Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?
Our zine style is very much modeled after archaic peace punk zines like Beyond the Wall Of Injustice, Time to Unite, and Slug and Lettuce which is a combination of activism and punk music nerdery. With age maybe we have toned the radical politics a bit and upped our music nerd game but we very much still espouse the core beliefs of peace punk, vegetarianism, feminism, non violence and peace punk music. At our table you will find our zine which at this point is a print outlet in conjunction with our record store and label as well as all the zines, books, records and trinkets that we carry at our little store in Santa Ana, CA. We had hoped to have the Beyond the Wall of Injustice Anthology out by the event, however, it will most likely be out by summer!!!
Where do you work on your zines?
Us being parents of two the only place we can work on the zine is in the relative privacy of our shop where we seek reprieve from the chaos of child rearing and enjoy the comforts of infinite punk music.
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
In no order our faves are Shotgun Seamstress, Bacon in the Beans fanzine, and after all these years still Maximum Rock N Roll. These are the people that make us feel like we are not alone in our self created reality.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
All you have to do to find something interesting to say and find your voice is to realize how much popular opinions are just repeated ad nauseum. Now more than ever I think alternative voices need to be heard because the herd mentality has infiltrated every aspect of our lives even right down to the DIY punk bone. If you are an aspiring zinemaker that means you already have thought that you had something to say that differs from the repetitive Facebook back patting fest that go on and you are already on the right path. Never shut up.
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
The best thing that happened to us because of zines was getting involved in the punk scene which has made us life long friends and enemies, shaped our diets and environmental impact, destroyed our tastes in fashion and music permanently, and made us wealthy beyond our wildest dreams. Which means we have more records than we know what to do with.
Check out Mass Media Records & Distro at table #69 this Sunday!