SF Zine Fest talks with Ryan Hungerford

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

My zine, "Tallywhacker" is a collection of some of the weird and random ideas that pop in my head on a daily basis.  I've illustrated the cream of the crop of my oddest thoughts.  For better or worse...

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

I came across zines a while back.  I remember coming across some at Amoeba Records in their give away area where the Weeklys are.  I've always loved the DIY approach and the freedom that goes into zines.  I think that's what inspired me to create my own.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

When I'm not creating, I enjoy the punk rocks and sipping Ovaltine.  Sometimes both at the same time....

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

One unexpected benefit of reading and making zines is all the cool and creative ways people use to express what they're passionate about in their zines.  There's a lot of different ways people tell their stories, whether it be through writing, illustration, collage, etc....

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

My only advice to first timers making their zines is keep it true and pure.  Create what you're passionate about and don't worry about how it will be received by others.

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

For this year's SF Zine Fest I will be debuting my first zine, "Tallywhacker".  I will also have some prints, post-it sketches, sketchbooks, and toys available as well.