Creator Q+A | Ansel


Throughout the month leading up the the SFZF we will be running daily mini-profiles of some of the many zinesters, cartoonists, and other creative types who make the Zine Fest what it is. Today's creator is Ansel Schmidt. Stay tuned for more!

A. How can folks find your zines?
Q. I have no website. You know how Mennonites just picked a decade in the 17th century and decided that technological development was irrelevant after that point? Well, my decade is the 1980s.

A. What is your all-time favorite zine (by someone other than you)? Who is your DIY hero?
Q. My favorite zine ever is Sandor Ellix Katz's Wild Fermentation, which was later expanded into a book. A cookbook. In my imagination, Sandor Katz is this superhero who battles capitalism by day and by night retreats to a giant cave lined with fermenting jars of glass and clay. He wears a suit made of living kelp which makes him nearly invulnerable to attack.

A. If you could give advice to an aspiring DIY creator, what would it be? What advice do you wish you had gotten when you were starting out?
Q. I think I need some advice myself. When I was a teenager, I wish someone had told me to listen when people gave me advice--but then again, maybe they did tell me that and I ignored them.

A. In addition to the kind of work you will be showing at Zine Fest, what other creative pursuits do you have? Hobbies? Passions?
Q. I play gamelan. Also I like woodcarving.