The Buck in the Field
Selection: "Factory Tales" (page
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?
One 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
In my other life, I'm a:Illustration by Tyler Starr. Click
on image for larger view.
This one doesn't apply.
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