Plant A Brand New World is an illustration submitted by @FOOZARO to be featured in Art Block Zine's Volume 4, Issue 2 titled Processing.
Art Block Zine is currently accepting submissions for our next biannual zine. For more details, visit our page.
To find more illustrations, poetry, and art like such, you can buy a copy of Processing in the DSTL Arts store.
By Tanya Sotelo
Raising an Autistic child has had me look more closely at how the world perceives Autism and Autistic people. I began to realize what an impact Aurtistic could have when I shared on social media about how Aurtistic came to be and what we were trying to do with the zine. Friends, family, and strangers online messaged me about their excitement for the Zine and how happy they were to see something like Aurtistic was being made.
When my Editor in Chief and I began to brainstorm for issue 2 of Aurtistic Zine, perception immediately jumped out at me as a theme. I thought about all the encounters with people who have had their perception of Autism curated by the media and how they react to being informed that our son is Autistic. It often leads to responses of “Well at least he doesn’t look Autistic.” “He looks normal though!” “Maybe he will grow out of it?” and many more. This will never fail to induce a silent rage to well up inside of me. I try my best to explain that there is no “look” this is not something that can be “grown out of” and I don’t even bother with the whole normal thing because what the hell?
Those responses are what drives me. I truly believe that through Aurtistic we are able to offer a different viewpoint from what the mainstream media currently perpetuates. That through the zine Autistic artists can share their talent and their stories that encourage others to expand or change their perception of Autism. Art is often used as bridge between cultures and I hope with Aurtistic it can be a bridge that fosters understanding and acceptance for those with neurological differences.
Story By Melina Chavarria
Illustrated by Adolfo Reyes Jr.
Hyperlexsia is a comic produced by DSTL Art's Aurtistic Zine, open to artists with autism and their families. Hyperlexsia can be found in Aurtistic Zine's Vol. 1, Issue 1 titled: Spectrum.
You can find your copy of Spectrum available for purchase here.
To learn more about Aurtistic Zine, you can visit their web page here.
By Angelica Castañeda
Stand Out was taken by Art Block's Editor in Chief, Angelica Castañeda. Stand Out has been featured in Art Block Zine's Volume 4, Issue 1 titled NORMAL.
You can find more works of art like in NORMAL available for purchase here.
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Stay tuned for more! -JNA
By Melina Chavarria
We are overjoyed with the amazing response we have received from the community for Issue 1 of Aurtistic Zine. We have consistently sold out events, and the awareness and interest for obtaining a copy of our first issue continues to grow. As a reminder, copies of our first issue are still available on our web store.
Our first issue was titled Spectrum, and we were fortunate to be able to share work from both Autistic Individuals and their families to give readers a better understanding of what it is like to come to the realization that they, or a loved one, is on the Autism Spectrum. We hope it gave the community a sense of belonging and validation, because even though people have a varied reaction to receiving a diagnosis, we all share a continued sense of hope, and determination to figure out how to live a full life, regardless of where we land on the spectrum.
In Issue 2 we hope to broaden your understanding by showing different perspectives. Our theme for this issue is “Perception,” where we hope to highlight work from Autistic individuals and their families, and what it’s like to walk a mile in their shoes, viewing the world through their eyes. We are excited for how the community has embraced our new zine, and look forward to seeing more people submit their work so that we can continue to share their talents with the rest of the community.
Learn more about Aurtistic Zine and how to submit here!
The content displayed here is submitted by various local authors, artists, and more, and is curated by the DSTL Arts Art Block Zine–Editorial Board. Works published here are done so with the permission of all artists involved. Artists hold all rights to their work, and none of it may be reproduced without their permission.