Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
This year at The LA Zine Fest you can expect to find a carefully curated selection of zines, art & goodies that will make your days more beautiful than they already are. When you buy from us you become part of our family & we look forward to having you relax by our headquarters’ fireplace on holidays to share your wondrous tales of adventure. We hope to bring a smile to your face & a hug to your heart. After all, you’re no longer a stranger to us. You’re an important part of our lives.
Where do you work on your zines?
I work on all my zines, articles & art surrounded by luxurious pine cabinets and a heavy oak
writer’s desk. Every syllable starts off with the time-honored tradition of fountain pens and
designer notebooks, which I go through like tissues. It is all part of my ritual that begins with a hot shower, shave, and morning brew, which is over by 7am so I can start working on everything for you.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
One of the best things you can do as an aspiring zinester is to pick up a copy of Stolen Sharpie Revolution. It’s a small book that tells you everything you need to know about planning, executing & distributing your zine. I constantly refer back to it as I’m working on a project, making it one of the most inspiring little things I’ve ever purchased. But before any of that, you really have to be passionate about an idea that you want to share with the rest of the world – whether that is a sense of humor, political stance, or commentary on life in general. If you care enough about something & work tirelessly on perfecting your presentation of it, the rest will fall into place & success will follow.
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
Making zines was like a breath of fresh air in a difficult creative time for me. Years ago, I had been asked by a popular magazine to put together a complete saga of comic strips based on my characters. I delivered everything on schedule, but then management changed and my strip was canned. I had put my whole creative life force into the project & fell into a deep depression when I found out it was all for nothing. And just as I was about to give up, a friend introduced me to the world of zines. I published the collection of strips I had been working on & my addiction to creation was born. It may not be a very profitable enterprise, but making zines has made my life worth living again.
Check out what Daniel’s doing when he’s not filling his fountain pens by the hearth at danielrolnik.com.