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~
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.
When you think about zines what’s the first word that comes to mind?
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?
Name two of your favorite zinesters. What do you love about their zines?
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.
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Interview conducted by Solansh Moya
Pictures provided by Sungyoon Choi & Eric Watkins.