I have an ongoing series called Tameiki are zines in the form of photographic comics, prose, and writings. One shot zines called Beep ( A zine about our everyday device, the smoke alarm), Seiun: In the beginning ( Is a zine about my perspective of how the universe began), and finally Seiun is a zine/comic about an alien creature that crash lands on earth and explore’s the eerie. At times, I’m joined by my 11yr old son, he creates zines of his fantasies such as Sword-Carp, Duddha, and Dirpy World.
I started making zines back in 2006. I started making zines because I wanted to share my creative writings, to leave something of myself for my son, and create works the people would laugh and enjoy. I really enjoy making zines, the community is awesome and the people I have met, makes me feel I should keep pushing the art form everyday.
What I consider the best part of making zines is putting them together. Its when you get your first print outs and all your hard work comes together, you cut and staple like crazy and then, people start reading them, and people chuckle or laugh and you know you have done your job.
The advice I would offer someone who wants to start making zines I would say, just start. Research them, make them, trade them and don't stop making them. We need everyones work out there. The world needs more and more zines that capture the essence of the local community. =