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/