As a child, I enjoyed adult books. As an adult, I enjoy children's books. So I'm working on adult stories for children which also double as children's stories for adults. This makes sense to me because I felt I knew quite a bit as a child, but the older I get the more clueless I feel.
My work is inspired by:
- My family and motherhood;
- Political climate;
- Actual climate;
- Severe time constraints;
- Fear that things are getting worse;
- Hope that we can make things better;
- A desire to see if others share the same fears and hopes.
My biggest challenge in making zines is finding time during the day to draw, and sticking to a regular drawing schedule. I'm pretty busy juggling my young daughter and work commitments. And everyone in our modern society is over-committed and stressed-out. I get it. So, even if it's just five or 10 minutes a day, I try to set aside that time. And stick with it every day.
My favorite parts of making zines are creating the story, and penciling out how the finished zine will look. Some people call this "ideation," but I like to think of it as "Being Bold." Bold, like the Bold Mangina.
I also really enjoy the finished zine. No matter how the finished zine looks, I still cherish holding it in my hands and saying to myself, "I made this." It gives me gooseflesh.
At the risk of sounding cliche', my advice to get started making zines is to just do it. Just start. Right now. Find a piece of paper -- an envelope, used printer paper, hamburger wrapper, whatever! Grab a marking instrument, and just Start Drawing. Or Doodling. Or Writing. NO hang-ups. Just do it. NOW! Today is a good day to make a zine.