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PZS 2017 EXHIBITOR INTERVIEWS: Charlie Birch

This year PZS will have different exhibitors Saturday and Sunday. You will find Charlie Birch on Sunday.
Project name: Charlie Birch
Project website/blog/social media presence: N/A
1-How did you get into zines? OR How were you introduced to zines? I was lucky enough to be a teenager living in Olympia, WA during the riotgrrrl era, and I was an active participant in the music and zine culture of that time. However, I didn’t start sharing my zines with a wider audience until 2011 or so.
2-If you didn’t make zines, what do you think you’d be doing? Some other art that combines the personal and the political. I’ve always been really impressed with community gardens.
3-What are your inspirations? Most of my work focuses on my identities as a queer, trans, disabled person. I am inspired  by my activist friends, other zine makers, and other people that care for their communities.
4-What projects do you have lined up for 2017? I’ve been thinking about making a zine about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I see very little media representation on this topic, and most of it is inaccurate.
5-Our theme for this year is the Apocalypse. What 3 things would you want to have with you to survive? My bug-out bag includes a copy of the Bene Gesserit “Litany Against Fear”, a deck of cards, and catfood for my cats.