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Skip Elsheimer,
Preparation X

Age: 29

Selection: "Fond(led) Memories," by Todd Morman (page 120)

Recent review (from Factsheet Five): "Skip and Todd did a bang-up job with their first issues, perfectly capturing the zine style and youthful attitudes."

Sample: $2 cash from P.O. Box 33561, Raleigh, NC 27636

When did you launch your zine? What inspired you to do so?
About a year and a half ago. I used to do my own zine, ZOIKS!, which was mostly fiction and I wrote a couple of articles for Stay Free! When SF! moved to New York, I felt there was a big gap and that I had many more articles to write.

Why publish a zine?
I have things that I want to say based on observations and experiences I've had. It's not that I am preaching or lecturing, I just say to the world, "Hey, did you ever notice...?" (Not in the whiney shallow pointless way that Andy Rooney does). Of course, just because I want to say it doesn't mean others want to hear it.

Have you ever published any other zines?
I did ZOIKS! off and on for about four years ending about three years ago. I also helped with Sony Free!, a knee-jerk one-shot in response to a Sony-sponsored local music fest.

What's your favorite part of doing a zine?
All parts are fun for me accept soliciting for ads to pay for it.

Any general tips for aspiring zinesters?
Don't get too big too quickly. Grow slowly. Concentrate on one issue at a time. If it's not fun to do, don't do it.

In my other life, I'm a:
Technical support person at a graphic software company, main archivist of the A/V Geek Educational Film Library, sometimes I sleep.

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