ZFH: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you’ll be showing at ZFH 2015!
Dakota Cates: I’m an artist from Houston/Austin areas who goes by the name Wizard of Barge. Weird monsters, pop culture nostalgia, and a bad sense of humor is what I’m all about! I just came out with a zine called Oddballs, it’s kind of like people watching at a mall in another dimension.
ZFH: What is the future of zines in this new and rapidly digitizing world?
DC: Zines are awesome, it’s just another DIY way of showing your work, there’s no rules you just make whatever you want, and the last few years they’ve been getting a lot more popularity.
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?
DC: I’m STILL learning all of this digital stuff. It’s a pain, I wish I could just download it into my head, cause that’s how technology works right?
ZFH: What in your opinion is the best invention of the last 30 years?
DC: Probably the smartphone, social media plays a huge part on getting your art out there, it’s too convenient.
ZFH: What in your opinion is the worst invention of the last 30 years?
DC: For sure the selfie stick, those things suck.
ZFH: How will you best honor our cyber overlords?
DC: Hours and hours of eye strain!!!
Many thanks, Dakota…oops, Wizard of Barge! So great that you can join us at Zine Fest Houston this year!