As we hurtle inexorably toward Zine Fest Houston 2014, we are happy to again present our annual *~TABLER INTERVIEWS~*
Here to start us off: Austin Bedell, illustrator and author of ongoing comic Skweegie Island
ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?
AB: There was this long period in which I made nothing, simply because I had no idea who might possibly publish my work. Like, why write or draw a comic book if no one’s going to print it?
Boom. Do it myself. Simple.
Now the big question is, why print a bunch of comic books that no one is going to read? Maybe I’ll bullshit an answer to that one someday…
ZFH: What made you decide to participate in the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?
AB: That printing museum is oh, so nice and air-conditioned! And all the folks are so getalongable.
ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?
AB: Last year I mentioned some nonsense about a comic book I was sort of working on, though not 100% invested in, but I TOTALLY FINISHED IT AND IT WILL BE HERE THIS YEAR AND IT IS GREAT, so…
I have no shame in telling you that I’m working on something else now!
ZFH: What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
AB: That one thing I just mentioned. And older things. And maybe something I tape together between now and the Fest.
ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?
AB: Since 2009. So what’s that, like, 15 years or something?
ZFH: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?
AB: 1000x more naked, but also with guns.
ZFH: Your drawings and comics of video games, Garfield, and other bastions of popular culture have a decidedly surreal slant to them. What would you say has informed that vision?
AB: Drugs! Drugs! Oh, a million times drugs!
And that’s the word from Skweegie Island. Be sure to check out Austin’s stuff at ZFH this year! We’ll be releasing our tabling map soon enough…