Archive | October, 2013

Catching up with Makenzie Maupin~!

12 Oct

Well everyone, it’s our last zinester feature before Zine Fest Houston takes off in a blinding blaze of glory tomorrow at the Museum of Printing History. We sit down this evening with community member, crafter, and traveler Makenzie Maupin! I want that recipe zine at the end, yum!

Why do you create zines?

Making zines has always been my way of coping. Whether I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere for a terrible summer or stuck behind a desk or stuck on a long family vacation, I’ve always made zines to help me pass the time and to help me feel like I’m doing something productive, creative, and meaningful when the rest of my life is the opposite.
 

What is your favorite part of zine fest?
I love catching up with friends, meeting new people, and being inspired by all the neat zines people are putting out. I find working with other creative people helps my own creativity and keeps me motivated to keep creating.
 

What are your favorite places in Houston?
Where to begin? There’s so many great places to eat and so many things to see. I love walking to Southside for an iced latte. I recently had brunch at Radical Eats and I basically can die happy now. I love Art Asylum and I can spend hours there picking over all the stuff. I love visiting the HAUS Co-ops, mainly because all my friends live there and it feels like a second home. Speaking of favorite places in Houston, be sure to look at my restaurant review zine and favorite places in Houston zine (if I finish it in time…)!
 

What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?
Not as many as I would like but I love knitting, crochet, and embroidery. My mom and grandma taught me how to do all kinds of needle craft and sewing and all that kind of stuff.  I love making linocuts. I am also always wanting to learn more programming skills. I’m not very good at it but it’s fascinating work. I’d love to learn woodworking or welding but my best friend says no way, because I hate detailed work and measuring things. 
 

What new projects are you working on this year?

I haven’t been making that many zines lately, but wanted to participate in Zine Fest as a way to help me be more motivated to do creative work. It’s challenging to the the 9-5 (well…8-4) thing and then come home and try to be involved in meaningful activities outside of work when all I want to do is cuddle and watch netflix! The good news is that making zines allows me to be creative and productive AND stay in bed and cuddle all at the same time! 
 
What will be at your table this year?
 
Look for a small zine of my favorite recipes. They’re all super easy. Many fancy enough for entertaining such as a gorgeous Potato, Kale, and Ricotta Torte and a Zuchinni Galette. There’s also some old standbys like “‘use it before it goes bad’ hash” (a hash made with sweet potatos that will help you use all your almost gone bad veggies) and ” ‘Whatever you can find’ Curry” which is a basic, basic, basic curry recipe using whatever you have on hand.

short n’ sweet with Reality Hands

11 Oct

Reality Hands ‘publishes poetry and fiction or something’. Submissions are open, and there are no restrictions on what you can send in! Looking forward to seeing the collections put together by No Glykon!

Why do you create zines?
I started making zines because of the distinct lack of a DIY writing community in my area. 

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?
I have an affinity for projects where I can be in control of all aspects of it. I don’t want to compromise. Self-publishing is a kin to the DIY music community I am a part of. 

How long have you been creating zines?
A couple years. 

What new projects are you working on this year?
Issue 4 of Reality Hands and a screen-printed comic by James Roo.

What will be at your table this year?
Reality Hands, some chapbooks, Flood’s screen-printed book, and Pull Trigger. 

Let’s Explore our Daddy Issues (nsfw)

10 Oct

*~Late Night Zinester Feature~*

Perhaps you’re stirring a cocktail and kicking your silk stockinged feet up on the desk after a long day, perhaps you’re feeling a little alone in the world tonight? Well turn down your monitor brightness cuz it’s time for our interview with…

 

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“Dinosaurs, beautiful women, and heavy metal” – ZFH Interview with Dalton Stark

8 Oct

Here’s your second heaping helping of double interview goodness today as we get the skinny on Dalton Stark, whose table at ZFH you can now find using our handy map!

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Why do you create zines?

Zines are great way to take cheap paper and a pen and make something awesome. So mainly I make zines as another venue of expressing my art.

How did you become interested in zines?

I was first inspired to make my first zine in high school when I saw that AndyRistaino (character designer of adventure time) made zines. And I just think he’s the most radical guy ever.

  • What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2013 Zine Fest Houston?

    Meeting the other great zinesters of the Houston area and beyond, and hopefully getting my work into the hands of someone who really needs it.

    What made you decide to participate in the 2013 Zine Fest Houston?

