Zinester highlights continue with a conversation with Tayyba Kanwal, coordinator of The Lovely Blubs. Read on!
Why do you create zines?
The Lovely Blubs are a multi-generational co-inspiring team, and zines have the magical ability to web together our ideas and creative skills. Zines let us play together, and share our worlds with people who get the fun of it.
What is your favorite part of zine fest?
Talking with people about the inspiration behind the hundred of stories and images floating around the Zine Fest, both theirs and ours.
What new projects are you working on this year?
This year The Lovely Blubs are starting a new series that will be released at the Zine Fest over six years. Come find us for part 1 of a futuristic zine inspired by Alice (of Wonderland) by Natasha and Unity Haq. You’ve seen their Mara & Clay series mature over the two years they were in elementary school. They are now middle schoolers and seasoned zinesters. We are thrilled about the prospect of watching this new series evolve with them through their years in middle school and high school.
What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
You don’t want to miss Natasha & Unity Haq’s first installment of their new Alice zine! Athena Haq’s “Duck and Swan” love story (featuring a duck in a tux!) was a hit last year, and she will be back with another moving new zine. The Lovely Blubs will also have a new set of postcards of their original art, that you have become so fond of over the last two years. And this year, Maya Kanwal has a special treat waiting for you – handwritten copies of her published second person short story, a story that was imagined as a letter, and now you can have a personal copy.
What other creative ventures do you have besides making zines?
Maya Kanwal, the coordinator of The Lovely Blubs, is writing a short story collection, one of which is forthcoming this fall in the journal Quarterly West, and was presented at a reading at the Houston Public Library central branch. She has also completed a YA novel that is now in the hands of the powers that be. You can check her out here: http://mayakanwal.com and follow her on twitter @mayakanwal
What is/are your favorite place(s) in Houston?
The Lovely Blubs haunt the museums that we are so lucky to have such easy access to, and spend a lot of time (both watching and performing) at the Wortham Center, Main Street Theater and Winter Street Studios. Those of us who are old enough can also be consistently found writing at Agora, imbibing at The Anvil and listening to readings at Rudyards.