Recent review (from Heinous):
"Gorgeous and disturbing." (From Shark
Fear, Shark Awareness): "My friend Dagwood Reeves once
mentioned someone who 'put things in a little box that don't
belong in the little box.' Sean works with several little boxes
at a time and not only puts things in them that don't belong
there, but he then puts these boxes side by side which are more
comfortably left far apart."
Selection: "Some Things I've Discovered
About Clowns" (page 61)
Sample: $5 from P.O. Box 40373, Portland,
OR 97240 (checks: Sean Tejaratchi)
When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
It was launched in October
1994. I was inspired by friends around me who did zines and by
the idea that I didn't have to wait for other people to make
what I wanted to see. I was inspired by the DIY ethic.
Why publish a zine?
It's very, very satisfying.
It allows me to work hard and gives me something I can take pride
in, as far as workmanship and constructive effort. It has put
me in contact with people around the world who share similar
interests and ideas. I publish because I was tired of waiting
for other people to publish things for me, and because of a general
disgust at the way things work in the "real" world.
What should be known about the selection I'm providing
for "The Book of Zines"?
They make me laugh. The pictures
came from many different sources. Many were contributed by friends
around the country, and a few came from scrapbooks I've been
keeping since high school.
Do you do any other zines?
"KOOL Man: The Amazing
Story of Robert DuPree: The King of Oral Love." It's an
expose and a sort of psychological profile of an utter wretch.
A nightmarish journey to the center of a turd.
Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Rethink things! The model
you follow in your head is more often than not based on irrelevant
patterns set by large, professional publishers with millions
of dollars and no conscience. You are obligated to no one when
you start a zine. Think about each step yourself, from the physical
size, to the focus, to the printing and distribution. Think about
priorities: which is more important to you, money or satisfaction?
Are you doing it for fun? Then make choices accordingly. Don't
try to make everyone love you and your zine.
What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Holding the issues in my
hand and feeling like I have actually accomplished something
that I set out to accomplish. I also love fine-tuning things
in the late stages, and working all night alone at the light
table with the music playing behind me.
In my other life, I'm an:Death
Elfen wizard, and a fourth-level
bandit, and a fifth-level demigod, and...oh, I forget. Where
are my 20-sided dice?
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