ZFH: How did Rough House come together? What would you say is the glue that holds the collective together in terms of style/content, if any?
ZFH: Why do you create zines?
RH: Books are a format that humanity has been experimenting with longer than most of the media we encounter on a daily basis. In this digital age it’s nice to experience a work of art that takes up space in the physical world. The sense of touch is more important than we give it credit for.
ZFH: Why do you like zines?
RH: There are no rules and they are relatively inexpensive to produce.
ZFH: How did you become interested in zines?
RH: When people think of zines they often think of black and white photocopied punk zines. While this tradition is certainly a contingent in the zine community, we came to zines from the tradition of artist books and mini-comics and that’s where our focus lies.ZFH:
What is your favorite part of zine fest?
RH: I attended Zine Fest in 2012 and had a great time meeting other artists and zine enthusiasts. There’s such a great sense of encouragement and community at events like this.
ZFH: What is something that you’re looking forward to about the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?
ZFH: What are your favorite zines/mini-comics etc.?
ZFH: What made you decide to participate in the 2014 Zine Fest Houston?
ZFH: What new projects are you working on this year?
ZFH: What is something you think people should know about DIY in Houston?
ZFH: Haha! Short and sweet. Love it. What will be on your table at this year’s Zine Fest?
RH: We will have copies of our latest anthology, Rough House 2. It contains comics from over a dozen artists. We’ll also have various mini-comics available.
RH: The members of our collective are individually involved in creative endeavors that range from music and painting to figure skating. Our love of comics brings us together.
ZFH: Why does self-publishing appeal to you?
RH: It allows you to work with minimal financial risk, which in turn allows for greater artistic freedom.
ZFH: What is the concept behind your zine/zines?
RH: We just aim to publish interesting comics. The avant-garde and slapstick comedy are equally at home on our pages.
ZFH: How long have you been creating zines?
RH: Our collective formed in 2012 but our members have been producing mini-comics for some time before that.
RH: The Orange Show
ZFH: What do you think the zine/self publishing scene in Houston will be like in 20 years?
RH: Hopefully it will just continue to grow stronger and gain more visibility.