    I recently created a zine in my down time and brought a copy to my English professor who informed me of the event. It was such an awesome coincidence there was no way I was going to pass it up.

    What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?

  • As far as zines go I will have “Lot Lizard issue 1″ along side my most recent zine ” Dinoacolypse”.

    What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

    Besides making zines I do a lot of illustrative work as well as artwork itself. Which generally consists of the same things as my zines.  Dinosaurs, beautiful women, and heavy metal.

What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

“Lot Lizard issue 1″ is essentially a collection of intergalactic freehand illustrations I made, featuring a cast of weird looking characters, creatures, and robots.

Interview with zine archivist & punk historian David Ensminger

8 Oct

Today we’re doing a double dose of interview fun! For your lunchtime reading enjoyment, we visit with David Ensminger, who will be giving a presentation at ZFH from 4-5pm so make sure you go! His work deals with what many zinesters are talking and thinking about – the meeting between our traditional paper culture and the digitization that indelibly marks society today. How do we bridge the gap, how do we archive things created ostensibly for temporary distribution? Read more below to find out!

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A Trip to Skweegie Island with M. Austin Bedell

7 Oct

In honor of ZFH week, we’ll be featuring a zinester feature EVERY DAY! Ohh yes, you read correctly. So strap on your raybans and adjust your tommy bahama gear, as we journey through the forbidden pleasures enjoyed on Skweegie Island!

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portrait of the artist as a young garbuckle

What is your favorite part of zine fest?

Pronouncing “zine” with a long i, like “wine,” and insisting that’s how you say it. It’s almost as fun as saying “Star Track” at a sci-fi convention, or emphasizing the second syllable in “Marvel” (mar-VEL) at a comic con. I also enjoy the process of describing a book of mine to someone, just to have them tell me they only like the opposite thing.

What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2013 Zine Fest Houston?
Xeroxing my butt with the Gutenberg press. (ed: noooooooooo! yeeeeeessss!)

What new projects are you working on this year?
I’m working on a comic book love letter to my hometown’s long-gone video store, Fred’s TV & Video.  Well, maybe not a “love letter.”  I mean, don’t write love letters to dead things; it’s just sick.  But apparently there was a monkey in the back of the store that didn’t actually exist (?)

What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
The complete smorgasbord of Skweegie Island comic books!  YES!!!!  EVERYTHING YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!!!!

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?
It’s like running my own little world.  Nobody can tell me what goes and what doesn’t go, and the only struggles over content are internal.  I mean sure, nobody buys…  But, oh! how sickeningly satisfying it is to stare at a library of my own creation.
What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?
Astroworld is pretty fun.  Let’s go there!

Interview with ArmzRace Comics!

7 Oct

Today we’re shining a light on a collective effort to create productivity, and whose strategy is obviously paying off in dividends: ArmzRace Comics!

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How long have you been making comics?

Unofficially, I’ve been creating comics off and on most of my life. Officially, ArmzRace Comics 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.

What is the concept behind your comics?

ArmzRace Comics is a loose confederation of people who create comics. We’re all amateurs, but we provide support and constructive criticism to one another. Making art can sometimes be intimidating, but by setting a monthly goal and having a support network, we’re able to create some pretty cool work. From there, the sky’s the limit. I tend to do political comics, while Mark and Paul tend to prefer autobiographical. That said, we dabble in anything that interests us.

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.

 

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What is something you’re looking forward to about the 2013 Zine fest Houston?

It’s always great to see what other people are working on, because it helps inspire me in my own work. Plus, I always like asking people how they did something, because I usually learn some new trick or tool that saves me a lot of time. Additionally, I’d love to meet other people who’d like to join the ArmzRace.  Zinefest 2013 will be particularly exciting for me, because my ArmzRace compatriots Mark! and Hardtraveling Hero, who are usually out on the East Coast, will be in town to table with me.

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

ArmzRace will have about a dozen mini-comics from Cej, Mark!, and the Hardtraveling Hero. They range from short fiction to autobiography to gag comics. Mark! will bring his new Gags: Bound mini, which is a book of one-panel jokes; and I’ll have my new For Whom the Bell’s, which is an autobiographical comic about dealing with Bell’s Palsy; and Hardtraveling Hero will have a book called Booty Call.

Any final 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 http://ArmzRace.com I enjoy getting people’s feedback, and I’d love to have other creative types join the Race!

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