Madeleine Flores is a webcomic artist turned print-comic artist and storyboarder, and she's also our 2015 Guest of Honor! Over on her Tumblr, we asked her about her six-issue BOOM! comic HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR, her newfound position as a role model for aspiring creators, and her favorite jams. Here are all of her answers in one place! Enjoy, and come hang out with her at San Francisco Zine Fest 2015!
Madeleine! Question #1: who was the first cartoon character you saw who looked like you?
I’m super excited to go to San Francisco! I’ve never been weeee!!!
Ok answer to Question #1:
I think I gotta say JASMINE from Aladdin- I’m not Middle Eastern but like…there was no one else so I latched onto her pretty hard! Thick black hair, actual eyebrows, brown skin….tiger best friend.
I remember flipping out when my mom found bedroom curtains with her on them. They were purple and I loved them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You’ve written a lot about how new, non-traditional career paths for storyboarders and comic artists are opening up (using yourself as an example). What do you think the industry will look like in ten years, in terms of who gets paying gigs and what gets made?
I think as long as there is an online platform for people to easily upload their work & for other people to see it- more and more hires will come from seeing a portfolio.
Of course the portfolio that gets hired could also be one from an art student. Students studying animation will still get hired, but students who don’t have a chance to study it are now considered as well.
As for what gets made? For that to change I think a lot of executives need to rethink what animation is and can be. But now more and more independent creators are going through crowd funding/web channels to make content and it will be exciting to see how or IF network executives decide it’s lucrative enough to try something new.
It’s frustrating to see an audience say things like ‘why don’t they do X? why don’t they have X character and X storyline?’ and blame the artists.
Trust me- the artists have fresh ideas, they are on your side and are constantly fighting for new things!
Can you describe how it felt to see the first (and second! and ??) Great Warrior cosplayer?
It’s super rad seeing people cosplaying!!!!! It’s fun because everyone interprets it differently! One day i might see someone cosplaying irl- so far i’ve only seen photos -_-
In your opinion, what’s the best way to support up-and-coming artists now? What forms of support made the biggest difference for you? AND What new artists should everyone know about?
The best way to support any artist is to share their work (WITH SOURCE/SIGNATURE/LINKS INTACT!!!!!!!!)
Buy their work if you can, donate to them on their paypals if you enjoy their comic that they put out for free, support their patreons!!
I wish I had patreon when I was starting out~~
For me, the support that helped was getting kind messages from people saying that a comic or drawing brightened their day- it helped motivate me, helped me feel like i wasn’t the only person having these feelings. People coming by at shows and buying my minis and then telling people online about it after is the biggest deal!
Here are some of my favorite artists right now (they’ve been obviously working hard for a long time and might not necessarily be “new” but you know):
When you and your mom drive up for the fest in September, what will you listen to in the car?
THANK YOU MADELEINE! We'll see you soon!
Hey y'all, we're having a zine picnic! Come hang out and check out the San Francisco Public Library's zine collection, and the official SFZF zine collection, and your friends' zine collections! And if you're interested in volunteering at SFZF this year or in joining the organizing team, this is a great time to come chat with us before we totally lose our minds (with happiness and fulfillment from event organizing)!
Saturday, August 1, 2015
San Francisco Public Library, Main
100 Larkin St, San Francisco
6th Floor Terrace - take a left from the elevators, through the skylight gallery, and onto the terrace of the library!
BYO Snacks - NO BOOZE - NO ANTS
(Facebook event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/978571438829941/ )
Notices to exhibitor applicants just went out! If you applied for a table at SFZF2015, check your email! (And if you don't see anything, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you to EVERYONE who applied! We can't wait to see you!
We're so excited to share the news at long last! Our special guest for SFZF2015 is none other than Madeleine Flores, creator of the webcomic-turned-real-comic HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR (check out this great interview about it on Autostraddle) and inspiration to art school dropouts everywhere! We asked Madeleine to send us a bio and photo, and here's what we got:
Madeleine Flores is a uc8i7;alijsgrvlej (that was her cat walking on the keyboard) a cartoonist, writer, storyboard artist and creator of Help Us! Great Warrior, a webcomic turned 6 issue mini series from BOOM! Studios. She lives in LA and works at Dreamworks TV!
Stay tuned to this space and to Madeleine's Tumblr, where she'll be answering our questions (and yours if you submit them!) And of course , mark your calendar now for to say hi to her, and the rest of us, on September 6th at Golden Gate Park! We'll see you there!
One last thing: we're almost done reviewing exhibitor applications! We got more great zinesters and artists applying than we even guessed! We'll let you all know the lineup by June 22.
Thank you to everyone who applied! You will hear from us in June after we have made tabling decisions.
Please read our FAQ below for more information on this year's event and application:
What has changed for SFZF 2015?
This year, San Francisco Zinefest will be held on September 6th 2015. Unlike previous years, SFZF 2015 will be a one day event. Because renting our venue for one day costs significantly less, table prices have gone down this year! Half tables cost $35 and full tables cost $65.
SFZF 2015 will be a curated event. Table sales are no longer first-come first-served. All interested participants are asked to fill out an application to SFZF 2015. Tabling applications are open from May 1st - May 22nd. We expect to receive more applications than we have spaces available, so we will not be able to offer everyone a table.
We will have significantly fewer full tables this year in order to accommodate as many zinesters as possible. Half tables are intended for individual artists and full tables will be reserved for distros and artist collectives.
Why are you requiring applications this year, instead of giving tables to whoever asks first?
We love how diverse the zine and DIY community is, especially in the Bay Area! And we know that the first-come-first-served approach to exhibitor selection, though simple, tends to leave out groups of folks who don’t have easy access to our announcements or to the internet in general. As organizers, we’re hoping that the time we’ll spend on reviewing and curating can create a more diverse event, showcasing everyone from veterans of the scene to first-time zinesters.
What are you looking for in my application?
There's no one right answer, other than: tell us about what you make and why you love zines! While you are welcome to sell things other than zines at your table, we are looking for artists that are involved in zines, comics, art books and other types of publications in some way.
What is a safer space, and why do I have to sign a safer space agreement?
A safer space is “a supportive, non-threatening environment that encourages open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety” (from the Coalition for Safer Spaces). SFZF organizers are committed to maintaining a safer space at zinefest, and we ask all tablers and attendees to make the same commitment.
What do volunteers do at SF Zinefest?
Volunteers are an essential part of SF Zinefest! Some of the tasks we ask volunteers to help us with include: setting up and breaking down tables, supervising and collecting zines for the zine library, and helping attendees at the info table. Each year we have a zinefest pre-party with the volunteer staff. At the pre-party, everyone can meet and we make signs for the event, fold programs, and talk about logistics.
Volunteering with SFZF is also a great way to get to know the organizers, give feedback and share your ideas about the event. Much of the zinefest organizing team started out as volunteers. Some of the SFZF organizers will be stepping down after 2015, and new organizers will be needed in order for SFZF 2016 to happen!
Any other questions? Email us at email@example.com!
Whoa, what a weekend! Lots of talent, lots of adorable puppies, and smiles all around. Oh, yeah, this guy was there too!
But seriously, we would all love to thank you for a wonderful SFZF. You guys made this year spectacular, and you have us the drive, the desire, the enthusiasm to make this event even better next year.
Much thanks from the bottom of our hearts,
The SFZF Crew
You're all invited to party with us at Mission Comics, Saturday, August 30th from 7pm to 10pm.
We'll hang out, eat snacks, and play games. It's a great opportunity to meet exhibitors and guests, and to have a great time!
Here are a few recaps from last year's SFZF After Party:
3520 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110