Half the fun of a zine fest is meeting new people and finding new things. In an effort to jumpstart your excitement, we are bringing you brief introductions to our L.A. Zine Fest presenters. Our first is Robin Enrico.
Jam in the Band / Life of Vice
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Back in 2003 I put together my first collection of autobiographical comics. It was shoddy, flimsy and poorly drawn, but it was a start. I still have a copy that I keep around to show people let I ever start to think I was a comics shot. Keeps me humble.
Describe your most recent zine.
Life of Vice is my most recent mini comic about sex blogger and rock and roll star Becky Vice and her journey to Las Vegas to host the American Pornography Awards. Accompanying her is naif report Shelby Ambrose sent to interview and document Becky in her triumphant moment. Over a debauched weekend the two will become fast friends and partners in crime. It’s Fear and Loathing with a dose Love and Rockets.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
There’s so many. But in keeping with my previous answers, I’d have to say Hunter S. Thompson, V. Vale and Jaime Hernandez. From Hunter comes my fascination with looking at the ugliness that bubbles just below the surface of any situation. I get my love of interviews with outsiders from reading so many of the Re/Search collections Vale put out. And whether I want to admit or not, Jaime and I so have the same obsessions with punk rock girls and pro wrestling.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
When I’m not working on comics I spend my time as either a free-lance video editor or a community college English professor. Both are actually great for getting ideas. I’m really into the faux documentary style and use it a lot in my book Jam in the Band, so having had the chance to work on various documentaries has only benefited my knowledge of the form. Teaching English has given me the opportunity to basically read books and talk about them for a living. And as I take much of my inspiration from books it’s nothing but a bonus.