SF Zine Fest talks with Nick Garcia of Nighted

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

My name is Nick Garcia, and I started Nighted in early 2012. We are a film photography collective, and an independent publisher based in the East Bay Area. Nighted specializes in high quality, limited edition zines and books that focus on a gritty and honest aesthetic.

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

I found out about zines through graffiti originally, particularly self-published ones. I always liked it when the creator shared personal stories and photos that weren't available anywhere else. So I decided that I wanted to make my own personal zine about my experiences and mistakes, just as a new creative project to work on.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I have two young kids that I'm constantly hanging out with and taking care of, then I work full time in a cubicle doing non-profit work. The rest of the time I'm hustling Nighted via social media and sleeping occasionally.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

The zine trading community is rad. I've met so many cool people, and that was actually my idea behind starting Nighted, to showcase them and their photos.

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Do your research, figure out what you like, ask questions, but do it yourself.

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

We have a bunch of new perfect bound books that we're really proud of, and we are also bringing back a handful of leftover back issues that are out of print!

For more from Nighted, check out:

NightedLife.com

Nighted.Storenvy.com

Instagram/ Twitter: @NightedLife

 

SF Zine Fest talks with Ryan Hungerford

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

My zine, "Tallywhacker" is a collection of some of the weird and random ideas that pop in my head on a daily basis.  I've illustrated the cream of the crop of my oddest thoughts.  For better or worse...

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

I came across zines a while back.  I remember coming across some at Amoeba Records in their give away area where the Weeklys are.  I've always loved the DIY approach and the freedom that goes into zines.  I think that's what inspired me to create my own.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not creating, I enjoy the punk rocks and sipping Ovaltine.  Sometimes both at the same time....

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

One unexpected benefit of reading and making zines is all the cool and creative ways people use to express what they're passionate about in their zines.  There's a lot of different ways people tell their stories, whether it be through writing, illustration, collage, etc....

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

My only advice to first timers making their zines is keep it true and pure.  Create what you're passionate about and don't worry about how it will be received by others.

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

For this year's SF Zine Fest I will be debuting my first zine, "Tallywhacker".  I will also have some prints, post-it sketches, sketchbooks, and toys available as well.

For more from Ryan, check out:

www.ryanhungerford.com

www.ryetoons.blogspot.com