Get to Know Your Zinester: Eyeball Burp

Describe your zine style. What can we expect to find at your table?

Eyeball Burp Press publishes art we like, the weirder the better. One of the rules we have is if we ask someone to submit artwork, we won’t censor out the art even if it pushes our visual aesthetic limits. So Eyeball Burp ends up with some gnarly images at times! Sometimes we reach out internationally to artists that we dig, and other times the art will come from friends we grew up with.

The newest zine project is with Line & Pixel, a collective that experiments with digital manipulation, glitch art and digital degradation. Artist Emily Rabinowitz will be co-curating this collection of images, as well as tabling alongside Eyeball Burp at the fest. Stoked about this!

Where do you work on your zines?

Because Eyeball Burp Press is a collaboration between Alex and A’misa Chiu, tons of conversations have to happen before we go to print. Zine making happens in our apartment studio or at the kitchen table. But drawing and writing happen anywhere!

What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?

A’misa
1) Portland-based Tim Root/Hambrgr House/Crappy Comics. He draws the body in weird anatomically strange positions, with tons of drips, stale beer, snot, slime, and barf. It’s hypnotizing to look at his art.

2) Moonroot Collective. This group of self-identified womyn, trans* and/or genderqueer persons of Asian descent rule! It’s a thoughtful zine full of musings & thoughts on reclaiming one’s identity (thru race, gender and bodies). Found them through the POC Zine Project tour and Women of Color Zine Workshop in Portland!

3) Gridlords is publishing some rad comics lately. I especially love Long Legs by Julianna Green. Her line work is whimsically creepy and totally takes me to dimensions I didn’t know existed! I’m a big fan of fantasy gone weird.

Alex
1) Snake Bomb Comix are rad. I really like the new work of Patrick Keck. Jack Hayden curates some strange and delicious stuff.

2) Social Discipline by Ian Sundahl. I describe them as a collection life clips.

3) Keep Fresh by Zejian Shen. Beautifully drawn, stylish, eerie, fun.

What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?

Just do it. Don’t think too hard about it, or you’ll kill the initial spirit of it. No zine was made by just thinking. You got to get down and dirty with it. You got to cut into the paper, get ink on your hands, paste your mock up together. You got to learn everything the hard way, because zines are all about experimentation and understanding the process for yourself. And everyone is different, so you got to learn how it works for you.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?

A wonderful wacky world of artists that we love and appreciate so much. Zines are amazing because of the folks who make zines. Zinesters are colorful, down to earth, & creative people trying to change the world. Plus, zines are raw. And so the politics, the art, and creative process are going to be raw. And I love that because it’s honest.

For more from Alex & A’misa Chiu check out Eyeball Burp!

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