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PZS 2017 Exhibitor Interview: Phil Gerigscott

This year PZS will have different exhibitors Saturday and Sunday. You will find Phil Gerigscott tabling on Sunday. How did you get into zines? OR How were you introduced to zines?   I've been reading and creating comic books since about the time I started wearing big boy pants, but I didn't get into zines until college. After attending my first zine fest, CAKE, I was totally hooked. The creative freedom and homegrown eccentricity of zine culture is invigorating.   If you didn't make zines, what do you think you'd be doing?   I'd probably just do more of what I already do: make music, weed the garlic, check my email, hide my fingernails under seat cushions, sit on the ground, blend bananas, order glasses online.   What are your inspirations?   My inspiration comes from a balance of being around creative people and not being around any people. Some artists that rile me up are Phil Elverum, Andy Douglas Day, Tove Jansson, Jeffrey Brown, Brecht Vandenbrocke.   What projects do you have lined up for 2017?   I'd like to write a mellow album this summer and focus on doing more writing in general. Words and stuff. I'm currently lacking a literary elegance that I'd like to tap into again.   Our theme for this year is the Apocalypse. What 3 things would you want to have with you to survive?    honeybees (long story--ask me about it), peanut butter (not a long story, I just love it), and a hat so my hair doesn't get too puffy.   Project website/blog/social media presence: philgerigscott.tumblr.com ...

PZS Exhibitor: Sam Szabo

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? I'm from the Boston area, but I've been living in Portland for a few years now! Just moved into a dope artsy-house in the Woodstock area. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? Because I just moved, my bedroom is all full of boxes and stuff, so I have less of a central creative space for drawing. The backyard, the bus, at work, coffee shops, wherever. I do my printing at the IPRC, which is one of the best creative spaces out there. As far as process, it depends on the project. For a lot of my zines, I work as quickly as possible in order to ride the momentum of the idea. It's also a good excuse to avoid having to edit. I'll write and draw as quickly as I can, just scribbling with almost no planning beforehand. Anything to get the idea out of my head. I'll edit and print using a similar process, in frantic marathons. Sometimes I'll go months with no project and then bust out four or five zines out of nowhere. For the Really Good (Or Really Complicated) Ideas, I will take a more measured approach. I'll draw out a storyboard quickly, sit on it for a while, then eventually edit down the words. Once I'm feeling okay about it, I'll start the penciling process, which tends to be the slowest step. Then inking, crosshatching, all the fun parts. I tend to watch a lot of schlock TV to numb myself through these final steps. How do you keep inspired? For me, the number one way to stay inspired is to think of writing and drawing as a practice and not just as tools that you use to make a product (the zine). Sometimes inspiration is there, sometimes it isn't. It tends to come in cycles for me. But I've learned, in...

PZS Exhibitor: Eggman Comics

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? Vancouver BC, Canada If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community? I've traveled to this city once and loved the foodtrucks, streetcars, and friendly strangers. That's why I want to come back and meet some like-minded creative individuals. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? I draw comics! I always start off with sketches, then I turn them into digital drawings on Illustrator. How do you keep inspired? I keep myself inspired by being happy. When you are happy, your mind opens up to the whole universe and you are very motivated to create anything and everything. If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be? Only one?! Come on.. website: http://eggmancomics.com/ ...

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?   Portland, Or 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...

PZS Exhibitor: Rosie Lockie

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? Seattle, WA If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community? Last year was my first time at PZS and am happy to be back! PSZ is exciting because it draws out all kinds of creative people and artists and has more variety than your average comics fest. The community is very welcoming. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? My process is usually fly by the seat of my pants. I often make my minicomics up as I go along, or start with a poem/paragraph and work off of that. I like the moment when you figure out where you are going with it and it all comes together. How do you keep inspired? Reading, going outside, music, spending time alone. If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be? NO IDEA! Literally any/all of what I've amassed. Probably some cool weird comic for encouragement. What are you working on for this year's Portland Zine Symposium? I have a two new short comics...

PZS Exhibitor: Alex & James of Crazed Pixel Comics

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? We live in the Southern Portland Metro Area. If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community? 2nd time! We love meeting like-minded people and a variety of artists. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? Write/storyboard it. Art. Art. Rewrite. Art. Madly rush about getting everything crammed together, printed, stapled and folded. We both have our own methods, but they're rather similar. Pencils and inks are executed traditionally, with Alex laying beautiful, layered greys upon many of her pieces, before a final scan to level the work. Colored pieces are most often done digitally, before exporting for web, print, or both. How do you keep inspired? We joke and BS a lot! This tends to spring forward zany ideas that then get trimmed down to manageable sizes. Various photos, figure studies, and locations/decor, or photos of, are excellent as well. James is a big fan of Jamie Hernandez, and has been stalking his inspirations. Finally, music. Always music! If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be? One that just explains how simple it is to create your own zines and comics and encourages DOING it! What are you working on for this year's Portland Zine Symposium? Alex has a gorgeous brand new 18+ art book and James will be sporting a short comic that was not around for the 2015 Symposium, though both of these had predecessors available last year. We also have a couple of fun 5x7 prints. ...

PZS Exhibtor: dylpdx

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? I live in Vancouver AKA Vantucky If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community? This will be my second time. I enjoy and appreciate the less commercial aspect to this show. The art-centric focus is much more appealing than the traditional comic shows that i usually try to attend/table at. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? draw comics and photocopy and staple...

PZS Exhibitor: Liz Yerby

Where do you live? I've been in Portland the last six years!  Currently I live in N Portland, but I also hang out around SE a lot. If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community? This is maybe my fourth year? The more I come the more I feel supported, and able to be myself, and able to make weird, vulnerable art. Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process? I do a lotta art at coffee shops, mostly with friends.  I struggle with depression, so I try and just grab art supplies and leave as quick as I can every morning.  Starting every day outta the house painting or drawing really helps me deal with the rest of the day.How do you keep inspired? I have a big rule that I pick what I'm drawing within 15 minutes of starting.  I was doing daily four-panel comics for a long while, just writing about the day before and it really helped me figure out what I wanted to write about.  Also sometimes when I'm in a rut, I work on realism, or read a lot of comics, and that helps me figure out what I want to write about. If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be? This is so hard!  I knew nothing about zines and just read comics and Kurt Vonnegut books at the Barnes and noble in my hometown.  Maybe one of Sam szabo's momix, or nonbinary by Melanie gillman.  I grew up in southern Louisiana, and I think there's been a lot of learning about myself and the world once I got out of there at 20.  My sixteen year old self was going through some intense things (particularly around substances, sexuality, and friendships) I spend a lotta time wondering how to hypothetically help her. What are you working on for this year's Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work! I have some new peanuts comics about being queer, and me and my pals are putting together a big anthology called "important cats".  We're all big emotional, vulnerable babies and I am so excited about all our stories, most of which are about our childhood cats. ...