SF Zine Fest talks with Colin Andersen

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

My art is about the badassness of using line and color to manipulate narrative subject matter. Being able to play with a viewers line of sight and expectations whether it be in comic, Illustration or in printmaking is what really gets me excited to work on a piece. I primarily work in pen and ink with fucked up brushes I take a razor blade on and then digitally color my drawings.

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

I really found out about zines when I went to APE for the first time and would see all these amazing zines made by local artists. It made me realize that you didn't have to wait for a publisher to pick you up, you could just make a little zine and put it out DIY style.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I ride my bike and explore different parts of the Bay that I've not been to before.

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

Reading zines I've realized there is a whole creative community that is really supportive of simply making stuff for the sake of making stuff. Making zines has made me realize how much I need a saddle stitch stapler so I don't have to go into the print shop down the street every other weekend and borrow theirs.

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

Well apart from figuring out what kind of zine you want to make; Comics, Art, Punk, Writing, ect. I'd learn Adobe Indesign. It makes things faster and lets you take risks with different formats.

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

This Zine Fest I'll be premiering three Brand New Zines! Chapter two of my on going comic series Street Justice, a collection of my short comics and a free zine about the History Of Riot GRRRL! You can check out a preview of Street Justice Chapter 2 and the full version of A Brief History Of Riot GRRRL on my websites' blog.

For more from Colin, check out:

http://theecolinandersen.com/