PZS Exhibitor: Amanda Blix
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?
My process involves a lot of day dreaming, song singing, journaling and seeing signs from the great beyond as indicators that its time to make a zine about something. That’s how my comic book “The Shell/Two Wings” was created as well as “Tiny Voices”. Often times the work that I do before I start the zine is much longer than the zine making itself. I’m doing things a little differently with one of the new zine’s I’m bringing to the symposium, which will be called “What Happens Next?” With this one, I’m going through my sketch books to see what themes I’ve been working with over the last year and create a zine around the images and ideas that I’ve been working with in more of a playful and unconscious way.
How do you keep inspired?
I struggle with having tons of ideas and not a lot of time to make them into a reality. So inspiration can feel like an overload and it’s hard to pick one idea and stick with it! So I try to make zines around what feels current, what feels real and a little sparkly right in the present.
If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
It would be Annie Murphy’s comic “I Still Live.” This comic was such an inspiration to me when I first started making comics again 3 years ago and its one that would have really inspired the bravery to keep making zines and comics as a teenager. (I only made one! I was so shy!)
What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!
I am bringing 2 new mini-comics, one which is called “What do you need to know about fire?” I’ll also have an 8-page comic in and anthology put together by Liz Yerby and the Sound Grounds Wrecking Crew called “Important Cats.”