Get to Know Your Zinester: Supertrooper / Angela Roberts

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
Supertrooper is a half size (5 1/2” x 81/2”) black and white xerox zine that’s a hybrid of writing, art, and text. Every issue is different. It’s got a lot of bleedy looking toner. Supertrooper is a little experimental and messy. Here’s what other people have said about the zine:

“A thermal stocking tale of a Bertold, Chas and (I) in a psycho-sexual Seoul. Through creeping Doc marten clad fish flesh, Wagner and Bowie are never far (… [Supertrooper 3]contains several descriptive passages with explicit sexual content, \ the faint hearted steer clear).” – Kosten Koper, L’Etranger

“In issue four which is set in Korea, gentrification threatens displacement of poor people as a decrepit house absorbs the interest of the author. Anarchists, artists and activists are in the background of the story, but what seems central is a sense of establishing intimacy with the people around the author. Issue #5 is more focused on character sketches, evidently of people in Oakland CA.” – Robert Eggplant, Slingshot

I’m going to be debuting Supertrooper 7, which features a kind of memoir/found document. Aphorisms from a disheartened biologist, nods toward deep ecology, doom, Adorno, and Notes from the Underground. It’s by a writer named Robert Stanton, and the piece is his print debut. His writing is incredibly grim but simultaneously hilarious.

The LA Zine Fest is the snow-covered forest at evening hiding a gingerbread cabin covered with candy. Supertrooper is the creepy old lady inside, wearing a dumpy sweater with coffee stains on it. I’ll have issues 3-7. I’ll be distro-ing for Jealouzine, a zine about all kinds of jealousy which touches on hubba-hubba romance, swinger-envy, and sour grapes. 

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
I read a lot of small press, indie press academic sort of things mostly, and have recently read John Tilbury’s biography of Cornelius Cardew, which is a huge labyrinth of a book published by an improv music label. As far as zines go, I find myself always returning to No Gods No Mattress, and A Map of Fog.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
I have a lot of practical advice like do a dummy book, have a few bone folders, and more gluesticks than you think you’ll need, etc, which is extremely boring.

I do a zine that relies mainly on text to tell a story. The trend I’ve noticed now is a lot of very smooth looking comics and illustration, which is great but wasn’t always the case. My advice is not to be intimidated, and for zinesters to continue publishing wingnut Dr. Bronners-type theory of everything manifestos, despite current trends.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
Irresponsible partying. Seeing other people’s projects develop. Lots of traveling and walking, I like long walks in unfamiliar cities.

 

Check out more from Angela at her website!

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