GRASSHOPPERS ARE COMING, THE, 4¼” x 5½”, 28 pgs.

Dec 03, 2020

Nothing to take your mind off the myriad disasters of our day like reading about a disaster a century and a half ago. The idea of a plague of locusts is terrifying and indeed Biblical, but not something I think many of us spend much time thinking about. This zine is about just that: a plague of locusts that stormed the Midwest and West in the 1870s, a swarm that one meteorologist estimated to be 110 miles wide and 1,800 miles long, up to a half mile deep. Destroying crops, eating people’s dresses right off them, the works. Terrifying. Though (spoiler alert) the locusts that are native to the U.S. are thought to be extinct, no one knows for sure why, and some people think they aren’t actually extinct. Because locust swarms are usually caused by drought, and climate change is rapidly going to cause more of that, this zine has really added another anxiety to my laundry list. –jimmy cooper (Alicia H,