Interview with Richard Alexander of Richy Vegas

5 Sep
Check out our interview with Ricky Vegas Comics!
What is the concept behind your zine/zines?
 Richy Vegas Comics are an autobiographical series that explore my experiences with mental illness.
 Why do you create zines? 
I am not able to interest a publisher in my work.  In 1998 I sent an unfinished project to Harvey Pekar to look at.  He advised me that self-publishing might be the way to go.  So far, his advice has proven to be true.
What is your favorite part of zine fests?
I definitely enjoy meeting the people who stop at my table.  A lot of them really seem interested in what I’m doing.  For years my books just languished in the closet, and it’s only been the last couple of years that I’ve been renting tables at cons and fests.  I also like meeting other people doing zines and comics.
What will be on your table at this year’s zine fest? 
Everything that I’ve self-published since 1999.  Including the latest issue of Richy Vegas Comics, “A Tribute to Don Rickles/ Witch Hunt!”
What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?
My band, Insect Sex Act, will release a CD before too long.  I also write and perform my own songs as, “The World’s Least Important Singer/Songwriter.”

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