Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jen Tong

Jen Tong
Rainbow & I

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first book I made is a screen-printed story titled “Pink Lemonade” from 2007. It was a follow-up story to a lemon and lime head illustration I made, and it introduces the lemon head world.

Describe your most recent zine.
The most recent book I made is a 12 page screen-printed mini comic titled “Don’t Follow Me” which is the fourth installment of my silk screened comics series involving the lemon world. It’s about a boy who chases a ghost. I’m planning on making a new book to debut at LA Zine Fest, it may or may not involve more lemon heads.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
I’m pretty happy about all the screen-printed books I’ve made. So much work/labor has gone into them, it’s hard to pick a stand-out.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
I get inspiration from all different outlets, ranging from personal stories/experience, music, and other artists.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I cook all the time. I keep a photo diary tumblr that’s been mostly pictures of food, places, and some art.

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