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?


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