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ZFH Big Announcement 8/1 12:00am CT!

31 Jul

ZFH Big Announcement 8/1 12:00am CT!

Tune in here, our facebook, or on twitter @ZineFestHouston to get yer paws on THE BIG ‘NNOUNCEMENT

MAY 25-26 Big Zine Weekend: For the Elephant & InPrint Workshop!

15 May

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who came by our table at Pop shop Houston this past weekend; it was a great time. Now we’re getting geared up for two great events coming up soon, and in rapid succession to boot!

 

The first event is a zine showcase called For The Elephant: Houston Zine Jamboree on Saturday, May 25 from 2-6pm at the Texas Art Asylum (1719 Live Oak, Houston, TX 77003).  There will be high school students exhibiting their zine work as well as a bunch of other artists.  Zine Fest Houston will have a booth there with all of our regular merchandise for sale/browsin’.
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The following day, Sunday, May 26 from 2-5pm, we will be hosting a workshop titled Be Your Own Publisher! at the Inprint offices (1520 W. Main, Houston, TX 77006).  For more information on Inprint, check out their website at www.inprinthouston.org.  This workshop will focus on introducing a variety of DIY publishing techniques and we will go over how to create a self-made book through a couple of hands-on exercises.  We will be joined by John Pluecker, a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative, Antena.  Optional materials to bring to the workshop include any personal writing and/or collage images, but we will provide basic supplies for the workshop such as paper, pens, glue sticks etc.
Also, due to a limited amount of space, we are kindly asking that you RSVP via email to info@zinefesthouston.org if you would like to attend the workshop and if you plan on bringing a +1.  
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Zine Fest Houston at Pop Shop Houston!

10 May

Zine Fest Houston at Pop Shop Houston!

Saturday and Sunday May 11-12 Houston!
We’ll be there with zines, stickers, prints, and Houston!
If you are interested in volunteering and the opportunity to sell/distribute your work, just come by the Pop Shop and sit with us Houston!

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Zine Fest Houston 2013 at the Museum of Printing History!

13 Apr

Zine Fest Houston 2013 at the Museum of Printing History!

We’re so excited to announce the location of the 2013 Zine Fest Houston – The Museum of Printing History! We are mega happy, the two are a great match and it’s going to be a fun time. Mark your calendars!

Calendar Update and Zine Swap Reminder~!

1 Apr

zineswap smallWe’ve been plugging away at 2013 and the glorious events to come! It is with pleasure that we can now announce that we have four teen zine workshops confirmed this summer with various branches of the Harris County Public Library! Check out the details here and stay tuned for more information about the workshops.

If you know a teen who might be interested in self-publishing and creating zines, please spread the word. Thanks!

Also we’d like to remind you to get your zines ready for the upcoming Zine Picnic + Swap THIS SUNDAY April 1-5pm at MANDELL (not Menil) PARK! It’s going to be a lot of fun in the sun, so bring a blanket, food and bev, and a selection of your zine collection to swap and share!

As always, please feel free to email us with any questions or if you want to join our mailing list at You can also join our mailing list by emailing us at info@zinefesthouston.org

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Zine Fest Houston Compilation 2013 Contributors!

30 Mar

Zine Fest Houston Compilation 2013 Contributors!

Happy to announce our official Zine Fest Houston 2013 Compilation names! All the submissions are fabulous and we look forward to seeing you all at the Houston Indie Book Festival, where we’ll be debuting the compilation (after many sleepless nights of layout and mockups and printing, we’ll be happy to be out in the sun again I’m sure) – Thanks to all who submitted!

Anastasia Kirages, Chris Engelsma, Chris Tebow Smith, Edwin Johnston, FUNWUNCE, Gabriel Dieter, Jarrod L. Perez, Jason Poland, John Forse, Lee Steiner, Lindsay Simard, Maria H., Monte Hayward, Shane Patrick Boyle

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Zine Picnic + Swap!

