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Zine Fest Houston week kicks off in 3, 2…

6 Oct

Welp, it’s finally time. We’ve worked hard this year to spread the good word to all the good folks of Houston and now if I bend my ear, it seems I can hear, through the newly crisp fall air, the sound of zines being folded and staplers busily stapling away!

This is going to be a great week for Houston zines, not only because Zine Fest Houston is coming at your FACE on Saturday! Here’s a little preview of what’s going down:

TODAY at East Side Social Center, the POC Zine Project’s Race Riot! Tour is going to be presenting Zines made by and/or for POC for sale and/or trade, guest zine readers & speakers and many more.’ This is a great project, so make sure you head over to ESSC today at 4pm to check it out!


Following hot on its heels is the All Hallow’Zine open mic & zine reading event at Kaboom Books! We are very excited to be presenting in collaboration with the folks at Kaboom, who are lovely lovely people. Come join us for refreshments and sweet sweet entertainment from the self publishing community!


And, of course, Zine Fest Houston will be taking place on October 12th at the Museum of Printing History between 3-8pm. Here’s what you can look forward to at the fest!


4-5pm: Presentation by zine archivist and punk rock historian David Ensminger.

David Ensminger is a Humanities, Folklore, and English Instructor at Lee College in Baytown, TX. As a writer covering music, art, and contemporary issues, he has authored three books: Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generations (Univ. Press of Mississippi), co-authored Mojo Hand (Univ. of Texas Press), a biography of bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, and contributed to Popmatters, Maximum Rock’n’Roll, Houston Press, Postmodern Culture, Art in Print, M/C Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Artcore, Liminalities, and others. As a digital archivist and blogger, he maintains 25 blogs documenting vernacular culture. Throughout his career, his zines, articles, and blogs have focused on the often overlooked but fecund, ongoing, and nuanced contributions of women, African Americans, Hispanics, queers and lesbians, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing communities upon the legacy, history, and modern dynamics of punk. In 2012, he released The Punk and Indie Compendium, an App published by BiblioBoard (featured on iTunes), featuring 250 entries, including music, photography, interviews, and ephemera from his zines ranging from 1988-2012. His photographs have been featured in his books, blogs, and articles as well. Lastly, as a drummer, singer, and curator of traveling Visual Vitriol poster exhibitions, he has toured American and Western Europe since 2002.

5-5:30pm: Raffle!

5:30-6:30pm: Panel with Space City Nerd as moderators featuring Jamie Kinosian and more panelists TBA!

6:30-6:45pm: Another raffle!

6:45-7:45pm: Presentation by artist Michael Bise

Michael Bise is an artist and author of the ongoing comic, ‘Life on the List,’ a chronicle of the artist’s struggle with what can often be a debilitating heart condition. A pick for the 2013 Texas Biennial, Michael Bise has a show entitled Love in the Kingdom of the Sick up at Moody Gallery that is definitely worth checking out before you hear him speak at the fest!

7:45-8pm: A big raffle!!!

Throughout the fest there will also be kid/teen workshops generously provided by Harris County Public Librarian Maggie Block, zinester extraordinaire! Thank you Maggie, you’re the best!

Maggie Block was formerly a North East transplant in the Midwest, but is now some sort of North East/Midwest hybrid transplant in the Lone Star State (“Yankee” has been suggested, but just seems over simplistic). She is a youth worker, evolving from babysitter & camp counselor to teaching artist & nanny to what she is currently: a youth librarian. Maggie first got involved with Zine Fest Houston when she asked if the organizers would do a presentation on zines for her teens at HCPL’s Aldine branch. She’s thrilled to be double tasking as a tabler and youth workshop leader for this year’s fest!

We’ll also be joined by the Broke Ass Pizza Cooperative, who will be slinging pizza outside the museum for vegans and non-vegans alike! Yummy!

And finally, after a long week of zine reading and making and fun fun fun, come unwind with us at The Doctor’s Office (1302 Nance St.) for the ZFH 2013 After Show! Featuring an Improv Ham Jam (bring your best ham), WOMB BOMB (with former ZFH organizer Lindsey Simard!), CAFFEINATED (Evan McCarley and Scott Gregory bring you the pop-punk anarchy feels), Amazing Technology, and more TBA! Also featuring a keg sponsored by Karbach! Thanks guys!

Hearing about zinefest but bummed you didn’t register in time? It’s cool! There will be overflow tables available at the doc’s office for you to set up and trade, sell, throw around, or distro your stuff in what ever way you see fit! :}

omggg it’s gonna be amaaaaazine!