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PZS 2017 EXHIBITOR INTERVIEWS: Joyce S. Lee

This year PZS will have different exhibitors Saturday and Sunday. You will find Joyce S. Lee on Saturday at table 41B.
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Project name: Joyce S. Lee
Project website/blog/social media presence:
joyceslee.com/zines
instagram.com/joyceslee
1-How did you get into zines? OR How were you introduced to zines?
I used to research and pitch stories for magazines. Sometimes the best ones wouldn’t get picked for whatever reason, and I thought, “I should publish them myself!”
2-If you didn’t make zines, what do you think you’d be doing?
Making zines lets me research topics I’m interested in, and also create interesting ways to share that information. So if I didn’t make zines, I would be doing that in other ways—probably readin, writin, and surfin the internet (more than I already do).
3-What are your inspirations?
Right now I’m really inspired by WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. It was published for a few years in the 1970s and 80s by the artist/architect/publisher Leonard Koren. I like how it riffs on the universality of bathing, and its semi-serious but mostly absurd approach.  
4-What projects do you have lined up for 2017?
I’m actually working on WET fanzine, as well as a zine about folktale formulas, or repeated themes in stories from around the world. Most of my research right now is about the Aarne-Thompson-Uther system, which is essentially a catalog of common narratives, like “The Lazy Boy and the Industrious Girl”, “The Cat as Helper”, and “Big Fight over Magic Things”. (No, I didn’t make those up.)
5-Our theme for this year is the Apocalypse. What 3 things would you want to have with you to survive?
1. A magical coffee thermos that automatically fills itself back up
2. A pen and paper
3. Tarot cards