SF Zine Fest talks with Izzy Ehnes

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

My cartoons mainly focus on personifying animals and inanimate objects, but sometimes involve humans. I try to look at the humor surrounding me in everyday life. Awe man, I can't think of a third sentence.

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

I first found out about zines through Twitter, and upon researching it more, discovered the wonderful world of self-publishing. I'm a very happy person in general, and enjoy making people happy too. I think the best way to do that is to make them laugh, so that's really what inspires me to create my cartoons. 

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Besides cartooning, my hobbies are pretty typical of any 15 year old: sports (volleyball, running), video games (mostly Call of Duty), hanging out with friends, listening  to music, and of course, the inevitable studying and homework.

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

I hate to say it, but making my cartoons sometimes get me out of starting and/or doing chores. My parents are extremely supportive of my  work and usually don't interrupt me while I'm cartooning which aids in my procrastination.

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

I would probably tell them a saying I read on a fortune cookie once, "Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest." Even though it's kind of cliche,  I thing it rings true.

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

I've been cartooning for a while and this is my first Zine Fest, so right now I'm just working on compiling my art (I know, that answer was pretty boring).

For more from Izzy Ehnes, check out:

www.thebestmedicinecartoon.com