Dave Van Patten

My zines contain indy-weirdo style comics, and my recent illustrations.

City:long beach
  • Comics

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What are your current zines about?

My zines are comic compilations with themes of societal absurdity.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn

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

  • Stapled

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

I started making zines on a serious level in 2009. I had just witnessed a zine library from a friend in Olympia, WA for the first time time and was blown away at how potentially accessible your work could be though the DIY zine concept. I compiled 70 pages of my best comics and put out a zine called "Black Candy." I was a barista at the time and used that platform as a means of networking and passing out my zine for free to anyone interested. I must have given out 100+ free ones. However I later sold close to 350 of them so it made it worth it. One of my main passions has always been to properly communicate and share my ideas. Before comic zines, I attempted to do that through writing. I then attempted to do that through my band, "Family Tree." I finally found that zines were the best platform for my specific communication- the fusion of art and writing and humor. That is why I make zines.

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

The first zine I ever made was in the 6th grade. My teacher Mr. Zubko gave the class a month long project to create one project, then sell it to the rest of the school for fake money. My product was a comic book called "Gross Art." It featured a host named "Skull Thrasher," which was inspired by the Tales From the Crypt concept. The zine featured extremely gory, disturbing drawings, especially for a 6th grader. Eventually, after showing enough people, one of the 4th grade teachers, Ms. Gadberry showed the principal my zine. It became a banned book. I will be selling reprints of this zine at the festival! Fuck you Ms. Gadberry!

What is your favorite part of making zines?

As cheesy as this sounds, my favorite part of making zines is the laughter that comes from it. We are all trying to feel emotion from art- I think that's why we make it. My primary goal is the emotion of laughter. I am kind of notorious for working on my zines in public coffeehouses, and often times when I draw character's faces I start laughing out loud. It's usually when they're making a look of absolute horror or despair- it makes me laugh every time. When you're having so much fun making your own zine that it literally makes you laugh out loud, it's extremely fulfilling and you have to be really grateful. The other great part is witnessing someone else laugh their ass off at your work. In 2011 I made a zine about a weirdo bartender who drools all the time and was obsessed with glittery stickers. It was based on my sister Candace, who worked as a bartender at the time. You know how bartenders usually try to be all cool and sexy? My sister thrives off making "cool" people see how full of shit they are, so she declared that she was deliberately trying to be the most "un-cool" bartender ever. She would say awkward, nerdy things to random customers for her own satisfaction. That inspired my zine "Stickers." Anyways, after printing it and selling it at the L.A Zine fest of 2014, a zine customer picked it up and read the entire thing while standing by my table. She laughed so hard thought the story that I could see tears in her eyes. That was a real highlight to me.