We make weird zines for strange people. From somewhere inside the minds of a sleeping Jeffrey Dahmer, or the basement where the rats are taking over... Shit Sux is a horror and weirdo zine publisher that makes the strangest zines out there. We are those obsessed with moldy strange paperbacks, old scratched VHS tapes, serial killers, trash, and crappy old horror magazines. Our zines are jam packed with great up-and-coming artists, authors, and weirdos with a passion for the strange and unusual. You may know us from our anthology series Shit's Fucked or our newest romance horror, Strange Romance! We also make perzines on love lost, and strange mini comics like our new Troy McClure zine.
There's this sort of trance you get into when you make zines. You fold, staple, and cut your zines for so long that the process becomes a motion that is a part of you. You put so much of yourself in your zine, down to the production, and once you hand that to someone, they get a part of you. The connections you make with these pieces of you is grand.
There are so many people and voices who are not heard because they are seen as not important or not profitable by companies and publishers. So many people are pushed to the side because they are not important to those who control the money and power, and zines are a way of push back against this. Those who are marginalized can speak without anyone telling them to shut up.
Being a part of LA, or any US state but especially LA, means the culture we are a part of is one of several different ethnicities living with one another. It can be daunting and quite difficult to be able to experience everything we are offered, even with all that we have at our disposal. With zines, we can read about the experiences of several different cultures and the experiences they have. We can connect to one another, and even find meaning in ourselves. We can connect with those of our own cultures that some of us may have never seen around. You can learn about other's identities, and even your own. Again, zines are a matter of voice, and hearing those voices. Cultural identity, personal identity, ethnicity, sexuality, et al, are all important in zines.
I've heard a lot people talk about how they want to make a zine but never finish or are intimidated by the idea, but there's no need for that. Zines don't have to be perfect, ever! No one is perfect, and tons of people are super cool, and the same applies to zines! If they're imperfect they're cool, too! Yes, some people won't like your zine, it's normal. But there will be tons of other people who will think your zine is dope as hell!