Conceived in 2018 by Jay Eaton and assisted by Mia Hye Mardikian, Almost Real: A Speculative Biology Zine is a multi-volume, ~60 page anthology collection series of at least 12 different speculative biology prose and artwork entries, focused around the celebration of speculative biology while aiming to recapture the magic of publications like Zoobooks and interactive encyclopedia artwork entries. With our first volume introducing the concept of the zine and our second leaning into the concept of “themed” issues with its focus on flight, we plan to release an issue every year, and so far have been met with resounding success, enthusiasm, and support from those who want to explore what could be while rooted in science.
At a hearty 8.5″x11″ size, full-color, and text working in seamless tandem with its entries, the Almost Real series has aimed to inspire, create, and offer a window into not only what could exist, but how it could exist as well. And with 12+ contributors blending together unique visions for each creature and critter, who knows what you’ll find just under the surface?
Quill Garsay & Jay Eaton
Joshua A.C. Newman
Feriowind & K.E. Levine