Creator Q+A | Weasels

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 Nina of the zine Weasels.

Q. What inspired you to get into small-press/DIY publishing?
A. When I was about 19 I got a hold of a book called "Vallomas" (the confession, in Hungarian). It was beautifully handwritten and illustrated; poems followed by a picture of a potted plant. In red ink and red velvet covers, with the title embossed. I fell in love with it and promised myself to do something like it some day.

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. Absolutely embarrassing. It was a comic book in a notebook that got passed around in class. I re-discovered it recently, scanned it in and sent it to some friends. They laughed... hope with me. It centered around the day to day lives of a few skateboarders. I cringe as i think about it.

Q. Who is your DIY hero?
Definitely some of my girlfriends. My girl Psila is an awesome print maker, book maker and kick-ass street artist; just watching the love she pours into everything she does is really inspiring, her unapologetic and always positive attitude are really infectious. My friend Kim also inspires me a lot; she custom makes cards and collages and is a ring leader of the most awesome ladies crafting group.

Q. What would you like to see more of in the small-press world?
A. Not sure. Everyone comes into this from such a subjective place, it is difficult to say what's lacking and what's abundant. There's a saying where I'm from, "zivot pise romane". I know it's a cliche, but it basically comes down to the premise that everyone's got a story to tell. I guess more honesty. Honesty is always good.

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. No matter how awful you feel just throw up and get on with it. Someone out there might actually like your vomit.

Q. What groups do you wish there were more zines/comics/etc about/for?
A. I guess as I get older I tend to want to see more people making things who are in their 30s, 40s, and onward. People who think their life is boring and/or passing them by, there's no such thing. You can keep your heart pumping like a teenager on a Friday just by engaging your creativity.

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 like to walk a lot. Just me and my headphones and a cup of coffee. Also college radio. Radio rules!

Q. What are you working on now? What are you gonna do next?
A. I've been trying to reconcile writing and illustrating, right now it's kind of all lumped together, as in story followed by picture followed by story etc. I have no formal training but I would love to do a graphic novel in the next few years.