Get to Know Your Zinester: Cheer the Eff Up

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?

My main zine is called Cheer the Eff Up. It’s kind of part perzine, part fiction. I can’t think of any unifying feature except that I seem to keep on mentioning punks, cake and wine in each issue…

Where do you work on your zines?
Wherever. On the bus. On the subway train. At work during breaks. At home when it’s quiet. Where the hell ever. When the creative fire is there, any place will do.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
There are so many. All I Want is Everything, Mend My Dress, 500 Ways to Break A Heart, Subrosa, My Aim is True, Doris, Shotgun Seamstress, Brainscan, You’ve Got a Friend in Philadelphia…there’s lots and lots.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?

Just start writing. Don’t worry about it being good and don’t worry about who’s going to read it. Write straight from the heart and print it out and staple it up. If you share it, it will probably touch more people than you ever considered. Then, if you decide to make another zine, you’ll be able to make it with much more confidence. 

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?

I’ve become friends with so many wonderful people from all around the country. I always thought of writing as a very solitary, isolated thing. Outside of sharing my zine with a few friends, I thought that putting out my work would feel sort of like shouting in an abandoned warehouse. But instead, it’s drawn me toward so many talented, amazing individuals that I felt close to and comfortable with almost immediately.

Find out more about Jonas of Cheer the Eff Up Zine over here! 

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