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Dave Van Patten
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.
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.