Meet this Zinester: Pork Belly Comics

Hello fellow Zinesters welcome to the 15th installment of “Meet this Zinester,” with the awesome duo, Sungyoon Choi & Eric Watkins, creators of Pork Belly Comics. So stick around, get inspired, and then make zines~

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What are zines to you?

– A yearly review of where we’ve been, who we are as a couple and the food we love to eat.

What is your favorite thing about zines?

– Meeting other people – from every imaginable walk of life – and relating to our shared experience on this planet.

Where did you learn about zines?

– Through school and working in the NYC comic scene.

Do you recall the first zine you ever made? What was it about?

– As co-creators, Korean / American: Everyday Cooking was our first zine together, back in 2014. It explores our relationship and the food we love to eat.

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When you think about zines what’s the first word that comes to mind?

– Accessible.

When did your zines come to fruition? 

– We try to make a new zine every year no matter what.

Where did the idea to make zines come from?

– Choi had signed up to table at MoCCA (Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art) Fest in 2014. She was looking to create a new book, so we brainstormed one night and came up with Korean / American.

What kind of zines do you make? 

– Food and relationship zines primarily – with a heavy emphasis on our cats.

Tell me a little about your zine-making process.

– Choi does all the illustrations and recipe building; Eric does all the story writing. We print, cut, fold and package everything at our apartment in Los Angeles.

What do you hope people get out of your zines?

– Hungry.

Name two of your favorite zinesters. What do you love about their zines?

– We love anything by Jen Tong or Kim Sielbeck. They make super fun, colorful and happy stuff.

Do you have any advice for new zinesters?

– Don’t overthink it. Shooting from the hip is usually your best bet when it comes to zine crafting.

Pork Belly’s Links

Interview conducted by Solansh Moya
Pictures provided by Sungyoon Choi & Eric Watkins.

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