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The Little Cactus

THE LITTLE CACTUS

Gaby Smith

The Little Cactus is a printed zine project with the message that caring for others helps everyone grow, told through the story of a lonely cactus’s quest to find a loving owner. The story aims to uplift the reader whilst challenging them to question their approaches to others: what could they be doing differently to help others and make the world a kinder place? To promote introspection, the comic remains dialogueless, allowing the reader to make their own interpretations of the narrative.

Alongside its strong social equality message, the project aims to inspire constructive approaches to the way we consume and produce print media to confront our throwaway society. It celebrates the amateur nature of DIY culture - each hand drawn frame, printed on 100% recycled paper, appreciates the imperfect nature of humans. The flatter hierarchy between reader and writer allows communication and exploration into how zines can give voices to erased communities within the political sphere. Finally, the project works to dispel the myth that print media is dead and digital media is here to replace it, when in fact the two disciplines can work together harmoniously. This is portrayed in the utilization of modern software and hand drawn aesthetic.

THE LITTLE CACTUS

Gaby Smith

The Little Cactus is a printed zine project with the message that caring for others helps everyone grow, told through the story of a lonely cactus’s quest to find a loving owner. The story aims to uplift the reader whilst challenging them to question their approaches to others: what could they be doing differently to help others and make the world a kinder place? To promote introspection, the comic remains dialogueless, allowing the reader to make their own interpretations of the narrative.

Alongside its strong social equality message, the project aims to inspire constructive approaches to the way we consume and produce print media to confront our throwaway society. It celebrates the amateur nature of DIY culture - each hand drawn frame, printed on 100% recycled paper, appreciates the imperfect nature of humans. The flatter hierarchy between reader and writer allows communication and exploration into how zines can give voices to erased communities within the political sphere. Finally, the project works to dispel the myth that print media is dead and digital media is here to replace it, when in fact the two disciplines can work together harmoniously. This is portrayed in the utilization of modern software and hand drawn aesthetic.