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Portland Zine Symposium / Exhibitor Interviews  / First Time PZS Exhibitor: Zo Watt

First Time PZS Exhibitor: Zo Watt

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.


Tabler: Zo Watt
Zines: Dumped, Queer Crushes of a 90’s Kid, I Made a Zine about Her and it’s Only Been Eight Weeks, How to Fuck Like a Real Man, All The Men I Shouldn’t Have Kissed (part 1)

Where do you live?
I live in the filthiest queer share house in Melbourne, Australia. Okay, there is one Token Straight Guy but it’s only a matter of time before we turn him. (The Gay Agenda is very real.)

If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?
This is my first time tabling at PZS and holy shit am I excited! According to The Internet (the global system of interconnected computer networks, not the band), Portland is very arty and liberal and hipster? So, as an arty liberal hipster, I’m very excited to see what the zinesters there have to offer, especially in terms of perzines.

What is your zine-making process?
I’m currently backpacking around America so I wasn’t able to include any pics of my working space but this is my general process:
1. End a relationship or start a new one and develop a compulsion to write about it.
2. Don’t write about it.
3. Sign up for a zine fair.
4. Browse Tumblr. Read. Watch ‘Seinfeld’.
5. A week before the fair, freak out, develop a caffeine addiction, forgo sleep and basic hygiene practices and write non-stop, enlisting friends in the final hours to help assemble the zines.
6. Cry with exhaustion and regret for leaving it so last minute.

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How do you keep inspired?
I keep writing.

If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
I can’t think of a specific title right now but it’d definitely be a zine about feminism. I had such low self-worth as a female teen and young adult.

What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium?
For PZS, I made Queer Crushes of a 90’s Kid, I Made A Zine About Her And Its Only Been Eight Weeks and part 1 of All The Men I Shouldn’t Have Kissed. I haven’t created this much new material since high school art class. I’m very excited!