Below are the zines (and a CD!) I bought while I was in Austin the weekend of November 2 for Austin Zine Fest and a little background information about each zine as well. The last one I found at the Feliz Pop-up Shop though.
This zine is called BearCat (obvi) and it is a really great one with a lot of random bits and pieces. The lady who makes it works in science (I think?) and says that she uses this zine as an outlet for her creative side. HECK YEAH! We all need an outlet for our creativity. Not really sure how you can obtain a copy because I couldn’t find any contact info in the zine. :(
Coffee for Two is a collaboration between Crummy House, based in Austin, TX and Museums Press, based in Glasgow, UK. It is mostly an image based zine with collage and drawing elements. Super awesome.
Vice Versa Press, run by Julia Arredondo, always has a wide variety of things available at her table every time - postcards, prints, zines, stickers, you name it. I regret not being able to stop by her table at Zine Fest Houston, so I was really glad that I was able to check out what she had for sale at AZF. And…I ran into my friend Paul who was in charge of her table while she was at work! I haven’t seen Paul in a while, ever since I graduated and moved back to Houston. Paul is a cool person and he also makes an appearance in the zine! Anyway, Julia’s Guide to Being Alone has some good tips if you are planning on traveling alone or just need to spend some time alone by yourself and aren’t sure what you want to do.
Editors Erin and Kristen introduce the reader to Pull Trigger through a somewhat angsty letter in the beginning which states that it is “a zine that is born out of a frustration with complacency and comfort” and whose “goal is to push and poke and probably leave everyone involved feeling uncomfortable.” The theme of this first issue is rebirth, which the contributors each interpret that in their own way, either through fiction, non-fiction or drawing. There is a great variety of material and the cover has a nice texture to it. I think it might have been screenprinted, but I’m not 100% sure right now.
Sooo, Raspa Magazine is one of my favorite zines and you should check it out sometime if you are in Austin! I think you can purchase it online now too. It is a bi-annual queer literary magazine that focuses on the Latino perspective. In the Summer/Spring 2013 issue there is a mix of poetry, visual art and fiction. The work of Miguel Martinez is tricked my eyes a bit because front on the paintings look flat, but in the detail photos you can see the thick layers of various materials.
Man’s Inhumanity to Me is the debut album by comic artist, Richard Alexander, who currently lives and works in Austin, TX. He tabled at Zine Fest Houston this year! It was good to catch up with him again because like I mentioned before, I didn’t get a chance to talk with all the zinesters in depth. His musical style is simple and real. What I mean by that is that Richard Alexander is extremely upfront about things in the songs he makes, which makes for a nice change of pace from the music I’ve been listening to lately (i.e. dance music).
Volthair for Voltaire by Kathy Tran is a per-zine series and a wonderful one at that. She started it when she was 17 years old and I believe continues it today. I was drawn to it because of the title and also because of the way it was bound - one single golden ribbon tied in a bow to hold all the pages together. It is mostly writing and features collage and hand-drawn elements for the background. I really enjoy her writing because I feel like it is so relatable and also emotionally honest and very sincere. She quoted some of my favorite books too, so there is that (The Phantom Tollbooth and Sophie’s World) as well.
I bought this lovely collage zine by Kira Shokhova (who is 19 years old and living in Russia apparently) at the Feliz Pop-up Shop, which was the following Sunday after Austin Zine Fest, from the Book Stand booth. It was published by Good Morning Light and released in 2010. Her collage work is very playful and whimsical, which I can never get enough of. You can buy a copy here.