Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jesse Tise

Jesse Tise, Liz Mamont, Brad Lynn, Javier Ramirez

What was your first zine about and when was it made? 
I made my first zine in 2010 – Space Spells. Its inspired by the music of the L.A. based electronic artist, Flying Lotus – specifically, his 2010 album, Cosmogramma. Every page of the book illustrates a track from the album. You can see it here:
Describe your most recent zine. 
Right now I’m working on a zine with my fellow table mates Liz Mamont, Brad Lynn, and Javier Ramirez. Its a collaborative zine about dark matter, and its going to be chock full of each of our interpretations of the mysterious substance that composes more than 80% of the known universe. Its a work in progress, but we’ll be debuting it exclusively at L.A. Zine Fest, in four separate, limited editions, each with its own unique cover done by each of us!
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite? 
My newest solo zine – Its called Starry-Eyed, and its a hyperspace journey through the cosmos! Its full of all new illustration pieces I made, and it features astronomically bright pink pages and a silver letter pressed cover – my first time using letterpress! You can read a very nice review of it here:
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work. 
Nature. I love discovering new, unusual plants and animals (as well as making up my own) and that leads into my next biggest interest – space. I grew up reading / watching so much classic science fiction – the Ender Wiggin books by Orson Scott Card, as well as the 1973 film, Le Planete Sauvage, are some of my all time favorites! I also love pattern – its a huge influence on my drawing and painting style, and textile/surface design has always fascinated me.

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