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…
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.