December 21, 2016

An All-Girl Art-Zine Set Out to Empower and Inspire!

A group of students and alumni have pooled their talents to create their first digital art-zine.

Lana Lasher and Stephanie Nava are two recent UCF graduates that are also active in the Orlando art community. They launched their ‘zine in October under the moniker Planet Venus to create a platform for young and contemporary female artists to express themselves in a variety of mediums while challenging conventional notions of womanhood.

For the first issue, they collaborated with five visual artists and one writer. The issue was published in October and celebrates spooky themes. Titled “WitchBitch,” Lasher was inspired to put a positive spin on the typically derogatory term.

Each artist contributed a small collection of original works. Digital and print copies can be purchased on their Gumroad page at

Images from the first issue of Planet Venus


Stephanie Acosta is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art.

Brittany Alvarado is pursuing an art degree with a specialization in illustration.

Mercedes Ciera graduated from Seminole State College with an Associates degree in fine art. She is a sculptor, freelancing in special effects.

Krista Hunsicker graduated from UCF in 2014 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, specializing in graphic design. She works as a graphic designer in Washington, D.C. in digital marketing.

Lana Lasher graduated from UCF in 2016 with a B.F.A., specializing in sculpture, and a minor in art history. She is currently a graduate student in UCF’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Stephanie Nava earner her B.F.A. from UCF in 2016 with a specialization in illustration. She is a graphic artist at Sparrow Innovations, Inc.

Alyssa Tedrick is a recent graduate from Daytona State College, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology, while double-majoring in political science and women’s studies.

Kim Zavesky graduated from UCF in 2016 with a B.F.A., specializing in illustration. She is a graphic designer and illustrator at Roots, Inc, an Ohio-based company.