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ZFH 2014 Interviews #7: Blake Jones

12 Sep

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


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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.
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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.

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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!

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 Interviews #3: Alex Gleason

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For your Friday evening enjoyment, an interview with Alex Gleason, author of “Toddler Timothy’s Delicious Candy Apples,” a deceptively sweet title.

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ZFH: What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
AG: Toddler Timothy’s Delicious Candy Apples: a Halloween storybook about a trick-or-treater who meets a terrible fate.

ZFH: Why did you create Toddler Timothy’s Delicious Candy Apples?

AG: To instill fear in the hearts and minds of children.
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ZFH: What is the concept behind Toddler Timothy’s Delicious Candy Apples?

AG: It’s about tainted Halloween candy. After some research, I learned that no kid has ever gotten poisoned candy from a stranger’s house on Halloween. Yet, my mother used to inspect every piece of candy in my basket before letting me eat it. I’m poking fun at people’s irrational fears.

ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?

AG: I wanted to make a book to pass out to trick-or-treaters. Later I was told that my creation was a “zine”, and discovered that there are other people in Houston making their own books too.

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

AG: I make websites and write code.

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

AG: Seeing some cool artwork and meeting other people who make books.

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

AG: H-Town is one of the few places that does this. Represent.

ZFH: Why do you like zines?

AG: They’re pure expression–no profit. Zines make the world a better place.

ZFH: Do you find an intersection between your coding work and your illustration work in terms of content or aesthetic layout? If so, what?

AG: Writing a program is kind of like building a machine, and it can break like one. If you’re smart, you’ll make it out of replaceable parts, so if one piece breaks you can deal with it. I’ve learned to write programs this way.

Adapting this to my digital illustrations gives me a lot of control. I separate my drawings into components, which can be moved, resized, and rotated freely without messing up anything behind them. For example, I’ll draw an entire backdrop, even the parts I know will be covered, so I can freely move my subjects over them. I’ll draw a detailed bald head before layering the hair on. But that’s just the start; I take it to the extreme, down to finger nails sometimes. It really helps to fine tune everything, make changes in the future, and allows me to re-use pieces of my drawings in other drawings.

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So! Look forward to a disturbing cautionary tale sure to scar your children! In the best way possible. Yay! Till next time!

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ZFH 2014 Compilation Cover by Sebastian Gomez de la Torre!

30 Apr

ZFH 2014 Compilation Cover by Sebastian Gomez de la Torre!

Whetting your appetite for the compilation, here’s a peek at the official cover! It’s a candy-colored undersea world and it is sooo luscious! We are really excited about this comp!!! We’ll see you Saturday at Menil Community Arts Festival! <3

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Zine Fest Houston 2014 contributors!!

24 Apr

Zine Fest Houston 2014 contributors!!

Here they are, so lovely to seeee~ the ZFH 2014 Compilation contributors!! All of their work is fantastic and we can’t wait to debut the compilation at Houston Indie Book Fest on May 3rd!

Catching up with Makenzie Maupin~!

12 Oct

Well everyone, it’s our last zinester feature before Zine Fest Houston takes off in a blinding blaze of glory tomorrow at the Museum of Printing History. We sit down this evening with community member, crafter, and traveler Makenzie Maupin! I want that recipe zine at the end, yum!

Why do you create zines?

Making zines has always been my way of coping. Whether I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere for a terrible summer or stuck behind a desk or stuck on a long family vacation, I’ve always made zines to help me pass the time and to help me feel like I’m doing something productive, creative, and meaningful when the rest of my life is the opposite.
 

What is your favorite part of zine fest?
I love catching up with friends, meeting new people, and being inspired by all the neat zines people are putting out. I find working with other creative people helps my own creativity and keeps me motivated to keep creating.
 

What are your favorite places in Houston?
Where to begin? There’s so many great places to eat and so many things to see. I love walking to Southside for an iced latte. I recently had brunch at Radical Eats and I basically can die happy now. I love Art Asylum and I can spend hours there picking over all the stuff. I love visiting the HAUS Co-ops, mainly because all my friends live there and it feels like a second home. Speaking of favorite places in Houston, be sure to look at my restaurant review zine and favorite places in Houston zine (if I finish it in time…)!
 

What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?
Not as many as I would like but I love knitting, crochet, and embroidery. My mom and grandma taught me how to do all kinds of needle craft and sewing and all that kind of stuff.  I love making linocuts. I am also always wanting to learn more programming skills. I’m not very good at it but it’s fascinating work. I’d love to learn woodworking or welding but my best friend says no way, because I hate detailed work and measuring things. 
 

What new projects are you working on this year?

I haven’t been making that many zines lately, but wanted to participate in Zine Fest as a way to help me be more motivated to do creative work. It’s challenging to the the 9-5 (well…8-4) thing and then come home and try to be involved in meaningful activities outside of work when all I want to do is cuddle and watch netflix! The good news is that making zines allows me to be creative and productive AND stay in bed and cuddle all at the same time! 
 
What will be at your table this year?
 
Look for a small zine of my favorite recipes. They’re all super easy. Many fancy enough for entertaining such as a gorgeous Potato, Kale, and Ricotta Torte and a Zuchinni Galette. There’s also some old standbys like “‘use it before it goes bad’ hash” (a hash made with sweet potatos that will help you use all your almost gone bad veggies) and ” ‘Whatever you can find’ Curry” which is a basic, basic, basic curry recipe using whatever you have on hand.

Let’s Explore our Daddy Issues (nsfw)

10 Oct

*~Late Night Zinester Feature~*

Perhaps you’re stirring a cocktail and kicking your silk stockinged feet up on the desk after a long day, perhaps you’re feeling a little alone in the world tonight? Well turn down your monitor brightness cuz it’s time for our interview with…

 

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