Felipe Flores

I would say there are two varieties of zines that I do. I illustrate a series of Non-Fiction comic books that focus on Police Brutality in Orange County. This true crime series is now three volumes. I have a zine of portraits called "Ex Punk Girls". I have a series of fanzines, the most consistent being my psychological analysis of The Simpsons. In total it will be 8 zines.

City:La Mirada
  • Political/Social
  • Illustration
  • Comics
  • Music/Art
  • Fanzines

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What are your current zines about?

I will have my ongoing series of Non-Fiction comics about Police Brutality in Orange County. A Simpsons fanzine where I psychologically analyze the show. A book of portraits of LA/OC women who grew up punk. The new ones will be a Fiction comic based in New York in the 70s and Mythological analysis of Superhero symbolism. Everything's fully illustrated by me, highbrow, lowbrow, young, old something for everyone.

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Photocopying

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

  • Stapled

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

3 Years ago I went to the LAZF and was inspired. I figured if they can do it I can do it. I found out it was much more challenging than anything I've creatively done before, but I like a challenge.

How do you create your zine content?

I just write about subjects I know. Something I'm knowledgeable about and things that happen inside of my community. I am starting to venture into subjects that aren't directly related to my environment.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

The internet is becoming more regulated. We enjoyed an information wild west the last few decades but truly challenging material is going to end up in print again. To fully understand a subject, Wikipedia wont cut it. It will always come back to printed text.

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

My first zine was called "Be My Baby" it was an analysis of the famous Ronettes song. I gave my interpretation of the song along with the songwriting history as well as the recording process.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

The biggest challenge in making a zine is time. If I had a time machine and no day job constraints I would perpetually be stapling zines.