Get to Know Your Zinester: Ghost Ranch

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

My first zine was made just under a year ago and is a bit of a hodgepodge of cartoons I’ve drawn, pictures I’ve taken, themed music playlists I’ve delicately crafted, and a couple interactive elements.

Describe your most recent zine.

It’s a series of black and white photographs I’ve taken. I have titles for all of them but I decided not to include them to keep things a little ~*mysterious*~.

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

I made a damn good omelette the other day.

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

Last year’s zine fest was totally inspiring and served as a great kick in the butt to get going on my own. I am pretty new to this whole world, but I like the idea of making a little book of things I think are cool and sharing them with people. That’s what zines signify for me. I have a little comic that I haven’t developed as much as I’d like to, but the main character is this low key middle aged beatnik dude called Jack Monterey, and sometimes when I’m feeling stuck I ask myself “What Would Jack Do?”

I like looking up things that get me in the zone of creating, so sometimes I’ll watch an episode or two of Teen Girl Squad or listen to music that makes me feel cool.

I jot things down that inspire me, which could be a snippet of someone’s conversation I heard that day or an interesting flier stapled on a tree. I keep a big file on my computer for all that. Not all of it ends up in my zines, but it’s nice to have a pool of inspiration from which to dip into.

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

A lot of Internet. A little Runescape. Group bike rides. Even if something’s destructive to my impetus to create, it fuels self-hatred, which breeds humor.

 

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