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PZS Exhibitor: Liz Yerby

Where do you live?

I’ve been in Portland the last six years!  Currently I live in N Portland, but I also hang out around SE a lot.

If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?
This is maybe my fourth year?

The more I come the more I feel supported, and able to be myself, and able to make weird, vulnerable art.

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

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I do a lotta art at coffee shops, mostly with friends.  I struggle with depression, so I try and just grab art supplies and leave as quick as I can every morning.  Starting every day outta the house painting or drawing really helps me deal with the rest of the day.How do you keep inspired?

I have a big rule that I pick what I’m drawing within 15 minutes of starting.  I was doing daily four-panel comics for a long while, just writing about the day before and it really helped me figure out what I wanted to write about.  Also sometimes when I’m in a rut, I work on realism, or read a lot of comics, and that helps me figure out what I want to write about.

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?

This is so hard!  I knew nothing about zines and just read comics and Kurt Vonnegut books at the Barnes and noble in my hometown.  Maybe one of Sam szabo’s momix, or nonbinary by Melanie gillman.  I grew up in southern Louisiana, and I think there’s been a lot of learning about myself and the world once I got out of there at 20.  My sixteen year old self was going through some intense things (particularly around substances, sexuality, and friendships) I spend a lotta time wondering how to hypothetically help her.

What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!

I have some new peanuts comics about being queer, and me and my pals are putting together a big anthology called “important cats”.  We’re all big emotional, vulnerable babies and I am so excited about all our stories, most of which are about our childhood cats.
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