Splendid Disasters

Most of my zines are about everyday life and the experiences that I have with it. They range from illustrated zines of random thoughts I might have through a day, to coping with and navigating through everyday struggles, and also being involved in the surf and skateboarding cultures. Some are funny, some are sad, some just look cool, some are informational. Overall I hope they're just enjoyed!

City:Long Beach
  • Poetry/Literary
  • Photography
  • Political/Social
  • Cultural
  • Illustration
  • Music/Art
  • DIY/Instructional
  • Other (please describe)

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What are your current zines about?

My zines span a wide range and include an eclectic mix. Some of them are humorous, some are emotional, some are political, and some are aimed at self-help/care and sharing experiences. I guess they just kind of document my thoughts and feelings during the process in which they are coming to life!

What methods do you use to make your zine?

  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Photocopying
  • Screenprinting
  • Digital

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

  • Folded
  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
  • Hand-stitched

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

I started making zines in... 2013 or 14? I had a production class while I was studying illustration at CSULB and one of our assignments was to make a zine. I ended up making it more complicated than it needed to be and hand screen-printed it. Ever since then I kind of fell in love with the process and had started attending zinefests when a very close and dear friend of mine started tabling. She let me share table space with her in future zinefests until I finally participating in them on my own. I make zines because the friends I've met through this tight knit community are all of the best people i've ever been lucky enough to cross paths with. I've always kind of felt like a misfit and struggled with self identity and a little bit of depression, and for me zines help me share my thoughts and experiences with those who can relate. I feel like sharing the things I've gone through and learned allow me to be there and help people who may need a hand. I also like to donate a large, if not all of my proceeds from zine sales to local organizations who help people that are in less fortunate situations than a lot of us.

How do you create your zine content?

My zines are often a mixed bag of nuts. Some of them are purely illustrative, some have a hybrid of collage and writing, some are purely photos. Some of them are tame and some are well organized chaos, haha. Usually everytime I make new zines I like to experiment with things I may not have tried before or try to push prior processes further. I use a lot of production to scan drawings i've done, or hand written elements and lay them out digitally on a computer. From there I make decisions on screen printing certain passages, and using my inkjet printer as well. Every zine I've put out to this point has all been self sufficient and created solely within the 4 walls of my own studio.

Why do you think independent publishing is important?

It's vastly important because it's unedited and unfiltered. It's so beautiful to learn so much from such passionate and empathetic individuals. When I read zines, I'm reading someone's pure thoughts and/or feelings and that's pretty amazing. I don't feel like i'm told that I should be buying something material or having ideas forced into my head that I don't want to be there. Indy publishing helps me learn things about certain people I may not have known before, and it helps me understand them better so that I can be a better person to share time and space with them. They're highly informative, and they always look insanely rad as well! So much time and work goes into zines, it's phenomenal!

What does the future of zines and independent publishing look like to you?

I have a hard time answering this question because I'm always trying to enjoy the present as much as possible. I can only hope that in the future, the zine and indy publishing communities continue to grow and include so many more wonderful and talented individuals doing great things to make the world a better place!

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

My first zine is called Handy Men. I still have it in rotation and re-color it every time I print it. It's just a bunch of weird and goofy drawings of different hands with really stupid and literal captions. People laugh at it and get stoked on it when they see it, so i'm glad someone gets a kick out of it. Haha.

What is your favorite part of making zines?

My favorite part is the process... I'm really meticulous and methodical and it helps bring my thoughts and ideas to life in ways I never would have imagined. I love sitting in my studio spilling my guts out into drawings, writing, and layouts to ultimately get an aesthetic i'm shooting for. It makes me want to pull my hair out as much as it eases my mind, and I always feel good and accomplished when I finish one! Blood, sweat, and tears make it all worth it!

What is your biggest challenge in making zines?

Probably managing the time to make them. I know a lot of my peers can say the same, but when you work full time are have so many interests, it's hard to come home and put yourself to work after a long day. That's also kind of the best part too though, you just persevere and build your mental strength to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. It's like a microcosm of life itself.

What else do you want people know about you or your zines?

I want people to know as much about me as they want to know. Come say hi and ask as many questions as you want, i'm always down to make new friends!