Christine Le and Priscila Santos are queer artists living in Los Angeles. Priscila immigrated with her family from Mexico City at a young age, and Christine is a first generation child of Vietnamese refugees. Their zines are inspired by their cultural backgrounds and experience of finding their way between two cultures. But they also enjoy creating silly comics.
The freedom and creativity that zines allow. It is truly a medium where anything and everything goes, where an artist can freely express themselves on paper and find a community or an audience that they can relate to. No matter how serious or silly it gets, zines are a way to communicate and take charge of our own bodies of art.
Zines are important in terms of cultural identity because it is one of the only mediums where people of any experience and interest can put their stories onto paper. No matter if a person is a professional artist, or stay at home parent, or computer analyst: if there is a want or need to tell someone your story, you can find it in creating a zine.
Some advice for someone wanting to make zines would be to start. Starting is the most difficult part of doing any task. There are many things that can hold you back from starting, be it lack of confidence of your art, fear of it not selling, an anxiety from wanting everything to be perfect, etc. All you have to do is start, no matter how ridiculous the idea or how elementary the drawings, just start on your ideas and everything else will follow.