Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: Alejandra Trigoso

Your zines: “Dog and Pony in: Choose Your Own Adventure!”; “Just Pollies”; “Be Your Cake and Eat it Too”; “Girls! Girls! Girls!”; “…What?

Where you’re from: Chicago, Illinois! 🙂

Where to find you online: Website – agtrigoso.com; Tumblr – trigogo.tumblr.com; Twitter – https://twitter.com/allie_trigoso

Tell us about your zines. My zines are introspective and sort of darkly funny (I hope)! They can get kind of gross and weird, but what would alternative comics and zines be without a little oddity and discomfort — am I right?? Most of them are abstracted extensions of things that go on in my life or ideas that I’m playing with for longer animated projects. My favorite kinds of zines leave me with a concept or an image stuck in my head, so the goal for my zines is to do the same for other people.  Sometimes those things that get stuck in your brain blossom into other ideas that you can turn into other art or zines or whatever, and then look at that! An endless cycle of creation! Cool.

Why do you make zines? Zines are great because there’s not really any constraints to what you can or are required to make. I make zines because sometimes you want to thoroughly process a thought into a finished product without turning it into this big, grand production of a thing. A zine can be as small or messy or polished as you want, and there’s a lot of freedom in that!

Which zines are you really into right now? I’ve been revisiting the zines/minicomics I’ve collected over the past couple years and the ones that have made an impact have been “Our Mother” by Luke Howard, “Big Pussy” by Gina Wynbrandt, “Tiny Rubber Ninja Zine” by Eric Benton, the “Laffy Meal” miniseries by Pranas T. Naujokaitis, “Libby’s Dad” by Eleanor Davis, and “Fridge Zone” by Robert Sims.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? Honestly, just walking. It blows my mind that you can just sort of keep walking for what seems like forever here and the sidewalk doesn’t end? And you can reach anything you could realistically want if you’re persistent enough and keep walking (for potentially hours, I guess). I’m originally from San Antonio and pedestrian culture isn’t really a thing there, so even though that’s probably a basic “favorite thing to do”, there’s so much to see when you’re looking at it all from on foot!