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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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A Conversation With Sarah Welch

16 Sep

Today we catch up with Sarah Welch, an illustrator and comics writer, most recently featured on the cover of the latest issue of Cite magazine – very nice! We’re happy she’s pleased with this year’s venue, we are hard pressed to contain the excitement ourselves~ Read on for more!

My name is Sarah Welch and I’ll be tabling at Zine Fest Houston 2013. I’m an artist from Texas, who left Texas to go to Chicago for a long time, but then ultimately came back to Texas. My zines are mostly short comics. I’m legally blind and I like drinking cold beverages in the shower.

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What new projects are you working on this year?

This year I’m working on my first attempt at a comic with an original narrative, Endless Monsoon. It’s about growing older and finding ways to deal or not deal with continuous change. Haha. Is that vague enough? It’s a bit of an amalgamation of my own life, and the lives of my friends, and my first summer here in Houston. I’m trying to pack a lot of flavor into a little package with this one.

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

I’ll be tabling with my long time creative partner, James Beard of Mystic Multiples. M.M acquired a clean little Riso printer this year so we’ll definitely have some Riso made zines and prints available. I’ll be bringing in my comics, some original screen prints, and possibly some letterpress goods. We also have a secret surprise I can’t talk about. Just come say hey to us. You’ll be like, “hey,” and then we’ll be like, “hey,” right back at you and everything will be chill and casual.

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

The 2012 Houston Zine Fest–at Super Happy Fun Land–was my first and I was covered in a thick layer of sweat and atmospheric swamp particles for the entire event. This year I am looking forward to the central air conditioning at the Museum of Print History (because I can’t be ruining my wares with all kinds of funky).

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

My favorite zines and comics tend to be the single serving variety. Zines and comics that are well curated collections of images or have an almost oversimplified purpose, i.e. Pictures of Rocks or How to Crack an Egg. I’ve been a big Ed Ruscha person for a minute now and I think it has rubbed off not only on my own work, but my taste in everything else.

Why does self-publishing appeal to you?

Oh boy. Self-publishing is everything. Self-publishing is empowerment, accessibility, and printmaking. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

In addition to zines and comics I’ve been trying to cultivate an illustration career, doing jobs for Houston publications and non-profits. Working for clients has been new and exciting and fulfilling. Actually, since you asked, you can see my cover illustration on the latest issue of Cite magazine. I also make art for my own personal pleasure and satisfaction. You can see that stuff, as well as a whole load of other stuff on my websites:

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REGISTRATION IS OPEN! (again)

13 Sep

After much anticipation and baited breath, we bring glad tidings to you, dear zinesters:

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We’re opening registration again for Zine Fest Houston at the Museum of Printing History on October 12th!

Click here for table information, prices, and download a registration form for ZFH 2013!

We can’t stress enough, SPACE IS LIMITED!! So get while the gettin’ is good. :]

Double Interview with Lauren and Aaron!

11 Sep

Today’s featured Zinesters are Lauren and Aaron, who’ll be tabling together at ZFH this year! They win the award for most creative interview formatting thus far! We can’t wait to see what they bring to the fest.

Aaron:
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Zinester Highlight: The Lovely Blubs

9 Sep
Zinester highlights continue with a conversation with Tayyba Kanwal, coordinator of The Lovely Blubs. Read on!

Why do you create zines?

The Lovely Blubs are a multi-generational co-inspiring team, and zines have the magical ability to web together our ideas and creative skills. Zines let us play together, and share our worlds with people who get the fun of it.

What is your favorite part of zine fest?

Talking with people about the inspiration behind the hundred of stories and images floating around the Zine Fest, both theirs and ours.

What new projects are you working on this year?

This year The Lovely Blubs are starting a new series that will be released at the Zine Fest over six years. Come find us for part 1 of a futuristic zine inspired by Alice (of Wonderland) by Natasha and Unity Haq. You’ve seen their Mara & Clay series mature over the two years they were in elementary school. They are now middle schoolers and seasoned zinesters. We are thrilled about the prospect of watching this new series evolve with them through their years in middle school and high school. 

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

You don’t want to miss Natasha & Unity Haq’s first installment of their new Alice zine! Athena Haq’s “Duck and Swan” love story (featuring a duck in a tux!) was a hit last year, and she will be back with another moving new zine. The Lovely Blubs will also have a new set of postcards of their original art, that you have become so fond of over the last two years. And this year, Maya Kanwal has a special treat waiting for you – handwritten copies of her published second person short story, a story that was imagined as a letter, and now you can have a personal copy.

What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

Maya Kanwal, the coordinator of The Lovely Blubs, is writing a short story collection, one of which is forthcoming this fall in the journal Quarterly West, and was presented at a reading at the Houston Public Library central branch. She has also completed a YA novel that is now in the hands of the powers that be. You can check her out here: http://mayakanwal.com and follow her on twitter @mayakanwal

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

The Lovely Blubs haunt the museums that we are so lucky to have such easy access to, and spend a lot of time (both watching and performing) at the Wortham Center, Main Street Theater and Winter Street Studios. Those of us who are old enough can also be consistently found writing at Agora, imbibing at The Anvil and listening to readings at Rudyards.

MAY 25-26 Big Zine Weekend: For the Elephant & InPrint Workshop!

15 May

Hi everyone! Thanks to everyone who came by our table at Pop shop Houston this past weekend; it was a great time. Now we’re getting geared up for two great events coming up soon, and in rapid succession to boot!

 

The first event is a zine showcase called For The Elephant: Houston Zine Jamboree on Saturday, May 25 from 2-6pm at the Texas Art Asylum (1719 Live Oak, Houston, TX 77003).  There will be high school students exhibiting their zine work as well as a bunch of other artists.  Zine Fest Houston will have a booth there with all of our regular merchandise for sale/browsin’.
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The following day, Sunday, May 26 from 2-5pm, we will be hosting a workshop titled Be Your Own Publisher! at the Inprint offices (1520 W. Main, Houston, TX 77006).  For more information on Inprint, check out their website at www.inprinthouston.org.  This workshop will focus on introducing a variety of DIY publishing techniques and we will go over how to create a self-made book through a couple of hands-on exercises.  We will be joined by John Pluecker, a writer, interpreter, translator and co-founder of the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative, Antena.  Optional materials to bring to the workshop include any personal writing and/or collage images, but we will provide basic supplies for the workshop such as paper, pens, glue sticks etc.
Also, due to a limited amount of space, we are kindly asking that you RSVP via email to info@zinefesthouston.org if you would like to attend the workshop and if you plan on bringing a +1.  
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Zine Picnic + Swap!

5 Mar

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Coming Sunday, April 7 from 1-5pm at Mandell Park!

Bring your favorite dish/drink, blankets and zines to swap and share! What better way to spend a Sunday than eating great food, hanging out in the sun and celebrating in the joy that self-made publications can bring? This picnic is super casual, so feel free to bring your friends and/or family!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a zine to share. There will be tons of zines to browse and look at!

In addition, The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library, a new Houston-based bookmobile, will be on hand during the picnic to accept zine donations to their collection!

If you haven’t heard about The BPTL yet, then visit their website at http://thebptl.com/ for more information.

If you have any questions, contact us at info@zinefesthouston.org. Thanks!

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ZFH 2013!

26 Feb

ZFH 2013!

You might think we were napping between October and now, but we’ve been busy little bees planning a great year for Zine Fest Houston!

Stay tuned for more updates about upcoming events, collaborations, and artist highlights!

Flyer and promo artwork by this year’s featured artist Rene Cruz! Thanks Rene!

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