Get to Know Your Zinester: Snailspitpress

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

I think the first one was about a cabin and a bear in a pine wood forest, I drew a lot of pine cones on the ground, the bear is walking on a trail to the cabin… I don’t really remember if the cabin belongs to the bear, I have the feeling that I might be in the cabin, or maybe I was the bear…I drew it when I was about six, its on three sheets of paper. I wanted it to be a book, pretty sure my mom helped me sew the pages together.

Describe your most recent zine

Its called Forest Fire Spring.

A flock of birds start building a nest in a tree, you cant really see what they are building until a couple pages when the leaves of the tree start falling and reveals a large ship built out of twigs. The developments and transformations continue. They include flying fishes and a forest fire. Its all drawn in black pen.

Of all the things you have ever made, zine- related or other wise, whats your one favorite?

I had a small, but I like to think not negligible part in making my three children.
I am pretty pleased and proud of that. Awesome kids…having said that, they can be a pain in the ass sometimes.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Grew up on Tintin. Learned to read in pictures and then in French and English. That’s been really useful. And probably gave form for my desire to draw stories.

Borges…his erudition, his delight and profound wonder at the strangeness of existence…reading his short stories usually fill me with ideas.

David B. keeps producing great work that speaks to my heart and mind, his graphic expression fascinates and pushes me to experiment and draw deep.

What do you do when you re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

I have been earning my daily bread for the past eighteen years as a shipwright. It seems to be a good balance between technical knowledge and the eye, or aesthetics. Have found the practice of my trade yield many of the ideas or seeds for the images I have played with…so its a good thing. Of course this trade could also cut off some of my fingers or blind me…and then I wouldn’t be drawing too good.

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