Asterisk Press self-publishes a variety of zines that are colorful, multimedia, sometimes goofy, and all ages/kid-friendly. They tend to be humorous, critical, and nostalgic. Most of my work is digital, but I work across multiple mediums and try to do something different in each zine—in layout, content, production method, etc. Many of my zines are illustrated with a limited color palette, which comes from a background in printmaking and love for the style of risograph printing.
I always loved making my own journals, experimenting with bookbinding, and doodling comics for my friends while I was growing up. I drew a whole series of Harry Potter comics starting from when I was about seven that were just one page jokes on lined paper. I never really thought about those as being "zines" or as being similar to what I'm doing now. I started my own press and became serious about zines when I was in college. I was involved with all of the publications on campus and studying printmaking; I was really immersed in print culture and seeing all of the art and printed matter at comic cons and LA Zine Fest gave me the courage to make my own zines and put it out there.
I'm always guilting myself for not being productive enough and not having a new zine to debut for a zine fest. It's especially hard dealing with a creative block and not having any inspiration to make new work. I feel like at this point making zines has been more about being a business than it is about me having fun. It's definitely challenging being a self-employed artist but it's also been an invaluable experience and something I'm really proud of doing. It's also difficult working a day job and not having the time or motivation to make art.
Anyone can make a zine! And it can be about anything you want! I think it's important just putting something YOU made on paper and sharing that with someone. It doesn't matter if you can't draw or whatever, or you're self-conscious about your writing. Make it for yourself. Make the work you want to see in the world.