Hanu Griffith

My zines are essentially small art books of my work. They contain photography, illustration, and sometimes poetry.

City:Long Beach
  • Poetry/Literary
  • Photography
  • Illustration

Logo/Graphic

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Digital
  • Other

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

  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
  • Other

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

I've loved books since I was a child, and have always tried to make my own. From around the age of 7 I was writing short stories, making silly comics, usually illustrating them myself, collaborating with my brother, or using old family photos as the illustrations. Around the age of 10 or 11 I made a couple of collections of "Words of Wisdom". Unfortunately none of these silly artifacts have survived my moves since then, but around 2011 in college I was prompted with a magazine-style portfolio project while in a color photography class. I loved the process of refining content, formatting, and the like, but for a few years again put down book/zine making. In 2015, I got a risograph printer and have since put out 4 zines, which have been thematically collected illustrations, photographic work, and writing. I think that zine making is a wonderfully organized way to fully express an idea, beit through visuals, words, or both, and also it's really fun to experiment with book making methods.

How do you create your zine content?

My modus operandi is to make work as it comes to me, whether through painting, photography, illustration, or writing. Through it, concepts are revealed and I sort of sift through my work and put pieces together until I have a cohesive set of content, thus becoming the zine. Usually this results in multiple zines, as not all work can fit into one without becoming too incoherent. It isn't too linear of a process.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

Independent publishing is important because it is a self-empowering method to express oneself.

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

My first zine was called Autopoesis. Autopoesis is a lamentation on the anxieties of living and existing in relation to other people. It's a pairing of illustration and semi-sensical poetry.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

Honestly, the entire process is my favorite part. It's like being pregnant with a mysterious idea that is developed slowly, and is only able to be realized after it has finished being created. I love every step of the way. I love feeling inspired, discovering ideas, working them out, and seeing the finished product.

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

Decided on a printing method. I have a deep love for well-printed goods and fine paper stock, and I want that to be reflected in the work I make. Deciding on a color palette and printing method is really important, and definitely adds to the feel of the content.