SF Zine Fest talks with Teddy Hose

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

Oscillating Profundities is a satirical webcomic exhibiting socio-economic clash, dark, gut level humor, pop culture and general nerdery in a designer, minimalist visual style. My current set of zines include the topics of race, dating, and life as a designer. My other available risograph prints have been featured as webcomics in Huffington Post, Laughing Squid, Mashable, and MissionMission.

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

I first noticed zines floating around during the third wave of punk in the late 90s. As an active fan of lowbrow art, I love that zines are easily made and sold as unpolished art for the rest of us. I made zines because I wanted to table at indie comic cons with printed work, and thought the controversial themes I sometimes exhibit fit the part.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I absolutely love and strive to be like artists known to use a variety of mediums, whose style and themes speak louder than the expertise of their craft. Lately I've had my head in comedy with making video shorts, animating, and writing which saw publishing in McSweeney's. I also play guitar and have been in several bands over the years, most recently San Francisco act Genevapop.

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

Most zines I saw at first were more abstract and/or counter-culture, but lately I've come across more with humor and personal stories. They're all great but I love seeing work from self-aware artists, who don't take themselves too seriously. Some zines are surprisingly intimate too, which really spoke to how far I could go with mine.

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

I like the texture of risograph prints and use Berkeley studio, Tiny Splendor to print mine. They are relatively cheap to produce and are a step up from your standard Xerox print, so I recommend it.

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

I'm turning one of my webcomics that went viral this year into a print; "Doing Bald Right", a chart of style options for balding men (something for the helplessly bald dudes out there like myself). I'm also making a zine on the stress of paying for my own art school education, in New York City. Most of my proceeds from SF Zinefest will go to Sallie Mae and burritos.

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