5 Mar

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Coming Sunday, April 7 from 1-5pm at Mandell Park!

Bring your favorite dish/drink, blankets and zines to swap and share! What better way to spend a Sunday than eating great food, hanging out in the sun and celebrating in the joy that self-made publications can bring? This picnic is super casual, so feel free to bring your friends and/or family!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a zine to share. There will be tons of zines to browse and look at!

In addition, The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library, a new Houston-based bookmobile, will be on hand during the picnic to accept zine donations to their collection!

If you haven’t heard about The BPTL yet, then visit their website at http://thebptl.com/ for more information.

If you have any questions, contact us at info@zinefesthouston.org. Thanks!

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ZFH 2013!

26 Feb

ZFH 2013!

You might think we were napping between October and now, but we’ve been busy little bees planning a great year for Zine Fest Houston!

Stay tuned for more updates about upcoming events, collaborations, and artist highlights!

Flyer and promo artwork by this year’s featured artist Rene Cruz! Thanks Rene!

Thank You!

21 Oct

Thank you for a great Zine Fest Houston 2012! Special thanks to Super Happy Fun Land (Brian & Olivia), our volunteers & organizers (extra special thanks to Hank Hancock, Matt, Maria, Stacy, Rachel O, Ian Wells, Gerogie, Jamie, and Piyu Sen), Gabriel Dieter, Minh “the cooker” (Cafe TH), Copydotcom, MBG Justin, Juan & Marcia, my mom, Laurie & George, Conner, Living Art show & KPFT, shane patrick boyle, Jason Poland, FUHA, every artist, every attendee, everyone who makes zines.  -Lindsey

an interview with shane

5 Oct

I Miss the Old Universe copyright 2007 shane patrick boyle

shane patrick boyle, better known as shane, has been a fixture of the local zine scene for a number of years. He is the founder of Zine Fest Houston and a former organizer of the festival. He is returning this year as an exhibitor and volunteer. His occasional blog can be found at www.shanepatrickboyle.com and an interview about his comics work, conducted by Pam Harrison earlier this summer, can be found here.

Why do you create zines?

It’s an addiction. Once you start, you can never stop. You might have longer gaps between issues, but you will always be thinking about your next one. Gerald Burris, publisher of Freak Biker, once compared zines to heroin. I don’t think he ever actually tried heroin, but he used to kind of look like Kurt Cobain, so everyone considered him an expert

Why do you like zines? 

I like the fact that anyone can do a zine and a zine can be about anything. A zine is the personal expression of the people who created it. It is not a commercial product that is the result of marketing research. Zines have no obligation to be popular. You don’t have to be cool to make a zine. You don’t even have to live in a cool city. You can live in Houston or Beaumont or even Crabtree, Arkansas.

How did you become interested in zines?

In elementary school, I used to make my own one of a kind, hand-written/ hand-drawn books and distribute them to other classes. I first heard the term, fanzine, sometime in junior high and, without ever having seen a fanzine, began publishing my own in high school.

 What are your favorite types of zines?

I hate choosing favorites. There are so many types of zines and mini comics I read. The wide diversity of different styles and themes is what I enjoy most about self-published projects.

If I had to narrow it down, my favorite zines are probably travel zines. I like reading about people’s adventures on a shoestring budget or no budget, because they serve as an inspiration for me to get out and do something.

How long have you been creating zines?

I have been publishing zines since high school. Let’s not worry about what year that was.

What were your early zines like?

My first was a science fiction, fantasy and comics fanzine called Astrozine. It was produced with a manual typewriter. Later, I got an electric typewriter with a 50,000 character memory and four font wheels and I thought that was cutting edge technology. I used this to produce Elsewhere, a literary zine that focused on mostly science fiction and fantasy themes.

Around this time, I consumed any staple-bound, photocopied booklet I could find and discovered that there was more to zines than just fanzines. I was most drawn to the anarchist zines and became a contributor to Black Fist.

