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Meet Iggy Nicklbottum of Shit Sux Press, or Shit’s Fucked

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iggy Nicklbottum.

Iggy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Zines have always been around me. All the punks I knew were either into the zine scene or makers of them, from political to fanzines. When I was in college, I did a paper on the feminist push in punk and the use of zines as a way of communication.

That research got me hooked to the idea of making my own zine. I got together with a friend and created a political zine about being brown, mixed, and making our way through LA. Once, we had given the zines away at Long Beach Zinefest, I was inspired by all the work there and decided I wanted to expand my the topics of my zines.

One of the things I’ve always loved was horror. It was a great escape for me as a kid, and it became a part of who I was. I didn’t see many horror zines at the zinefests, or any at all actually. So, I decided that this could be a great market to bring in and a way to connect with others on a topic I loved. I got together with my friend, Yani, and we decided to make a zine together called Shit’s Fucked. It would be a collection of horror stories and random weird crap we would make.

Unfortunately, Yani was unable to work on the zine because of her busy schedule with work and college, but I decided to go along. It soon became this big thing which was an amalgamation of everything I loved in horror. Shit’s Fucked became what I always imagined was hidden in the basement of a family of cannibals who have long gone.

Shit’s Fucked is a celebration of the weirdos. It is a collection of little-known authors, illustrators, artists, poets, and strangers who have a love of vintage horror, true crime, and anything strange. It has connected me to so many new and interesting people. This is what I love about zines.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This community is very accepting. We don’t care whether your work is professional or not, as long as you make something with passion. In that sense, it has been smooth.

There are some people who hated that I made a zine dedicated to Ouija boards, but those were just a few. Their stink eyes had no effect on me. Haha!

Shit Sux Press, or Shit’s Fucked – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m the editor, writer, researcher, and co-creator of Shit Sux Press. We make strange zines for strange people. Our goal is to create creepy, trashy, and scary zines that spotlight some of the best unknown artists and writers creating today.

We make zines like Strange Romance ( a romantic horror zine), Dig Yr Own Grave & Save (A Troy McClure Adventure), I May Never Be OK (A perzine on love lost), and Dedicated to Us (a collection of songs dedications with sad tales).

But, we are best known for creating the ongoing series Shit’s Fucked, an homage to retro horror magazines and EC-style horror, chocked full of fake advertisements, supernatural advice columns, shitty dating advice, and creepy stories. This series is what we’re most proud of, especially since it takes so much work to make. We strive to make it perfect no matter how long it takes. When people say they like our zines, it makes it all worth it.

I believe what sets us apart from most other zine presses is our dedication to making horror with a sarcastic and angry attitude. Shit is super fucked, and shit really sucks, and we want everyone to know.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Once when I was tabling at a fest, someone came up to me and told me that one of our zines had inspired them to create their own work. It really filled my dark, grey heart with something that some people call “feelings(?).”

Another proud moment was finally finishing Shit’s Fucked #3 and making it a 3D zine. We were super proud of the final product. Whoo, what a ride!

Pricing:

  • Shit’s Fucked #2: $5
  • Shit’s Fucked #3: $6
  • Dig Yr Own Grave & Save: $3
  • Shit’s Fucked Logo Enamel Pin: $10

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Image Credit:
Yani De Leon

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