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Dave Van Patten

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What was the inspiration for creating your first zine?

I made my first zine as a 12 year old boy in my sixth grade class. It was called "Gross Art" and featured 25 drawings of people getting their heads ripped off or eyes gouged out. I was a fan of horror comics at the time, and that was my attempt. Believe it or not its actually more funny than disturbing. Later that year a teacher discovered my book because it made its way around the circle of other 12 year old boys, and the book got banned from school.
As an adult, I took a 7 year break from art during college, I had a deep reservoir of ideas for comics throughout that entire time. My first adult zine, Black Candy was a collection of 70 doodles and comics I quickly busted out right after I started drawing again in 2008. It also included a lot of gore and humor.

How do zines help you understand/connect with/express your self-identity?

Since zines and indie comics are not mainstream, but rather the strong opposite, they only speak very specific things to very specific types of people. If 2 different people connect over an obscure zine, that bonds them together. I made a crude zine in 2012 about a weirdo inside joke I had with my sister. I think its the funniest thing I've ever done, but no one else seemed to think so. Then once at the LAZF a zinester picked it up at my table and started crying, she laughed so hard. It was extremely rewarding to bond with someone else over a very obscure joke.