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STACKS, invites you on a journey through time, as artists commemorate and revisit the past 30 years 1984-2014. This unique collection and visual timeline, celebrates the history, politics, pop culture, personal monuments, and childhood memories throughout these significant years and drastic decades.
This project is made possible by the contributions of 60+ artists from around the world. Each of the artists have selected a year of focus, illustrating, printing, and creating limited edition zines based on an important topic from that year. Subjects include hairstyles from the 80s, teenager angst, the Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, personal anthologies, roaming the streets of New York City, romance stories, and more. Each zine is clever, unique, and insightful look into the recent history and our experiences of the world.
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Adriana Bellet, Andrew Kolb, Andy Brinkman, Anna Bongiovanni, Anna Rose, Ashley Hohnstein, Ashley Huebner, Barbara Dziadosz, Brenna Lindblad, Cat Rocketship, Catherine Ho, Chris Kindred, Christopher Hegland, Drew Schmidt, Erika Rier, Erin Lux, Esther Hong, Evan Palmer, Evyn Fong, Francesca Buchko, Hannah Kennedy, Ian Densford, Jaime Willems, Janna Morton, Jenny Bookler, Jimmy Malone, Jo Yeh, Julie Boehmer, Junyi Wu, Karina Rehrbehn, Kate Thomas, Katrina Castillo, Kelsey Henderson, Kelsey Dusenka, Kim Ku, Kyle Coughlin, Kyle Harabedian, Leigh Luna, Leonard Peng, Lindsay Nohl, Luke Rusch, Mary Rothlisberger, Matt Rockefeller, Melissa Ling, Maximillian A Queripel, Patsy Chen , Rebecca Olene, Rosena Fung, Salina Trevino, Savannah Schroll Guz, Shirley Liang, Swati Addanki, Taryn Gee, Taylor Kristan, Vanessa Port, Xanthe Bouma, Yelena Bryksenkova
1984- Entertainment Ephemera
"84-Entertainment Ephemera reframes some of 1984's biggest pop culture phenomenons, lending a modern sense of humor and pathos to the year that brought us Purple Rain, Ghost Busters, Sixteen Candles, Terminator, NeverEnding Story, and much more."
1985- Studio Ghibli Tribute Zine
"A zine to commemorate the launch of Studio Ghibli in 1985. The drawings in the zine depict characters from Ghibli films throughout the studio's history. This is a fun interpretation of the lush and inspiring artwork and animation in Miyazaki's films."
1985- A Pop Culture Pocket Guide
"1985: A Pop Culture Pocket Guide" is a brief illustrated overview of the films, television series, and record singles that make 1985 a significant year in popular culture. The guide is in full color and contains a great balance of informational text and lurid illustrations."
1986-The Return of the Comet
"From the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster to the Return of Halley’s Comet the Iran-Contra affair, this zine is a tour through the events of the year 1986 in 12 pages."
"This zine combines memories and impressions of 1987, at 10 years old, and distills them into a series of illustrations. Memories include my first kiss, specifics brands, magazines, products, and movies that influenced by childhood. "
"A zine inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's 1987 book, 'Bluebeard.' The zine combines excerpts from the book and images of the artist's own making to expand on Vonnegut's darkly humorous tale."
1988- The Year Was 1988
"The Year was 1988" is a super-abridged guide to the important fashion trends (and political election) of 1988, as observed by the Gen-Xers of a very small town in South-Central Pennsylvania."
"The Internet is engrained in our culture, viewed nearly as a necessity. Since the World Wide Web was invented in '89, I wanted to take a step back and examine the original intent and ideas behind public access to the Internet."
1989- Eat My Shorts
"1989 is the year the Simpsons started running on TV. I have watched every episode since I was 6. The Simpsons is my favorite show in that when I was young I was so amazed how a cartoon could be so questionable not realizing it wasn't made for children."
1990- Scarred for Life
"Scarred for Life" is a zine about movies, life lessons and 1990. It is a brief compendium of the movies that came out that year that shocked, worried or vexed the artist, and the childhood lessons that were gained from them."
"This zine is based on the 1990 novel Jurassic Park. The creatures from the book that were later adapted into films. These creatures played a major role and influence on my life- helping shape a larger view of nature and the natural world . There is always something new to be found when revisiting the novel."
1991- I Want to Believe
"This is a never-before-aired episode of The X-Files' first season. Mulder and Scully travel to Maine to investigate a mysterious death that seems to be related to a cursed zine."
