I have three ongoing zine/comic projects. The first, Dark Pants, revolves around a mysterious pair of pants and the people that find them and wear them. They end up going to some dark places. Each issue follows a different protagonist through a different neighborhood of L.A. The second, The Teaching Chronicles, is an autobiographical account of my teaching experiences and the funny, ridiculous and sometimes poignant things that kids say and do. The third, My Troubles with Crumb, is an investigation and reflection on how my feelings and thoughts toward my former artistic idol, R. Crumb. have evolved as I've evolved.
I love when an idea pops into my head and when it sticks around I know it is worth exploring. I enjoy drawing them too, but the real thrill is when I'm done and I'm holding something tangible in my hands, that feels like a real accomplishment. I'm addicted to it and it keeps me making 'em!
There are so many stories out there. It's important that everyone is able to both see representations of themselves in media and also to have avenues in which they can disseminate their own stories. As a white male it is my job to own up to my own privilege and blind spots and to learn from them as I move forward.
Zines and self-publishing in general gives a voice to people that have historically been suppressed or silenced. The embracing of zines over the last few years is a clear indication that there are so many people who want to read about and understand other people's perspectives. Without venues and events like this, it would be much more difficult to connect and share these stories, so zine fests like this are extremely valuable.