Creator Q+A | Mockery 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 creators are Aaron Shadarko Almanza & Jef Scattini of Mockery Press. Stay tuned for more!

Q. What inspired you to get into small-press/DIY publishing?
Aaron: Reading a mock up on how to fold paper to make a tiny zine via a Happy Mutant.
Jef: Didn't see any reason NOT to do it, really. And Aaron dared me.

Q. If you could give advice to an aspiring DIY creator, what would it be?
Aaron: Shut up and make something.
Jef: Get back to work.

Q. What subjects/groups/themes/ideas/communities do you wish there were more zines/comics/etc about/for?
Aaron: More GLBT writers, illustrators, stories. OK and I want to see more adventure comics featuring pirates, people riding Sawhorses and maybe a flying car or two.
Jef: I'd actually like to see more zines to do with clowning and circusy/gypsy folk that doesn't include molestation. It would be nice for that community to do something with the written word. And also, yes to flying cars!

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?
Aaron: It seems that if it’s not polished or published/created by well known names or companies it’s not taken seriously. Not all art is polished.
Jef: I agree with Aaron. It also seems like the general public can't see art as anything other than a means to get rich and famous. As for keeping the community small... It's great that there is a support network, but the danger is in excluding ideas and being too close-knit. That way leads to stagnation and dragons. But not in the good way.

Q. In addition to the kind of work you will be showing at Zine Fest, what other creative pursuits do you have? Hobbies? Passions?
Aaron: You name it I work on it.
Jef: Actually, Aaron is lying. He refuses to work on getting me a mechanical marsupial. No matter how many times I ask and even name it, he still refuses to work on it. I'm kinda bitter about it, actually. When I'm not being bitter, I try to write longer works of fiction and then I have naps.