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I read someone's personal zine which had been 100% hand-drawn and written and couldn't believe how beautifully personal and in-depth it was, and how low the barriers to its creation were. It was clearly drawn directly on 8.5x11" paper, photocopied and stapled by hand. For some reason, I had always assumed getting a creative idea into a format that could end up in someone's hands required a lot more work and people. I was hooked on the idea that I could produce something on my own and have it read by others in a matter of hours or days. I've been trying to spread that DIY spirit ever since, which led to the inception of Skid Row Zine with a lot of help and hard work from other creators.
I love the creative process, but one of the most exciting things is seeing your finished product - whether it's delivered by mail, picked up at a copy shop or freshly stapled by your own hands late at night from the printer at the library. The anticipation of flipping through your own pages is a sheer joy (until you experience the ARGHHH moment when you find a typo or realize part of your drawing is bleeding off the page).