Interview with a Zinester: Joyce Hatton!

Joyce Hatton serves us the next interview. We’re also getting closer to our reading tonight in NYC! Check out the organizers of FZF at Bluestockings tonight.

Joyce wearing a black hoodie and glasses posing with a cat (that has a freaked out expression).
Joyce wearing a black hoodie and glasses posing with a cat (that has a freaked out expression).

Kindly give us a short description of yourself and the work you do.

I am a baby bird masquerading as a human…?  I write illustrated zines about my process of shrugging off unhelpful social conditioning and decrypting human interactions.

How did you get introduced to zines? Were you influenced by anyone?

I don’t remember how I was introduced to zines.  I was aware of them but thought they were for white punks and so I didn’t get interested in them until I made one and discovered the wider world of zines on Tumblr.

What does it mean to do “feminist zine-making”? Does feminism appear in your work (explicitly or implicitly)?

My version of “feminist zine-making” involves taking up space to communicate things that I don’t have room to talk about in other areas of my life.  Zine making and reading has been been incredibly empowering for me, and has played a huge part in stabilizing my mental health.

What is your favorite zine or piece of mail art? Do you like any specific style/part of a zine?

One of my favorite zinemakers is Pardis Lili Khanmalek.  Their zines are so colorful and beautiful, and full of big brown hairy women and emotion.  I generally like any zine that is emotional and vulnerable.  Also, Thou Shalt Not Talk About the White Boys Club- Challenging the Unwritten Rules of Punk BLEW MY GOSH DARNED MIND when I read it and helped me realize a lot of the things that made me feel so weird about punk.

If you could sum up your zinester life in a kitchen appliance, what appliance would it be?

I guess if my zinester life was a kitchen appliance it would be a spoon… pretty simple but it does the job.

Finally, who are some of the other zinesters you’re excited to see at this year’s feminist zine fest?

I’m excited to see Donna Choi’s stuff because I loved “Does Your Man Suffer From Yellow Fever?”  It’s hilarous and beautiful.


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