Meet this Zinester: Quarterlifezine

Who are you? Where are you based?
We are Sierra and Steve, and we live in NYC!

What are zines to you?
Zines, to us, are a multimedia form of self-expression. We love to use this medium as a way to combine writing and art to create satire about issues without being too on the nose.

What was your first encounter with zines?
For Sierra, learning about the Riot Grrrl bands of the 90s led her to discover the art of Zines. She loved the illustrations and how expressive they could be. You really can’t make a zine “the wrong way.” For Steve, he learned about Zines from Sierra 🙂

Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
Our zines are satirical. We do a different theme for every issue. Whether it’s Aliens, the Wild West, or Medieval, we try and create a zine that feels authentic to that theme.

What inspires you to create zines?
We are both writers and love that our zine gives us the ability to write comedy from different perspectives and in different forms!

What’s your favorite thing about zines?
Our favorite thing about zines is that they can literally be anything. Like we said earlier, there is no wrong way to make a zine. We love discovering new zines online and seeing all the different ways people create their own zines and how they use them to express themselves.

Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
This is both our first time creating a zine. I was 23, living at home with my parents with a BA in film, and working at a restaurant, which led me to watch a lot of TED Talks about being in a quarter life crisis. So that’s where the name came from since Steve, and I are both at the “Quarter Life” mark in our lives. But I wanted to do something creative that allowed me to write and design, and zines were the answer. Steve and I both love comedy, so we decided to base our magazine off of that.

Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
Our zine-making process is pretty standard. We first come up with the idea for the issue’s theme, then we bounce ideas off of each other about what voices we want to be heard in the issue and through what form of writing. Once we gather up a few ideas, we write them separately and sometimes collaborate on some. Then Sierra draws up all the artwork. Then we share it with the world or roughly 15 people.

What do you hope people get out of your zines?
We just want to give people a momentary break from the world with a few laughs along the way.

Name two of your favorite zinesters.
2 zines we found recently that we love are Functionally Dead Zine (find them on Instagram) and The Alarmist Zine.

Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
Find something you’re passionate about, and let your creativity go.

Is there a zine website or resource you would recommend new zinesters to check out?
We have found a lot of zines and ideas for zines from Pinterest and just searching and finding others on Instagram!

Our instagram is @Quarterlifezine

Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Pics provided by Sierra and Steve.

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