Archive | May, 2011

Zine Fest Houston 2011 Summary

31 May

Zine Fest Houston 2011 may have been the best Zine Fest Houston ever.  We had a great venue, a good turn out, stellar live music, and plenty of interesting zines.

The event started off with a zine reading by Kirk Loftin of CatBat.  The Grass Skirts played next, followed by  Organ Failure.

The discussion panel, featuring Lindsey Simard of Weak Highlights, Jason Poland of Robbie & Bobby, and Francisco Lo of Film Monitor, talked about DIY, promoting, the advantages and disadvantages of Houston, and pitfalls they’ve encountered.

Muzak John started off the second set of live performances:

Carlos Pozo played next.

Infant Mortality Rate & Rotten Piece followed. At the very end of the fest, Carlos Pozo, Infant Mortality Rate, and Rotten Piece played an impromptu battle set together. The battle set is available as a free download here.

Thank you to everyone who attended the fest and helped with the fest! Special thanks to Khon’s, Khon, Super Happy Funland, Copydotcom, all of the musicians, all of the volunteers, all of the panelists, all of the tablers, and our emcee.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

We’re looking forward to next year’s Zine Fest Houston. In the meantime, continue to work on your zines. We’re planning to release the Zine Fest Houston compilation in 2012.  If you’re interested in contributing, please send us an email at our info address.

Zine Fest 2011: Success!

26 May

Dedicated volunteer, Patricia B, watches the Zine Fest Houston table

We’ll be posting photos and things later. For now, read the rave reviews by Jason Poland (Robbie and Bobby), ArmzRace, and Buttersword.

Yay Zine Fest Houston!

Interview with Robbie and Bobby Author Jason Poland

20 May

Below is an interview with Jason Poland, one of the many exhibitors at the 2011 Zine Fest Houston.

What is your favorite part of ZineFest?

It’s a party! If comic festivals were like Ninja Turtles, ZineFest would be Michaelangelo. 

What are your favorite zines/minicomics?

My favorite self published books are all comics: Austin Bedell’s Skweegie Island, Zach Taylor’s Bear Quest, and Chris Sweet’s mini books are all very polished examples of independently printed books.

What will be at your table at this years ZineFest?

At my table you’ll find the Robbie and Bobby mini booksand some really cool hand screened t-shirts. I’ll have a special ZineFest discount on the shirts! I’m also sharing half my table with Film Monitor! It’s good to have a buddy at these things.

What other creative ventures do you have besides creating zines?

I post Robbie and Bobby comics five days a week online, and I’ve recently gotten into silk screening. I plan to print more shirts and some posters soon!

What new projects are you working on this year?

I’m working on a collaborative comic book  with Chris Sweet, and I’m drawing a three page comic for the next issue of NANO Fiction.  They’re bigger than anything I’ve worked on before! Very exciting and challenging stuff.

Spend the end of the world with us

20 May rapture

In case you haven’t heard, a California based preacher has predicted the rapture will occur at 6pm on Saturday, May 21 (just like in 1988). If he means California time, then it is 8pm our time. Either way, though, the rapture will, if this prediction is correct, occur during Zine Fest Houston. Is it just a coincidence or is Zine Fest Houston the reason for the end of the world? Either way, this is where the cool kids will be spending the end of the world, because Zine Fest is happening come hellfire or highwater, rain or rapture.

And if you do get raptured, being on the roof of Khon’s will put you closer to your destination. Just think how cool you will look when your body is taken up and all that is left behind is your shoes, pants and a Zine Fest Houston t-shirt.

However in the case of rain, hellfire or other severe weather, the festivities may be moved down below. No, not that far down below. We will move to a vacant space in the shopping center or on the sidewalk under the awning. But keep your fingers crossed (or pray) that it won’t rain, because being on the roof would be so much more fun, especially if the rapture does occur and we can watch people flying into the sky.

It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel zine.

More Press Coverage

19 May

From the Houston Press.

“Zine Fest Houston has been growing, but their mission remains as punk rock as ever – ‘that attendees discover new zines and are inspired to create their own art and media projects.’”


18 May

Jeremy Hart, a long-time pillar of the Houston alternative music and zine scenes, talks about Zine Fest Houston and local zine history on his blog, Space City Rock.

From the article: ” … this is one of the few little corners of the creative world that has yet to be completely mainstreamed (hopefully it never will be), and I was blown away when I last attended one of the earlier Zinefests, back in 2008.”

