SF Zine Fest talks with Ellis Kim
In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.
For the past two years, I've been working on the first chapter of a comic idea that would wind up involving me hitchhiking across America, traveling from San Francisco to Miami Beach, Oklahoma City to Chicago, and back home, just so that I might have better source material to write from. Time Fiddler is a comic about a girl who stumbles into the world of time-travelers, starring Sam Fiddler, an ordinary teenage girl who just graduated high school. Having difficulty getting a job and feeling lonely in life, she's suddenly thrust into a wildly different world from her own, finding she's landed in late-Cretaceous California.
How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?
I first came across zines when a friend suggested I go attend the Oakland Art Murmur, back in 2007-2009 or so. I've held more recent interest in the zine-scene due to its hand-made, auteuristic, and principal nature over other mediums.
What do you do when you’re not creating?
I enjoy walking a lot, exploring and talking to new people. Presently, though, I'm stuck at home trying to get ready for SF Zinefest and so I wind up wasting precious time watching YouTube. I want to play more videogames, though; my heart's in games. In other words, I'm fun-employed/a freelancer.
What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?
Learning the value of expedience in the time it takes to work on page or a batch of pages, planning, all sorts of stuff regarding time spent vs how long things take to make.
How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?
Make something that you'd be interested in reading; don't worry about other people's interests, where the "market" is moving, or what other people do. Just do what you do, and learn from yourself and others about how to make it more awesome the next time.
What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?
I'm currently finishing up the last few pages of the first chapter of my comic, Time Fiddler. I'm looking forward to how people will react to it. I don't think I'll have enough time to put in word bubbles and a proper script that I like in time for printing and shipping, but the pictures hopefully convey the movement and motion that happens from page to page.
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