Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
My zines are collections of illustrations and occasional text. I am interested in subcultures and categorizing societies, especially warriors and their weapons. This year at the LA Zinefest, I’ll have last year’s faves- the Dead Wrestlers zine and calendar, Sick Knives and the Monstrous Manual of Genital Afflictions, alongside some new things that no one has seen yet, including the Dream Team zine, Tight Axes, and Handsome Ligatures.
Where do you work on your zines?
I’m fortunate enough to have a studio space in a beautiful Victorian house in Eagle Rock. It’s kinda small and packed full of shit, but it’s quite peaceful and has nice natural light.
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
Perpetually Twelve, Sioux Magazine, & Haitian Mag.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
I’m fairly new to doing this, so I’m not sure what advice I have. It’s pretty easy to make stuff, you just have to want to. So getting off your ass is like, 65% of it. Otherwise, I would suggest running things through a spell check, having a literate friend proof read for you. Make zines that are relevant and interesting. Consider context.
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
A renewed sense of self. And stacks on stacks.
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