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Candi Strecker,
Sidney Suppey's Quarterly & Confused Pet Monthly

Age: 41

Selection: "The Self-Amusing Personality" (page 36)

Recent review (from Inquisitor): "Candi's zines are definitely at the top of the zine pile."

Sample: $2 from P.O. Box 515, Brisbane, CA 94005 (checks: Candi Strecker)

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
Published my first issue of the SSQ&CPM in 1979 at age 23, in an attempt to stay in contact with friends from college who were now dispersed all over the country.

Why publish a zine?
The zine form has turned out to be the perfect medium for what I have to say and who I want to say it to, and fits my personality. I'm a bit shy, a bit of a perfectionist, a bit obsessed with reading and clipping tiny bits out of old and new magazines and trying to find connections among them.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Don't be afraid to charge enough to break even on Xeroxing and postage! Because originally my zine was only intended for friends, it took me years to get it through my head that it was perfectly valid to charge total strangers for my work.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
For about a month after I do an issue, my mailbox is full of letters telling me I'm wonderful, brilliant, etc.

In my other life, I'm a:
Freelance writer and almost-full-time mother.

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