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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…


ImageHouston’s raunchiest personal ads zine

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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!


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!

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!


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.



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 I enjoy getting people’s feedback, and I’d love to have other creative types join the Race!

Zine Fest Houston week kicks off in 3, 2…

6 Oct

Welp, it’s finally time. We’ve worked hard this year to spread the good word to all the good folks of Houston and now if I bend my ear, it seems I can hear, through the newly crisp fall air, the sound of zines being folded and staplers busily stapling away!

This is going to be a great week for Houston zines, not only because Zine Fest Houston is coming at your FACE on Saturday! Here’s a little preview of what’s going down:

TODAY at East Side Social Center, the POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour is going to be presenting Zines made by and/or for POC for sale and/or trade, guest zine readers & speakers and many more.’ This is a great project, so make sure you head over to ESSC today at 4pm to check it out!


Following hot on its heels is the All Hallow’Zine open mic & zine reading event at Kaboom Books! We are very excited to be presenting in collaboration with the folks at Kaboom, who are lovely lovely people. Come join us for refreshments and sweet sweet entertainment from the self publishing community!


And, of course, Zine Fest Houston will be taking place on October 12th at the Museum of Printing History between 3-8pm. Here’s what you can look forward to at the fest!


4-5pm: Presentation by zine archivist and punk rock historian David Ensminger.

David Ensminger is a Humanities, Folklore, and English Instructor at Lee College in Baytown, TX. As a writer covering music, art, and contemporary issues, he has authored three books: Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations (Univ. Press of Mississippi), co-authored Mojo Hand (Univ. of Texas Press), a biography of bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, and contributed to Popmatters, Maximum Rock’n’Roll, Houston Press, Postmodern Culture, Art in Print, M/C Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Artcore, Liminalities, and others. As a digital archivist and blogger, he maintains 25 blogs documenting vernacular culture. Throughout his career, his zines, articles, and blogs have focused on the often overlooked but fecund, ongoing, and nuanced contributions of women, African Americans, Hispanics, queers and lesbians, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing communities upon the legacy, history, and modern dynamics of punk. In 2012, he released The Punk and Indie Compendium, an App published by BiblioBoard (featured on iTunes), featuring 250 entries, including music, photography, interviews, and ephemera from his zines ranging from 1988-2012. His photographs have been featured in his books, blogs, and articles as well. Lastly, as a drummer, singer, and curator of traveling Visual Vitriol poster exhibitions, he has toured American and Western Europe since 2002.

5-5:30pm: Raffle!

5:30-6:30pm: Panel with Space City Nerd as moderators featuring Jamie Kinosian and more panelists TBA!

6:30-6:45pm: Another raffle!

6:45-7:45pm: Presentation by artist Michael Bise

Michael Bise is an artist and author of the ongoing comic, ‘Life on the List,’ a chronicle of the artist’s struggle with what can often be a debilitating heart condition. A pick for the 2013 Texas Biennial, Michael Bise has a show entitled Love in the Kingdom of the Sick up at Moody Gallery that is definitely worth checking out before you hear him speak at the fest!

7:45-8pm: A big raffle!!!

Throughout the fest there will also be kid/teen workshops generously provided by Harris County Public Librarian Maggie Block, zinester extraordinaire! Thank you Maggie, you’re the best!

Maggie Block was formerly a North East transplant in the Midwest, but is now some sort of North East/Midwest hybrid transplant in the Lone Star State (“Yankee” has been suggested, but just seems over simplistic). She is a youth worker, evolving from babysitter & camp counselor to teaching artist & nanny to what she is currently: a youth librarian. Maggie first got involved with Zine Fest Houston when she asked if the organizers would do a presentation on zines for her teens at HCPL’s Aldine branch. She’s thrilled to be double tasking as a tabler and youth workshop leader for this year’s fest!

We’ll also be joined by the Broke Ass Pizza Cooperative, who will be slinging pizza outside the museum for vegans and non-vegans alike! Yummy!

And finally, after a long week of zine reading and making and fun fun fun, come unwind with us at The Doctor’s Office (1302 Nance St.) for the ZFH 2013 After Show! Featuring an Improv Ham Jam (bring your best ham), WOMB BOMB (with former ZFH organizer Lindsey Simard!), CAFFEINATED (Evan McCarley and Scott Gregory bring you the pop-punk anarchy feels), Amazing Technology, and more TBA! Also featuring a keg sponsored by Karbach! Thanks guys!

Hearing about zinefest but bummed you didn’t register in time? It’s cool! There will be overflow tables available at the doc’s office for you to set up and trade, sell, throw around, or distro your stuff in what ever way you see fit! :}

omggg it’s gonna be amaaaaazine!


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