Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jon Vermilyea

Jon Vermilyea
Pizza Time, The Breakfast Crew, The Princes of Time

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first zine I made was called Barnacle Bill Saves the World. I made it in 2004 during my sophomore year at SVA. It was about a barnacle named Bill who travels through Hell to stop the Devil from destroying earth.

Describe your most recent zine.
I recently made two zines. One is called Progress Quest 2, which is a compilation of recent illustration work I’ve done. The other is called Problem Solved, a comic con exclusive zine for the cartoon The Problem Solverz.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
The favorite things I’ve ever made are probably my He-Man and Mars Attacks influenced silk screen books. I love print making and both were really challenging projects.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
I’m often inspired by movies and television. Buffy and Twin Peaks have a lot of good ideas.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I try to get out of my apartment and ride my bike a lot. I think its easy to get overwhelmed with things or lazy when you’re not active.

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