I made colorful comics and zines about fashion, LGBTQ beauty, girl power and friendships, and the outdoors! I also really love sloths and sell various adorable sloth-related zine merch. My style is bright and colorful, and my ultimate aim is to bring more positivity to the world with my art.
I started making zines after I attended my first zine fest two years ago. It was so inspiring! I saw how easy it was to turn ideas into physical form (ie booklets), met a ton of other artists that I consider friends now, and really fell in love with how friendly, open-minded, and community-based everyone was.
I think zines, and zine fests as well, are SUPER important to voice out the experiences of local artists whom otherwise would not be seen in the mainstream publishing industry. Zines are also crucial in voicing the experiences of underrepresented groups like queer artists and artists of color. Like any independent media, zines are one way that we can be more visible to our community and vice versa, our community can have an opportunity to support us directly.
Start with an idea and go with it! You might want to start with making a folded, 8-page booklet from just one computer paper page. There are a ton of free resources online as to how to fold one into a booklet. That's how I started, and now I have a mini-comic series, Let's Start a Band!, via this method. I'm hooked!