My zines are about anything and everything all at the same time. They basically just serve as a journal for my everyday thoughts, experiences, fears, anxieties, etc. Hopefully they're relatable and cool to look at and they inspire people to spill their own guts on paper! They range from photography, to drawings, to my capabilities in graphic design and screen printing. They're weird, but so am I.
I think around 2015? I had a production class at CSULB while I went there for Illustration and our teacher (Gary Musgrave) gave us an assignment to make a zine. I was really stoked that I could just make whatever I wanted to make and no one could tell me 'no' or that my content needed to be censored in anyway. I just felt like I could share my visions and ideas the most articulate way I know how, through my creative output.
Making the time to actually concept them and put them together. Life is just crazy and it seems as though we never have enough free time to enjoy what we really love. So there's little bits and pieces of time that you have to push yourself to make it happen, whether it's five minutes a day or 5 hours.
I think it's important because it gives us all a voice. Since we publish them ourselves there's no censorship and I think that's a beautiful thing. It helps us cope and band together and feel like we belong aside from mainstream society and makes us feel less isolated and more human.
Don't fear the zine! It's all about self expression and no project is too little or big, you just have to do it! Once you start, stopping is nearly impossible. The zine community is also super supportive. I've never experience criticism or been told i'm doing things wrong, the encouragement levels are high all the way around, even more of a reason to push the fear aside!