SF Zine Fest talks with Feely Girl Comix
In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.
I make comics about my life being an emotional queer girl with mental health issues. I also like to make glitter pins that promote girl and queer power.
How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?
I was first introduced to zines by my partner who makes and collects them. As I became more engaged in the queer punk scene in the bay I got a lot more exposure to them. I felt super inspired seeing other people's zines and realizing that I could do that too and that it's not just reserved for certain people.
What do you do when you’re not creating?
When I'm not creating (or working) I am probably at a show or volunteering. If I'm not doing those two things I'm definitely on a curb somewhere eating a burrito.
What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?
An unexpected benefit of making zines is getting to table at fests like this and meet awesome people! Also the feeling of empowerment and pride that comes with making something. And you finally have something cool to update your friends about!
How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?
Well I am a first time zine maker so maybe I'm not the best person to be giving advice but one thing I would say is to just go for it. It's really fun to collect zines and kind of look up to zine makers but it's also a really important thing to realize that that can be you. If you are a person that has hobbies/ passions/ obsessions/ thoughts about anything then you have everything you need to make a zine!
What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?
At this fest I will have a comic called Flower Feels that's about my life over the last 6 months. I will also have a Spice Girls zine which has been super fun to make and I'm so stoked to share it!
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