The zine format finds new life in the hands of Orlando's writers and artists 

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Adam Lavigne

Lavigne, both solo and in tandem with Anna Cruz, has released a myriad of art-based zines, varied in both theme and format. In addition, both recently taught a class for OMA on techniques for making zines and minicomics. He is a staunch booster of local zines.

Do you make any zines yourself?

I've made a handful of zines myself. The first was So Evolved with my friend Bjørn Parramoure. ... Other zines I've made solo usually are confessional and pretty cryptic. I collaborate often with my girlfriend, Anna Cruz. Most recently we made a zine called Art Historical Survey, a romanticized book of symbols with bits of art history we like.

Tell me about some of the efforts you have undertaken to raise awareness of zines?

Recently Anna and I taught a workshop at OMA called "Exercises in Alternative Comics and Zines." We talked about the current state of zine culture and alternative comics, and conducted exercises in drawing, collaborative zine-making and self-publishing. Together with Justin Luper, Anna and I set up and sold zines at the first Milk District Market.

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What are your impressions of the Orlando zine community?

Orlando is ripe for zines; there is a growing community here. There are quite a few Orlando creators making work. There's local titles that come out consistently, like Is it Over Yet?, Tittie-Thyme, Agencies, The Vinyl Warhol, Vanessa Barros Andrade's Bad Anime, Brandon Geurts' Showing Skins. Some other books by creators I love are Justin Luper's Hair Bones and Blobs, Anna Cruz's Imaginary Boyfriend, Nico Sinnott's Don't Beat Yourself Up and Bjørn Parramoure's Do You Want to Know More? These are all Orlando locals. I've seen the community grow quite a bit over the past couple of years.

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