Interview at Free Press Houston

18 May

Check out the interview about Zine Fest Houston on the Free Press website.

Official Schedule

18 May

4:oo pm: Zine Fest Houston 2011 begins!

4:30 pm: Zine reading by Kirk Loftin (of CatBat)

5:00 pm: The Grass Skirts

5:45 pm: Organ Failure

7:00 pm: Panel Discussion (with  Film Monitor, Robbie & Bobby, Space City Nerd, and Weak Highlights)

7:30 pm: Muzak John

8:00pm: Infant Mortality Rate

8:40 pm: Carlos Pozo

9:20 pm: Rotten Piece

10:00pm: Zine Fest Houston 2011 ends

Interview with Gingham Ghost

18 May

Below is an interview with Gingham Ghost, one of the many exhibitors at the 2011 Zine Fest Houston.

What is your favorite part of ZineFest?

It’s great to sell minicomics but the best part is meeting new zinesters and trading.

What are your favorite zines/minicomics?

We’re big fans of self-published autobiographical comics likes… King Cat (John Porcellino), Big Plans (Aron Nels Steinke), Phase 7 (Alec Longstreth), Milkyboots (Virgina Paine), Clutch (Greg Means), Brainfag (Nate Beaty) and Just So You Know (Joey Alison Sayers).

What will be at your table at this years ZineFest?

We will be bringing a slew of our minicomics, highlights include…

“Okay? Okay!” - an autobiographical double comic telling the same love story from two different perspectives in two contrasting art styles.

“AOA #1″ - a huge collection of colorful hand-painted diary comics by Melinda Tracy Boyce, a twenty-something exploring Portland and hanging out with her boyfriend.

“Batcave Beach Chapter 1″ – a fictional story about an outcast who sneaks into a private school’s party, befriends an eccentric duo obsessed with death and begins a haunting and quirky adventure to discover the meaning of life… before it’s too late.

What new projects are you working on this year?

We will continue our diary comics and our monthly Digital Zine distributed by email (sign up for it for free at as well as work on the exciting second chapter of Batcave Beach.

What other creative ventures do you have besides creating zines?

Besides zines and comics we create music as The Jellyfish Bandits.  Aaron Whitaker also is a painter and screenwriter.

Interview with ArmzRace

13 May

ArmzRace is one of the many exhibitors at this year’s Zine Fest Houston. Below is an interview with Cej.

How long have you been making comics?

Unofficially, I’ve been creating comics off and on most of my life. Officially, ArmzRace began in 1998 when Mark! and I decided that we wanted to get serious about making comics. We realized that the only way to get anything done was to set some (realistic) goals and then make each other stick to them. Since then, we have prodded each other along, sharing critiques and information about new techniques, and hopefully we have become better as creators and produced some great comics. Over the years, other creators, like Hardtraveling Hero have joined in the ArmzRace merriment.

Why do you create comics? Why do you like comics?

I’ve been reading comics for as long as I can remember. They are a wonderful medium for expressing the whole range of human emotions and ideas. They are relatively low-cost to create, but they have tremendous scope, really only limited by the creator’s imagination. And while there are some “good practices,” there are no hard and fast rules on how they must be done. Sometimes I feel stymied because my artwork isn’t as good as I’d like it to be, but then I remember that there have been some great comics that only had stick people. That encourages me to keep creating.

What is something you’re looking forward to about the 2011 zine fest Houston?

Comic creation tends to be a fairly individual endeavor, so I’m hoping to meet other like-minded creators. It’s always great to see what other people are working on, because it helps inspire me in my own work. Public feedback is always good for personal development, but it means even more when it comes from people who have been in the trenches. Additionally, I’d love to meet other people who’d like to join the ArmzRace and create comics alongside me.

 What will be on your table at this year’s zine fest?

ArmzRace will have about a half dozen mini-comics from Cej, Mark!, and the Hardtraveling Hero. They range from short fiction to autobiography to gag comics. I’m hoping to finish my fourth mini prior to the Fest (somehow May 21 snuck up on me!). It will be a book of political comics and commentary called Cannon Fodder.

Any parting thoughts?

I want to encourage people to come out to Zine Fest and support the arts scene in Houston. Likewise, I invite everyone to take a look at I enjoy getting people’s feedback, and I’d love to have other creative types join the Race!


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