Chikaboo Designs is a small press publisher founded and run by Natasha Natarajan. It began with Issues #1-4 of ‘FML Comics’ – an autobiographical comic strip exploring Natasha’s most private and political experiences – and has now expanded far beyond that. Chikaboo Designs is excited about work that is intimate, vulnerable and very honest – popular per-zines include ‘Female Friendly Porn’, ‘Why He Hasn’t Replied Yet’ and ‘Body Count’. We also love raw and humorous short-form comics like Emily Cullen’s ‘Garforth Golf Club’. Natasha is passionate about authentic voices and discussions. She is keen to bring creatives together to embark on artistic adventures through publishing.
by Popea Salisbury
Published May 2020
A debut zine from artist Popea Salisbury exploring the anxiety, hope, joy and sadness of love and modern dating through heartfelt prose and poetry.
With a unique stream of consciousness writing style, Popea takes us on a journey of her memories and reflections as she tells the story of 9 men she’s been with. The pages are interspersed with beautiful watercolour pieces bringing softness and a moment of reflection to her heart-wrenching writing.
Her emotional honesty and expressive prose will leave you deeply moved and reminiscing about your own experiences. I can’t recommend this beautiful and insightful zine enough. A must-read for anyone interested in per-zines and previous publications Female Friendly Porn + The Girl Who Cried Love.
Read more about Popea here.
Popea Salisbury is a visual artist born and bred in South-East London. She is currently completing a Foundation Diploma at Camberwell College of Arts and will start a BA in Fine Art at Brighton University in September 2020. Popea’s work explores relationships, intimacy and identity. She is interested in manipulating imagery to subvert convention and context. She also uses verse and poetry to investigate the universal emotions of anxiety, hope, joy and sadness that come with the tricky package of love and modern dating. She has a growing interest in socially engaged projects, and aims to work within her local community to make fine art accessible and enjoyable for other working class people.
Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.