Q+A with Kalee Jackson

August 21, 2015

What are your zines about? Are there any common themes throughout your issues? I tend to make zines about whatever I’m interested in the time, so they all inevitably turn out as fanzines of some description. Pastie Politics is about Burlesque and Feminism in New Zealand, which is uh, kind of a specific topic. In this zine I’m interested in how performers’ practice sits with their political beliefs and within current social environments. I like seeing how performers use the contradictions and tensions between being a feminist and a burlesque performer to explore and play out ideas. There are a whole bunch of contributors involved in each issue, so it became a lot bigger than I was originally planning, but essentially it was a zine I made because I wanted to read it. About ten years ago I started doing a lot of work about fan art and this has become a recurring theme. Especially when it’s at it’s most breathless, earnest, and hilarious. At the moment I’m working on putting together a book on my fan art swap project www.loveyourwork.org How did you get into zine-making? Technically I made my first book when I was in primary school – it was in the shape of a dinosaur, and being a pint-sized narcissist I cast myself in the story as a time-travelling action hero/scientist. I got into making fanzines when I was a teenager and embarrassingly used to distribute them among the neighbourhood kids. I went to design school in Wellington and eventually became a book designer, which means I spend a lot of time designing books, but not so much creating content. Since going independent four years ago I’ve become inspired to create more personal projects, some of the prints etc I’ll bring along to the Zinefest, though one of the Zinefests a couple of years ago actually inspired me to get back into zine making. I like that zines are a less-precious approach to publishing, they are kind of a testing ground for ideas for me and enjoyable failures. At the moment I’m inspired by our scary red-headed 9 year old neighbour who sends us hate mail. What makes your zines unique? It’s all pretty much pop-weirdness and comedy. What do you want readers to feel or think about while reading your zines? Good vibes. What are you most looking forward to at Auckland Zinefest?  Getting myself a sweet stack of indie publishing to add to the collection. Checking out the zines & feminism talks. Beers!   http://www.kaleejackson.com