Interview with a Zinester: Slim Lopez

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do:
I currently live in Brooklyn. I’m a freelance Illustrator and Designer. As well as a baker

slimHow did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?
My first introduction to zines was through politics-I got my first zines at a political event. I got more and more into zines in art school.

(For zine archives) How did you come to collect zines? Why are they important to your collection?
I started going to zine fairs, and looking for stores that carry them. I pick zines based on content that speaks to me, or if there is something unique that really calls out to me. One time I bought a zine about pickles where the cover was painted with glow in the dark paint.

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?
I think that making zines is inherently feminist. It gives people an outlet to work through things and join a community of people that have the same interests. Feminism shows up in my work both implicitly and explicitly. It tends to come up even if it’s not explicit because it’s something that I’m always thinking about.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?
My favorite zine at the moment is Feel Better: A Zine About Self Love by Marlee Grace. It’s a great zine that reminds you of small, simple things that instantly make you feel good.
My favorite zines tend to be the ones with a hand made touch.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?
A coffee grinder. I really like freshly ground coffee, but I don’t buy whole coffee beans as often as I would like to.


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