Get to Know Your Zinester: The Venusian

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
I personally make short scifi comic zines. Those will be available, as well as some posters and lil bits and bobs. What I’m most excited about though is the preview and pre-sales for my bigger project, a feminist science fiction anthology called The Venusian. I’d love to meet passionate people interested in that subject matter who might contribute to that project, too.

Where do you work on your zines?
Usually in front of the TV or computer. Afterward I notice whatever I’m drawing tends to reflect what I was watching at the time.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
Lame answer, but there is a serious ton of great work out there and I don’t even feel like I know even a micron of it to pick a favorite yet.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Just make it. Turn off that little voice– well, at least, ignore it– that is doubting or editing as you work, and commit to your first idea. You’ll get better after you make, not before. Also, it’s important to make it while you’re still excited about your idea. If you have a newer idea, then make that one. Don’t “save up” your good ideas… they’re not as precious as you think, and you’ll always come up with more. 

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
At the first LA Zine Fest I connected with some people whose work is fantastic and that I really admire. I also met just a huge amount of interesting (and really friendly!) people sitting at a table. They had a surprising amount to share with me, a stranger!

Peep more from The Venusian at their website!


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