Today’s interview is with Blake Jones, illustrator and creator of the effervescent Cool Dog. Check out his work here, as well as the Lousy Deal collective!
ZFH: Why do you create zines?
Blake: Im constantly CONSTANTLY sketching and doodling and churning out zines just became a way for me to show off drawings and ideas I was proud of and ready to show-off
ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?
Blake: The first zine i ever got was from this artist named Jason Sho Green, I found his website through stumpleupon in like 8th grade and bought just the cheapest thing on his site, I didnt even know what a zine was I just bought it and cherished it because I had never seen anything like it and it just blew me away and heavily changed how i look at art and illustration.
ZFH: What is your favorite part of zine fest?
Blake: trading with people for sure.
ZFH: What are your favorite zines/mini-comics etc.?
Blake: I don’t know if they are considered zines/mini-comics but they arent full fledged graphic novels but any work that Adrian Tomine puts out instantly gets added to my shelf.
ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?
Blake: This year I’ve got a new 80+ page book coming out full of photos and drawings I’ve taken this year, I also recently cleaned out my studio and found literally a few hundred quick drawings just spread on scrap and loose paper, instead of trying to organize them and scan them or anything, ive made about 50 original folders that all contain 5 to 8 original drawings that will be present kind of blind box goodie bag style.
ZFH: What is something you think people should know about DIY in Houston?
Blake: more people just need to do it in general, theres so much untapped talent in this city. i mean shit even if you suck you can only get better, you don’t just get worse at stuff after practice
ZFH: What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
Blake: i’ve got shirts, the new book, some old books, zines left over from last year, stickers, and some new screen prints that i’ll be hustling. Im also going to attempt 60-second drawings for $1 each.
ZFH: Why does self-publishing appeal to you?
Blake: Its let you be in 100% control of the content you are presenting. It seem’s like a no brainer for me.
ZFH: What is the concept behind your zine/zines?
Blake: I never go with a certain theme or story really, when laying them out i try to pay attention to how spreads will look next to each other but thats about it. I’m too ADD to have any type of narrative.
ZFH: Can you talk about the creation/content of Stud Muffin?
Blake: The content is going to be 80+ pages of new drawings and photos i’ve taken over the past year. I went out of the country a few months ago and got to see a lot of wild stuff, this has also been a crazy emotional year for me and I just decided rather than trying to hurry and put out 3-4 zines with everything I’d just combine it all into a book so everyone can get the full package.
Lots to look forward too. You can also get a sort of sneak preview of his work by picking up this month’s issue of Free Press Houston!