ZFH 2015 Interview #9: Raw Paw

11 Oct

Raw Paw Image 1Coming at you from Austin, TX is Raw Paw, a jack-of-all-trades media collective and creative agency. Their table is not to be missed at the fest this year! Check out their website for more information on everything they do because they can do it all!

ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!

Raw Paw: Hi ZFH! Stoked to be coming out to frolic with you guys! We are Raw Paw, an Austin-based media collective and creative agency – we publish books and records, throw big bangin’-ass art parties, as well as hook up freelance artists with cash monies for their work. Heyo!

Raw Paw Image 2ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?

RP: Throughout our 5-year existence in the print-world, we have gained a lot of momentum in publishing analog products. As millennials, we are making digitally-educated analog products, and people of all ages really love that juxtaposition. It seems like there is a giant pendulum between analog and digital, and that once it hit fully on the digital side, things started to get all fuzzy and scrambled inside of computers – Where is this or that: song, file, paper, website?! etc etc. – and people started to want to connect with things physically again, to hold and love an item for its actual presence, and now we see a resurgence of demand for physical products. Zines are like a culture-capsule, a time-capsule, and they can spread ideas and art unlike any other medium.

Raw Paw Image 3ZFH: Were you an analog to digital transition or were you a BB born in the tech age? How does technology and recent technological developments affect your zine-making practice?

RP: We are a collective born out of poetry potlucks – out of basic human togetherness. The idea to make a zine stemmed from the question – what is the equivalent of a music album for poets and artists? So Raw Paw Vol. 1 was a basic xerox-style and stapled, 10 pages, very elementary by the standards of our more current zines. We release a lot of different zines – we have a solo artist series, a poetry chapbook series, our Raw Paw the zine series, and lots of different books in between, and a lot of different types – Risograph to offset to digital – and our sister company CogDut screenprints the covers a lot of the time. Our most recent release was Raw Paw Vol. 6: ALIEN and it’s 100+ pages of offset printed beauty, perfect bound, and comes with a mixtape – constituting a time capsule of Austin-connected lit, art, and music.

Raw Paw Image 4ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

RP: ……The internet?? Is this a trick?

Raw Paw Image 5ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

RP: Native advertising – when news outlets make you think it’s a story but really it’s an ad. -_-

Raw Paw Image 6ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

RP: By focusing on their best parts.

Raw Paw Image 7Thank you, Raw Paw! We can’t wait to see what types of goodies you’ll bring to the fest this year!

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