Creator Q+A | Love Bunni Press

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 R.John Xerxes of Love Bunni Press. Stay tuned for more!

Q. What inspired you to get into small-press/DIY publishing?
A. I photocopied my first zine in 1988. What has kept me involved in the zine scene is its power to inspire me. The cut and paste revolution might have failed and the blogOsphere might have siphoned off a lot of potential voices, but the zine is still an important and vital source of self-expression and political change.

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. I started by writing a page of music reviews for a zine called NOISY CONCEPT. The reviews were all rap albums and NYHC. This was 1987. I recently found those reviews. There were a lot of spelling mistakes. And dot matrix printouts. That was embarrassing...

Q. What is your all-time favorite zine/comic/etc (by someone other than you)? Who is your DIY hero?
A. Joe Franke's Life is A Joke, zine/comic. But Brains is up there too.

Q. What would you like to see more of in the small-press world?
A. More reading. We need to give each other more feedback.

Q. 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?
A. What you have to say is important. And people will read it. Sometimes. But you will get ZERO feedback. Keep at it. People like what you are doing. Just not as many as you would like.

Q. What subjects/groups/themes/ideas/communities do you wish there were more zines/comics/etc about/for?
A. Seriously critiques. There is too much scenester bullsheets.

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. Careerists should be distrusted at every turn.

Q. In addition to the kind of work you will be showing at Zine Fest, what other creative pursuits do you have? Hobbies? Passions?
A. I watch a lot of movies. Bad, bad movies. And read philosophy.

Q. What are you working on now? What are you gonna do next?
A. I am trying to get more people involved...