Get to Know Your Zinester: Gnartoons

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
I draw comics and self-publish all of my own work. Most of my books feature lino-cut covers that I print myself by hand, the books are all signed and numbered and sell for $5. If you can get to my table early you can pick up a free copy of the latest issue of Intruder Comics, which is an alternative comics newspaper that is self-published by myself and 14 of my cartoonist buddies in Seattle.

Where do you work on your zines?
I do most of my work at home in Seattle.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
A few of my favorite self-published cartoonists include Tim Root, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Jason T. Miles, Cameron Forsley, Malachi Ward and Tom Neely. But that’s only just a short list of a few of my favorites, I really enjoy most comics that are drawn by people who are obviously having a lot of fun writing and drawing what they want to. That “fun” quality is really important to me when I’m reading comics and I think it shines through very clearly when it’s present in a book.  

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Produce the work that you want to draw/write/create and don’t ever worry about how others might look at it or what they might think about you for creating it. It’s that raw honesty, fearless weirdness and the exposure of your subconscious mind that will be most inspiring to other artists and to your own growth as an artist.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
My friends and being a part of a thriving community.

For more of James’ work, check out Gnartoons!

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