Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jennie Yim

Jennie Yim (tabling with Emily Alden Foster)

What was your first zine about and when was it made? 
I had a zine with a boyfriend in high school and it was pretty typical of what you could expect of teenagers in the grunge era, a few xeroxed pages full of photo-collages and angsty writing. I can’t imagine that it was all that good and yet it was still reviewed in Maximum Rock n Roll.

Describe your most recent zine.
I’m still working on it! This zine will include short comics illustrating conversations between my Dad and I. It’s only been in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate how really cool and interesting my Dad is and I want to preserve that great stories he’s told me about his life in the intimate form of a comic. I expect it to be a powder keg of history and comedy.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
I’m very influenced in general by comics, animation, and short story literature so I’ll pick one from each genre to list here. I admire Ben Katchor for his incredibly dense story-telling in one page comics, Silvain Chomet for the massive worlds he creates in his animated films and Grace Paley for her fearless editing.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I cook, I eat, I cavort with my friends, I walk around San Francisco and write down notes for things I can make art about later. These things are good and helpful for art-making. Sinking into the internet for hours and hours is not so helpful.


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