Nasty Zinesters Fight Back!
Coping with a Donald Trump world through art and outrage
HOW DOES ONE REACT when the rug is pulled out from under you? When an orangey reality-show businessman — a bad businessman — a racist, a xenophobe, a misogynistic hateful troll has assumed control of the world’s most powerful country? Like everyone else, we’ve scrolled through thinkpiece after thinkpiece until our eyes dried like prunes in their sockets, trying to figure out how the hell this happened, and how the hell to parse it. We’ve read myriad suggestions from people far smarter than ourselves about how to think, how to act, how to feel. It’s ok to be furious, it’s ok to be anxious, it’s ok to be scared. It’s our imperative right now to feel, to think and to act when we are ready. It’s imperative to take care of ourselves and our friends and those who need support and allies. It’s most important of all to keep making art that explores these complications and provides a mouthpiece for our rage and helplessness. We have profiled several folks who have made anti-trump zines and comics, and our staffers have contributed some essays of their own. We hope these pieces will offer some comfort, or at very least, something to think about as the world heads into yet another political dark age. (Alison Lang)
AMONG THE MOST RIDICULOUS warnings about the Trump presidency is that we can’t allow the Trump phenomenon to become `normal’. Alas, I take a pretty dim view of humanity. For me, blowhard demagogues who get rich and powerful with their daddy’s money then use that money and power to get more power (and money) are as normal (and American) as apple pie and hand guns. The ascendancy of Trump and his lizard cabinet of billionaire cronies is yet another lesson in the banality of evil as channeled through the conformity and passivity of the hyper-mediated crowd. In a modern age that brought us Hiroshima, Hitler and many other capital H horrors, Trump’s normalcy should no more be questioned than his legitimacy. Might makes right; it always has and it always will.
I have also heard people saying that Trump’s election will be a good thing for independent and underground culture. Their reasoning is that the denizens of zine culture will be at the forefront of the opposition. We will be more important than ever. It’s always nice to feel needed, but I don’t buy that argument either. Donald Trump backlash isn’t exactly on the fringe. When hating the orange one puts you in the same company as every New York Times columnist, every Bush, every Clinton and every Silicon Valley Richie-rich with a conscience (note: Elon Musk does not have a conscience), it’s time to rethink the idea that you’re on the vanguard of the opposition.