Meet this Zinester: Lance Strapontin

Who are you? Where are you based?
My name is Pierre, but I sign my Zines by the nickname of « Lance Strapontin .»I’m currently living in Toulouse, a beautiful town in the south of France.

What are zines to you?
Zines are, for me, a synonym of freedom. I can make a zine about anything I want. I don’t have to think about any « business plan » or what people will think about it. With the making of a Zine, I’m learning while I’m walking: no need to be gifted to express yourself with Zines. If you want to do it…Well, you just do 🙂

What was your first encounter with zines?
I discovered Zines at the end of the 90s. It mainly was Zines about comics. But I really started to make Zines with the discovery of the 8 pages type of Zines. I love this type of shape. Since then, I have almost made only 8 pages Zines.

Tell me about your zines. What kind of zines do you make?
Like I just said, I make mostly 8 pages Zines. Brief black and white stories.

What inspires you to create zines?
The feeling of wellness when I’ve done a Zine. The pleasure to have succeeded in putting an idea on paper and knowing that someone, somewhere, will read my work.

What’s your favorite thing about zines?
Everyone can make Zines. We all are talented Zinesters!!

Do you recall your first zine ever, what was it about and what inspired you to create it?
My first Zine was a Zine called « Bahniwé.» Back in those days, we were a bunch of young dudes who wanted to create their own comics and go to conventions to show them to people. I spent a lot of weekends trying to attract the attention of people who just wanted to see the stars of the convention and who didn’t give a $h#t about our Fanzine. It was so much fun!! The truth is we were high and drunk during most of the weekend… It helped a lot.

Tell me a little about your zine-making process.
For me, the main thing about my Zine is the story I wanna tell. It can be a fiction or a non-fiction story.

What do you hope people get out of your zines?
I hope they don’t think that reading my Zine was a waste of time 😉

Name two of your favorite zinesters.
I really like people who try to create collective Zines like Henry Jaepelt (@henryjaepelt) or Jeanfi Gilliot (@16pages) or… Solansh Moya (@WeirdoBrigade) ;-p

Do you have any advice for new zinesters?
On a good day, practice your art. On a bad day, practice your art.
Practice, practice, and practice again and again. And don’t forget to be curious and humble toward other people.

Social Media:
@Lancestrapontin

Interview conducted by Solansh M.
Answers and collage provided by Pierre.

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