What makes a life path meaningful? All of us have to choose pathways every day, in our physical reality and in our mental environment. Some lead to beautiful mistakes, others to joyful epiphanies—but throughout, our choices help determine the kind of people we want to be and the ideas we want to pursue. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, “To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” The zinesters behind the “Pathways of Life” issue spent an intense week doing just that, carving out their own paths as thinkers and artists during an intensively creative workshop series at the University of Ottawa campus in May 2013. From powerful words to tongue-in-cheek drawings, their zine projects show off their playfulness and passion, embodying the commanding idea that you only live once (YOLO!).

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Nasrine Ahmed

Namukasa Basudde

Shayla Beauchamp

Nikita Cheng

Amelia Cornick

Craig Dwyer

Karine Hajjar

Curtis Goldthorp

Nicolette Jansen

Keanna McLaughlin

Frankie Moss-Nafekh

Zainab Nusrat

Emma Orhun

Sarah Pledge-Dickson

Carole Rondeau

Lulu Sheng

Noah Simmons

Dylan Sova

Toby Thomas

Paige Trueman

Amy Yuan

Nicholas Zuger



Natalie Fletcher

Felipe Arasanz

Megan Findlay

Krish Satyanarayana