MV Garcia

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My pet project, "This Goth Bitch", is an alternative culture fanzine from a dark, magical, queer, POC perspective. There are currently 6 issues out, and each issue is a 20-page mix of fashion illustration, comics, music reviews, occult fantasies, and fun/sad things about Adult Goth life. If you have a dark sense of humor, and a dark sense of glamour, then "This Goth Bitch" is for you!
My other zine projects include:
"Hey Ghoul Friend: An Adult Halloween Zine", an illustrated interview-zine in which fellow zinesters, musicians, and artists divulge their Halloween feelings.
“Far Beyond Fashion“, an 8.5”x 11” full-color limited edition art book consisting of my recent collage work and illustrations.

Website:http://etsy.com/shop/michaelvincentgarcia

Instagram:http://instagram.com/thisgothbitch

Other social media:http://thisgothbitch.tumblr.com

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What methods do you use to make your zine?
  • Handwritten/drawn
  • Cut-and-paste
  • Photocopying
What type of binding do you use for your zine(s)?
  • Folded
  • Stapled
  • Saddlestitched
When did you start making zines ... and why?

My first zine was made when I was 10 years old, out of sheer boredom during summer vacation. I didn't pick up the habit again until recently in 2015. After being out of college for a few years, I hadn't been very active in making new artwork as I didn't have much money or space to work with. I discovered that in zine-making, I could work on a small scale for a fairly low budget and still make work that was easy to distribute. Also, making zines and attending zinefests has been a great way to expand my network of friends and like-minded artists.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

DO it! There are no rules, except that it is a tangible work on paper. It doesn't even have to be printed or xeroxed, really. You can even draw/ write one out by hand on napkins if you have to! Thats what makes zines so fun, is that you get to decide for yourself exactly what you want it to be. That said, I always try to remind myself not to overthink the layout and second guess myself. It doesn't always have to be "perfect". Sometimes the best things come from producing work with a sense of immediacy. You can always go back and change it later if you want and reprint it again!

Is there anything else you want people know about you or your zines?

I work predominantly in illustration, painting, and sewing. I received my BFA in Painting at Otis College of Art + Design ('09), and my AA in Fashion Design from Brooks College, Long Beach ('02). My work tends to walk the line between fine art, comics, and fashion. My zine content is often a mix of the satirical and the celebratory, and always from a unashamedly queer point of view.
For most of my zines I use a mix of hand-illustration and collage. I prefer a very hands-on and tactile approach to zine-making. I try to only use the computer to print text, (which I then cut out and arrange by hand) and avoid using imaging software to generate my page layouts whenever possible.

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