Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).
Good Kid Rob
Find online: Goodkidrob.com
Find in person: Des Moines, Iowa
Zine Type: Find All true, queer comics. They are cruddy, but try hard. Full Color.
What is your first zine memory?
I remember in high school being really enamored with punk zines. I thought they were super cool, and would always look at them when I thought no one was looking – but I also felt I wasn’t cool enough to read them in public. Sort of the reverse of someone who privately eats Chic-Fill-A because they don’t want to seem like a monster in public – I just didn’t think I was legit enough to be seen with a kick ass zine. It was the same with skate board dudes – I used to think they were the hottest kids in high school, but I was too timid.
How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
That is a good question. I make a lot of stuff, and I think the zines allow me to be more forth right, and less “coded”. They are freer, more honest, without expectations
What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
I usually write out my comics, and then divide the writing into pages. I am constantly editing the writing down, so that less “real estate” is taken up with words, and I draw each page. I edit the text down further. Then I scan it all into my computer, add color, and print.
How do you distribute your zine into the world?
Not as good as I should. I send to a few distros. I sell on my website. I go to zine tests when I can. I sometimes drop them around town free.
What is the first zine you ever made, why, and what was it?
I used to make home made comic strips when I was in elementary school. I made my first 8 page zine in 2013 though.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on two or three scripts for new zines right now. I have an art show up at CSPS Legion Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I show at Moberg gallery in Des Moines
What is your favorite zine?
I love a zine called “I Hate my Job and Want to Die” , a cool comic zine experiment called “Invinsible Summer” I also like my roomate’s zine called “Demonville”