Friday, February 20, 2015

Announcing my new fanzine!

The Nature of Fleas, Starring Dame Miriam Rothschild

I'm excited to announce my new fanzine, about fleas and the lady who loved them!

It tells the story of Miriam Rothschild's extraordinary life and explains a little bit about her research on fleas.

Miriam Rothschild is one of my heroes.  She was a British entomologist, conservationist, and humanitarian. She did some really interesting and important work.

Inside this fanzine is a mix of collage, illustration, and cute cartoon bunnies discussing scientific research on flea-borne disease.
Page 7. All of these photos are properly
attributed in the book, for reals.

I teamed up with Jon Horn at blue dot prints to design a cover based on Rothschild's book Fleas, Flukes, and Cuckoos.  We screen printed the covers at Fogland Studios in Seattle.  I had always wanted to learn to screen print and now I have the power!

Jon and I also made this kickin' zoetrope, an animation machine that you can cut out, mount on a bubble tea straw, and spin!  The animation is a jumping flea.  I did the flea illustrations based on Rothschild's photographs of jumping fleas, and Jon used his engineering skills to design this amazing little device.


  1. This is the best fanzine about Miriam Rothschild ever created!!!!!

  2. Hi Emilie,
    I just read your wonderful article about Dame Miriam Rothschild. Planning to buy your fanzine for my 8 year old daughter who is very passionate about insects.

    1. How exciting to hear that your daughter loves insects! I hope you'll let me know what she thinks of the fanzine. Kids are the best critics!

  3. I just placed our order. We will definitely get back to you with her impressions. :)