What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
Try to attend as many in-person events as you can. It’s useful to see how other zinesters table, what different zine communities are like, and where you feel comfortable. When you make your zine, do it to please yourself – not anyone else. You can’t please everyone. But certainly get feedback from people you trust and admire. Don’t be afraid to reach out to zinesters you don’t know for guidance and tips – most people are really friendly and willing to help you out if you ask nicely. And of course, make sure you buy and trade for zines created by POC. If you don’t have any in your collection yet, check out our zine spotlight for suggestions!
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you because of zines?
POCZP recently went on a 13-city Race Riot! tour celebrating zines by people of color. We met so many rad people (many white allies attended each event) and had the opportunity to do POCZP panels at six universities! We love the way zines can bring people from all walks of life together.
The second leg of the Race Riot! tour will be in the fall of 2013, through the Southwest and up the West Coast. “Like” us on Facebook to stay informed, and follow poczineproject.tumblr.com to learn more about zines by POC, great work by our allies and more.
Read more about POCZP at Get to Know Your Zinester: POC Zine Project « LA Zine Fest
We’re psyched to table and lead a panel discussion/reading at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest! Click the link above to read our interview on their blog.