Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
Brodie: FAIR DIG is a digest which I’m aiming to put out quarterly. The zine is my chance to explore any topic or pursuit that I want, then write about it. The first issue involves me studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu with the intent of competing in an amateur MMA match (or “cage fight”) and how everything goes wrong. I am also part of a show called Shakeytown Radio, and our team will have some of their work at the table, including comics like Libby Ward’s graphic novel with Matty Norwood called “Unemployed Ninja“.
Libby: Comic, creative, artistic. I believe in having fun, being free and sending my vision out into the world.
Where do you work on your zines?
Brodie: Anywhere I can steal time and space. Home, work, my car…
Libby: I collaborate with friends in Los Angeles. Hang around my favorite coffee shop: Moby’s and my favorite theater: Second City.
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
Bob: Chunklet, Cometbus, Akashic Books, Fantagraphics, Last Gasp, City Lights, Black Sparrow Press, McSweeney’s
Libby: My fav small press aren’t small press any more: McSweeny’s and The Onion and a Seattle zine I work on which IS small press: WakeUp(206)
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Bob: Make friends with people in copy shops or temp at jobs with unguarded copiers. Rather than reviewing something, tell me what it means to you, what your experience is? Bend or blend genres as you see fit. Know with absolute certainty that what you’re doing is important. You might be drawing the blue print that harkens the call to action for other kids.
Brodie: As somebody crafting my first zine, let me warn you that you’ll have to choose between two strategies in terms of accountability. You can not tell anybody what you’re doing and then surprise the world when you’re done, but risk procrastinating and never getting the zine out. Or, you can do what I did – I got booked for a reading of work from my first issue and booked a table at a zine fest before the zine was all printed, stapled, and complete. I’m talking about this fest, LAZF, and I’m talking about my zine, FAIR DIG. Now, I am on the radar of the lovely people in my local zine community, and I have a built-in deadline for when my first issue needs to be on the table at the Ukrainian Cultural Center. I’m either a great self-motivator or setting myself up for humiliation. YOU MAKE THE CALL!
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
Gene: Zines helped me see that there’s no barrier between doing something expressive, creative, artistic, informative, or crazy except time and effort. It was my first DIY epiphany. My mind was blown in ’88 or ’89 when I realized that Flipside Magazine was just a bunch of dudes.
Libby: Making new and amazing creative friends!
Bob:In my life, zines were more important than record stores. Zines were the internet of my youth; they exposed me to music, books, political/cultural ideas and a community of like minded people in other cities.
Brodie: Zines turned me onto the music that defined my teen years and instilled the values that I carry to this day. Zines continue to help me sort out my politics and view of the world. Zines introduced me to a wonderful community of people who inspire me in many ways, including fueling my motivation to write.