Who are you? Where are you based?
B. Cura: I am B.Cura and I live in the city of Los Angeles
Y. Cura: I am Y. Cura and I live in the City of Angels.
What are zines to you?
B. Cura: almost everything besides video games, family, and Mathematics.
Y. Cura: impromptu undercover literacy comprised of novel narrative sequencing modules.
What was your first encounter with zines?
B. Cura: when my dad showed me his zine workshop and told me he was there for the library.
Y. Cura: one of the punk kids showed me a copy of COMETBUS, and I was like, you can do that? Also, Chip Rowe’s book, “The Book of Zines” (1997)
Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
B. Cura: I mostly make funny ones about alien cats or robots or dogs that can talk-so, mostly Fantasy.
Y. Cura: HINCHAS Press makes zines that celebrate Bibliophilia 4 ALL!
What inspires you to create zines?
B. Cura: funny things in the real world like that movie where a dog roved to the world he could play pingpong.
Y. Cura: the zinester community on the HINCHAS_Press Insta and those lone-range zinesters in places like Utah and Wyoming and Idaho and the Dakotas, real desolate places where being a punk and making zines can get you your ass kicked.
What’s your favorite thing about zines?
B. Cura: the imagination of the character and the plot of the story.
Y. Cura: there are absolutely no rules that you learn by intuition; making zines is the easiest way to make better zines, and every zine is its own microverse.
Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
B. Cura: I can’t recall what it was but it was probably pretty good. What inspired me about that zine is real things in the real world [like…] dogs, cats, and books.
Y. Cura: No, not really but when I was a kid all the religious nuts used to pass out these little hell comics titled, “So, You’re Going to Hell” that were illustrated and I used to love looking at those although I hated their message.
Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
B. Cura: well first I come up with a plot then a story and then characters.
Y. Cura: I usually collect clippings throughout the week from articles and stories that I read in the paper or in the several magazines that I subscribe to like The Atlantic and Harpers. Sometimes, I’ll find a super sweet brochure on zoning or some god-awful brochure that just might make a great title image for a zine. It’s definitely a process, maybe like putting together a puzzle on your dining room table.
What do you hope people get out of your zines?
B. Cura: a lot of good laughs and humor.
Y. Cura: After reading our zines, I hope people get off their asses and make a zine that proves us wrong on all counts about alien cats and video game consoles, and like poetry.
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
B. Cura: yes don’t overthink about what you write.
Y. Cura: stop taking advice from people and do what your gut is telling you to do. If your gut is wrong then you take a probiotic and recalibrate. (#dadjokes)
Is there a zine website or resource you would recommend new zinesters to check out?
B. Cura: hinchas press.
Y. Cura: Well, actually, I would love to recc a couple of cool, keen places, places not normally visited, but that might give you lots of ideas and lurve and rainbow unicorn puke
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Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Pictures provided by B. Cura & Y. Cura