Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Angela Roberts

Angela Roberts


Describe your most recent zine. 

Supertrooper 5: girls girls girls is getting collaged and scrambled as I write this very sentence. It’s fun messy kind of issue that has lots of narratives about dangerous behavior, troubled young women, and (failed) anger management. Expect a lot of action!

The first issue of Supertrooper was made in Seoul in 2007 at the request of some of my new friends at Yogiga Gallery. I’ve been sort of fussing with it ever since, and it has changed from a lewd doodle publication, to softcore, to a sometimes noise/avant-garde/experimental label. Supertrooper basically an umbrella name for a multimedia Leviathan/obscure vanity project.

Also, there are a few scrappy mixtapes that I’ll have available of Bay Area noise and improvisational music. I’m working on some graphic scores as well, and will have a small run of those hopefully.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite? 

After evacuating from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 I composed a collection of ambient piano and cello recordings at my friend Linda’s house in Berkeley. I recorded it, edited it, wrote the liner notes, and hand sewed the covers in the days before I could re-enter my apartment in Nola.

It was a bit of a turning point. I think before that time I had been less definitive about making a complete product, and would often record and write in a more fragmentary private way. Also I’d never thought to combine writing and music in one creative piece, especially one where the composition and music came from improvisation, and the writing came after.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work. 

1. Cities, urban environments, and sense of place have a large influence on mood of my stories and the characters I create.

2. My personal politics are pretty far left, so I think that critical theory, especially regarding sexuality and racial identity stuff, kind of sneaks in.

3. Austrian and German expressionism, basically the drawing coming out of Weimar in the early 20th century, really influence my graphic choices. I think return to George Grosz and his contemporaries when I’m browsing around in the art library.

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