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ZFH 2015 Interview #11: Gulf Coast Literary Journal

13 Oct

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Joining us this year is Gulf Coast, a literary magazine founded by Donald Barthelme and Philip Lopate over twenty years ago. Gulf Coast continues to be published today out of the creative writing department of the University of Houston. They publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and reviews, as well as a full-color visual art features and critical art writing. Editor Adrienne G. Perry fills us in on what they are all about below!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Gulf Coast: Gulf Coast is a boss, student-run journal based out of the University of Houston’s English department and creative writing program. Our team of about 30 staffers are on the hunt for the best in contemporary art and literature, publishing two luscious print editions each year and continually rotating content online. Folks who read Gulf Coast love the journal’s design, the diversity of voices in our pages, on the web, and our unique fusion of art and literature. On the national literary scene, we’re an established player with local, H-town roots and a little edge.

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

GC: Zines are hugely important in this digitized world. Zines are a form of citizens’ art and media, allowing artists, writers, and creators to regain agency in publishing and producing art and writing they believe in passionately. One of the dangers of digitization and the big guy publishers is that those voices–crucial, often marginalized voices–that need to be heard and celebrated lose their platforms. Zines rebuild those platforms and reinvent them beautifully and with incredible imagination.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

GC: Quantum computing.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

GC: Private prison industry.

Thanks, Gulf Coast! We are excited for you to join us at the fest this year! There will be lots of other magazines featured at Zine Fest Houston 2015 as well, so stop by The Printing Museum on Saturday, October 17th to check them out.

ZFH 2015 Interview #10: MicroSatan

12 Oct

MicroSatan ImageMicroSatan is a relatively new comedic art collective in the city of Houston, TX. When tragedy strikes, they’re there to show you the lighter side. Or make fun of you for being a total baby about it. They’ll be putting on a special edition of Good Evening with Conner & Billy for the fest this year, so be sure to catch it in the Theater at The Printing Museum!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

MicroSatan: We are MicroSatan. No, we are not LEGION!! We hate those assholes! Thinking they’re all so great! A pack of drowning swine! Anyway, we’re just a comedic art collective that puts on comedy shows, podcasts, and publishes zines! We’ll have some issues of the MicroSatan Monthly Zine as well as items created by our individual members!

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

MS: Zines will become PDF files that we download, print and staple/fold all by ourselves as DIY transitions into a phase of even further laziness. Eventually, the concept of DIY publishing will degrade into a process of one person telling you their idea for a zine and then having you make it yourself.

ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

MS: All members of MicroSatan routinely get calls from geriatric relatives with technological issues as we are all seen as the IT department of our respective families. What’s great about making zines with other tech savvy people is that we can email our materials to each other and never actually have to personally interact. None of us have even met each other and I have the sneaking suspicion that some of us do not even exist.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

MS: Condoms: No kids yet!

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

MS: Condoms: No feeling, ever!

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

MS: We will tithe with BitCoin that we have mined ourselves.

Haha, thanks MicroSatan! You always have us ROFLING…

ZFH 2015 Interview #9: Raw Paw

11 Oct

Raw Paw Image 1Coming at you from Austin, TX is Raw Paw, a jack-of-all-trades media collective and creative agency. Their table is not to be missed at the fest this year! Check out their website for more information on everything they do because they can do it all!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Raw Paw: Hi ZFH! Stoked to be coming out to frolic with you guys! We are Raw Paw, an Austin-based media collective and creative agency – we publish books and records, throw big bangin’-ass art parties, as well as hook up freelance artists with cash monies for their work. Heyo!

Raw Paw Image 2ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

RP: Throughout our 5-year existence in the print-world, we have gained a lot of momentum in publishing analog products. As millennials, we are making digitally-educated analog products, and people of all ages really love that juxtaposition. It seems like there is a giant pendulum between analog and digital, and that once it hit fully on the digital side, things started to get all fuzzy and scrambled inside of computers – Where is this or that: song, file, paper, website?! etc etc. – and people started to want to connect with things physically again, to hold and love an item for its actual presence, and now we see a resurgence of demand for physical products. Zines are like a culture-capsule, a time-capsule, and they can spread ideas and art unlike any other medium.

Raw Paw Image 3ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

RP: We are a collective born out of poetry potlucks – out of basic human togetherness. The idea to make a zine stemmed from the question – what is the equivalent of a music album for poets and artists? So Raw Paw Vol. 1 was a basic xerox-style and stapled, 10 pages, very elementary by the standards of our more current zines. We release a lot of different zines – we have a solo artist series, a poetry chapbook series, our Raw Paw the zine series, and lots of different books in between, and a lot of different types – Risograph to offset to digital – and our sister company CogDut screenprints the covers a lot of the time. Our most recent release was Raw Paw Vol. 6: ALIEN and it’s 100+ pages of offset printed beauty, perfect bound, and comes with a mixtape – constituting a time capsule of Austin-connected lit, art, and music.

Raw Paw Image 4ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

RP: ……The internet?? Is this a trick?

Raw Paw Image 5ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

RP: Native advertising – when news outlets make you think it’s a story but really it’s an ad. -_-

Raw Paw Image 6ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

RP: By focusing on their best parts.

Raw Paw Image 7Thank you, Raw Paw! We can’t wait to see what types of goodies you’ll bring to the fest this year!

ZFH 2015 Interview #8: Kyle Smith

10 Oct

Kyle Smith ImageWriter and artist Kyle Smith is here to tell it like it is!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Kyle Smith: Writer/artist displaying short comics and booklets.

