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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!

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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.

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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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 http://ArmzRace.com I enjoy getting people’s feedback, and I’d love to have other creative types join the Race!

Leroy Brown of ICECUBES tells all!

2 Oct
Today’s zinester feature catches up with Leroy Brown, artist and writer of the existential, icebound comic ICECUBES

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Why do you create zines?

 
Well, I create comics and my book is self published. I’ve always loved comics and wanted to make them.
 

What is your favorite part of zine fest?

Zine Fest Houston is a great place to meet Houston artists and creatives. The great thing about Houston is that the creative community here is very open and accepting and has a very welcoming attitude. 
 

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

Meeting other artists and fans.

 

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

I met Shane Boyle, the founder of Zine Fest and he invited me to participate. I’m very glad he did!
 

What new projects are you working on this year?

Well, I am a video editor by trade and I am working on a pilot for a late night music video TV show called Dizzy TV.  Hopefully I can get a local channel to carry it!
I also did a gallery art show in New Orleans called  LaPopSexTVArtShow (http://www.lapopsextvartshow.blogspot.com/)
 

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

Houston is a great place to be an artist. There’s a great attitude here, plenty of room and an audience willing to explore new stuff.
 

What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?

My comic book ICECUBES and hopefully a small zine I am working on.
 

What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

I am an artist (see above) a musician and a TV video editor.
 

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?

I am an artist and it’s my job to put new things out there. People hesitate to support new ideas until they see it for themselves.
 

What is the concept behind your zine?

My comic ICECUBES is a ‘slice of life’ comic that deals with existential themes and identity questions in a humorous fashion. (at least I hope it’s humorous!)
 

How long have you been creating zines?

I’ve been drawing since I was 10. My latest comic ICECUBES was created in 2006.
 

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

The whole town is awesome! (but I really like Chinatown and Little India)
 

Zinester Feature: Chris Engelsma

24 Sep

Today’s featured zinester is Chris Engelsma, author of Jesus Christ Manatee and a contributor to the Zine Fest Houston 2013 Compilation! Among other things, he’ll be featuring a typographical map of Houston, a portion of which is featured in his interview, which you can read below!!

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