Interview w/ Julia Arredondo of Vice Versa Press
Q&A w/ Julia Arredondo of Vice Versa Press
When and why did you begin making zines?
JA: I grew up in the offices my Mom worked in and began publishing household newspapers when I was a kid. I was exposed to using typewriters, computers, and publishing software at a young age and always had a fascination with paper. My zine days really began in college, after taking a zine class in Art School. I had always wanted to be a screenprinter (after seeing punk flyers and rock n roll posters) and the school I went to had all the facilities available for me to do that.
How do you travel with your zines?
JA: I plan ahead and try to figure out which zine fests are happening where, and if I will be in that part of the country at that time. The cool thing about traveling is that I make friends who let me visit, and more times than not there will be a zine event in their neighborhood at some point in the year. It’s not cheap, it all comes out of my pocket. But I work several jobs that allow me to save up a little here and there for traveling. That and I don’t go out a whole lot, don’t eat much, and don’t spend a ton of money in general. It’s a cheap life, but fun.
What are you noticing with zine culture around the country?
JA: I haven’t been to EVERY Zine Fest, but zine culture is definitely experiencing a resurgence right now. People are writing what they want, and finding ways to publish and construct books the way they want. A big chunk of the zine population also seems to be sub-culturally rooted. A lot of people are making comics about punk rock, telling stories about DIY travels, or giving good advice on alternative living. I think a lot of the popularity of zines lies in the nostalgia of the paper zine format as well.
What should we expect to see on the Vice Versa Press table at STUFF Zine Fair?
JA: Zines including “Guide to Being Alone”, “Guide to Dating Gangsters (vol. 1)”, “Moving Back Home Part 1” and a lot of paper goods, postcards, and stationery. I work at a stationery boutique in Austin now, and it’s really inspired me to get into the stationery game. There will also be a soundtrack to “Guide to Being Alone” in CD format available on my table. I’m still trying to figure out how to combine putting out zines and music simultaneously but I think I’m on the right path.