My character driven zines are inspired by my dreams, my travels, pop culture, the media, the internet, my surroundings, and my random stream of consciousness. I often dream in a black and white cartoon world, which has shaped my imagination and has a lot of influence behind the look and tone of my work.
I started making zines back in 2015 as a way to proactively draw and get ideas out of my head. It challenges me to create more personal projects for myself so I can grow and experiment as a creative individual. I'm also a big fan of using print as a medium. Being able to produce something on paper in our world of digital age feels refreshing and satisfying.
Zines are important in terms of independent media and publishing because it gives us an outlet and medium to truly express ourselves for who we are and what we believe in. Making a zine gives you creative freedom to make whatever you want without someone telling you what you can or can't do.
Don't think, just make it. There is no wrong way to make a zine and it feels rewarding when you publish something on your own. Think of it as a personal project for yourself and set yourself a goal to finish it. When you're finish, give yourself a pat in the back and then treat yourself to some ice cream.