Creator Q+A | Crosshatch

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 creators are Ava Anderson, Roxie Perkins, and Anna Reutinger of Crosshatch. Stay tuned for more!

Q. What inspired you to get into small-press/DIY publishing?
A. We decided to make a zine because we had a lot to say and no one else was going to say it. And we were incredibly bored in high school art class.

Q. When did you create your first zine or similar project? Can you describe it for us? When you look back, are you proud, embarrassed, both?
A. The first Crosshatch was finally done September 2008. We used writing done by mostly Roxie and Ava, with the photography of Anna. It basically followed the format we've used ever since. People responded to the map covers right away, so they stuck. Looking back, we are still pretty excited about that first zine. It's hard to read, of course, but we're proud and glad we did it and did it well.

Q. What subjects/groups/themes/ideas/communities do you wish there were more zines/comics/etc about/for?
A. Most socially under-represented groups are pretty solidly represented in zine/DIY culture just because of the alternative nature of it. That's great, but it can be tiring to read so much "alternative" material. That said, it would be great to see more stuff out there by people who aren't young and white.

Q. What do you think the general public knows or thinks about small-press? How can the zine/comics community reach a greater segment of the public? Or is it better to keep the small-press scene more tightly knit?
A. Zines are about self-expression, not about exposure. The point is that you made something. This doesn't mean that zines need to be exclusive or that the "scene" needs to keep to itself. It just means that if you're trying to reach a lot of people, you're not making a zine.

Q. What are you working on now? What are you gonna do next?
A. We've gotten really into choose-your-own-adventure lately. We made our travel zine choose-your-own-adventure and then wrote a zombie choose-your-own-adventure zine where zombies invade Oakland. We're going to write choose-your-own adventure erotica next.