What was your first zine about and when was it made?
I started drawing comics about dating and my friends on napkins and post-its and then started posting them on a blog. My very first zine, Melancholy Rainbow, was a compilation of those comics that I made specifically for SF Zine Fest in 2012. A few months later, I tweaked it a bit and added some more comics and turned it into the official first issue, Tastes Like July.
Describe your most recent zine.
My most recent zine is called I Know You Are But Weird Am I? It’s the second issue and another random assortment of semi-autobiographical “sitcomics” about the woes of dating, brutally honest friends, and an anthropomorphic cat, and other nonsensical things.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
My sketchbooks are my favorite. I carry a sketchbook with me almost everywhere I go so that I can doodle what I’m daydreaming about and what’s going on around me. They’re filled with random, ridiculous, amazing drawings and doodles that I sometimes can’t believe I drew.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
People. People are weird, fascinating, hilarious, and I love them so much. Whether they are my friends, strangers, or dudes I’ve dated, they are the soul of my work. I don’t know what I’d do without them and I wouldn’t have a comic either!
Music. All the bands that I’ve listened to while drawing are huge influences. Most recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Craft Spells, Miniature Tigers, Youth Lagoon, Kisses, and Astronauts, etc. But that’s just a very short list.
My mood. I’m usually the most creative when I’m upset about something. Drawing is very therapeutic for me and it’s easy for me to get lost in whatever I’m working on. Because of this, some of my work can be a bit melancholy. When I’m in a really good mood, it’s difficult for me to get serious about drawing and sit at my desk for 8+ hours.
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 usually working my day job or appreciating something that was created by someone else. I’m a glutton for books, museums, live music, interesting food, and movies. All of these things inspire me to be creative. Unfortunately, they also eat up a bunch of my time and take me away from working on my own things.
For more from Nina, check out MelancholyRainbow.com!