SF Zine Fest taks with Edana Contreras

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

I made a zine about a superhero (Earl Grey) whose powers include spraying his nemeses with boiling hot tea. This volume covers his origin story.

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

I had the idea to write a comic book, but I didn’t have the means and time to do an official comic book. Therefore, I adjusted my plan to compose a zine without images. However, I wanted a very thoroughly plotted out story.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I work on documentary projects.

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

I think I can understand better how to create complex characters than before.

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

My advice is to choose something that is interesting to you, some grain of that idea can be sprouted out into a story.

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