Interview #14 is resident Zine Fair Participant and illustrator Patrick Murphy……
Patrick Murph is a zine writer/ Illustrator based in Dublin. “Its horrible having a head” is a personalzine he writes and illustrates which is on its forth issue. It is independently run and distributed through out Dublin. Patrick has been doing zines since he was about 17 and is currently in the process of working on new zine projects that should come to conclusion soon.
1.What are zines to you?
For me zines are a way of self expression and a way of getting your opinion heard without any restrictions of censorship. It’s a labor of love that’s completely DIY. A zine is your own voice, style and aesthetic that basically shows a part of you and who you are.
2. What’s your first memory of zines?
The first time I saw zines was the red ink shop in temple bar. It was ran by this deadly couple that really encouraged zine writing and independent publishing. They used to have zine readings from time to time and is where I fell in love with the idea of writing zines.
3. What was your first publication? Please describe.
My first publication was a zine I wrote in school called “its horrible having a head” it was filled with personal stories about everything to music to general insecurities. I still write it from time to time.
4. Why did you start making zines/self publishing?
I felt that that the medium of zine making was the perfect art form for me. I’m not great at producing deep and meaningful art so I decided to write about what im drawing so they compliment each other.
5. What/who are your influences?
Aaron Cometbus, Mitch Clem and Christy C Road.
6. What is your favourite material or method (in making your publications)?
I usually put my zines together with Photoshop, print them on standard a4 paper, fold them together and staple them together.
7. Do you have a favourite zine?
Way too many to count. But I do have a special place in my heart for anything Lou Walker related. Pepper Morrison is the business!
8. What’s the best & worst things about making a zine?
The best thing about having a zine out is that you have a physical manifestation of your efforts, creativity and opinions that you can share to others. The worst is definitely the workload and the constant attention to detail you have through every step. I love making zines but they can definitely break your heart.
9. How do you distribute your publications?
I don’t really have a regular stall at a distro or anything but if I’m at a gig or whatever ill usually have a few on me. Friends would normally throw me a few quid for one or whatever.
10. Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to start a zine?
Dive in headfirst. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect first time around. I think you should make your zine an ever-evolving piece of independent media that’ll always progress each time you do it.