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I started doing zines when I was 15 and did zines about bands I was into. They were quite scrappy looking and thin and alot of it was contributed by other people. As time went on I made zines more for myself rather than other people and thats how I came to do the zine I do now which is Necronomicon, a horror fanzine, but its wrote in a very personal way about every day life whilst watching old horror films from my youth and from my parents back catalouge. I only started it as a project for myself but its ended up being a big thing 10 years later! Im really satisfied with it.
I think its a lot laid back compared to the more intense teenage zines about bands I was obsessed with, less embarrasing! And the zine is pretty much written all by myself compared to the band zines.
I can not picture myself not doing a zine now, been doing them for 15 years and half of my life. I think Ill always find something to write about and I just love the whole process of making a zine.
I have a long term partner and am settled down in my life but thats only made me write more, I dont have kids but even if I did I wouldnt stop writing, I would probably get them involved!
Well I hope it has changed, I keep thinking the last issue is the best one yet but I'm never sure. We used to make 2000 copies on a offset printer and now we do 1000 copies in digital so you can see the pictures. I hope I can draw better after 13 years of Chicken-Head. I think the writing has gotten better for me, for my partner more sparse as he becomes a square (even if he doesn't want to admit it). I'm in my 40's now so it only stands to reason that things have changed a bit.
I got into the zine game late. I'm on my second zine which has been very successful. My first zine was a bust, I tried to spearhead a compzine with some friends and distribute it for free. I don't think I will do a compzine or a free zine again. But my second try was the jackpot, I wrote a three volume zine about my lifelong search for my Native American ancestry from the NJ Pine Barrens. It was a combination of autobiography, historical research and travel writing. I think I have found my niche with writing about NJ Pine Barrens related topics since it sold well locally to folks who were unfamiliar with zines. However I still see room to let my writing and layout style evolve. I plan to keep producing zines for the next 30 years, lol. So who knows what changes lay down the road for me?