ZFH Spotlight on: Brittney Anele

14 Nov

Happy Monday! Today we feature Brittney Anele, soft hearted aesthetics maven and fashionista. Read on for more!

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My name is Brittney Anele, but casually I go by B. Anele. I am a 23 year old multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX. I am vegan, gender nonconforming, and always sleepy. I love cotton and felt, and I make a lot of soft sculptures of phallic foods. “FU/UBU” will be my first self-publishing experience and will showcase Houston artists AKA my friends. I want to share with as many people as possible how much passion lives in this city and the wonder within the work of my friends.

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How long have you been self-publishing, why does self-publishing appeal to you?

This will be my first experience with self publishing. I have always been drawn to self publishing, because I believe in self empowerment through self expression. I have the power to put out the content that I desire to see in this world.

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How did you first become interested in zines, can you remember the first zine you came in contact with?
The first time I saw a zine, I was in college. I somehow came across local zine Daddy Issues and completely fell in love. I never had many queer friends around that age, and here was this plethora of queer loving material, right at the palm of my hands, and from my city!
 
Tell us a little bit about your work and what inspires and motivates you!
Soft things inspire me. Wriggly things inspire me. Colorful things inspire me. I am motivated by the fact that I don’t know how to be happy without making art. Art is tangible love.
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What new projects are you working on, will they be available at Zine Fest Houston?
Currently, I am working on garments. I actually have a fashion show coming up in December. I will probably bring a sample garment to Zine Fest just for display purposes.

ZFH Spotlight on: Vector

13 Nov

Today’s spotlight is on Vector: a zine for exploring the exchange between science and society. Their first issue is dedicated to genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Tell us a bit about who Vector is!

The Vector team is made up of Diego Cruz, Madeline Detelich and Monica Kortsha. We all live in Austin, Texas. An interest in science and science communication brought us all together. Diego and Monica met at a writing internship at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, and Monica and Madeline were introduced by a mutual science writer friend.

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The tagline for Vector is magnitude, direction, infection. This recognizes the scientific definition of a vector in physics and biology, while summarizing how we want to explore science in our world. What are the impacts of a science or technology (and how do we impact it)? Where is it pushing us (and how are we pushing it?) How is it spreading and manifesting (and what is our role in that)?

 We’re very excited to be debuting our first issue at the Houston Zine Fest!

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How long have you been self-publishing, why does self-publishing appeal to you?

 We’ve been working for Vector for about one year. We all have experience writing for other places, but this is the first attempt for all of us at self-publishing! It appeals to us because we can share what excites us all and tell the stories that we’re not seeing in other places. That means our zine can (and does!) have silkworms, Blade Runner, still lifes all together. 

 We also love seeing what contributors send us. We’re hoping to have more people send us content for future issues.

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

  Monica really likes the Runciple Spoon. It’s a funny food zine with an awesome collage aesthetic. 

What other creative ventures/ interests do you have besides making zines?

Monica is obsessed with all things fleece and fiber related and spins yarn. Madeline brews beer and draws pictures of animals and Tejano musicians. Diego likes reading sci-fi and Star Wars comics.

ZFH Spotlight on: Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing

8 Nov
Today’s spotlight is on  Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing, which hands down wins this year’s most evocative and relatable zine title. Read on to learn more!

Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing is an ongoing evolving photographic conversation between photographers Janna Añonuevo Langholz and Laidric Stevenson which began over 3 years ago.  Before the publication of their issue #1, Janna and Laidric had never met each other in person, communicating only through the electronic means of email and Tumblr their shared experiences of Dallas and places beyond.
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1. How long have you been self-publishing, why does self-publishing appeal to you?

 

Janna: Working on the Meeting New People zine with Laidric has been my first venture into self-publishing, and we’ve been working on this project for over two years now. I’ve always liked a DIY aesthetic, which is probably why self-publishing appeals to me.

 

Laidric:  I’ve been self-publishing since 2014, when I flew to Miami for Memorial Day weekend on a whim to photograph the scene down there.  When I returned to Dallas, I decided to publish a small photozine (I spent a Sunday in Miami) using those photographs.  I had been collecting zines and self-publications from other photographers and artists before then, and I had always loved the idea of publishing your own work, but I never had that motivation to publish something myself.  There’s also a finality to it, being a photographer, there’s a sentiment that Print is King, and your photos aren’t photos until they are printed.  Self-publishing allows you to do whatever you want, it can be as well designed or as thrown together as you want, no one can tell you what you’re doing is wrong.  Plus with digital everything taking over our lives, I think people really appreciate printed materials more.

