31 Jul

you know the drill


ZFH 2015 POSTER and Menil Fest Unbirthday recap~!

19 Jun


Our poster is here! So many thanks to Sarah Welch for her BEAUTIFUL design, and thanks also to Lady Lazarus who will be putting their incredible skills behind a run of prints YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PROCURE at the fest! Aren’t you excited!?

This post is belated for another reason: we wanted to offer a recap of the Menil Fest, where we held an Unbirthday Party at the Menil Bookstore! We released our beautiful compilation that day and to celebrate nothing in particular, we decorated the store and had a DELICIOUS cake made as well as a PIÑAta!!!

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Stacy and Maria having an organizers’ moment!! Maria is making…… a face

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Super fun. Many thanks to Sally Glass and the bookstore staff for helping us put this wonderful day of fun together!❤


12 Mar

art by Sarah Welch

Submission Details for the 2015 Zine Fest Houston Compilation
The zine will be in black and white, with a full color cover. Each page will be 8 ½” tall by 5 ½”.  Contributor credits and contact information will be featured in the zine as well, so please include with your submission a 1-2 sentence bio and your contact info.

We are limiting the contributions to zine creators who have either tabled at a Zine Fest Houston event, or live in Houston and the surrounding areas. We want to keep the zine focused on Houston, natch.

We would like to have the zine ready for this year’s Menil Fest Indie Book Fair, which is on Saturday, April 18. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 11, 2015.

What to submit

The theme of this year’s Zine Fest Houston is: “The Triumph of Artificial Zinetelligence”  
IN A WORLD where digital publishing meets the creamy softness of that perfect paper, we scan the horizon for signs that our synthesis has truly become complete. Out of a box of tech mess and old paperwork rises AZ: ARTIFICIAL ZINETELLIGENCE – is it human, machine, or zine? WILL THE WORLD EVER KNOW?
Traversing the information superhighway like an 18-wheeler trying to get on 45N from 10E, the phenomenon known as Artificial Zinetelligence harnesses the intimacy of the tactile with the community of the digital. Print culture hasn’t just survived… IT HAS EVOLVED! Where will we go next in the never-ending quest to fold, staple and distro where no one has folded, stapled and distro’d before? STAY TUNED….
So, you can interpret this how you wish. There is a 2 page maximum to keep the zine from being unwieldy. We want the pages to reflect each contributor, so please do not submit incomplete pages.  Pages should be 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.
We encourage you to make new work for this year’s zine compilation theme, but understand that there are time constraints! J

Rights to the work
By submitting your work you agree to let us print it in the 2015 compilation. You will retain all other rights to your work. 

How to submit

By email:  Reply to this email ( with your attachment as a .tiff, .jpg, or .png file. SUBMISSIONS MUST BE 300dpi. 

By mail:  Mail your photocopies (or originals if you don’t need them back in a hurry) to:
Zine Fest Houston
c/o Stacy Kirages
PO Box 920740
Houston, TX 77292
A note about Menil Fest Indie Book Fair
We will be tabling at the Menil Fest Indie Book Fair again this year, which is on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11am-6pm. If you’d like to come join us and/or sell your zines on our table (we could always use an extra person at the table for breaks and such), let us know by replying to this email ( We’d love to have a strong showing of Houston zines to represent us, and this is a great way to present work at the Indie Book Fest without having to get your own table.
ALSO EXCITING NEWS…we are partnering with the Menil Bookstore this year for an all day fun event at the Menil Community Arts Festival called Zine Fest Houston’s Un-birthday Party! We hope you will be able to stop by and participate in all the un-birthday activities we have planned that day, or if you would like to help out at the event, please let us know!!!

Zine Fest Houston 2015 featured artist: Sarah Welch!

9 Jan

Howdy from 2015~ to all of you out there~

in 2015~

Hope everyone got a chance to relax and enjoy some quality chilling as the year came to an end. I know we’ve been pretty quiet for the past few months, but hey – rest is a proven benefit to our mental and physical health so it’s all For The Cause.

Anyway, we’ve got just a ton already lined up for 2015 and we’re itching to get started!! Last year’s fest was a really special one, and we were so amazed at the people who have come together to form the team that made ZFH 2014 so frigging GREAT!! Writing about the fest fell by the wayside somehow (mea culpa😦 ), but in lieu of a post here on our website you can read what other folks have written here and check out a very cool vid by Space City Chronicles here!

