ZFH 2015 Interview #13: Nat. Brut

14 Oct

Nat.Brut Image 1Nat. Brut is a Dallas-based non-profit organization that produces a biannual art and literary magazine both online and in print. They are open for submissions during the months of May and November. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Medium.

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

Nat. Brut: Nat. Brut (pr. nat broot) is a biannual journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing equality and inclusivity in all creative fields. At our table, we’ll be offering copies of our fifth issue, which is packed with art, fiction, poetry, and comics! In this issue, our editor, Kayla E., interviews Love Me Back author Merritt Tierce, who opens up about breaking away from her religious upbringing and discusses problems within the publishing industry; Camille Rankine serves up two haunting poems; Robyn O’Neil makes her fiction debut; and you can read Trenton Doyle Hancock’s epic 30-page comic series, Step and Screw, in its entirety! Each issue also comes with two extra supplements. With Issue Five, you’ll get a huge fold-out poster of our comics section, Early Edition, co-edited by Kayla E. and Bill Kartalopoulos, and featuring work by Keiler Roberts, Tim Hensley, Olivier Schrauwen, and Daniela Yohannes. You’ll also get SALE!, an anthology of hilarious fake ads by the likes of Michael Kupperman, Chris Ware, Alexis Wilkinson, and Rachal Duggan. We’ll also have a bunch of other Nat. Brut merch, including postcards, stickers, and our latest project, All of them Witches, a riso-printed feminist remix of 1950s horror comics!

Nat.Brut Image 2ZFH: 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?

NB: Nat. Brut actually began as a quarterly online publication before we began producing issues biannually both online and in print. Now, since it’s so expensive to produce print issues, we’re transitioning back to an online format in which we’ll publish content more frequently, with an annual limited-run print anthology. The best thing about being able to publish and share work online is that it’s much easier to reach and cultivate audiences. Zines as they exist today will always be relevant as long as people still have an interest in physical print objects (the Internet also makes these a lot easier to buy!). But while zines will probably always remain a niche product, the Internet is a much larger, more democratic, and more universally accessible platform, which makes it much easier for traditionally marginalized artists to share and disseminate their work and gain visibility.

Nat.Brut Image 3ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

NB: The DVD Rewinder.

Nat.Brut Question 1ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

NB: The Butterstick.

Nat.Brut Question 2ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

NB: With a Ctl+Alt+Delete Wand™

Nat.Brut Question 3Thanks for the interview, Nat. Brut! So glad that you will be joining us this year!

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