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Matt Wolka, ecdysis

Age: 30

Selection: "A Day in the Life of Matt's Hair" (page 48)

Recent review (from Oatmeal): "It has everything! Sports! Fashion! War! Poetry! Humor! Truth!"

Sample: No longer available.

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
I started my zine in early 1993. It started out as a journal of the domestic life, in other words, underemployment. When I left the Navy in 1992, I figured full time employment would come rather quickly. It still hasn't.... But I found the zine format a convenient way to keep in touch with people about what underemployed people do with their time.

Why publish a zine?
It's a creative outlet, free from any restraints of commercialism.

Have you ever published any other zines?
In college, a group of friends and I published a zine called Pretension. We would begin writing Saturday nights after midnight (and many beers) and print it out Sunday morning about 8 o'clock.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Always make a lot more copies than you think you will need: you'll find yourself giving a lot out.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
When a fragment of an idea grows into a story and then into a theme for an entire issue: the moment when it all comes together.

In my other life, I'm a:
A music teacher for grades K-8. A music director at a church. A student in a Master's of Church Music program.

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