Protein is all about promoting diverse artist that have something to say. We want to fight evil with comics!
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
Protein Press is a new, small publisher based in LA focused on working with diverse creators to make a positive impact on the indie zine/comic scene. We publish zines and comics from artists that we love and believe in. At the end of the day we just want to make cool shit with our friends and put as much good into the world as possible.
We're two Mexican guys who wanted to see better art and more representation in the indie art scene, so we decided to take it into our own hands. We started in October 2017.
There's no room for pretentiousness or selling out. If you're in independent publishing, you're not doing it for the money (because there's no money in independent publishing), you're doing it because you love it. The space to be genuine and passionate is a lot safer here than in big publishing. We need more art that has something to say, not something to sell.
If the medium continues to grow, zines will play a crucial role in the survival of ideas, cultures, and knowledge. Zines are the most accessible form of information. They're cheap to make, easy to hand out/sell, fun to read and be involved in. They're anti-media. They represent art at a ground level where there's no room for misinformation and bullshit. Zines are kind of the future of communication. Does that make sense?