An Interview with Sean Dempsey

Check out Sean Dempsey at The First Annual [Virtual] Coin-Operated Press Christmas Zine Fair by clicking this link now!!


“Sean Dempsey graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. His independent comics focus on curiosity and adventure through traveling or misfit characters. Whether in a comic, illustration, or cartoon, Sean’s stories embrace a balance of innocent and cynical protagonists. He hopes to create diverse, relatable characters that the audience can witness their inner growth, discovery, and individuality.”

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Sean Dempsey. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. I make comics that focus on curiosity and adventure through traveling or misfit characters. Whether in a comic, illustration, or cartoon, my stories embrace a balance of innocent and cynical protagonists. My goal is to create diverse, relatable characters that readers can witness their inner growth, discovery, and individuality.

What do zines mean to you?

Zines are an extremely accessible medium to share stories and ideas. No matter how skilled someone is, if they have a story to tell, it can always be told with a zine.

How did you first get started with zines?

I first learned about zines in a mini-comics class in college. I made a few zines, and took them to my first show, Fluke, in Athens, Georgia. People got to read my zines, I got to see what other artists were making, it was an amazing community and I was hooked!

How would you build the perfect snowman?

Pen and ink on bristol.

Tell us about your zines.

The zines I make are comics, mostly hand bound, using a variety of materials and binding techniques. I like making fantasy stories with a sense of fun and adventure.

What resources do you use to create your zines? Tell us about your zine-making process.

When I create a zine I like to think of physical qualities that will reflect the story. For instance, a story about a deep sea diver’s long journey after being swallowed by a sea serpent I present as a long accordian fold zine that the reader has to stretch out to view.

Do you have any advice for newbie zine makers?

I would tell newbie zine makers to keep pushing forward. Keep creating. It doesn’t have to be great, or even good, just make art.

Can you tell us your favourite cracker joke?

Why don’t crabs celebrate Christmas? They won’t give gifts because they’re shellfish.

What is your favourite thing about zine culture?

Zine culture is such a broad net, there is so much variety in the type of art you see at any given zine show. There is something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.

Do you have a favourite zine or zinester?

It’s hard to pick just one. Rachel Bard, Beth Hetland, & Pranas T. Naujokaitis are all great local artists who make some truly unique zines & comics.

Why do you make zines?

Zines allow me to publish my own work and make it affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. It’s such a broad medium that I can explore the way a reader physically interacts with my art and stories.

How are you celebrating the holiday season?

I’ll be celebrating this holiday season by staying home, seeing friends and family over zoom, and relaxing with my wife and cat.


You can check out Sean Dempsey by visiting him on his socials…


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