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2. How did you first become interested in zines, can you remember the first zine you came in contact with?

 

Janna: I’ve been interested in zines since I was a teenager. This was in the early 2000s before social media became a more widespread way to connect with friends. I had a lot of penpals and used to participate in mail art exchanges, through websites that are now long gone (like postcardx, Nervousness.org, and Laundromatic). I received a couple zines from friends during that time, although I never made one back then.

 

Laidric:  The first zine I came in contact with was a quarterly zine named From Hell to Highwater, published by Lisa Mèndez out in San Diego back in 2013.  FHTH is a submission based publication where Lisa would accept any type of art from anyone – essays, poems, drawings, photos, and she would curate and publish it.  I sent her a couple of Polaroid photographs, as I was heavy into shooting instant film back then, and she published them.  I have a number of FHTH issues, as well as some of Lisa’s personal zines published under her moniker UnoFoto Art.  In fact, my first photozine I printed was in response to her prodding notes she would write me every time I would buy one of her zines, things like “Waiting on yours” Lisa’s a super talented and creative person, one of those people who are always making something, I feel special to consider her a zine friend, we trade on a regular basis, in fact, I’m about to send her a package!

 

3. Tell us a little bit about your work and what inspires and motivates you!

 

Janna: I’m a photo-based artist who explores ideas about relationship to environment and place (more on my website: jannalangholz.com). I’m a constant wanderer, and I’m inspired and motivated by being on the move or between places. Working on the zine with Laidric has been a great way to connect with another photographer and share our experiences – we call our zine a “photo-conversation”.

 

Laidric:  I’m a photographer, in the traditional sense in that I fully shoot with analog (aka film) cameras.  Photography itself motivates me, it’s truly magical in the sense that a photograph is a recording of a moment in time that will never exist again, and that moment can make you ask questions, can make you imagine, can make you reminisce, and can make you feel.  I’m motivated by the way photography makes you interact and define the world around you.  Working with Janna has been an inspiration as well, our sensibilities as photographers mesh so well together that our zines look as if they were shot by a single photographer.

 

4. What new projects are you working on, will they be available at Zine Fest Houston?

 

Janna: We just published the second issue of our zine Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing, and yes, it will be available in Houston! Laidric may also have a few other projects up his sleeve.

 

Laidric: Our second issue was just published in September for Dallas’s 2nd Annual Zine Party and it was well received!  We’ll have both issues of MNPITET available at ZFH.  I will also have some of my personal “city zines” available, these are zines that follow along the same format as my first photozine, where I pick a city in the US that I’ve never been to, take a minimal amount of gear, shoot a ton of photographs, then come home and make a zine.  So far, I have one on Miami and one on Los Angeles published, then I am furiously trying to finish one on Las Vegas.  The Miami and LA will be available at ZFH, I hope I can get the Vegas one finished in time!!

 

5. What do you think the zine / comic / self-publishing scene will be like in 10 years?
 

 

Janna: I hope it will continue to grow! It’s been exciting to see a scene being established in places like Dallas and Houston, and in St. Louis where I’m currently based.

 

Laidric:  I echo Janna’s thoughts, self-publishing is such a tremendous creative outlet, and with the pace & tone of the world as it is today, we all need something to express our opinions, thoughts, and emotions.  I hope it will continue to grow, more people and more places get involved and those that are involved now are able to do it on a larger scale!
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Janna can be found on the web at jannalangholz.com and on Instagram @go_janna
Laidric can be found on the web at laidricstevenson.format.com and on Instagram @18percentphotographer
Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing can be found at meetingnewpeoplezine.tumblr.com  

ZFH Spotlight on: Deep Red Press!

