Zinester Profile

Thane Benson

How would you describe your work?

Comic Books, Interactive Narratives, Adventure, Humor, Highly Detailed Art.

What do you enjoy most about making zines/comics/art?

I love that there are no gate-keepers to self-publishing. You can make whatever crazy thing you want! That being said, self-publishing is hard. It’s a lot of work. You have to really love and believe in what you’re doing. That passion and commitment shows in the work.

What’s your favorite medium to use?

This is a hard question to answer. I like lots of mediums and I am also constantly frustrated by my own limitations in different mediums. My favorite medium is going to be a future Science Fiction medium which will allow me to just think of stuff and it’ll be instantaneously created without me having to fight with a pencil or brush or chisel to try and make what is in my head appear in the real world. I’m naming this future medium (which I am formally claiming copyright on right now) “Thinkieanditsdoneium” (all rights reserved).

What drew you to zine culture?

Freedom of expression coupled with a DIY punk atheistic.

What other artists should we check out? What is inspiring you right now?

My holy trinity of inspiration is Mike Mignola, Sergio Aragones, and Geoff Darrow. Those three artists have very disparate styles, but if you look at my work you can see its basically an attempt to mash those three styles together.

What is your favorite zine / zine publisher?

Jon Chad is an artist who began by making zines and mini comics. His book, Leo Geo and His Miraculous Journey Through the Center of the Earth was published by Roaring Brook Press, so it’s not technically a zine. But it is, none the less, the greatest work in human literature. If you have not read this book, stop whatever you are doing right now and go find it!

What music or films have influenced your work?

Everything is an influence. Most recently, I’ve been impressed with the storytelling in the cartoon series Gravity Falls.

What is a dream zine project you’d love to undertake if time and money wasn’t an option?

I would pour billions into developing my proprietary Thinkieanditsdoneium technology.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working on a 3D comic book. The working title is Quick the Clockwork Knight and the Incredible 3D Time Travel Adventure.

Favorite thing about Denver and/or Colorado?

The vibrant indie art scene, the people, and nature.

Check out Thane Benson’s work here:

www.thanebenson.com
@thanebenson

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