Who are you? Where are you based?
The Sunday Night Bombers, we’re an artist collective publishing zines and art books based in the Greater Toronto Area.
What are zines to you?
Zines are a way for anybody to get their ideas out there, in a physical form, ready to be shared and spread among your community. Zines, above all else, are a community of artists sharing their thoughts and feelings through their work in an unadulterated and untouched way, it’s their voice.
What was your first encounter with zines?
We were walking home from the penny show at our local theatre when some guy jumped us, somebody behind us dropped their ice cream out of communal shock, the guy screamed, “Do you like small independent publishing!?” threw a handful of musty old chapbooks at us and jumped a fence, all history from there.
Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
We publish a wide variety of artists from all across North America in our quarterly publication, The Sunday Night Black & White, the work ranges from poetry to illustration to photography, the whole gamut, one might say, the whole pot of noodles, the whole kettle, the whole bag of fish, where’d you get that bag of fish??
What inspires you to create zines?
We’re afraid if we stop we’ll die.
What’s your favorite thing about zines?
I can give them to my family as gifts instead of real gifts that they want.
Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
We first started making zines together in college, under the very same name, we made two issues of The Sunday Night Black & White before we really started, those two issues will never be seen again by grace of our almighty spinach gods.
Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
We smoke a lot of pot over the course of 18-31 days without sleeping or eating, waking up a fortnight later with 75+ copies of the printed zine, still trying to figure out how that happens. Purchased a security camera for this time around! Also, we recommend Pindot Press, a risograph print house in Oakville, Ontario.
What do you hope people get out of your zines?
A few minutes of distraction and enjoyment and hopefully an introduction to some new artists to follow and enjoy.
Name two of your favorite zinesters.
Too many to count, so many of the people we work with are incredible creators that picking just two is very hard! We clearly have our influences, though!
Riot Grrrl, Sniffin’ Glue, Plasma Dolphin, Slash, McSweeney’s, National Lampoon, too much classic lit, Stammer, Dr Smith, Broken Pencil (last 3 are Toronto icons).
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Buy a belt and wear it on your overalls. People won’t understand you, they’ll be intimidated and buy your stuff, and if they don’t, they’ll at least remember the overalls and belt thing.
Is there a zine website or resource you would recommend new zinesters to check out?
Sherwood Forest Zine Library is really great and new–support them!!
Also, we, of course, have all our zines online as well, for free in PDF. (You can also buy them though if you want)
Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Pictures provided by The Sunday Night Bombers