Throughout the early 90s, I contributed to, edited or published over a dozen different zines or small magazines on a a variety of topics and in 1993, I was referred to, by the Public News, as the “wonder boy“ of the Houston zine scene.

A couple of the highlights from this period from this period include Virus Board, which was described as “a literary zine with a subversive slant” and was affiliated with the Writers And Artists Group At UH (WAAGAUH!) and Uh . . ., a satirical zine aimed at the University of Houston (hence the title).

What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

shane is a mini comic series. It is not autobiographical very often, as the title implies. Each issue has a different style and theme. Sometimes there recurring characters and sometimes there is no traditional narrative at all.

Cluttered Mind will be a sort of a hodgepodge of sketches, essays, prose stories, comics and reviews. It will contain a mix of new material and reprints with occasional works in progress. The title comes from a drawing that first appeared in shane # 5.

What new projects are you working on this year?

My focus right now is on moving out of Houston to some place with state health insurance. I have not made a final decision about where I am going, but I have a feeling that when I get there and start doing zines again, I will probably do some type of project inspired by my time in Houston.

I am also planning to get back to my top-secret book length projects at some point in the near future.

You were the founder of Zine Fest Houston. What inspired you to create this event?

I basically set out to create the type of event I wanted to participate in. I had been to similar events on the east and west coasts and read about several others around the world and I wanted something like it to happen here.

What is your favorite part of zine fests? 

What I enjoy most about zine fests and small press conventions is the sense of discovery. I like the fact that many of the publications I see will be things I will never see anywhere else and may not see again.

What is something you’re looking forward to about the 2012 zine
fest Houston?

This will be my first year not being heavily involved in the organization of zine fest, so I am looking forward to just being an exhibitor (and maybe a volunteer) with no serious responsibility or stress. I look forward to checking out the zines, showing my own work, listening to the bands and just having fun.

With nearly 50 exhibitors, there is a lot to be excited about this year. I like Caleb Fraid’s artwork and I want to pick up his new zine, Road and Stream. Other publications I definitely want to get are Raspa and the latest issue of Rocksalt. I also look forward to hearing Robb Roemershauser (from Aboveground Zine Library in New Orleans) speak.
What will be on your table at this year’s zine fest?

I will have a deluxe edition of my Walkin’ Man mini comic, a new zine called Cluttered Mind, back issues of shane, some vintage zines I was involved with in the 80s & 90s and prints of my art.

What is something you think people should know about zines in Houston?

The first thing they need to know is that zines do exist in Houston. In the early years of organizing zine fests in Houston, many people would tell us there were no zines in Houston and that there was no way the city could ever support a zine fest. Many people told me that I should move to Austin if I was interested in zines. But I knew there were many people in Houston producing zines and it was just a matter of bringing them together.

I also think Houstonians should know that zines and alternative media have a long history in Houston and it is important that we preserve this history and learn about it.

Most important, however, is that everyone needs to know that Houston, today, is a major cultural center with thriving art and literary communities (both mainstream and underground). We have a strong zine scene that is growing every year and this is a great place to be creating zines.

If you like Houston so much, why are you leaving?

I know it is weird to be leaving at a time when so much awesome stuff is happening, but I have been living in Houston off and on for most of my adult life. As a kid, we moved all the time and in the 90s, I used to hop on Greyhounds and go wherever. I miss traveling. The last time I moved back to Houston, was 13 years ago and most of the jobs I have had since then haven’t paid enough for me to travel much. I love Houston, but not enough to marry it. It’s time for me to start seeing other cities again.

Education and career goals also play a role in my decision to leave and so do personal and financial issues. I need to go someplace that has state health insurance. Oh, and by the way, it is fucking hot here.

I am happy with the direction Lindsey Simard has taken Zine Fest Houston and I am glad that it continues to grow. Maybe, one day I will come back to Houston just to attend a zine fest.

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