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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 2014 Interviews #10: Rough House Comics

19 Sep
Today we interview Rough House Comics, an Austin-based comics collective specializing in riso prints of their work! It is at turns surreal, obscene, hilarious, and thought-provoking stuff. Read more below!


ZFH: How did Rough House come together? What would you say is the glue that holds the collective together in terms of style/content, if any?

RH: Rough House came together as a group of Austin cartoonists who wanted to leave their studios once in a while and engage with other artists with similar interests. Soon after, we purchased a Risograph and quickly started working on an anthology to showcase the best cartoonists we could find in town. We then starting looking beyond Austin to include quality work from both established and unknown comics artists from around the world.

Why do you create zines?

RH: Books are a format that humanity has been experimenting with longer than most of the media we encounter on a daily basis. In this digital age it’s nice to experience a work of art that takes up space in the physical world. The sense of touch is more important than we give it credit for.

Why do you like zines?

RH: There are no rules and they are relatively inexpensive to produce.

How did you become interested in zines?

When people think of zines they often think of black and white photocopied punk zines. While this tradition is certainly a contingent in the zine community, we came to zines from the tradition of artist books and mini-comics and that’s where our focus lies.ZFH:

What is your favorite part of zine fest?

I attended Zine Fest in 2012 and had a great time meeting other artists and zine enthusiasts. There’s such a great sense of encouragement and community at events like this.

What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

RH: I heard the venue is great and I can’t wait to check it out.

ZFH: What are your favorite zines/mini-comics etc.?

RH: The last few years have seen a small explosion of micro-publishers of comics. There are now dozens of comics subscription services that are usually printed, stapled, and distributed by one or two people on a very small budget. It’s great to see that the internet has only strengthened the print community. I like the work that’s being put out by Space Face, Retrofit, Oily, and Sparkplug among several others.

ZFH: What made you decide to participate in the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

RH: We attended the MenilFest and had a great time. Everyone told us to go to Zine Fest. Houston always treats us well.
Gillian Rhodes

Gillian Rhodes

ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?

RH: We’ll be publishing various mini-comics in the coming months including a SummerZine, some collaborative comics, and a comic by Austin artist James Roo. And we’ll hopefully have the next Rough House anthology out in the spring.

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

RH: It exists!

 Haha! Short and sweet. Love it. What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?

We will have copies of our latest anthology, Rough House 2. It contains comics from over a dozen artists. We’ll also have various mini-comics available.
ZFH: What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

RH: The members of our collective are individually involved in creative endeavors that range from music and painting to figure skating. Our love of comics brings us together.

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?

RH: It allows you to work with minimal financial risk, which in turn allows for greater artistic freedom.

ZFH: What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

RH: We just aim to publish interesting comics. The avant-garde and slapstick comedy are equally at home on our pages.

ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?

RH: Our collective formed in 2012 but our members have been producing mini-comics for some time before that.

ZFH: What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?

The Orange Show

ZFH: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?

Hopefully it will just continue to grow stronger and gain more visibility.

Zinester Feature: Vice Versa Press (ATX)

30 Sep

Today’s zinester feature highlights Vice Versa Press out of Austin! We’re really pleased to have them join us for ZFH 2013; it was great to see other Texans when we were up in Portland for the Portland Zine Symposium, and it’s great to have these neighborinos joining us in Houston for ZFH 2013! Yay!


What is your favorite part of zine fest?

My favorite part of zine fest is joking around with other tablers and inevtiably finding ways to fight the awkward moments that selling ones good entails.

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

Seeing familiar faces and forming better friendships with other zinesters. Maybe having a few cigarettes outside. Smoking a spliff would be cool.

What are your favorite zines/mini-comics etc.?

Tales of Blarg! is the freakin bomb, anything by sir Aaron Cometbus, PRIZE Comics, Feedback headbanging how-tos

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

The fact that 2013 Zine Fest Houston was being held at the Museum of Printing History is awesome. As a printmaker, I’d be a traitor if I did not go.

What new projects are you working on this year?

I’m completing “Guide to Dating Gangsters vol. 2”. It’s been two years since the first issue was released and I’d hate to give anyone the idea that I’ve had any dating dry spells. Just a few close encounters/ it’s complicated.

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

The fact that DownTogether House is AWESOME. I hung out there for a little bit post-Zine Fest last year and had a really nice time. Got to sleep in the hammock and shoot the shit in general. 

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?

Self publishing appeals to me because it is virtually uncensored. I can print what I want. No sales quota to meet. No audience to cater to. Just me, some sharpies, a couple travel tales, and the copy machine. Plus, I can control ALL the elements of my publication through self publishing. I’ve got the power.


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