Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Champoy

Champoy and Friends


Describe your most recent zine.

Discoral USA is an exploration of the different voices that are echoing inside my head and the distractions that i distract myself with to drown them all out. Discoral, is kind of a slang from my native language which usually means a place where people from all walks of life go and party and dance all night long in a wide fenced in outdoor space (usually a basketball court or a field) – kind of like a rave but open for the masses and without the drugs (or who knows?)

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
I would say Post-Care. because its mostly a compilation of works by creative people I know who has never done comix before or hardly dabbles in that form…mostly friends that I’ve been harassing constantly to submit and contribute. Some get to follow through, some forget, some are totally all post-care about it -hence the name. I also enjoy doing comix and illustrations for LA Record but have recently extended my creative madness into puppets and working with wood.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work. 
These kind of questions are always hard becoz I feel im gonna miss out stuff but on the top of my head I would say that I feel a strong influence from the works of underground comix artists from the 70’s for their unapologetic mindfucking, the art of my friend, JT Steiny (whom I collaborated with for one of the LA Zinefest posters) for his creative disposition and genius and a lot of early komiks from the Philippines especially the ones by Larry Alcala, who I think a lot more people should know about.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically? 
When i’m not creating, i guess i’m either immersing myself into music or reading books but its hard to say really coz i feel that creativity is so integrated in my life that i always find myself constantly creating mainly because its FUN for me and also its some kind of self-therapy -actually, i guess all this creating is what helps me have an outlet to tame my inner demons and to transform them into creative energy instead …and it helps me love myself and others more…which i’m learning to do more and more each day. (Bow!)

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