Individual Voices: Jack Kay

Zine retrieved from Northwest Alternative Comics exhibition (Fall 2016).

Silhouette from Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory

Left page next to plant silhouette from Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory

While searching through the many zines at the art building, I stumbled upon a book called, “Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory.” The books cover intrigued me because it displayed someone pulling a boat while on the backside there was people pulling the same boat, but the opposite way. The book was by Eroyn Franklin, who is a Seattle-based artist who pushes the boundaries of the traditional approaches t0 comics. This Zine was created to narrate her life from being a child to her Adulthood. The pages feature a text on the left and a silhouette on the right. The interesting benefit of doing this in my opinion; added to the depressing story she had told. It seemed pretty dark, but that was because she had pushed herself to be something she really was not. I did not read the whole book, but I read a few pages about her describing her marriage and how it fell apart even from the beginning. She married because of benefits and believed she was in love, when she truly knew deep down that she was not. The Silhouettes displays such a little scene, but still adds such in-depth image to what her texts says. My favorite wording to her story belonged to a page that was about her dying plants in relation to her dying relationship with her husband. Of course, this moment in time was very sad for her, but the way she described the plants in her apartment had me hooked. The succulents and orchids were a symbol of their dying relationship that helped convey that she was really just auto-piloting through the worst of her life. Franklin really displayed her individual voice to me because of her wording as well as her simple yet complex silhouettes.

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