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ZFH 2014 Interview #12: Art Fart Zine

24 Sep

Today’s interview features Art Fart Zine, collecting illustrations, comics and writing ranging in topic from the hilarious to the obscene! Read on, intrepid zinesters…

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ZFH: What is Art Fart zine about and do you take submissions?

AFZ: Art Fart is just full of doodles and photos. YES I absolutely take submissions and I love doing collaborations with other artist and writers. My contact info is printed in every issue.

 

ZFH: Why do you create zines?

AFZ: Just to make sure I’m continuously illustrating and painting. Its a good way to measure the progress on my portfolio throughout year.

 

ZFH: Why do you like zines?

AFZ: Because there’s no censorship. In zines I have found the funniest comics, the most interesting political theories, the most insightful interviews and the most revolting illustrations. As a writer or artist publishing your own zine you don’t have to give a fuck if people like it, so its automatically better than other means of publication.

 

ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?

AFZ: In high school my friend gave me her copy of “Stolen Sharpie Revolution” a zine about making zines.

 

ZFH: What is your favorite part of zine fest?

AFZ: Trading zines with other people is fun. I’ve traded my zine for all kinds of shit. Plus at the fest you get to meet the people who make them.

 

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

AFZ: Probably wanna buy some art.

 

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

AFZ: Nothing Nice to Say! I got to meet the author last year (or maybe 2012?). The Sedition Book Collective has a zine library that is awesome.

 

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

AFZ: I didn’t forget to register this year.

 

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

AFZ: I’m doing a series of comic book- and anime-related paintings for Comicpolooza 2015.

 

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

AFZ: If you are seeking any goods or services it can be immensely empowering to learn how to do it yourself. Whatever “it” may be. Or you can find someone else with the skills you need to help you, or teach you, or advise you. This is a great way to make friends and build communities. Within your own circle of friends and coworkers I bet you can find an auto mechanic, a nurse, a lawyer, a seamstress, etc. Cut out the middle man. Get to know people. Save you some cash.

 

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

AFZ: Just zines and some small acrylic paintings.

 

ZFH: What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

AFZ: Painting, making jewelry and accessories.

 

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

AFZ: Whatever I think is cool in mine and my friends’ sketchbooks.

 

ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?

AFZ: 6 years.

 

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

AFZ: The library at MFAH, the sculpture garden, the gems exhibit at Museum of natural science and The Real School in 3rd Ward.

 

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

AFZ: That depends on what Houstonians want. As access to technology increases zines will become even more kitschy. In Houston where can you find zines? Who distributes them? Domy Books, Sedition Books, East Side Social Center. Those places are all gone now just because the demand is low. All types of hard copy literature are becoming obsolete. Zines may be obtained almost exclusively through online distros or maybe we’ll see zines at craft fairs or conventions. Who knows.

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!

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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.


ZFH: 
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.


ZFH: 
Why do you like zines?

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


ZFH: 
How did you become interested in zines?

RH: 
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?


RH: 
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.


ZFH: 
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.
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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.


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

RH: It exists!


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

RH: 
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.


ZFH: 
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?

RH: 
The Orange Show


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

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

ZFH 2014 Interviews #8: Dalton Stark

15 Sep

Today’s interview features a Jurassic-sized helping of deets about Dalton Stark, illustrator and full-time dinosaur lover! Raarr

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ZFH: Why do you create zines?

DS: My making of zines comes from my will to simply create cool stuff. Zines are just such a fun format to express my own silly muses in.

ZFH: Why do you like zines?

DS: I have always adored DIY style projects, and zines are a medium in which artists are really given that ideal playground to showcase ideas. Pens, printer paper, and a copy machine. Folded and stapled into sweet chocolatey goodness. Doesn’t get much better then that. I think.

ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?

DS: I made my first zine during my freshman year of college to really just amuse myself. When I showed it to my English professor, he made me informed of the entire community surrounding it, and so i decided I needed to make more and get into zine fest!