4 Nov
Welcome back to our ZFH Spotlight On series! Today we get to know Raul Rodriguez with Deep Red Press out of Ft. Worth!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Deep Red Press!
My name is Raul. I am an artist and photographer from Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated with a BFA in Photography from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. Since then, I’ve been making zines, organizing my own zinefests and gallery exhibitions. My publishing project is Deep Red Press and is primarily a photo based publication working with photographers from Texas exploring diverse themes and stories.Below are my websites and an interview about some of my work, which I published under Deep Red Press.

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www.raulrodriguezphoto.com
https://www.aint-bad.com/article/2016/06/08/raul-rodriguez/

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How long have you been self-publishing, why does self-publishing appeal to you?
Its been about a year. I started with my first being Premier Boxing Club. My second book published book is Flatland by another artist I went to school with, Dannie Liebergot. I feel these two books really start to bring my whole goal across. My vision is to have several zine style photo books that showcase the people, land, ideas and identities that make us up. The name Deep Red comes from the political affiliation we are often tied to on the national scale; a deep republican state. Along with the books I use my platform to show other photographer’s work who I don’t have the ability to publish but just feature. I like to keep it active and continue the conversation about real lives and people in the state.
How did you first become interested in zines, can you remember the first zine you came in contact with?
Totally! It was an issue of Hamburger Eyes. I’m always looking at photographs, photo books and photozines. Hamburger eyes gave me the feeling that I could start a photo publication. Then I started following others like 8 Ball Zine Fest, Deadbeat Club, Ed Templeton and other photographers and artists who make zines. I think its a traditional process for every kind of artist. I don’t think it should be any less than a real art practice.
What other creative ventures/ interests do you have besides making zines?
I’m actually an independent curator. Since undergraduate school I’ve been organizing exhibitions and putting on shows for myself, colleagues and artspaces. This year, I officially owned that title by proposing, developing and programming an exhibition at Texas Christian University. It was a humbling experience since the artist is a mentor of mine, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, whose work deals with the complexities and lives of Immigrant Laborers living in the U.S. The show was followed up by a special talk titled Art, Anthropology and Activism that brought together these roles among the selected speakers. So as you can see, I’m very driven by political issues and social documentary topics that I think need more highlight and more attention. Not to mention photography is the driving force of my material and career. I think Deep Red Press has been the outcome of this all. I can publish, feature and showcase work I feel can tell these stories and ideas to different audiences.
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What do you think the zine / comic / self-publishing scene will be like in 10 years?
I’ve found the internet to be a big tool in getting resources for self-publishing and following other indie publishers. I think zines will come along way in look and styles and self-publishing will be so accessible you’ll be able to realize any kind of book you can think of. The community will definitely grow but I don’t think anyone who gets into zines will ever forget or disregard the traditional methods of zine making. No big publishing source could compare pasting images into pieces of paper, scanning, and then folding, stapling and holding your own hand made xerox zine.
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Thanks Raul!

ZFH Spotlight on: Robert Boyd!

1 Nov

As we careen headlong into the weeks leading up to Zine Fest Houston 2016, we want to spotlight some tablers we are excited about! To kick things off, here’s an interview with Robert Boyd, author of The Great God Pan Is Dead, publisher of EXU Magazine, and contributing writer to Glasstire (Robert Boyd – Glasstire). We learn about Robert’s background in comics, and his ideas about the future of zine culture. Thanks Robert!

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Tell us about yourself!
 
I was born in Australia in 1963. I moved to the USA when I was 3 and to Houston when I was 5. I went to Rice University and studied art and art history. I lived in Nigeria and Brazil for a while, working for a seismic company. Later, I worked as a comic book editor for Fantagraphics, Kitchen Sink Press, Dark Horse Comics, Roger Corman’s Cosmic Comics and my own venture, Westhampton House. Then I got an MBA from Rice and a real job in the energy industry. I was laid off in January. Meanwhile, I have been active in the Houston art scene as an art writer for my blog The Great God Pan is Dead as well as writing for Glasstire, The Comics Journal and other publications.
 How long have you been self-publishing, and why does it appeal to you?
 
I started self-publishing in 7th grade with a comic book I did called Super Ghost. This was 1976. It was a black and white xeroxed production.
 
I did it then because I liked to draw and it seemed the next step after you drew a comic was, naturally, publishing it. And who would publish my crude, Mad Magazine-influenced comics except me?
How did you first become interested in zines? Can you remember the first zine you came in contact with?
 
