C.M.Butzer

Most of my zines are fun and handmade. I use a wide variety of print techniques from silkscreen, risograph, and transparency printing to bring something special them. All of my zines and handmade books have small print runs from 50-250.

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  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Other (please describe)

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What are your current zines about?

My zines are all pretty fun and silly. You've got giant robots fighting monsters, punk rock kittens, a really giant squid. and a guy who doesn't know when to stop fighting.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Photocopying
  • Screenprinting

What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?

  • Stapled
  • Other

When did you start making zines ... and why?

About 15 years ago. I work as an illustrator and comic artist where I have very little editorial control over what I create. Making zines allows me complete control over creative process, right down to how it's constructed to the content.

How do you create your zine content?

My content is most often determined by how much fun would it be to create it. I don't ever want my zines to feel like work. If a project heads that way or if I start taking too seriously, it's time to shelve that idea for later.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

This relates to the first question. As an independent publisher, you have the control over everything and it forces you to understand and take responsibility for every aspect of of creating and distributing your content. It's just not enough to create something if you don't know how to get it out there.

What does the future of zines and independent publishing look like to you?

Ten years ago, there were a handful of zine fests spread across the country. Today, nearly every big to medium sized cities is hosting an event to celebrate zines. I think people like zines because they're not mass produced. They're often low print run and hand assembled works and that adds personal value. They can't buy zines at Walmart.

What was your first zine called? What was it about?

Rabid Rabbit #1 "Night of the Rabid Rabbit". It was short comic theme-based anthology that a few friends and I assembled in grad school. It wasn't about rabbits.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

All of my zines are either comics or a collection of illustrations. Drawing is my favorite thing. That said, I've come to enjoy coming up with creative methods of printing and production.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

Over thinking. If it becomes too complicated, I'll spend way too much time in the writing/planning stage and lose focus on what I was trying to do in the first place.

What else do you want people know about you or your zines?

They're pretty silly, but in a good way.