As 2 native Filipino-Angeleno Illustrators, we just want our work to reflect our unique individual experiences growing up within the back drop that is LA.
Some ideas and themes we explore include, Queer nightlife, Anthropomorphic Vaudeville comics/zines, & pop culture fan art
Jeromy Velasco-Many of my zines that depict a variety of playful characters all excerpts of the gay/queer experience, mixed with fashion, 90s cartoons, and nature.
Nikko De Leon-My existing zine work that consists of my own stories pertaining to personal experiences and conceptual ideas. I have a continuous zine series revolving around characters based on 1920s vaudeville involving anthropomorphic characters with issues related to the time. I am currently working on a couple more to add to this series. The other zine work I also am currently working on for this event involves an accordion fold with my analog work and a story based on theology. I also currently have a variety of prints based off of pop culture. Some involving portraits of icons and others involving work based off of film and television.
Nikko: I started making zines when I was in art school in college. I had a professor that introduced me to zines and it became a medium for me to feel confident to experiment in stories and styles.
Jeromy: I had been doing plenty of silkscreen printing throughout college and well afterwards, so I very much about DIY aspect because I loved being involved in every process from start to finish. Overall I had been just seeking new ways to condense multiple ideas I had into one vessel, and zines became the perfect way to experiment.
Nikko: My first zine was called "Peace, Love, and Toys". It was a reference to 90s toy catalogues depicting action figures of 1960's rock n roll stars.
Jeromy: Mine was titled "Free Show at Midnight" and was just based off of different personas, characters, drag queens/kings & club kids I had witnessed frequenting queer parties, drag/cabaret shows, various clubs throughout NYC & Los Angeles.
Nikko: Although I intend my zines to have a playful aesthetic and humor, I try to include real life scenarios and social issues people can relate to
Jeromy: These zines that I create are probably the most rawest extension of my art. They have really provided ways for me to really express & embrace my inner campy femme queen, in the same way drag queens/kings & performers use their personas as a vessel to express their inner fierceness.