–If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like?
It would taste like Spam that’s been cooked in oil that’s been recycled by
my dad countless times after using it for eggs and fish and what not,
napkin-dried and placed on a bed of fresh, hot steamed white rice.
–Cover vs. content, which do you do first?
I always see my covers as summaries and/or highlights of the story within,
so I do my content first, then my covers to wrap them up.
–What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?
Aw, man. I’d still keep with the DIY spirit but would add more stuff to
it, like read-along cassette tapes and silk-screened t-shirts to accompany
–What’s your favorite zine/art piece?
I’m actually pretty new to the zine scene and have to get acquainted with
what’s out there currently, but one of the first zines I read years
ago—1-Up by Raina Lee—was a random gift a friend gave to me, and it turned
out to be a huge inspiration which eventually led me to work on my own
story, “I Was A Teenage Filipino Skinhead.” I also really liked reading
Lynda Barry’s “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” strip in the LA Weekly back in the
day, too, and have always dug her style.
–What particular zines/work inspire you?
I’ve drawn inspiration from so many different sources as an artist, but
for my zines I’d have to say Kaz’s Underworld comic strip has always
appealed to me with all its gritty details and funky, filthy characters,
and Robert Crumb has always been a hero of mine with his “stream of
consciousness” style of drawing, in which he allows the pen to just flow
freely on the paper without any preliminary sketching. That’s been the way
I’ve drawn since I was a kid, and it’s the technique I use in my zines to
–How does your work connect with day-to-day living?
The true beauty of zines and DIY publications are their unflinching
honesty and infinitely broad horizons. Each and every author/artist is
free to do whatever he/she pleases. I try to appreciate the same varieties
in the people, cultures and tastes that I encounter on a daily basis, and
applaud those who are willing to express themselves freely and without
fear of judgment, in the same spirit that zinesters do in their