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 email@example.com)
Thank you to EVERYONE who applied! We can't wait to see you!
Thank you to everyone who applied! You will hear from us in June after we have made tabling decisions.
We're thrilled to announce that exhibitor registration has opened for SF Zine Fest 2014! The show will be Labor Day weekend, August 30th and August 31st at the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.
If you are interested in registering as an exhibitor, please visit the Registration page. There you will find further instructions for submitting your exhibitor application and paying your registration fees. Both items must be completed in order to reserve a table.
We encourage all exhibitors to register early! A few reasons why include….
1. After July 15th, 2014 the price for tables goes up for late registrants.
2. Exhibitor registration closes on August 1st, 2014.
3. Exhibitor spots are confirmed as they come in, and we are expecting another year full of artists and vendors. If all tables are reserved before the exhibitor registration deadline of August 1st, 2014 then additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a spot becomes available.
4. Any special requests will be honored (if possible) in the order received. So if you need any special arrangements (e.g. power outlets, desire to be near/far from a wall, etc.) it’s a smart move to let us know ahead of time.
Once we receive your application and payment you will receive a confirmation message.
Thank you all for your interest. Keep checking our website for updates about the show, and great info on the zine + DIY community. See ya at the fest!
In anticipation of this year's SF Zine Fest we want to give our friends, fans, and community members a heads up in regards to exhibitor registration. We’ve made a couple of overall changes to speed along the registration process!
Online registration for this year’s SFZF opens this Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 12pm PST. There will be a Registration page here on the site where you can submit your exhibitor information and registration fees. Both items must be completed at the time of registration. Zinesters and vendors are encouraged to sign up early in order to guarantee a table space – we anticipate that all of our tables will fill this year.
Important dates and details:
-- May 15th, 2014 – July 15th, 2014: registration opens for SFZF
• 3ft Half table - $50
• 6ft Full table - $100
-- July 16th, 2014 – August 1st, 2014: late registration opens for SFZF
• 3ft Half table - $65
• 6ft Full table - $140
Exhibitor registration closes on August 1st, 2014; registration is on a first come, first serve basis. If all exhibitor spaces are claimed before August 1st, 2014, pending applications will be placed on a waiting list. Applicants will be notified if a space becomes available.
Registration fees must be paid within 48 hours of submitting your exhibitor form in order to receive an exhibitor space.
Questions can be sent to our SFZF Contact Page. We're looking forward to seeing both long-time friends and new faces this year. With your support this year’s SFZF is sure to be a DIY success!
We are proud to announce the thirteenth annual San Francisco Zine Fest will be held on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st 2014. The event will once again be hosted at the San Francisco County Fair Building (1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way), in beautiful Golden Gate Park.
As always, the San Francisco Zine Fest will be a FREE event for attendees!
Exhibitor registration will open in April; we will be releasing further details for registration dates in the coming weeks. For more info on SF Zine Fest, visit ourwebsite, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.
We're looking forward to another great year of familiar faces and new friends. See you this fall.
If you're headed to this year's Treasure Island Music Festival make sure to swing by SFZF's Reading Tent, where we'll have our zine library available for attendees to browse and read through.