September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 15–October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrate & show your support!
This month, we're observing National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15–October 15 by honoring the artists in our Shop whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America!

Scroll down to read about Colorad-based zinester Nicky Rodriguez, our featured artist this month, and to see a few of the prints, zines, journals, and chapbooks that make up our Hispanic Heritage Month Collection. Head to our website to view it in its entirety!

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–7pm
Featured Artist: Nicky Rodriguez
Meet Nicky, one of The Shop at MCBA's many zine artists! 
Nicky Rodriguez lives and
works in Colorado.
How did you get into zine-making? 
I got into zine-making once I joined the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts in 2017. Even though the Bay Area has a robust history of independent comics and zines, I hadn't been exposed to them until I entered the program and got to see how much freedom and accessibility there was in zines as an art form.

What's your favorite part about being an artist?

My favorite part about being an artist is definitely finding ways to express the intangible, like visual and narrative depictions of grief and homesickness. It's always fun to see how far I can push color or abstraction of form to get across the feeling I want. 
Se Casó La Bruja V2 Zine
by Nicky Rodriguez
The Silence of Time Zine
by Nicky Rodriguez
How does your identity as a disabled, queer, and Puerto Rican artist inform and shape your work? 
A lot of my work early on was informed by my trying to parse my identity as an adult, especially as I was coming into my queerness. There was a lot of exploration in my work, in and outside of art, that focused on the Puerto Rican diaspora and how we fit into the greater narrative of Puerto Rican history and culture. That exploration led to me thinking about homesickness as it relates to diaspora and what that looks like for me, and some of my early zines deal expressly with that concept. More recently, I've been using zines to educate about my disabilities, but also as a way to express the frustration that arises from being disabled in a world that expressly seeks to exclude us from society. Even if I'm working on something that isn't autobiographical, my perspective from my lived experience is going to inform the ways I choose to abstract and juxtapose text and image or how I develop a character and their own journey to reflect my own.

What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of illustrating, making webcomics, and zine-making?

I've always been big into baking and trying to spend time in nature, like finding nice little walks through gardens or going on a hike. I did it a lot in California and have been trying to get back into that routine now that I'm in Colorado.
I'm Too Ace for This Zine
by Nicky Rodriguez
Pulse Zine
by Nicky Rodriguez
View All of Nicky's Zines
Celebrate Hispanic Artists
Excerpts from the Prayer Box Zine
by Julia Arredondo
Happiest Moment Print
by Christopher Alday
Fatherland, Motherland Chapbook
by Phoebe Rodriguez
Birds, Bees + Beyond Zine
by kuwa jasiri lndomela
Scorched Feet/Pies Quemados Zine Vol. 1 & 2
by Alexa Horochowski and R Yun Matea
They Die From Fright Zine
by annacolombia
Nature Journals
by Amber Stoner
Handmade Paper Earrings
by Maria Amalia Wood
Timelord Pamphlet Zine
by Brandon Alvarado
Feeling Down Zine
by María José Castillo
Shop the Collection
Staff Pick
Note: Not to scale.
Charlie Kelley-Pegg, Retail & Visitor Services Associate, recommends Tending the Soil: Lessons for Organizing, a zine by Ricardo Levins Morales. "Levins Morales's work is truly emblematic of the grassroots social justice movements in Minneapolis," says Charlie. "His artistic style and the messages in his pieces embody that sweet spot between the visual and written; the way he inspires change with his art is everything I (and hopefully others at MCBA) strive to do in book arts. His work is accessible and genuine."
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