Creator Q+A | Malachi Ward

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 Malachi Ward. Stay tuned for more!

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. My first comic was called Utu. It's a science fiction story, half of which takes place in early Sumeria, and half in sometime in the far future. I printed it up and brought it to last year's Alternative Press Expo. I'm still proud of it, but my learning curve is pretty steep right now, so the new work is a lot better, even though it wasn't that long ago.

Q. What is your all-time favorite zine/comic/etc (by someone other than you)? Who is your DIY hero?
A. Jordan Crane makes some really beautifully crafted comics. His NON anthology had incredible DIY production. He also has scary/mesmerizing eyes.

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'm a particularly boring person, and my interests reflect that. I'm really into history, especially history of the ancient world, and I'm also into science. That makes it sound like I'm a lot smarter and sophisticated than I actually am, though. As far as other creative pursuits, I'm in a band called The Denouement... or at least that's what it's called right now. We're probably going to change the name, because The Denouement is hard to spell.

Q. What are you working on now? What are you gonna do next?
A. I'm going to have a new full color comic called "King Saul" at A.P.E. as well as a two-part collaborative comic called "Expansion" with my pal Matt Sheean. I'm also working on a longer comic called River Rock, but that won't be done for awhile.