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The Buck in the Field

Tyler Starr,
The Buck in the Field

Age: 23

Selection: "Factory Tales" (page 164)

Recent review (from Chip's Closet Cleaner): "This zine of 'Midwest factory tales and the lore of the drunken denizens' is an overlooked gem that leaves you wondering how such talented folks don't get more recognition."

Sample: $1 cash from 55 Horizon Circle, South Windsor, CT 06074

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
I dropped out of art school. It is easy to stay productive and creative artistically while in a school environment, but when you are working with Chubb and inspecting mufflers for air conditioning units it takes a bit more resolve. It was the summer of 1995 and to stay entertained everyday in the factories where I worked I would sketch the environment and jot down the stories I was told by coworkers. I felt a bit like some sort of folklorist. My pockets were filled with these sketches and notes, so I started The Buck in the Field.

Why publish a zine?
EngravingOne of the exciting things about art school is that there is a ready audience to look at your work and talk with you about it. The problem when I came home from the full-time job and make something is that it often ends up in the closet. The forum that Factsheet Five offered allowed the things I made to be immediately available and cheap to anyone who would be curious to look at it. This allows me to communicate with all sorts of people.

What can you tell us about the selection you provided for "The Book of Zines"?
Gary (from the cappuccino factory) has been arrested again. He became notorious for filling the courts with lawsuits for things like the jailer forgetting to give him butter with his meal, or a state trooper asking him to move. He is trying to get a deal now where he would drop some of the lawsuits in exchange for less prison time. The town recently wrote a musical about him called "Sue Per Man."

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
Doing the research necessary to get material for it.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
I'm not even sure what I'm doing yet.

In my other life, I'm a:
This one doesn't apply.

Illustration by Tyler Starr. Click on image for larger view.

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