My illustration zine, A Tapestry of You, is a collection of drawings influenced by my interests in nature, decay, and fashion design. The illustrations explore themes of pain, dissociation, and the story told by the clothes worn.
I also have a comics zine, Heart Beats and Heart Breaks, a collection of romance short stories with a music theme. It features original songs and has stories of longing that will make you feel bad sometimes. Influences include David Bowie, Wong Kar Wai, Haruki Murakami, and others.
And as always, I'll have my annual trade zine, Pop Twin PM, alongside my donut zines.
I started making zines as a form of self-expression and as a means to tangibly interact with fellow creative types. Through this process, I've met a number of really amazing people with amazing perspectives. I've been making zines now for about four years and it's been a great way to visually and physically explore my evolution as an artist.
The idea of culture is so broad and ambiguous that attempting to define it seems almost irrelevant. That's why I can't think of anything more perfect than zines to exemplify just how diverse or niche the idea of culture can be. Culture can span anything as broad a topic as ethnic background to something as niche as a small town bicycling community. Zines can explore these topics with a uniquely personal perspective that's irreplicable in any other format or medium.
My advice for someone interested in zines - just go for it. However shoddy your first zine may be, or however daunting it may seem to create a minimum eight pages of content, don't forget that it's something you're doing for yourself first and foremost. And that's as good a reason as any to make something.