In today’s installment of ‘Meet this Zinester’ we meet the cool Veek, creator of many dark-humor zines, from San Antonio/Houston, Texas. So stick around, get inspired, and then make zines~
Who is Veek?
Nobody. I’m nobody. I’m a tramp, a bum, a hobo. I’m a boxcar and a jug of wine; and a straight razor…if you get too close to me.
What are zines to you?
Off the grid art.
When did you first discover the world of zines?
Well I was once very fond of coloring books and one day my husband said, “Why don’t you color your own books?” And I was like “Huh? What do you mean color your own books?” And then he told me about zines. He showed me his collection and I was inspired to make my own.
Do you remember the first zine you ever made and what was it about?
Oh yes, “The Devil Plays Cool.” The first scene I drew pictures of a young, dark haired girl staring at a fire pit with stakes piercing through decapitated heads. Unimpressed, the young girl scoffs, “I thought you said Satan was cool!?!” From the depths of hell, Satan overhears her and steps out of the shadows to prove his coolness.
Why did you choose to display your art through the medium of zines?
I didn’t have much material for painting or professional drawing. I had a handful of markers, crayons, colored pencils and some printing paper. It was a great way for me to be creative.
What’s your favorite thing about zines?
Variety. There are all kinds of zines. It’s amazing how creative one can get with their zine. How they fold it, shape it, and even down to how they bind it. I love reading some of the categories of zines. Lit zine, art zine, perzines, fanzines and the list can go on.
What kind of zines do you make?
Comic zines. I realized I had developed my art into a story form. I have a wild imagination. Writing out stories was my thing. I was really into writing, but I had a true passion for drawing and coloring. Comic zines seem to be the way for me.
Who is your target audience?
What kind of message (if any) do you convey through your zines? What do you want people to get out of your zines?
The message is: Do drugs kids. Smoke the devil’s lettuce and read my zines. High or not, I really want people to get a good chuckle or even a hardy laugh.
Name one of your favorite zines that you made and why?
I would have to say G.P.S. – Ghostly Paranormal Séance. This was the second zine I ever created. I had a lot of fun developing this story. This is where I discovered, man, I have a dark sense of humor. I found myself that day.
Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
Life is strange and that is what inspires me. After a peak of inspiration and a little creative fire, I sit down, grab a notebook and get to work. I first brainstorm the story by jotting down words or sayings. I gather this information to develop a storyline and soon after I draw a brief storyboard. Then when I am ready, I begin the process of sketching, drawing, inking and then coloring. Once all is complete, I scan, design the layout and voila off to the printers it goes.
Name 2 of your favorite zinesters who inspire you.
Warship Zine and Mike Diana.
Warship zine is a great zine that has a cool concept. It has calls for submissions for a themed issue and not only are the contributing artists great, but the actual people who run it design this zine in a great way. It inspires me how they design their zine. For instance their Cronenberg themed issue, which I’m in, is shaped like a VHS Cassette and comes in a VHS sleeve and it is sleekly designed. They definitely take it to that new fresh level.
When I was ready to work on my 6th zine “Rebate Mall” I needed a little inspiration. At the time I had recently heard about Mike Diana. Considering he was jailed for having obscene art in the state of Florida in the early 90’s, I was interested. Of course, nowadays not much offends me, but I was blown back by his work. Offensive yes, but there was a special quality and charm about his work. His art style is unique and it is what keeps me staying positive about my art style.
If you came across a person who was itching to create would you recommend zines? Why?
I think zines are a great place to practice and perfect your art style. You can really learn what you are into. Since there are so many kinds of zines you can learn more about your artistic passions. I believe it can be a great starting point in one’s art career.
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Get involved. Find your local zine community and network. Learn about how others create zines. If you don’t have a zine community, think about starting one. Either way, zines are a great way to express yourself. Don’t be afraid to color your own book.
Interview conducted by Solansh Moya
Pictures provided by Veek
Stay tuned for next weeks ‘Meet this Zinester’ with Blkgrlswurld Zine, a zine dedicated to heavy metal.