Get to Know Your Zinester: Pimpkillah

Describe your work in two sentences or less.
We follow Sloane Stone on her quest for vengeance as she spirals deep into the darkness of the Los Angeles underbelly of crime and prostitution…a darkness she never thought she’d have to see again

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?
Meltdown Comics is by far my favorite shop in the LA Area, Comics vs. Toys in Eagle Rock, and A Shop Called Quest in Redlands, CA.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?
This year I will be presenting Pimpkillah in a slightly different format. I’ve been working on a little novella where I tell the story from a few different characters’ perspectives. I introduce a couple characters we haven’t met yet in the comic series. I think this zine is going to be interesting because Pimpkillah has been told almost strictly from Sloane Stone’s POV, and this will give us some insight into the other characters and underlying stories. And of course, I will also have the classics Prequel to Pimpkillah: Naomi and Pimpkillah: The Descent at my table.

How did you get involved in making zines? 
I got involved in making zines/comics because I wanted to explore other outlets of storytelling, other than just filmmaking. I’ve been working on my concept for Pimpkillah for four years now and it’s been a fascinating journey of enhancing story lines and adding new characters into the mix. I only started doing comics about a year and a half ago and I must say that creating the series has made Pimpkillah’s overall story arc much, much more compelling.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?
My favorite part of LA Zine Fest is meeting new zinesters and seeing everyone’s art/creations. The best part of any festival is always trading and meeting new people, it’s incredibly inspiring and motivating to talk to all sorts of artists and writers. I love to hear feedback on my own work as well, it’s a truly great experience all around.

For more from Sarah Bitely, check out Pimpkillah.

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