ABOUT THE ZINE
“Lubok” is the result of failure to have a book published. I took mix of what was in the book and pushed a zine out instead. “Lubok” is also part of a final series of asemic calligraphy work, before putting the two-year-plus-change project on hiatus. The name of the zine borrows from a line of Russian publications that were of lower quality, but made to reach a wider audience.
Not much to say really. I work an office job. I work on projects outside of that. For about two years, I worked on an asemic calligraphy project, which produced a few zines (most of which are sold out), a fair amount of original and print work.
A loss of studio space now has me working on a novel and a “found document” project which will be likely serialised as zines.
WHY DID YOU START MAKING ZINES?
The asemic calligraphy project I began as a means of stress relief during lunch breaks. After a few weeks, I had more than enough material for a zine and began bargaining with local printers. A zine made sense at the time, I wasn’t working on larger pieces then. That would come later.
Besides, I had a couple of friends that seemed to be egging me on in that direction anyway.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE COMMUNITY?
A friend ran some street press back in my hometown about fifteen-twenty years ago now, he was a big zinester. I managed to get an in with the zine crew where I live now, thanks to him.
Most zine communities are fairly inclusive. However, they’re much like hermit crabs. They’re basically solitary creatures until some shells are up for grabs. And hermit crabs bargain and trade their shells.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE?
Start writing or drawing or collaging or researching or whatever. You need content for your zine. It doesn’t matter what it is. So long as it’s interesting to you. Work on vocab and phrase. That takes time. Learn layout. Figure out the size of your zine by getting some A4 folding it in half and then making a model of yoour zine so you can work what goes where. Find a decent printer that will give you a proof before making the run. Or print it out of home and photocopy it at OfficeWorks (it doesn’t matter, really). A good zine is a sum of these parts. Also a good cover goes a long way.