Martian Press is a Los Angeles-based Risograph press dedicated to creating and publishing original content as well as producing zines and prints created by emerging artists and writers. MP collects the outlandish, the otherworldly, the extraordinary and the ordinary and produces something meaningful from them. Much of what Martian Press publishes evokes themes of science fiction, the mystical, the paranormal. MP strives to publish predominantly queer, non-men, and/or POC artists and writers.
I started making zines as a sophomore in college, when I was 19 after picking up a bunch of free ones at a basement show and learning what they are. I was a printmaking major at art school and got enamored with the book format, something that wasn't really talked about a lot in my classes. I loved the tangibility of the object, how it allowed for a personal experience to move through an idea or narrative. It seemed much more authentic to me than other fine artwork I was seeing at school.
I like to think of zines as a time-based medium. The audience moves through the narrative in a similar way as they would watching a film or listening to an audio piece. It's a very intimate experience. I love being able to work with images and writing in this format; it feels intimate in a really beautiful way. Plus the zine ends up being an object that the audience can own and cherish.
Zines allow for a really beautiful distribution of an idea or a story. The maker has total control of how the zine presents itself to the world, so they are able to say exactly what they want to say, how they want to say it with no constraints. Independent publishing is really important for uplifting voices that might not otherwise be given a platform.