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Vanessa M. Olivarez

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Why do you make zines?

For me, zines are a way to connect with folx on a persxnal level. They are accessible and timeless, including people from all ages. As they exist as a form of art too, they can live in homes or be carried around daily. There's truly something special of being to take a zine with you on the go. I make them because it allows me to turn mi illustrations and thoughts into a physical thing, hoping to reach another persxns heart.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start making zines?

Honestly, if you have been thinking about how to start, just do! They can be anything at all! It doesn't have to be a finished thing either, I always tell those who are beginning to turn their sketchbooks into a zine! I think because there are no limitations on what a zine can be, you have so much freedom to create ^_^