SF Zine Fest talks with Eugenio Negro

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

I make zines mostly observing interpersonal relationships, consumerism, environmental collapse and language. I like doing the news and the latest gossip by explaining the motives behind what people do.

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

I don't remember when I first heard of them called "zines" and learned that there's a huge world of artists dedicated to them, but my friends and I started making comic books at about 10. When we heard of punk rock and making copies of books and stuff, I got very excited about zines.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not doing art I'm working, pursuing relationships and doing other everyday stuff. My survival is not difficult at this time.

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

Unexpectedly, because they cost little to make, zines are teaching me to give art away more and get the money out of the focus of the thing, which is a blessing. Money sucks!

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

The most important things first-timers should do with their zines is: 1. Get the personal struggle gushing out of the way soon, to make way for presenting real life stuff and stuff about other people besides yourself. Otherwise you'll lose interest. 2. That being said, whatever you're doing with your life is more interesting than you think. Document it for the learning of others!  3. Make every zine have a silly part, stay childlike. 4. Be more informative than you think people would expect. Zine traders love something they didn't already know.

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

For this year's SF Zine Fest I got not only a book of poems about the prison industry but also a comic about wild creatures, and both are bilingual or in Spanish!

SFZF 2014 Special Guests

We are very excited to announce the SF Zine Fest 2014 Special guests Ryan Sands, Tomas Moniz and Hellen Jo!  They all have been a special part of the zine community and we can't wait for you to see them at the show! 

2014 Special Guests

RYAN SANDS

Ryan Sands is a zinemaker, editor, and translator who lives in San Francisco. Ryan runs the publishing company, Youth in Decline, which is based out of a small office / Risograph print shop in the Mission. Youth in Decline’s focus is on supporting diverse and unique stories from up and coming North American creators, introducing English-speaking audiences to our favorite international cartoonists and writers, and providing an outlet for artistic book objects from established creators we love. 

In addition to an ongoing artist monograph series called Frontier and a science fiction chapbook called "Love Songs for Monster", Youth in Decline is releasing two longer comics this fall: RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli, and Snackies by Nick Sumida.

http://www.youthindecline.com/

TOMAS MONIZ

Tomas Moniz is most known for being the creator, editor, and contributor to RAD DAD, a zine about radical parenting, and author of Bellies and Buffalos. Over the course of nine years, he was written personal pieces about fatherhood and all of its complexities. Tomas splits his time between parenting, teaching, writing, and organizing. He organizes readings and EBABZ, the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, and has become an important figure in the Zine and Literary community. His work combines daily challenges with art and political reform. Tomas has been an exhibitor at the San Francisco Zine Fest for the past eight years. In that time, he has established himself as a prolific writer and a great colleague. 

HELLEN JO

Hellen Jo is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. She currently works on the Cartoon Network program "Steven Universe" as a storyboard artist.  In her free time, she enjoys stickers, horror movies, and hoarding.  You can find her at helllllen.org.

SF Zine Fest talks with Clay Eichner

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

I self publish a comic book called Kami. It's the story of three nature spirits embarking on a hero's journey. The book mixes all the things that inspire me: Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Pixar films, anime, old Jack Kirby comics, and classic Disney animation.

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

I've been reading zines and other self-published material since my early teens. I'm a big fan of reading and self-expression—zines and materials like them sit at the nexus of those two passions. I was inspired to self-publish because no one was creating the kind of work I wanted to read. That, and I had a story I needed to tell.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I work in advertising. I run 5Ks to stay healthy, I also eat and drink at local Oakland restaurants, and hang out with my wife and dog whenever I can.

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

Confidence in my ability to put things out into the world and have people respond positively to them. Working on the book also puts me into a relaxing "flow state". Hours will go by without me noticing.

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

Just start. A little pre-planning is fine but just making something, anything, is more important. Perfect is the enemy of creation—the next thing you make will always be better because it's informed by your last project.

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

Comics!

For more from Clay, check out:

facebook.com/kamicomicbook

www.kamicomicbook.com

 

SF Zine Fest talks with PsychoNot Art

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

From my corroded and corruptive mind comes the teat-tingling psychedelic sci-fi comic adventure:  Bunk.  Bunk follows Gorilla Max and his eyeball compatriot as they travel across the cosmos, in search of supreme enlightenment, pseudo-analytical diatribes on hyper-philosophical topics, soul-affirmation and, of course, wild times.  Brace thyself.

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

I really started doing zines back in middle school, along with a good friend.  For several years we did a bi-monthly release called "Liquid Magazine", which we'd print at photocopiers at the town library and then sell copies at a couple of local stores.  My friend and I were already into old horror comics and geeking out on 70s prog rock album art, so expressing creatively in a zine form was a natural progression.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

This is a tough one to answer, as when I'm not drawing, I'm either working at my music/ebook distro job or working on my psych/garage/experimental music projects…. I guess I'll respond by saying that if I'm not creating, then I'm probably sleeping, eating or showering. Or sipping a gin and tonic.

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

Meeting people from totally different worlds than the one I built around myself.  Especially doing tabling events, it's so great to see creative types popping out all over the map.  I love that I can still be regularly surprised by people - makes life such a gas.

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

Don't over-think things - just get it out.  Not every project has to be your swan-song.  I gave up on a number of projects in the past because it just wasn't "quite" what I originally envisioned, which is silly.  Eff that - let any project speak for itself, and try to pull your ego out of the way as much as possible.

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

I'm pretty entrenched in more issues of the Bunk comic series right now.  The characters basically are taking me on a voyeuristic ride alongside their adventures, so I'm just doing my best to keep up with adding details to the "world within the world" as much as possible.  Plus, I'm trying to add more items to go alongside the comic (such as poster/shirt designs/etc).

For more from PsychoNot Art, check out:

http://www.psychonotart.com/