1992- Moon Queen
"Fashion designer Alexander McQueen and Sailor Moon mangaka Naoko Takeuchi- what if these two light-year apart creators collaborated? Both artists hit the limelight in the year 1992, and their careers blasted off into household names. The zine "Moon Queen" puts McQueen's designs onto Sailor Moon characters, creating a weird and (hopefully) wonderful little what-if? book."
1992- Isometric Spaces from X-Men: The Animated Series
"Isometric Spaces From X-Men: The Animated Series is a tribute zine to one of the artist's favorite childhood cartoon series. Referencing scenes from the show, the artist re-imagined spaces the X-Men lived in into an isometric format, giving a fresh take to a nostalgic trip back in time."
1993- Beanie Babies
1993 was the year the TY Inc released their first run of beanie babies to the World Fair in New York City. This Zine illustrates these beanie babies, which became known as the 'Original Nine.'
1993- Power Rangers
"Power Rangers is based on the original North American airing of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers during 1993. The zine is structured around the characteristics of each ranger and the actors and actresses in real life. A more societal look at each character within the culture of the show during the 90s"
1994- The Year The Game
"1994 was a great year: fantastic cartoons, great games, awesome fashion. It was a time where you could put on your overalls, lace up your Nike Air Maxes, and run around the neighborhood impersonating Gargoyles and Street Sharks. It's these carefree moments that the artist decided to immortalize as a limited run of booster cards for a fictitious game called 1994: The Year The Game."
1994- film x videogAMES
film x videogAMES celebrates a combination of film, video games, and popular culture from the year 1994. It includes icons such as Forrest Gump, Final Fantasy IV, the Lion King, and The Crow among others.
1995- A Field Guide to Track and Field
The playground was a sacred, wild, and unruly landscape. It is where were we made songs, games, friends, and memories. This zine is a tribute to the moments spent on the playground, the, laying in the grass, and exploring in the year 1995.
1996- The Poké Life
"The Poké Life is a zine about the year Pokémon took the world by storm. The games captured the imaginations of thousands, transforming their environments into Pokémon playgrounds. Each spread depicts a part of the world in which even the people and objects appear to take on the likeness of these adorable, addictive creatures. 95 are hidden within the pages, challenge yourself to find 'em all!"
1997- The Phoenix Lights
"In 1997, one of the largest mass UFO sightings took place in the skies over Phoenix; the event became know as The Phoenix Lights. I remember this from the news as a kid and I trace my love of all things "other-worldly" back to it. It's a pictorial representation of my beliefs in the unknown. "
"The topic of this Zine is the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The project introduces illustrations of the main characters and information about protection from vampires. The zine includes a diy paper doll and a glow in the dark sticker."
"In 1998 the artist was a 15 year old boy whose time was spent playing video games and fantasy table top adventures, and absorbing anime, comics, movies, and music of the day with his friends. The artist has illustrated personal experiences and memories alongside some of the more notable occurrences of 98, incidents that he considers landmark events that will ring on through history. It shows an interesting larger image: the mundane beside the critical moments of 1998."
1999- Night Manuevers
In 1999 as the world prepared for a new century, this true-ish story happened to my friends and I, in a time before most people had the internet to entertain them. Prowling the neighborhood at night, staging mock gun fights and getting into trouble, it all came to a head and stood as a turning point in our personal transitions into adulthood.
1999- Existential 1999 Quotebook
"This is an experimental type zine documenting notable quotes from movies that came out in the 1999s. For this project, I was especially interested in quotes that gave different interpretations of our existence and the meaning of life."
2000 - Y2K
"The year 2000 is sometimes abbreviated as Y2K. I could have focused on all the technological changes that the world was going through. But I prefered giving a more personal view. In 2000, I was only 8 years old that is why this zine is full of what it used to be my favorite toys, videogames, films and cool memories that I’m sharing with you."
2001- Selected Memories of 2001
"In 2001, the I was 13 years old. This zine represents the few memories from that year: a handful of music, movies, clothes and moments that are still stuck in my mind 13 years later."
2002- Teenage Years
"This Zine is about the artist's teenage years back in 2002. It is all about the ambivalent feelings you have as a teenager, toys, boys, music and the transition from childhood to being an adult."
