Get to Know Your Zinester: Sunflower Gray

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
Deirdree Prudence: Biographical melodramas!
Steven Purkey: You can expect to find 2 zinesters in loooove at our table…
DP: Awww!
SP: We’ve been doing a Pocker Reader each month about a different subject…so far there’s Ian Curtis [Joy Division], Barry Obama, Darby Crash [The Germs], Sylvia Plath, & Sun Records…Lou Reed is next on the chopping block.
DP: & then we’ve got a zine apiece about the madness of various classical composers & then the 27 club as well, It’s Better To Burn Out Than to Fade Away…
SP: Next question?
DP: We can’t forget our comp zines though, too! Gag Me With A… is a quarterly crazy zine of art & literature, non-fiction & a mix-n-match of fun fun counter-cultural fun…. I’m also premiering the one-shot looove zine, I’m Just Tryin’ To Change the Color On Your Mood Ring, which is art & poetry & stories & the kitschiest-cutest thing ever. By my own standards.

Where do you work on your zines?
SP: I bought a copy machine named MC Shamrock Jones & we work together in the comfort of our home..
DP: Steven actually sent me a copier from Oregon to Long Beach, best gift of my whole life. Sunflower Gray, her name, lives in my art studio. Which, really, is just a fancy name for my bedroom. So I make zines on my bed listening to music, all day & all night long…literally. I’m obsessed.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
DP: I don’t read zines that often, but Elderflower Tea is like the most amazing thing ever. Put out by Sarah Pegram from Birmingham, UK, I adore this zine. Sooo fucking cute!
SP: I used to read a lot of Cometbus, obviously…but now, I’m wayyyy into Deirdree Prudence…she really is sooo fucking amazing!
DP: Oh, wow. 

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
DP: Use scissors & a gluestick, no computer publishing programs. & print print print zines – there is no such thing as an e-zine. Seriously.
SP: Yeah, a blog is not a zine, knuckleheads!
DP: Ferrealz.
SP: Oh, & buy a copy machine…fuck Kinko’s!
DP: Or find a zinester boyfriend to buy one for you.
SP: & pretend like yer writing to an audience…nobody wants to read about yer trip to Palm Springs…we don’t wanna see the slide show, ya fuddyduddy!

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
DP: That’s the easiest answer ever.
SP: Meeting my brilliant, beautiful partner in crime, Ms. Deirdree
Prudence…duh.
DP: Yeah, that.

For more from Sunflower Gray, check out their website here!

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