“Grid” Issues 1 and 2; illustrations from “Nowhere Place”
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
My first zine was a collection of short comics and drawings made for Alternative Press Expo in October of this year. Zine making was something I had always wanted to do but only recently tried. “Grid” 2011 is mostly made up of a few short comics that were based of real conversations that I’ve had (or overheard other people having).
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Jaime Hernandez: He’s been making comics for so long with incredibly well-developed stories and characters that anyone can relate to. He does it for the love of the craft and does it so beautifully! His work stays exciting to me all the time.
Jordan Crane: I only looked him up after I made a screen-print for a class and when someone saw it they told me it reminded them of his work. I found him on the internet and blown away at the quality of his work and extremely flattered at the unjust comparison of my stuff to his. His blog and comics have also introduced me to several other cartoonists and artists.Lisa Nguyen: So many people keep themselves from doing things because they are afraid. I was afraid to do many things. Lisa told (or more like ordered) me not to be afraid or lazy anymore and just try–and to quit with the excuses, because no one listens to them anyway. People do listen to people who take making things seriously, and aren’t afraid to put themselves out there, as cliche as that may sound. She was a very close friend and an honestly unique human being and I miss her to pieces.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I work at a 9 til 5, which only inhibits me creatively because it eats up a lot of time, but I’ve developed a routine that involves working on zines after working on work stuff all day. Some people (my parents) consider it just more work after coming home from work, but I really like doing the zine thing so whenever I’m frustrated or tired, I know it’s because I’m trying to solve a problem that will make the overall outcome better, so I usually don’t mind, and enjoy the process. Kind of like the end justifies the means. When I was unemployed a while back I thought it would free me to be absolutely creative with all my free time, but instead I filled my time with worry and doubt about being unemployed and made nothing. Double-edged-sword = full–time employment.