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

KS: Going digital, just like everything else. If you’re talking about zines as a self published and produced medium, I’d argue that’s already happened with the rise of blogs, personal websites, “online presence,” etc. Who needs to publish a zine when you have a WordPress and an Instagram?

ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

KS: Never knew a world without Xerox copying and digital photo manipulation. I’m for whatever technology gets these dumb ideas out of my head and into the world the fastest.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

KS: Slapchop.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

KS: Quizno’s six-dollar-eleven-inch sub.

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

KS: Devote rest of life to solving robot-cancer.

Thanks, Kyle! Check out more of his comics at Zine Fest Houston 2015!

ZFH 2015 Interview #7: Inés Estrada

9 Oct

Inés Estrada Image 3We are THRILLED to have comic artist and illustrator Inés Estrada joining us for Zine Fest Houston 2015!!! Originally from Mexico City, Inés Estrada now resides in Texas. She will be a featured panelist on a panel about event organizing. This panel will also include Zine Fest Houston founder, Shane Patrick Boyle, Kiernan Dunn of New Orleans Community Print Shop, and Chris “Uncle Staple” Nicholas of Staple! Independent Media Expo. Read on for more about Inés Estrada, her comics and illustrations!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Inés Estrada: I’m Inés Estrada, a cartoonist and illustrator from Mexico City that just recently moved to San Antonio, Texas. I self-publish my own comics and also distribute other hard to find titles by my friends from Mexico and other parts of the world. I also make fun stuff like stickers and t-shirts!

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

IE: Possibilities are endless in the digital world as much as in the real world. I don’t think the two mediums are opposed, on the contrary, I think they support each other in that the Internet can help you find out about printed zines that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise! Likewise, people can distribute zines digitally if they don’t have the budget to print them. They’re both mediums for distribution and interconnection.

Inés Estrada Image 2ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

IE: I was born in 1990, so I’m one of those nerds that feel nostalgia for primitive 3D graphics and programs like Kid Pix. Technology certainly makes creating printed matter easier, I would be dead from frustration without Photoshop.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

IE: The Internet.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

IE: Military drones.

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

IE: I will scourge old websites in search for weird .gifs for sacrifice.

Eeeeee, thank you Inés!  Be sure to follow our event page on Facebook to get updates on programming times.  The event organizing panel is not to be missed!

ZFH 2015 Interview #6: Anklebiters Publishing & Whatever, Mom Publications

9 Oct

Anklebiters Publishing ImageHere is a short and sweet interview with Kalen Rowe of Anklebiters Publishing and Traci Lavois Thiebaud of Whatever, Mom Publications! They will be sharing a table at Zine Fest this year, so you can check out all of their publications in one spot.

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Anklebiters Publishing & Whatever, Mom Publications: Anklebiters Publishing prints and digitizes collections of literary, visual art, and sound works in conjunction with Whatever, Mom Publications. We have printed Primitive Magazine, Poets Anonymous, Pat Brogan’s “New Sky,” a collection of poems and Sky Mall pages, and several zines.

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

AP & WMP: Zines will only become easier to make the faster technology progresses. Readership and interest in zines comes from a community that continues to make them. We think people will always appreciate a balance between the physical and the digital.

ZFH: What type of work are you looking to publish?

AP & WMP: Anklebiters Publishing wants to provide independent DIY literary and arts mags and books to the Houston area. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, satire, visual art, comics, essays, articles, photography, sounds, we will print, cut, score, bind, everything into imperfect little collections, and web it too.

Yay, so excited for these two to be here at Zine Fest Houston 2015!

ZFH 2015 Interview #5: Mark Wise

8 Oct

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Meet Mark Wise, a graphic designer and illustrator, with over 15 years of professional experience, based out of Houston, Texas! He is also a husband and father who enjoys comics, punk rock, BBQ, & baseball.

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Mark Wise: Hi! My name is Mark Wise, I’m a Graphic Designer / Illustrator / Cartoonist. I started doing a webcomic called Abducting The Aliens back in 2005, but sadly life got in the way and I had to do a hard reboot on it, which ran for about 50 more pages before life got in the way again and I had to disappear from the webcomic scene for a while. Now I’m kicking around a few other ideas and to flex my creative muscles again I’m letting myself do a bunch of mini comics which I am collecting in a self published zine called Ashcan Comics which will be available at my table along with stickers, T-shirts and I may even have some original art for sale. I also recently started doing a podcast called The Comic Bros with Jin Wicked and Root Bradford. Root will, incidentally, be sharing a table with me.

ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

MW: I think zines will always be around. It feels like everything is going digital, newspapers, magazines, webcomics…For some reason to me reading news on the web feels fine, and I certainly read and enjoy my fair share of webcomics, but they don’t have the tangible permanence that a printed comic or book does. Zines and webcomics are very DIY which is appealing to me. The aesthetics of the zine also really appeals to me. I love holding a zine in my hand and knowing that the creator of that zine actually sat down and put this thing together.

ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

MW: I straddle that line. When I was in high school and college the internet was still a relatively new thing. Digital desktop publishing was still pretty new. In fact, when I was in college I interned at a place that did actual paste up with the wax machines and everything. Now all the pre-press is done digitally and it’s much easier for anybody to have access to the technology. I do everything digitally, except drawing. I still can’t straight up draw digitally. Maybe if I get get the proper equipment, but whatever I do I always want the end result to be on paper.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

MW: Can I say the internet? I want to say the internet.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

MW: Reality TV.

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

MW: Wait! You’re going to make me choose between honoring our cyber overlords and our alien overlords?  There was that one time I drew some roboerotica as a joke (listen to Episode one of the Comic Bros for details.) Oh man, there are no winners in this scenario…

Awesome, Mark!  Thank you for letting us into your comics world!

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