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What inspired you to put together a zine about Sandy?
On the Friday after Sandy, my dear and civically-minded friend Matt Kochman extended an invitation to volunteer on Staten Island with SandyBaggers. Within moments of reviewing my photos from the day, I felt compelled to document my experience—and those of the families alongside whom we toiled—with a special issue of Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK. All profits from this issue are being donated to charities involved with the rebuild on Staten.
How have you been affected by the storm?
After seeing the impact on Staten, it’s hard to talk about being ‘affected’ by Sandy without guilt and/or tongue-in-cheek. With the latter in mind, I suspect all Brooklynites are about to feel an effect on their rent prices. In the days following Sandy, I had more visitors to my Williamsburg apartment from lower Manhattanites—who normally eschew visiting Brooklyn for all kinds of facepalm-inducing reasons—than in the 12 months prior. The bad news? They all really loved it.
What's on the horizon for you and Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK?
I’m really looking forward to the official Issue Two, which will be out in early 2013. Like the debut issue, it will feature a slew of amazing contributors from around-the-globe opining about modern life’s minutiae. My design-partner-in-crime Andrew Guirguis (a.k.a. Andrawis George) has just arrived in New York from Sydney, so we’re equally excited about growing Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK, and also working with like-minded collaborators on new titles.
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