Get to Know Your Zinester: Drawing Club

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Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
emily: crazy mix, emphasis on 90’s westcoast rap, bunnies and tigers
derek: Just the Facts!! Drawings, Sketches, Humorous Anecdotes, Thoughts and Ideas. Information and Visual stimulation that could one day save your life.
patrick: meandering portraits in ink line and texture, with a solid dose of humor, what? and rad! in a 3-color palette
silas: Sketches, illustrations and humorous portraits.
kendra: cute, sad children’s stories.

Where do you work on your zines?
We all meet and draw at Phillipe’s sandwich shop downtown. The food is disgusting but they have big tables and bright lights!

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
emily: anything from funchicken, anything by lisa hanawalt, and the back in the day ‘mommy and i are one’
derek: Milk & Cheese – Slave Labor Graphics, thats about it.
patrick: Alec Longstreth’s Phase 7, Henry and Glenn forever, whatever else i can find
silas: Alex Longstreth’s “Phase 7”, “Henry & Glenn Forever” Microcosm Publishing
kendra: I have no idea!

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
emily: don’t ever edit yourself. just let your brain vomit up whatever it needs to.
derek: Find the biggest guy on the first day and karate chop his neck. Get Respect!
patrick: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Have fun and make it as awesome as it needs to be!
silas: Put your heart into it! Make it scream “LOOK AT ME!”
kendra: I am a first timer, but as a human I have done many things for the first time. So the lesson in all first time things is to do it even if you are scared of fucking up.Do it because it’s fun. Do it just to learn. Then, give yourself some goals, some limitations, look to those who came before and give yourself a deadline (if applicable).

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
emily: before the internets existed, zines were the best way to find out about awesome music and artists.
derek: Knowledge
patrick: free beer . . . oh, and i got to go to comic-con for super cheap.
silas: I pooled my zine profits and was finally able to pay off my Bentley.
kendra: I got to stand next to a boy I really liked but could never have.


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