June 18, 2014

Zine: Everydaypants #3

Everydaypants #3 illustrates all the feelings. 

We are only three days shy of summer, and so in come the feelings. We will feel excited and thrilled, inspired and motivated, and most definitively worn out by the relentless heat bearing down on our shoulders. Those feelings will be authentic to ourselves, as all feelings are, and they will be hard to illustrate to others. This is why I am reading Ramsey Beyer's latest comic collection outside in the hot grass, because illustrating sincere emotion is what she's best at.

Everydaypants #3 is a collection of comics and drawings that Ramsey has produced over the past year or so. It includes commissions, excerpts from her book and comics she's contributed to other publications. It's an excellent introduction for someone unfamiliar with her comics, and it's even a great read for longtime fans like myself. I can read Ramsey's comics over and over again because her ability to convey emotion is eloquent but realistic. Her drawings are both memorable and pragmatic, using lots of black space and close attention to detail to create a perfect union of words and illustration.

Ramsey's latest zine features pet portraits she draws on commission for extra money, album artwork, comics drawn for As You Were (a punk comic anthology curated by Mitch Clem) and excerpts from Little Fish, her young adult book about leaving home for the first time to attend college. She takes us through her experiences as a young punk in the Midwest, at her first house show, as a nanny and even her pre-feminist moments.

So this book [Little Fish] is a little different in that it is me in all of my 18-year-old, apolitcal, pre-feminist, small town glory. The year in this book shows my entrance into punk as the political, acknowledging my own privilege for the first time, my discovery of indie comics and zines (which changed my life), and my first real relationship. It was easily the most formative time in my entire life and that year had a huge impact on who I am today. It took everything I had not to edit out the more embarrassing things I said as an 18-year old so hopefully you can appreciate its authenticity.

I think many of us can say we've been there as far as the instinct to "edit out" the parts of ourselves that we've worked so hard to shed. The fact that Ramsey doesn't edit these very real and never-completely-going-away parts of her past is what makes her comics so sincere and engaging, so that us readers can just lay back in the grass and feel it all out.

See more work by the artist here.

Written by Cynthia Schemmer