Get to Know Your Zinester: Pimpkillah Productions

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Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?This year at LA Zinefest, Pimpkillah Productions presents the much awaited debut of Pimpkillah: The Descent. This full-length and full-size comic depicts heroine Sloane Stone’s journey from Sudan back to her old neighborhood. In this second installment to the Pimpkillah saga, Sloane’s quest to find her estranged sister leads her deep into the dark underbelly of Los Angeles crime and prostitution. Along with our second issue, mini comics: Naomi: Prequel to Pimpkillah and first issue, Pimpkillah: The Protector will also be available.

Where do you work on your zines?
I work on all my zines in my little makeshift office in the nook of my bedroom. I tack up pictures, drawings and paintings all over the walls to keep me inspired. I have a clutter of pens, crayons, paints and charcoal within reach at all times to distract me from writing, but I still say it keeps my creative flow rejuvenated!

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
A cartoonist I enjoy is Gabrielle Bell and her Lucky series. Her July comic diary has been my favorite so far and has kept me thoroughly entertained at my boring desk job. Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve is also another favorite of mine. I enjoy both it’s intimacy and nostalgia I get from reading his stories. Well I guess Love and Rockets is no longer a small-press publication, but it started off as one! The Hernandez brothers are still a huge influence for me and I am inspired by their small start in the comics world even if it was thirty plus years ago!

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Learn as much as you can from other zinemakers. Everyone starts off at the same square one, so we all know what it’s like to be a beginner. Ask questions and by all means, if you don’t sell any of your zines don’t be sad, just TRADE!

Find out more about Pimpkillah here!


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