Get to Know Your Zinester: Small Diary & Carrie McNinch

Small Diary

Delaine Green of Small Diary and Carrie McNinch of You Don’t Get to There From Here will be sharing a table at this year’s LA Zine Fest.

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

DG: My Small Diary and Not My Small Diary are zines chock-full of personal comic goodness. The Small Diary empire started in 1993 and is going stronger than ever, bringing you every facet of real life in a visually pleasing way.

CM: You Don’t Get There From Here is a daily diary kind of comic, filled with cats, running with dogs, cappuccinos, and life in LA.

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?

DG: I love John Porcellino’s as well as Atomic Books and Quimby’s.

CM: Don’t know of any neighborhood places (but wish I did!). Spit and a Half and Pioneers Press.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?

DG: I will be debuting a ‘Portable Not My Small Diary’ book filled with selected comics from Not My Small Diary issues 1-17. I will also have 5 other wonderful zines.

CM: A new issue of You Don’t Get There From Here will debut there and if I get my act together I’ll also have a new travelogue comic out about Japan.

How did you get involved in making zines?

DG: I started buying ‘Factsheet 5’ in the late 80’s. Then I started sending contributions in to other zines in the early 90’s. I put out my first zine in 1993… I just fell in love with the whole subculture… the creativity, the people.

CM: Reading the zine reviews in Flipside a long long long time ago influenced me to start doing zines, then I discovered Factsheet 5. Yep. I’ve been doing this for awhile.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?

DG: I’m very excited as this will be my FIRST time at the LA Zine Fest!

CM: Meeting people and the fact it’s the most crowded zine fest ever!

You can check out more from Delaine Green at her website.


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