Dead Man Collecting: Nick Bahula on Zines and Comics

Dead Man Collecting: Nick Bahula on Zines and Comics

Nick Bahula

Nick Bahula

Hey, all. If you haven’t heard of Nick Bahula that’s probably because he’s dead (according to his online moniker). However, he totally was alive for an interview about the mini-comics/zines/books he, as a practicing artist, collects.

Hey, Nick. What’s up?
Not much my friend. Just working hard for those Washingtonians.

So, what would you call your collection? A collection of zines or indie books?
A pile of joy. Or things my daughter thinks are coloring books.

What was the first zine/indie book you bought?
I was given a stack of Cometbus zines from a kid in my first year of college. It was all downhill from there.

What’s the latest zine/indie book you’ve purchased?
I just picked up all three of Adam Hartnett’s High and Outside series from Microcosm publishing.

Which book from your collection would you recommend to someone who has never picked up a zine before?
I’m most proud of the handmade ones I’ve found for free left at bookstores and record stores. I guess the Cometbus ones I have carry the most meaning since they are old and hold a lot of sentimental value with me.

Any artists you’d like to work with when producing a zine or indy book of your own?
I’ve only made two myself and have done them pretty cheap. I’m pretty fond of Amanda Millar’s Zines. Adam Hartnett is my boy so working with him would be cool.

That’s a pretty gnarly beard. Where’d you get it?
Hot Topic sells them I think…

Find out more about Nick Bahula here.

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