2002- Aught To
'Aught To' covers the happenings in Gangsta' Rap, Graffiti and American (sub)Culture over the course of 2002. Interviews with Nekst DTS & Kingpin Skinny Pimp of Memphis intermingle with world news, landmark events & cases from the period and miscellaneous ephemera culled from months of vigorous research.
"In 2004, the pilot of the television show Lost aired. In it, a handful of people learn about themselves and each other when they are stranded on an island together. This zine investigates the island without the people that had such a profound impact on the place."
2004- Project Runway: Unconventional Challenges
"The topic of this Zine is the television show Project Runway, with the Unconventional Challenge episodes being the main focus. The challenges are about innovation and coming up with ways to transform unconventional materials into wearable outfits. Locations for materials range from candy shops to hardware and pet stores. Each season, these are the episodes that the artist looks forward to."
2005- The Awkward (Almost) Sexual Awakening Of Miss Annabelle
"This Zine is a personal memoir from the artist, on her uncomfortable experience as a freshman in college in 2005. It is told from a distant perspective through a character of her creation, named Annabelle. In addition to being uncomfortable all the time, the artist vividly recalls watching a ton of music videos that year. A mix CD is included so everyone knows exactly what she listening to at the time (plus, it's a pretty great CD to groove to)."
2006- Growing Up In 2006
"Growing Up In 2006 is a display of the films, music and food the artist was eating as a freshman in high school. These mundane details are presented through written stories and illustrated."
2006- Girl Crush
"Girl Crush is a small homage to a friendship that began in 2006. The friendship went against preconceived notions and blossomed into partnership of silliness and panty banditry. "
2007- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Activity Book
This zine was made to commemorate the year 2007, and all of the magical experiences through the world of Harry Potter. This is a fun zine full of games, connect the dots, paper dolls, and activities to interact with you favorite characters.
2007 in Beginnings and Endings
"Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it." I've always loved this quote, and as I get older I learn how true it is. Of course, a lot happened in 2007, but I decided to narrow it down to events--big and small--that constituted beginnings and endings.
2009- Dumbness &Depression: A Metaphorical Adventure
This is the official depression master's handbook, a playable D&D campaign for you and your friends. Take on the role of the DM with this booklet as your guide.
2009- How to Spend Your Suburban Summer
"In the summer of 2009, I started hanging out with a new group of friends and with them, everything felt like an adventure. We were seventeen, with the freedom of driving suddenly opening up the world to us. In the summer, the suburbs are rarely exciting, but for once, they were."
2010- I'm Not A Knight. I'm A Boy.
"This zine celebrates the personal importance of Adventure Time It represents the current era of animation, while playing to familiarities like video games, princesses, and being a child."
2011- This Party Really Sucks
"This Party Really Sucks is a short comic about how my mom paid me in comic books to go to my senior prom. This was one of the funniest moments in my life during 2011. This Party Really Sucks sums up most of that feeling in a single night."
Let's Talk 2012
"Let's Talk 2012 is an illustrated collection of memories from the year 2012. The 26 memories found inside are responses to the phrase: A moment/memory/experience from 2012."
2012- 1932 Edgewood Road (TWELVE MONTHS OF LETTERS TO)
"2012 was a year of wild transition for me— hoping machines and handstands, heartache and home-sickness, one hundred and eighty-seven days on the road. The only constant in my life was a penpal, with whom I had a letter-every-day relationship; mail managed to find me wherever I was. The slow-motion conversation was my metronome. This is a selection of twenty-two of my letters. We don't know each other anymore."
2013- Highs and Lows: A Coming of Age Zine
"Highs and Lows explores a variety of topics surrounding moving out onto your own for the first time. There are plenty of positives, but almost exact opposite negatives. Through hand-drawn illustration and lettering, this zine explores the major highs and lows one experiences while gaining their footing."
2013- New York Sketch Blog (By a Toronto Tourist)
"New York Sketch Blog details the artist's very first trip to NYC in 2013, and her exhilarating, amazing experience there. She unexpectedly fell in love with the city that never sleeps. A story of great company, great food, and sublime adventures over the course of four days.."
2014- Look Closely, What Do You See?
"This is a how-to zine created around different fortune telling methods including palmistry, tea leaf reading, scrying, pendulum reading and reading Tarot cards. This topic was one explored thoroughly by the artist in early 2014 and she chose this topic to be experiential, where the viewer can participate in readings of their own for the rest of 2014 and beyond.
This zine includes a unique hand-painted porcelain talisman made by the artist.