Getting To Know Your Local Zinesters: Shaddy Zeineddine & Walt! Gorecki

Shaddy Zeineddine & Walt! Gorecki
Home Room

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Walt!: I guess the first zine I took seriously was “Fillin’ yr hole with Werewolves” last year. But I’ve been making comics and booklets for a really long time now. The first one I made multiples of to sell was a screen printed booklet called “Cannibals in Love,” in 2005.

Shaddy: My first zine was titled “Connotation”, it was an anthology of my friends and my own work. I self-published about 50 copies it in the summer of 2005, each with unique hand-made cover-art.

Describe your most recent zine. 
Walt!: My most recent zine is “Fillin’ yr hole with Werewolves too: starring Jason Bateman.” It’s all about werewolves, from a variety of artists, and it’s meant to fill that empty hole in your heart that results from a lack of werewolves in daily life.

Shaddy: My most recent zine is an essay I wrote promoting Urban Farming. I published the first copy in spring 2011.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
Walt!: Home Room of course!

Shaddy: Home Room? haha

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Walt!: One, EC Comics – the old Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror comics had the best gruesome artwork, and cheesiest puns, they were the best! My dad had quite a collection, so I was reading these when most kids were listening to Raffi or reading The Hungry Caterpillar. Two, Rocky Horror Picture Show – I haven’t been into this for a while, but it got me interested in live theatre, glam rock, queer culture, and over-the-top cult cheese since I first saw it when I was around 8. I used to even perform in a cast in my younger days. All of that still feeds into the major artistic productions I work on today. Three, Oingo Boingo – sonically brilliant, but they also had a great live show that was turned into the film Forbidden Zone. They were masters of taking elements of early jazz culture, classic cartoons, and punk and new wave rock, and making it their own.

Shaddy: Bill Hicks, Stephin Merrit, and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). As a dark, dramatic, and emotional person, these masters of comedy helped me better understand myself and develop new perspectives and ways of expressing myself more clearly through humor.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Walt!: The only time I’m not creating is when I sleep. I hate that I have to sleep.

Shaddy: Almost all of the free time I used to have is now devoted to Home Room, but I still make some time to spend quality time with my close friends and family. Everything I do is made possible with their love and support. Even when they drive me nuts, I understand I could never survive nor would I want to live in a world without them.

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