Dress Code Cracker: The Colour­ing Book

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Colour­ing Book, Sarah In­nis, dress­code­cracker.com, etsy, $3

Sarah In­nis’ colour­ing book was made as a com­pan­ion piece to her pod­cast, Dress Code Cracker, which talks about queer fash­ion, style and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Dress Code Cracker: The Colour­ing Book in­cludes 10 images of di­verse queer style icons along­side vi­gnettes of their ad­vice and thoughts. It also in­cludes a pa­per doll cen­tre­fold (!!). Peo­ple of colour are well rep­re­sented within the zine’s pages, as are peo­ple of all sizes and across the spec­trum of gen­der iden­tity. Aside from the rad hu­mans rep­re­sented within the zine’s pages, In­nis does a mas­ter­ful job of cap­tur­ing text de­scrip­tions and quotes from the sub­jects that com­mu­ni­cate their per­son­al­ity and pol­i­tics. Full dis­clo­sure, Sarah In­nis is an au­thor and artist I’ve ad­mired for some time, and the colour­ing book has been re-gifted to my 10-year-old, who is ea­ger to fill in the black and white out­lines of ev­ery­one’s awe­some out­fits. This phys­i­cal zine, in con­junc­tion with the pod­cast, highlights im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions around queer­ness, vis­i­bil­ity, per­sonal ex­pres­sion, con­sumer cul­ture, art and fem­i­nism. Colour in Liza Kelly, Toronto theatre de­signer and fash­ion ge­nius or Vivek Shraya, artist, au­thor, ac­tivist and in­no­va­tive su­per-hu­man. Ap­peal­ing to both youth and adults alike, Dress Code Cracker: The Colour­ing Book makes for a rad­i­cal, re­lat­able lit­tle zine. (CJ Blen­ner­has­sett)

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