Get to Know Your Zinester: Kelsey Short & Harry Diaz

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
Kelsey Short: I makes zines that include various drawings, semi-autobiographical comics and doodles. I’m trying to keep things kind of surreal. I also makes a few prints and recently I’ve really gotten into fold-out comics.
Harry Diaz: I’ve made several zines in the last couple of years that all include detailed patterns and are often all wood-cut images. Together and exclusively for LA Zine fest we are hoping to have a collaborative piece to present.

Where do you work on your zines?
KS: I work mostly at home. For me comics and zine-makng is a solitary lifestyle.
HD: I also work from home and out of my garage-based printing studio.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
We both really love the fact that a few small, independently owned comic book shops are starting to publish out of their store-fronts. Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon and Desert Island books in New York both come out with a free newsprint comics issue, as well as publishing books from their favorite artists that are well established in the DIY scene. There has been an online trade with Zeijan Shen going on and everything is photocopied, riso-printed, and screen printed amazingness. “Party Plans” is her comic and she has two issues out.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
KS: All the hard work pays off in the end, even if not financially. We have met so many really cool people and make so many new friends because of what we’re doing. So you just have to keep making things; drawing or writing everyday. Oh, and posting a lot on the internet is a great way to get your name out there, but people enjoy handmade stuff they can actually hold in their hands, too.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
The community! Neither of us never would have thought that there would be a group of people that we would have so much in common with, and could learn so much from.

Check out their work at Nowhereplace.com!

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