Brenda Chi


My zines vary from being about an Asian American woman, dating, and pop culture. I always try to write my zines to be funny, and represent strong women. Zines to me, are an outlet of the stuff that runs in my head, and I try to organize that for a reader to enjoy.

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What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Photocopying
  • Digital
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Stapled
When did you start making zines ... and why?

I saw my friends making them (went to Art Center College of Design) years ago, and so I wanted to try it out. I thought it would be a fun exercise to stay creative and express myself freely. Indeed, zines have shown me that I can create a small world and develop it, more than I can with one illustration. I can do whatever I want-- write and draw, it's perfect. I have so many ideas and this is a great way for me to produce them and have people join in.

How do you feel that are zines important in terms of cultural identity?

As an Asian American, our stories and voices aren't really told in the "media", though outlets like YouTube is changing the game (and finally, film is trying to get better). I think zines are a direct way for artists like me, to tell our story without--a direct source. They remind me of diaries, though I know they're not. They can be so personal, maybe because of the content, because the artist did it all, the DIY of it, but whatever the case, it's meaningful to own someone's zine.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

Be fully yourself in your zines. Zines have very little rules, and you can write, draw, photograph, scan, in them. I like that zines have yet to be some elevated "snooty" form of indie publishing, so every creative person is welcome to make something. As part of the zine community, we just want to see more, we love to share. It's really wonderful. They're also so fulfilling, as a an artist, and you create this little project that is a book--an experience.

Is there anything else you want people know about you or your zines?

I want my zines to be funny and entertaining. However, I also want my zines to have themes of honesty and the truth behind stereotypes, feminism, and loneliness. I want people to connect to the zines, help whoever may need it. There's something powerful about reading someone's zine, and they poured their heart into it, and in the end, they end up helping you because you don't feel so alone. Or, perhaps their POV makes you learn something about another person that you otherwise wouldn't see. Zines can be that powerful, and I want to contribute.

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