Get to Know Your Zinester: Jesse Tise

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?

My zines are usually a mix of my commissioned illustration work and my personal paintings and drawings. I have been known to do the odd mini-comic here and there. I’ll have all these, plus lots of various silkscreen prints on hand at my table.

Where do you work on your zines?

In my studio nook where I live. I print my zines, as well as my screen prints, at the Downtown Art Center where I teach printmaking to adults with special needs.

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?

Anything my buddies at Neverpress put out. Space Face Books is also making some really rad books. Alabaster’s Wool & Gin is another of my recent favorites.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?

Don’t worry about trying to reproduce your work in full color. Photocopy B&W can look really cool too. Go to Kelly Paper and get a bunch of different colored and textured paper stocks. Play around with the photocopier’s scanner and bypass tray and see how much you can mess around with your originals. Try out different binding methods for your book too.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?

Getting illustration jobs from art directors who received zines I sent them. Sending physical promos is still the best way for freelancers to promote their work in my opinion.

For more of Jesse Tise’s work, check out his website.

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