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Portland Zine Symposium / Exhibitor Interviews  / PZS Exhibitor: Wendy Slotboom

PZS Exhibitor: Wendy Slotboom

We’ll be posting short interviews each day with the many exhibitors tabling at the 2016 Zine Symposium. Come meet all of these amazing zinesters, Saturday July 9th at Ambridge Event Center here in Portland, OR. Remember, there is only 1 day of tabling at this year’s Symposium. On Sunday July 10th, you’ll find us hosting a Skillshare day at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Keep checking in with the site for additional exhibitor interviews, workshop and panel schedules, and fun events leading up to the Symposium.


Where do you live?

Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?

creative space-Lately I’ve been making photo zines. I always start by taking a bunch of photos, picking out a few favorites, and then trying to figure out the story behind the photos. Once I have a story idea, I take more photos and from then on it’s a back-and-forth process of honing the story and adding/editing/subtracting photos until the words and pictures complement each other and (hopefully) form an interesting narrative.

How do you keep inspired?
-A trip to a gallery or museum almost always inspires me. Talking to friends about their creative projects is really energizing. Also, sometimes I’m totally uninspired when I start working on a project, but at some point I get immersed and the work itself re-inspires me.

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
-Just one?! I’d give my 16-year-old self some auto-bio zines and mini-comics by women. I don’t think there were a lot of these around when I was a teen, and I would have been so excited.

What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!
-“A Conversation Between Guests at the Wedding” is hot off the press, and I’ll have one of the guests (the weretiger) at my table at PZS!

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