My zines are usually about LGBTQ issues like dating, social politics and personal story telling. I also have comic books that are often featuring people of color or the LGBTQ community. Those genres range from sci-fi, horror and vigilante heroism.
- Feminist/Riot Grrrl
My zines are about queer and feminist ideas. I make comic books about vigilante heroes and space. The genres range from sci-fi, action, and contains ultra violent content. I also make prints of my ink drawings of tender moments between two women usually or bad asses in their cool outfits.
I started making zines because they're a fun way of getting ideas flowing. It's sort of like a mix tape or pages of a sketchbook in your brain for sale.
A lot of what I make is narrative, so I begin everything by mapping out the story line first, writing and going over edits until I feel it's ready. Once I have a solid plot going, I start making sketches which is the same process as my writing: draft, edit & repeat. Sometimes you get lucky with the first ideas.
I think independent publishing is important because creators have total freedom on doing what they want and aren't boxed in too much by convention. This is where you can get a lot of variety in story telling and illustration style.
I feel like the future of zines and independent publishing is going to keep getting better with technology. The most frustrating park about making a book once you get past the idea stage & final design is the printing. Printers are all different from each other on how they want your files and when they're ready to pick up. Printer technology is long over due for an update and I think better printers that can handle large quantities will become available to the average consumer.
My first zine I ever made that sold at LA Zine Fest 2017, was Daisy Chain. It was a collage of people I've dated with scanned photo booth picture I had lying around. It was non-narrative and more like a visual diary filled with some scribbles of a serial dater.
It's therapeutic. If you can't afford therapy make some zines!
Deadlines! Always give yourself an extra two weeks ahead of time. Something is always bound to go wrong in the printing process.
Art is always a sound investment =)