Get to Know Your Zinester: Cubtrina

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
My pals and I are starting anew, so we really don’t know what to expect ourselves, besides the text. However, the zines are more conceptual than narrative with dementia, minimal colour and maximum quaintness. Stay tuned for “Food-turned-celeryties” and other zines at the Cubtrina booth!

Where do you work on your zines? 
My zines are made in the hands of my friends, as well as via my Macbook and on the carpet, alongside the dust mites. It’s all very organic.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
I would say to just go for it. Use your gut to create something that is truly from within, and you won’t regret it. If you collaborate and later feel you can’t count on others, keep in mind that you have resources beyond funds to create zines yourself anyway. Soon your friends will be the ones doing the regretting.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines? 
Despite previously telling you to just create your own zine if all else fails, the collaboration process is still the best. After graduating from high school in 2008, I used Myspace to rally a zine troop and discovered Cuauhtemoc Suarez, Gala Knörr and Ryan Del Espiritu Santo, among other artists who have moved on to the next chapter. That was more than four years ago, and it’s heartwarming to see everyone’s progress since. After the project’s completion, I learned to appreciate everyone’s cooperative efforts. We live in such a individualistic and saturated society where people no longer take time to contribute as much as they used to, unless it’s creating a meme or trolling.

Read more about Cubtrina  over here!


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