Who are you? Where are you based?
Hey, I’m calling myself Aerozopher, and I’m the creator of AYNBATH. I’m based in southern Germany.
What are zines to you?
A medium of indirect, direct communication. Vehicles of thoughts and change. Important DIY culture. A tool to share around a distillation of reality. Physical artifacts in a more and more digitized world.
What was your first encounter with zines?
I really don’t know, but I’m sure I encountered them before knowing what they were.
Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
My first one was an art compilation zine DOAZ (see question 7). The second one, an Aynbath zine I did and sold out in the past, was a compilation of impressions from the world of Aynbath. Including sigils and two texts, it was supposed to be a short dive into what is about to come. The third is the Rain Sequence (https://aynbath.com/rain) as a horizontal graphic novel zine in a package with other beautiful goodies. The whole thing is called Rain Set and is yet only available in German (I hope to be able to do a pre-order for an English version). I did not finish & print newer ones due to all the events being canceled because of the way too extreme governments’ measures in this crisis. I’m working on zines, including themes as Magick, Herbs, Myths, and Stories from my Universe (Aynbath).
What inspires you to create zines?
Archaic civilizations, underground music, dark aesthetics, myths, personal experiences, and magick in a broader sense.
What’s your favorite thing about zines?
They are handy and easy to produce, but still, such a zine can be a special artifact in your collection, you know?
Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
The first zine I did was a high-quality artist compilation zine (DOAZ). It is focused on nature, symbolism, and the occult. Everyone agreeing to be part of it got the printing data from me and is able to print and produce as many as they want. Through this, I wanted it to spread, benefit the ones investing in printing and distribution, but at the same time, they help spread and promote all the other artists of the group.
Check it out more detailed: https://aynbath.com/shop
Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
My zine concepts in work partly come from a single artwork that creates a domino effect in my deeper layers (similar to my sequences https://aynbath.com/sequences). One is inspired by old grimoires and is supposed to be a condensed spellbook. But I don’t want to tell you too much since the future is yet unwritten. Well, then I brainstorm about how to present it, do graphic design sketches, etc.
What do you hope people get out of your zines?
– A sense of empowerment (create your own reality).
– Feelings of wistfulness, stepping through a gate into a different world.
– Longing for a world not completely cartographed and still full of wonder and spirits.
– Wonder and inspiration.
Name two of your favorite zinesters.
Fiddlers Green is, by far, my favorite atm (witchcraft, art, magick, etc.). For the second, I’d need to look through all my boxes.
Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Study the works of others and define what you like about them and why. That should be a good base to create your own.
My website: https://aynbath.com
My Insta: https://instagram.com/aynbath
Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Videos and photos provided by Aerozopher.