ZFH 2015 Interview #16: Misha Storm

16 Oct

Misha Storm ImageMisha Storm runs Storm Press and will be debuting a new issue of Houston Histories at Zine Fest Houston this year! Read on to find out more about her work.

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

Misha Storm: Hi. I’m Misha Storm. I run Storm Press, am an archivist, make stuff, cook stuff, garden, and love my cat, Jojo. Storm Press is mostly Houston Histories, but I’ve started to expand into other series. At ZFH 2015 I will have five volumes of Houston Histories. Volumes 1-4 cover The Woodland Heights, Sixth Ward, Freedmen’s Town, and The Montrose, respectively. Volume 5 will be just finished and will cover Second Ward. Each zine tells the history of a Houston neighborhood via the histories of historic structures in the area. I will also have the first issues of two new series: Backyard Harvests and Lady Makers. Backyard Harvests is all about gardening! The first issue of Backyard Harvests covers Houston Fall Veggies, some of which can still be planted in late October, so if it is picked up at Zine Fest the instructions can be used right away! Lady Makers is all about women artists. The first issue is The Weaving Edition. It covers female textile artists, starting in the early 20th century and moving into contemporary art. All of these goodies can be found at www.mkt.com/storm-press

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

MS: I know that the “digital world” can cause a great deal of nostalgia for simpler times and physical objects, but I think when it comes to zines it is a beautiful thing. I’ve been able to access zines through a PDF and print them at home for myself. How cool is that? Zine making is such a specific niche that I don’t think we will lose the value of the physical handmade object as we expand into digital venues. I definitely welcome both the old and new school zine makers.

ZFH: 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?

MS: I am on the cusp of being a BB born in the tech age. While my entire adult life has been spent with computers, the Internet, and cellphones, I do remember the days before these things were ever-present. Let me put it this way – I played Oregon Trail on a 5 inch floppy and did not have a smartphone to rely on for a subway schedule when I took my first “adult” trip to New York City. My zine making started late in life when I was already a Photoshop Kung-Fu Master and completely dependent on my iPhone, but I still made me first zine the old way with my scissors, glue stick, and photocopier at work because quite frankly, I had been reading a whole lot about Kathleen Hanna and wanted to make zines the same way the Riot Grrrls made them in the 90s. My history of being interested in punk rock and DIY art movements like Dada gives me a love of the old school collage aesthetic. That said, today all of my zines are designed via the computer and then lovingly folded, stapled and trimmed while watching Seinfeld. That’s the beauty of making zines in 2015, you can easily tiptoe between both the analog and digital worlds.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?

MS: The Internet.

ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?

MS: The Internet.

ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?

MS: My presence is an honor.

Thank you, Misha!  We really dig your Houston Histories zines.  Glad that you’ll be a part of the fest again this year!

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