ZFH: What is your favorite part of zine fest?

DS: My favorite part of zine fest has to be being surrounded by so many brilliant creatives. Their energy is all so wonderful and being in their presence is so thrilling. I just love the people.
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ZFH: 
What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

DS: Im definitely looking forward to seeing all the other zinesters and their creations, and hoping mine are received genuinely as well!

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

DS: After participating in 2013, I found this was an event I had to make another appearance too!

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

DS: If everything goes well enough that I manage to complete these in time, I’ll hopefully have The Book of Dinosaur, which is essentially an illustrated dinosaur encyclopedia zine, and some sort of Pokemon zine

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

DS: I love drawing cartoons, and mainly just filtering reality through them. I just want to draw the world and the things that reflect my own inner child.
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ZFH: What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?

DS: The Houston Museum of Natural Science Paleontology Hall. Oof.

ZFH: You’ve been developing a lot of new designs lately. What are your influences overall and what direction are you trying to take your work in these days?

DS: Im highly influenced by both old and new cartoons, and in saying that, Im currently just developing my portfolio so I can perhaps show it to Cartoon Network or something super sweet like that.

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Sweet! Thanks Dalton!

ZFH 2014 Interviews #5: Sarah Welch

9 Sep

Today’s interview finds us catching up with the immortal Sarah Welch. A prodigious illustrator, comics artist and purveyor of fine zines and prints, she is the author of Misseen and Endless Monsoon, and her illustrations have been featured in Free Press Houston and Cite Magazine, among others. Let’s take a turn ’round the block and stay a spell with Sarah.


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ZFH:Misseen” deals with your issues living with low vision. Do you think it has affected your aesthetic choices when drawing? If so, how?

SW: I think the most prominent, literal effect it’s had is that I use a lot of black. I wasn’t really conscious of this until recently, but I think it probably makes my life a little easier when I’m workingto see everything divided into bold, distinct shapes, I’m not about demure line work really. I used to aspire to perfect, clean lines, but I think I’m team chunky whether I like it or not. Team Chunky y’all.

Sidenote–I tried to buy one of those blue non-photo pencils once so I could feel more ~professional~ making comics hahaha and it was a complete waste of time because I couldn’t see jack. So my originals always look like a mess.

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

SW: A lot of what we plan to have this year has yet to be printed, so I’m going to cross my fingers that all this reaches fruition. The top priority for me is to have second edition copies of Endless Monsoon I (which we premiered and nearly sold out of at last year’s ZFH) and of course, the new Endless Monsoon II: Cry Me a River. Monsoon II ended up twice as long as the first installment so we plan to release it as two books. We should have some new little riso printssome gator printsin my fantasies I’m also making a set of Halloween themed cards. I like Halloween.

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

SW: ZFH after party prom. I hope they play lots of Mariah Carey. I’m ready for my prom slow dance to some chopped and screwed Mariah please. Is there a request list?
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ZFH: There is now! Next question: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?

SW: I don’t know about 20 years, I think I’m only willing to forecast 5-10 years into the future. Like all things in Houston, I see growth. I think we could be a good hub for the south and southwest zinester, self-publishing crowd. I like the idea of ZFH becoming an event that is attended by folks all over the country like SPX. There’s a lot of comic, zine, DIY talent in Texas, and there’s no reason ZFH doesn’t draw more attention in the future.

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

SW: I don’t leave my duplex often, but when I do, I like to go to the Dan Flavin grocery store building on Richmond. I’m also in a serious relationship with Hot Bagel right now. I get the toasted garlic bagel with lox cream cheese. James likes the bagel kolaches.

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Thanks Sarah! Can’t wait to see what happens next in EM.

ZFH 2014 Interviews #2: Chris Engelsma

3 Sep

Today’s interview is with Chris Engelsma, author of Boolean Comics, has been converted into a visually appealing format that we just looooooveeeeeee!! Get to know him better by reading below and be sure to check out Angus & Darling, updating Tuesdays!

 

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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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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!
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