SF Zine Fest talks with Andrew Pannell

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

I draw scratchy, sad-fantasy comics. I’m currently making a series about my hometown, doom, and acceptance called Nowhere, CA.  And I play music in a band named after a Jules Feiffer character.

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

I lived in a place where the closest comic book shop was half an hour away, and only had super heroes and board game, so I ended up finding zines and “alt”-comics on the internet when i was 17 or so. I always liked telling stories and drawing slimy monsters and one day decided I could do both.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Watching anime, riding my bike, and teaching art at after school programs for elementary school kids!

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

Crafting an object and bringing it into the world makes me feel like a magician, you know? That magic gives me the power to keep moving.

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

Realize that you’re the most powerful Creator-Creature that lives inside Your Body! Your destiny is to write and draw cool shit and trade them with like-minded Creator-Creatures at the nearest Zine Fest!

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?
Nowhere, CA. Episode 1.1 (Wizerds) in which 10 year-old Salvador and Joe play wizards in the woods and see some kinda scary stuff they don’t quite understand.