Rainbow Rodeo and Artema the Comic (she/her)


Rachel Cholst (she/her/hers) is an NYC-based educator, printmaker, and country music journalist. She is the editor of the long-running Americana blog Adobe & Teardrops, which strives to feature BIPOC and LGBTQ+ country and Americana artists. Her work has appeared in No Depression, The Boot, Wide Open Country, and Country Queer. She also works with linoleum and has self-published her comic, Artema.

Rainbow Rodeo is the first (known) zine dedicated to queer country music. The zine features interviews, personal essays, and album reviews. The project is designed to sustain the queer country community: printed by a queer DIY space in Fayetteville, AK, the zine can be purchased wholesale by musicians to sell as a unique merch item as they tour.

Artema is illustrated by Angela Boyle. The LGBTQ+ fantasy comic centers on Artema, a young woman exiled from her community for using her gifts a little too forcefully. Told in a non-linear narrative, the comic asks how we recover from trauma, even as we replicate old behavior patterns — and how we can never tell what’s around the corner for us.


Website: http://www.rainbowrodeozine.com/

Comic Website: https://artemathecomic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artemathecomic/

Other Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adobeandteardrops/