Bigmouth is a blog and distro project uplifting the work of women and gender nonconforming illustrators and comic creators from AMEMSA (African, Middle East, Muslim, South Asian) countries and their diasporas.
Though the artists featured on Bigmouth come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious backgrounds, their work is connected by common thematic threads addressing issues and intersections of topics such as Orientalism, imperialism, race/ethnicity, spirituality, war, gender, sexuality, and diaspora.
For information about what we feature/carry or directions on how to submit your work, please check our submission guidelines page.
The project is an initiative of Palestinian artist and author Leila Abdelrazaq.
Framing our own narratives
When we tell our own stories, we write our own histories, analyze our present realities, and imagine our collective futures. And, we do so independent of outside "experts" who seek to frame the narrative around our lives and experiences. This is particularly important for AMEMSA women and queer people, who are often either fetishized, erased, or painted as victims in need of saving by "The West."
Bringing the diaspora closer to home
By positioning the work of diaspora artists alongside the work of artists living in our home countries, Bigmouth seeks to break down barriers that prevent diaspora artists from connecting with creative communities in the motherland and vice versa. This allows us, as a global creative community, to explore a myriad of experiences and subjects without constantly having to define or explain ourselves as an "other." By presenting a variety of voices and stories side by side, we also resist the idea that we and our people are a monolith.
Artists Supporting Artists
Bigmouth is run by artists, for artists, and seeks to reduce barriers to distribution faced by marginalized communities by creating opportunities for our work to enter spaces that we are often (both implicitly and explicitly) barred from. We do this by covering all shipping fees to/from the distro, tabling at expos and fairs, and by printing the work of artists from outside the United States in North America for worldwide distribution. And all proceeds from zine sales that don't go directly to the artist go back into the distro, so Bigmouth can keep printing and distroing work from around the world!