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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.

A visit with Vanessa Capshaw of BATS!

3 Sep

Next in our lineup of featured zinesters is Vanessa Capshaw, whose dreamy 80s zine covers clothe BATS, “an ongoing comic-zine series that centers around the abject misadventures of Juju and the Lox, two genderqueer boys in high school.” [from BATASTROPHE]

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Why do you create zines?

I create zines because I enjoy the DIY/Self Publishing element to it in which I can publish anything I want to publish. With zines there are no boundaries or rules. I also enjoy the construction process – I love playing around with Xerox machines and silkscreening covers. Even folding and stapling them is fun for me!

 
What new projects are you working on this year?

I am currently working on a mini-art zine called “OMG BFFS” and a follow up to “BATS: Cry Crystal Castle”. 

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

Other than zines and comics, I sell pinback buttons, prints, silkscreened tote bags and even silkscreened shirts that feature my comic characters.

 
What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

I focus on concepts of escapism, sexuality and mental illness and explore them through my comic characters Lox and Juju, two genderqueer high school boys that live in Houston, TX.

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

The Enclave area of the Energy Corridor in the Westside of town. It has such an intense eerie feel to it! Back when I actually lived in Houston I would drive around that area when feeling pensive or bored. It’s changed a lot in the past decade or so, but I still love it.

Interview with Richard Alexander of Richy Vegas

28 Aug

We’re really excited about the response we’ve gotten so far when we had pre-registration open! If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry – we’ll be opening general registration again soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check back here often as we begin to feature interviews with our tablers for ZFH 2013! The first up is with Richard Alexander, whose work, uniquely produced on paper plates, features his life with schizoaffective disorder. Read the interview below!

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What is your favorite part of zine fest?

I like to talk to people about my work when they stop at my table.
 
What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2013 Zine Fest Houston?

I’m going to take at least thirty minutes off from my table to check out the other tables.  It helps break things up a little.
 
What made you decide to participate in the 2013 Zine Fest Houston?
 
I like the one day format as opposed to two days for most events like these.  I sell just about the same amount of stuff in one day at Zine Fest that I sell in two days at other events.
 
What new projects are you working on this year?

I’m working on part 2 of a two-part story for Richy Vegas Comics.  I will have part one available at Zine Fest.
 
Why does self-publishing appeal to you?
 
My comics are drawn in ball-point pen on paper plates.  The unusual materials and round format don’t exactly interest publishers in taking a chance on me.  In 1998 I sent work to Harvey Pekar for him to look at.  He said that I would probably have to self-publish, which has turned out to be true.
 
What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

Richy Vegas Comics comprise a memoir of my struggles with mental illness.  The round format allows me to play with conventional narrative presentation and break it down a little.  I still have a great interest in readability and accessibility, though.
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ZFH Big Announcement 8/1 12:00am CT!

31 Jul

ZFH Big Announcement 8/1 12:00am CT!

Tune in here, our facebook, or on twitter @ZineFestHouston to get yer paws on THE BIG ‘NNOUNCEMENT

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 Fest Houston 2013 at the Museum of Printing History!

13 Apr

Zine Fest Houston 2013 at the Museum of Printing History!

We’re so excited to announce the location of the 2013 Zine Fest Houston – The Museum of Printing History! We are mega happy, the two are a great match and it’s going to be a fun time. Mark your calendars!

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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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