Get to Know Your Zinester: cats&ghosts

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

It was called Herald issue no.1 and I made it for the A.P.E. in 2012. It was about Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan and the male posturing that goes about with conservative figures.

Describe your most recent zine.

I recently made a zine about Old Hollywood closeted figures after reading a really trashy memoir on gay celebs in Old Hollywood.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

Probably my My Secret Shame: Tom Hanks zine. It felt good to share my secret. Working on a My Secret Shame: Will Smith for the LA Zine Fest 2014 😉

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

I find influences in pop culture because it’s so lurid and fascinating and such a spectacle. I like old illustration work from the 60s and 70s, and I find influences in day to day life and nature.

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

Since I’m an illustrator and textile designer, I am always working creatively. But there’s something about making a zine and being able to express your own biases thoroughly that gives me that itch to make zines.

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