SF Zine Fest talks with Lonnie Mann

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

I draw comics, and they're mostly autobiographical. I recently finished year-and-a-half long project (Thoughts From Iceland), which is a comic travelogue about a trip I took to Iceland in December 2012. Lately I've been working on a couple things, including comics about experiences I have from watching the YouTube channel The Art Assignment, as well as a one-off comic about learning languages.

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

I'm not sure my work technically fits the category of "zines," but I do make minicomics in addition to my longer stuff, which is close. I've sort of always been aware of zines just by virtue of my general art/comics-type interests, though. I think it's a good format for getting work out in front of people as quickly as possible, which serves a double purpose of both finding a larger audience, and getting quicker feedback - both good things!

What do you do when you’re not creating?

My day job is User Experience Designer - that's the planning that gets handed off to programmers and graphic designers to build and prettify websites and software. When I'm not working or drawing, I like playing video games, practicing Japanese, studying Icelandic, and other nerdy stuff. Lots of podcast-listening is usually involved too.

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

You get to see cool ways of creating things - both the art itself and the physical objects - that wouldn't otherwise have occurred to you. So you get to grow artistically just by enjoying the art you already like.

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

Don't be precious! Just get something down, make it, and then make your next thing - learn by doing, learn by failing, just don't stop. You'll get better because you can't not.

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

I'll be debuting the third and final volume of my comic, Thoughts From Iceland, and if all goes according to plan, I may have some new minis as well...