Get to Know Your Zinester: Vice Versa Press

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

My first zine was a household newspaper I would publish for my parents when I was a kid (1994?). I had an old Apple computer and a printer and would print imaginary coupons to boot. I wish I had a copy. I bet my Mom does somewhere.

Describe your most recent zine.

The latest official zine released by Vice Versa Press is “Guide to Being Alone” which is a quick and dirty publication that empowers readers to embrace the chaos of solitude. It has a corresponding soundtrack which includes various hip and danceable tracks; nothing too depressing.

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

The “Printer’s Luck” novena candle is my favorite creation thus far. I am working on expanding the Vice Versa Press line of novena candles to include a “Bitch Be Gone” candle and the already circulating “Good Hair Day” candle.

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

Aaron Cometbus, Lester Bangs, Janelle Hessig. Reading Aaron Cometbus’ work inspired me to get off my ass and begin writing. Cometbus also helped motivate some of my personal adventures worth writing about, and helped me find my identity in the love/hate relationship that is punk rock. Lester Bangs is (was) a god. I will channel his writing abilities and ballsy-ness that makes his work timeless, exciting, and over-all incredibly well informed. Janelle Hessig is a babe zinester with the raddest writing ‘tude ever. When I found her zine “Tales of Blarg” I was absolutely blown away. She inspires me and I strive to collect more of her work.

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

Shit. I travel. I get pretty sick of being in the same location for long periods of time (I even consider 4 months long in this hell called Austin) and sometimes I yearn to lay my creative roots down in a cool place with a community print shop. However, traveling helps keep me sane and keeps my work fresh while simultaneously keeping me dead broke and without a steady lover. Having a lot of lovers is cool, but when they’re spread all over the country and NOT where you are currently living…well that helps keep me out of some pretty miserable relationships huh?

For more from Julia check out Vice Versa Press.

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