SF Zine Fest talks with Gabriel Moore-Topazio

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

I like to use fantasy as a backdrop from which to explore the complexities of characters and the worlds they live in. Both society and the individual have the capacity for good and evil, and I like to explore that through the lens of fantasy.

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

My first experiences with zines was mostly through local music shows, where venues would have free zines. What inspired me most is the freedom of creativity that they provide. So much art is limited by finances and connections to gallery oriented art circles, I like that zines and self-publishing are mostly reliant on the artist's ambition.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Between work, school and creating I keep pretty busy. Creating is a never ending task, and I enjoy spending my time drawing and writing. But when I need a break from it all, I enjoy going out to the beach or to a show as much as I enjoy a day at home with good coffee.

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

Zines and independent publishing provide inspiration you can not find in a mainstream comic or magazine. I like meeting other people who make them, meeting creator to creator, there is often a mutual appreciation for each other having an independent spirit and approach to art.

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

With the zine format, the risk is so low and printing can be done so cheap, so just do it, and have fun with it. Then learn from the experience, get better and make more.

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

I am showing my self-published comic book Asylum. It is a dystopian fantasy comic about an asylum that parallels an alternate dimension where the patients have superpowers that correspond to their psychosis.

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