SF Zine Fest talks with Sarah Bitely

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

My work is about loss, redemption and love.

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

I first found out about making zines through my passion to tell stories, then I discovered an awesome and supportive community that helped fuel that desire. I realized I didn't have to wait around to try to get someone else interested or help with publishing it, I could just do it all on my own. And that alone, is incredibly satisfying.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not creating, I'm staying inspired by soaking up all sorts of beautiful literature, artwork and cinema.

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

One thing I did not expect through making zines is all the friends I've made and all the other ideas I've come up with for other zines and comics. I wanted to focus primarily on my series Pimpkillah but through collaborating with others I now have a long list of stories I want to tell. Stories that don't involve slaughtering pimps, so that's pretty exciting.

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

For your first zines, don't be afraid to experiment and take risks! And don't be sad if you don't sell a bunch of your books. I feel like zines are about sharing, not selling. And of course, trading zines is the best way to get your work out there and make friends!

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

For this year's SF Zine Fest, I'll have a literary installment of Pimpkillah told from 5 different character's perspectives of Sloane Stone's first 24 hours back to Los Angeles. I'll have some new artwork from a new artist who is tied to the third issue of Pimpkillah to debut in late October.

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