. Based in Seattle, Gomez founded the distro in 2013 in re­sponse to a lack of rep­re­sen­ta­tion and sup­port for zines cre­ated by peo­ple of colour. Since then the distro has grown ex­po­nen­tially with a huge and di­verse cat­a­logue, and Gomez has trav­eled the coun­try to ta­ble and speak about the distro. Now, how­ever, she is step­ping back from the distro op­er­a­tions, hand­ing the reigns over to co-or­ga­nizer Elena Corinne, who has moved op­er­a­tions to her home based in Olympia, W.A. “I travel fre­quently, run a sep­a­rate busi­ness and have su­per full life in gen­eral,” Gomez ex­plains over email. “In short, the distro was tak­ing a back­seat and was not reach­ing its po­ten­tial.” She's now look­ing for­ward to work­ing on her own cre­ative projects, read­ing zines for plea­sure (what a con­cept!) and man­ag­ing Safe Night Ac­cess Project Seattle, a sex worker-led peer out­reach project aimed at pro­vid­ing harm re­duc­tion sup­port.

She re­flects warmly on the many life-chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that came with man­ag­ing the distro, es­pe­cially 2013's POC Zine Project tour: “I met some truly bril­liant artists: Cristy C. Road, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Toi Scott, peo­ple who I con­sider my fam­ily now, “she says. “I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to have taken part in such a beau­ti­ful, messy, hon­est hu­man-as-fuck ex­pe­ri­ence.” (Ali­son Lang)

Photo by So­nia Moin­zadeh

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