Yeah–it was around 1976, and it was a humor zine published by some high school guys that were friends of my friend John Richardson’s older brother. It strongly influenced my desire to self-publish.
Tell us a little bit about your work and what inspires and motivates you!
I did a newsprint publication called EXU because I wanted to have a publication that showcased visual art without making a distinction as to whether it was gallery art, illustration, comics, or whatever. I made the kind of publication that I would buy. And I wanted to do a magazine that fairly paid its artists.
What other creative ventures/ interests do you have besides making zines?
In 2009, I started a blog about art mostly in Houston called The Great God Pan Is Dead. I pretty much shut it down last year, but I occasionally use the platform to publish something when the urge strikes me. Prior to that, I had been a comic book editor for Fantagraphics, Kitchen Sink Press, Dark Horse Comics, Roger Corman’s Cosmic Comics and my own venture, Westhampton House. And I am currently curating a show called True Artist Tales featuring the comics work of Scott Gilbert which will be opening at the Galveston Artists Residency on November 26.
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What do you think the zine / comic / self-publishing scene will be like in 10 years?
 
I don’t know. To be honest, I’m surprised there is such a vigorous scene now (although it seems like a pale reflection of the Factsheet Five days). The necessity of zines is completely defunct. When I did zines in junior high and high school, it was because it was the only way to get my work and the work of my friends out there into the world. There was no internet then, of course. A punk rock zine in, say, Tulsa Oklahoma in the 1980s (like Blatch) was the only way for information about local bands and the local scene to get out to the “public.” Zines filled an information niche that couldn’t be easily be filled other ways. Now that is not true. If you want to share your art or writing, you have tons of platforms for doing so. That’s why I started a art blog instead of an art zine. But I like books and magazines and physical objects, and I doubt the fetishistic love of physical objects is ever going to end. So I expect in 10 years it will be about the same.
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The images featured here are, in order: the cover of Exu (an image by Ike Morgan), It’s All True, a collection of true Artist Tales strips by Scott Gilbert that he self-published in 1995 (which Robert will be carrying at his table), and an interior page from Exu by Nathaniel Donnett.

Zine Fest Houston 2016 at Lawndale Art Center!

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Zine Fest Houston is excited to announce its partnership with Lawndale Art Center for ZFH 2016: Year of the Ama-Zines! This year the fest will take place on Saturday, November 19th at Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main St, Houston, TX 77002). Registration for Zine Fest vendors will open on August 19th.

 But, why are we moving?! Because of the growing popularity and scale of Zine Fest Houston and to accommodate growing crowds and accessibility needs, the festival is moving to a larger venue for 2016: Lawndale Art Center. This move will provide a more comfortable fest experience for both attendees and vendors. In addition to a physically larger space, Lawndale also provides close proximity to public transit and good parking availability. Although we are changing locations this year, Zine Fest Houston would like to thank The Printing Museum for its past collaboration and cooperation, and we look forward to continuing a fruitful relationship with the museum and its staff in the years to come.

Zine Fest Houston is a local volunteer-based organization and annual one day festival dedicated to promoting zines, mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative, underground DIY media and art. With 72 vendors and over 1,000 attendees in 2015, the fest continues to grow apace. Since 2013 fest organizers have been diligent in seeking out, collaborating on, and creating fresh year-round programming in the form of workshops with organizations such as Art League Houston, The Houston Center for Photography, and Writespace Houston, pop-up tabling events, and unique zine and creator driven events like Comix Gauntlet, and the annual ZFH compilation release.


For more information on Zine Fest Houston: zinefesthouston.org
We are also on Twitter and Instagram: @zinefesthouston

For information on Lawndale: lawndaleartcenter.org

Zine-A: Warrior Printress fundraiser promo video!

2 Apr

We are so excited to release this video, it’s making us super hype and we know you’ll agree~ get ur warrior gear ready for April 16th, we’re gonna have an epic time!

Make sure you buy your fundraiser tickets ahead of time by paypaling info@zinefesthouston.org and putting “fundraiser ticket” and the number you are purchasing in the notes section!

SO much thanks to everyone who helped make this video possible: (Ella Egg Films, Sarah Welch, Stacy Kirages, James Beard, Evan McCarley, & Ike Theriot!!