Q&A: Sober Bob Monthly

Q&A: Sober Bob Monthly

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name’s Anne. I work part-time as a burrito expert after dropping out of uni, but mostly identify as an artist now. I make zines and help other people in the zine community with the Copy and Destroy collective.

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What’s Sober Bob all about?

Sober Bob is a pseudonym I work under. Sometimes I say it’s Bob who’s writing, and sometimes I say it’s me.

I feel I can be a bit more truthful and introspective if I step outside of my own ego and embody someone with a different mindset.

I represent Bob as a butcherbird, based on a time I was tripping balls and assumed the bird wasn’t real, but later discovered it was. Writing from behind a male pseudonym can give me more ‘confidence’ to say what I want… Sometimes I’ll put my female name to a big rant I’ve had as Bob.

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How did you get started?

I’ve been doing ‘women’s work’ based art since I was a child, but I’ve only been cutting my teeth in the zine community for about a year. I became a lot more involved when I discovered zines were a great outlet for feminist and unionist movements after I was fired from some bullshit admin job. I didn’t have to explain why I was angry about being fired; I could just say I was.

In a world where I have to continuously justify my feelings when things get turned upside down, that felt revolutionary.

I started making my little zines before discovering Copy and Destroy, where I was able to expand into bigger comic style zines. I’ve also expanded my own reach by distributing online, through Junky Comics and the Sticky Institute, along with doing many zine fairs.

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What’s been your greatest achievement to date?

A zine subscription distributor in America loved my “Shark Self Help” zine so much they wanted 150 copies of it, cash in hand. I hope to have many more achievements in the coming year.

Can you tell me a bit more about your latest zine?

My latest zine “What a Disgusting Meta Narrative” is a satirical piece, based on the ‘alt’ crowd who are only in it for the money, fashion, or ‘cred’. People who don’t quite get that it’s really a space for people with unique and taboo experiences to express themselves and have their work appreciated. They come into these spaces without preparing to hear about experiences, and sometimes openly mock or ignore their issues. It also pokes a little fun at zine culture.

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I’m also working on a series of screen-printed fabric patches that reimagine Decameron stories into more modern tones, with happy endings for LGBTQI+ folks in history.

What are you doing for Hot Chicks with Big Brains Issue #2 and why?

I’m making free, vibrant coloured zines to be distributed as an introduction to zine culture. I feel as though a lot of Hot Chicks with Big Brains readers will be interested in the scene even if they’re currently unaware of it or uninformed as to events because they’re often not well advertised. The zine will be traditionally made with inspiration from my mother’s craft work, and will contain resources for people to begin reading and even making zines themselves.

Answers and Images by Anne (Bob)

Questions by Emma Kate Lewis

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