Looking forward to the year to come though, we are absolutely thrilled to kick the year off right by announcing that our featured artist for 2015 is …

Sarah Welch Featured ARtist

Sarah is an incredibly accomplished illustrator and printmaker who runs Mystic Multiples with James Beard. She also writes and draws the sweet, sleepy song of Houston, Endless Monsoon. With clients such as Diverse Works, Aurora Picture Show, Cite Magazine, and Free Press Houston under her belt among others, she has made a name for herself as a local illustrator whose work is grounded in our humid, rainy city. Sarah, we are so happy to be collaborating with you this year!!

Well guys stay tuned for ZFH in the 2015. It’s bound to be a good one.

ZFH 2014 Interviews #14:

27 Sep

Today’s interview features Morriss And Lulu, two best friends with a passion for crafting and who put out their first zines for ZFH! Read their beautifully formatted interview to find out about their “accidental” introduction to zines and ZFH! Thanks y’all!

(we advise you view the image at full size!)

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ZFH 2014 Interviews #13: Alex Wrekk

25 Sep

This year for ZFH we are thrilled to be hosting Alex Wrekk, author of Brainscan zine and Stolen Sharpie Revolution, one of the best primers zine making and zine culture! She also runs Portland Button Works and is one of the organizers of the Portland Zine Symposium! ZFH attended the PZS last year, their 13th birthday!! We had an amazing time, and to be perfectly honest~~~~~

~~~~~we kind of did our Zine Prom because we had such a great time at the PZS Zine Prom at the Independent Publishing Resource Center! So, full disclosure there.😉

Coincidentally, our interview with Alex is the 13th in our series…. Fate? NO! SELF DETERMINATION AND STICK-TO-IT-IVENESS!

Ahem. Read on for more.


ZFH: Why do you create zines?

AW: I don’t think I could not create zines. Ever since I first realized “I can make this!” it has felt like a compulsion to document thing. However, sometimes I think I document things less for other people and more for myself.

ZFH: Why do you like zines?

AW: Because they are people telling their stories on their own terms and I think there is something really beautiful in that.

ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?

AW: I had seen late 80s and early 90s music magazines in the town that I lived in, Salt Lake City, Utah. They seemed interesting, but when I was in high school I dated someone and their father was a monitor for AOL chat rooms and somehow he found out about zines and gave them to us. It seemed so magical. They all seemed so different and interesting. I wanted to read more.

ZFH: What is your favorite part of zine fest?

AW: Seeing old friends and making new ones.

ZFH: What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

AW: I have no idea! I’m really excited to check out a zine fest in the city of my birth! I’ve been trying to go to a new zine a fest every year and ZFH is my choice this year. Every zine fest has its own personality, I’m looking forward to meeting ZFH!

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

AW: I really hate this question. So, I will answer it with Copy Scams lyrics “My favorite zines are by my friends and I’ve got room for more of them”

ZFH: What made you decide to participate in the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

AW: Each year I try to choose a zine fest I have never been to before and Zine fest Houston is the one I picked this year!

ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?

AW: I finished a 24 hour zine about weird things that happened to me at shows but I’m currently working on the 5th edition of my book about zines, Stolen Sharpie Revolution. I‘m also working on a kickstarter for it and would love if you could pitch in.


ZFH: What is something you think people should know about DIY in Houston?

AW: I don’t know even know anything about DIY in Houston but I’m excited to learn!

ZFH: What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?

AW: I will be bringing my personal zine, Brainscan. Plus, my distro Portland Button Works and zine distro with lots of zines and books and zine related buttons.

ZFH: What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

AW: Well, I do a lot of zine stuff that isn’t just making zine. I am an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium, I founded July as International Zine Month, I run a shop that sell zines and makes custom buttons, and I’m in a zine themed band with members from 3 different countries called, The Copy Scams. Outside that, I enjoy gardening, cooking vegan food, secular witchcraft, bike riding, craft beer, playing Dungeons & Dragons, dark mori kei and Strega fashion.

ZFH: Why does self-publishing appeal to you?

AW: I get to tell my own story on my own terns. Also, I really like to do cut and paste layout.

ZFW: What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

AW: My main zine is Brainscan and I have been creating it since 1997 so it has grown and changed a lot over the  years. I’ve told stories of love and love lost, travel, music, recovers from an emotionally abusive relationship, reproductive health, fiction, and more!

ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?

AW: I think I made my first one in 1995. It was a silly thing called Fun in a Bucket.

ZFH: What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?

AW: Honestly, I haven’t spent much time there since I moved away in 1987.

ZFH: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?

AW: I hope it is thriving!

ZFH: You’ve done very extensive work and organizing in the DIY and radical communities through Portland Button Works and the Portland Zine Symposium as well as Stolen Sharpie Revolution. You’re also a native Houstonian! Do you think that being from here has shaped your desire to organize and your perspectives on the importance of this type of publishing? If so, how?

AW: I am a Native Houstonian. Man, that feels weird to say, but it would make my dad proud. I’d like to say that my mom having a craft business in the 80s and encouraging my sister and I to DIY before it was cool had some influence. However, I wouldn’t say that it would has influenced me with publishing. My dad is from Texas and my mom is from Oregon and the dynamic of my parents being both from really independently minded places has been really important in my personal growth.


Thanks Alex! We can’t wait to see you at fest!!! Make sure you donate to Stolen Sharpie Revolution!! 6 days to go~

ZFH 2014 Interview #12: Art Fart Zine

24 Sep

Today’s interview features Art Fart Zine, collecting illustrations, comics and writing ranging in topic from the hilarious to the obscene! Read on, intrepid zinesters…



ZFH: What is Art Fart zine about and do you take submissions?

AFZ: Art Fart is just full of doodles and photos. YES I absolutely take submissions and I love doing collaborations with other artist and writers. My contact info is printed in every issue.


ZFH: Why do you create zines?

AFZ: Just to make sure I’m continuously illustrating and painting. Its a good way to measure the progress on my portfolio throughout year.


ZFH: Why do you like zines?

AFZ: Because there’s no censorship. In zines I have found the funniest comics, the most interesting political theories, the most insightful interviews and the most revolting illustrations. As a writer or artist publishing your own zine you don’t have to give a fuck if people like it, so its automatically better than other means of publication.


ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?

AFZ: In high school my friend gave me her copy of “Stolen Sharpie Revolution” a zine about making zines.


ZFH: What is your favorite part of zine fest?

AFZ: Trading zines with other people is fun. I’ve traded my zine for all kinds of shit. Plus at the fest you get to meet the people who make them.


ZFH: What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

AFZ: Probably wanna buy some art.


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

AFZ: Nothing Nice to Say! I got to meet the author last year (or maybe 2012?). The Sedition Book Collective has a zine library that is awesome.


ZFH: What made you decide to participate in the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?

AFZ: I didn’t forget to register this year.


ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?

AFZ: I’m doing a series of comic book- and anime-related paintings for Comicpolooza 2015.


ZFH: What is something you think people should know about DIY in Houston?

AFZ: If you are seeking any goods or services it can be immensely empowering to learn how to do it yourself. Whatever “it” may be. Or you can find someone else with the skills you need to help you, or teach you, or advise you. This is a great way to make friends and build communities. Within your own circle of friends and coworkers I bet you can find an auto mechanic, a nurse, a lawyer, a seamstress, etc. Cut out the middle man. Get to know people. Save you some cash.


ZFH: What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?

AFZ: Just zines and some small acrylic paintings.


ZFH: What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?

AFZ: Painting, making jewelry and accessories.


ZFH: What is the concept behind your zine/zines?

AFZ: Whatever I think is cool in mine and my friends’ sketchbooks.


ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?

AFZ: 6 years.


ZFH: What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?

AFZ: The library at MFAH, the sculpture garden, the gems exhibit at Museum of natural science and The Real School in 3rd Ward.


ZFH: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?

AFZ: That depends on what Houstonians want. As access to technology increases zines will become even more kitschy. In Houston where can you find zines? Who distributes them? Domy Books, Sedition Books, East Side Social Center. Those places are all gone now just because the demand is low. All types of hard copy literature are becoming obsolete. Zines may be obtained almost exclusively through online distros or maybe we’ll see zines at craft fairs or conventions. Who knows.