Get to Know Your Zinester: Kinoko

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

I made my first zine in 1996. It was called ‘Wrench’, and had writing and comics about making art and skateboarding in Philadelphia. It ran for 16 issues and evolved into an artsy how to zine.

Describe your most recent zine.

A few weeks ago I completed a collaborative zine titled ‘Mystical Cards of the Tarot: a selection’. This project was started in the summertime with an artist I’d met in Utah. We met at a retreat and didn’t know if we’d ever see each other again, so we started this project by starting drawings about the Tarot and emailing them to each other to collaborate on. It has turned out to be a great way to stay in touch and get to know someone artist to artist.

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

I’m really into the Epic of Gilgamesh series I’ve been making. I’ve done a lot of self publishing and this project by far has been the most satisfying because for its length and for the integrity in the applied design and process of the book making. It’s in centimeters and has French Folds! That’s exciting. It’s also helped me understand that I love research based projects.

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

In the 1990’s I learned to make zine’s from a New Jersey artist, Joshua Hinchey, who was creating an art & skateboarding zine ‘Double Negative.’ Following that I started creating mini-comics and was trading comics with Abby Denson, who was drawing the mini comic ‘Tough Love’ back then. I think I had read about it in Action Girl comics. They were writing reviews and putting folks in touch via snail mail. By 2002 I was living in Seattle. I became a volunteer at the ZAPP (the Zine Archiving and Publishing Project) there. We would go down to Portland to table at the Portland Zine Symposium, and that is where I found this renewed love for zines and self published works all over again.

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

When I’m not creating I’m reading and staying inspired. Currently, I’m teaching in the Comics Program at the IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) in Portland, OR. I also work at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and generally engage with creative community by attending lectures, participating in print exchanges and volunteer.

Check out more from Kinoko at Kinoko Gallery!

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