My zines revolve around political/social issues, but I always try to come at an issue in a way that is unexpected. I use bright colors, playful imagery, and popular culture to address social issues in a way that is hopefully entertaining. Sometimes I think of my work as a 2-minute punk song; simple, catchy, blunt, and controversial.
For LBZF I will have Meat, A horror story about the dangers of consuming animals. Armed and Dangerous, A story about how it feels to deal with armed police officers. Rebel Rebel, a social/political Star Wars fanzine. Good Guy with a gun, a collection of illustrations and writings on a variety of topics. And hopefully, MUCH more.
I came to zines through comics. I always loved indie/small press comics. Meeting creators/artists at comic cons in the late 90's was how I learned about zines. I started making them while I was in college as a means of self-publishing comics. I just love the idea of making something that is pure creative freedom. There are no gate-keepers for zines and the possibilities are really exciting.
Choosing what to make next and finding the time to do so. I have so many ideas for potential projects it's hard to pick one and stick with it. I just want to make cool stuff all the time and I'm seriously attention deficit. It's easy to get distracted by the lastest thing that I'm inspired by.
When It's coming together. I pencil most of my art traditionally and ink/color digitally most of the time. As soon as I have the pencils done, all the hard work is finished. Inking and coloring are when the images really take on life for me and It's always exciting to see the pieces come together.
I love that zines don't really have gate-keepers or strict definitions. They really can be almost anything and that potential allows creatives to sort of push/pull/distort the boundaries of media. I think in a lot of ways that zines serve the same purpose as the world of fine art, but they address the issue from a very different, more inclusive place.
I think of culture as a sort of ecosystem. Like any ecosystem, it requires a sort of biodiversity. A monoculture is less healthy and contributes less to us as a species than one full of fresh, interesting, diverse voices. I really believe that if every town had a zine fest we'd be healthier and happier as a society.