What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Our first zine (both individually and as Remedial Art Class) was Remedial Art Class #1, released on July 1, 2011. We started RAC as a way to provide a medium for us, our friends, and artists that we admire to present our art together. Our first issue is a compilation of articles, poetry, comics, illustrations, and interviews, and has a compilation album inside.
Describe your most recent zine.
At this time, our latest issue is Remedial Art Class #4, which follows the same submission and collaborative format as our previous three issues. RAC #4 includes interviews with musician Sheridan Riley and comedian Kyle Mooney, as well as art by Andy Ozier, Mike McDowell, Pores, Andy Bennett, Sean McOmber, Emanuel Farias, Katie Perez, Joseph Serrano, REVERB LITE, Peg, and others.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
AJ: I think I’d have to say the relationships we’ve made over the years through the zine. Our publication has really given us a platform to talk to all of these amazing people that we might not have been brave enough to approach otherwise. And those are what we’re left with once the zine is all finished and given away, the bruhs remain.
Brandon: RAC is what I’m proudest of, for sure. All of my other projects have gone no further than my arms can throw them, but the connectivity and relationships we’ve developed through the zine have been overwhelmingly incredible. Makes me giddy.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
AJ: My friends are a huge factor in my work. They’re so supportive and have creative endeavors as well, so when I see them hustling to make cool shit, it drives me to do the same. Brandon and I have been heavily influenced by comics recently, it’s something we always talk about. I love the storytelling abilities of comic artists/writers and the profound impact they can have on a reader. It’s a medium that is magical when done right. I suppose comics are a direct influence because Brandon and I have been inspired to create and publish our own.
Skateboarding and music are my third influence. Brandon and I have been playing and skating since we met each other and its something that we draw heavy influence from. Music and skateboarding are two things that influenced us to start the zine in the first place!
Brandon: Skate Fate by GSD, Raw by Art Spiegelman, and Electric Annihilation come to mind in terms of how I wanted to approach assembling and publishing our zine.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
AJ: I play drums and skate when I’m not sitting behind a drawing table. I’d say they’re both positive forces driving what I do in the zine realm. Playing in a band, as Jim Stoten says, “scratches a different itch.” It’s another form of artistic collaboration that teaches you a lot and allows you to think differently and allots time to just get weird with your friends.
I guess the only negative consequences of these activities are getting hurt and being too sore or tired to work on anything for a few days. But the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
Brandon: Mostly read, watch, and listen to stuff for fun and research, which drives me to make stuff. I also work nights and drink, which affect my creative work accordingly.
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