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Sunny Side Up

Your daily recommended serving of mortality and eggs.

Illustration + Design
localkristine

The Concept

In 2017 I was in a car accident with my partner. Afterwards, the idea of mortality and losing him had been super present in my mind, daily. Although making this zine involved reliving and remembering awful memories and noises and a bunch of crying during therapy sessions, it was an incredibly healing way to get all the feelings to the surface instead of allowing them to dwell wildly within my head.

Part of me worries it doesn't make too much sense but I guess that's not necessarily the point.


The Final

Open book against yellow background. Eggs turn in a face. Text reads: but i like reincarnation. (or the egg theory) Overhead shot. Two zines. One lays flat and reads: Sunny Side Up. The other is standing with pages open. Book jacket has eggs on it.

Each zine is enclosed in a book jacket which interrupt the first and final images with eggs mimicking worried eyes.

Sunny Side Up explores what mortality means to me and the insecurities surrounding the value of my all-too-human life. Throughout the course of a morning routine I delve into death in a myriad of ways — How will it happen? What comes next? What will it mean to the people left behind (will it mean much)? How will I spend the time I have left?


All zine pages, in their print-format

The entire zine is printed on a single sheet of paper.

The Process

Writing

Handwritten text brainstorming about what goes in a will Handwritten text labelled 1 to 16, showing the zine script

This zine started off unintentionally, after realizing I didn't have a will. It eventually adapted into wondering what in my life would be of value to others and, ultimately, what about myself was of value.


Sketches

Zine layout sketches. Multiple passes of first-person point of view. Arms reach out touching the face of a shocked person. Sketches of breakfast, cooking and eating eggs. Sketches of holding hands and a sleeping boy.