Get to Know Your Zinester: Allison Krumwiede – Nerdvana

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
My zine style is inspired by my love of pop culture where I find inspiration from comics, television, and film. My table will have all sorts of fun goodies ranging from zines about 90s heartthrobs to silkscreened shirts and handbags featuring characters from such films as “The Royal Tenenbaums” to “The Empire Strikes Back”.

Where do you work on your zines?
Inside my studio out in Upland, CA. I still don’t have a proper name for it but “Hammertime” and “Fortress of Solitude” always come to mind. In there is where I silkscreen, print, cut, procrastinate, and prepare all of the work you’ll see at my booth!

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
Never Press is my top choice. It’s run by three awesomely nice guys who love what they do. That’s all I got to say ’bout that.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Make zines from what inspires you and what makes you work. Always work off the things you love, never force yourself to make work that seems popular and hip at the time. There’s people out there with the same tastes as you and you find yourself relating to more and more people by making work based off things you obsess over and love. Believe me, my love for River Phoenix has helped me meet many wonderful people, PLUS it starts great conversations and friendships!

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
They help open many creative doors and push me to create more and more work. Zines help me be myself and let me pour out my greatest passions. It’s about the artwork but it’s also about letting people understand you as a person. They don’t have to make sense and they don’t have to be perfect, just the way I like everything else in my life.

Check out more of Allison’s work at her website.


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