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PZS 2017 EXHIBITOR INTERVIEWS: The Collagemonauts

This year PZS will have different exhibitors Saturday and Sunday. You will find The Collagemonauts on Saturday at table 38B.
Project name: The Collagemonauts
Project website/blog/social media presencehttp://www.instagram.com/collagemonauts
1-How did you get into zines? OR How were you introduced to zines?
I started meeting people who make zines in Seattle. Through them, I found out about Short Run. I went with another member of the Collagemonauts and we’ve been hooked ever since.
2-If you didn’t make zines, what do you think you’d be doing?
We make all kinds of art. We all love to make the work that ends up in zines and other publications but we also make other art. Art is our passion. It’s what we do even when we have no idea what we’re doing it for. We can’t help ourselves. We are artists and it’s what we do.
3-What are your inspirations?
The Collagemonauts have been inspired by many things. Our collaborations started with the Surrealist technique of the exquisite corpse. We are also inspired by comic books, religious imagery, film, animation, medical illustration, outer space, psychedelic art and music, and photography. Some of the artists we are inspired by are Moebius, Jack Kirby, Jean Dubuffet, Terry Gilliam, Salvador Dali, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brendan McCarthy and Mike Mignola. We are incredibly inspired by the innumerable talented artists living and working in the great Pacific Northwest.
4-What projects do you have lined up for 2017?
So far this year we have published an additional chapter to our Collagemonauts comic book, a collection of monster drawings by Marty Gordon and two collections of black and white collage by Craig van den Bosch and Marty Gordon. We have also started tabling at a few local zine festivals and hope to expand to others next year. One of our hopes is to help other artists fulfill their dreams of publishing their first zine, comic or art book.
5-Our theme for this year is the Apocalypse. What 3 things would you want to have with you to survive?
Water, a flint fire starter and a knife.