ABQ Zine Fest is this SATURDAY and SUNDAY. From now until the fest, we’ll be highlighting some of the zinesters exhibiting at The Tannex, The Tan, and Small Engine Gallery on Saturday, October 5th. NEXT: John and Jenn Myers
Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!
We plan to have three this year:
1. All the Growing Things (written and drawn by Jennifer Myers): a comic book about Maude, an old woman who finds her garden is under siege by strange monsters. To save it she ventures into a mysterious underworld full of bizarre creatures, cultists and cats.
2. The Vagus Street Rehabilitation Project (written by John Myers and drawn by Jennifer Myers: a comic book that combines a series of loosely connected ghost stories about the haunted Vagus Street Housing Project. (http://vagus.typodmary.com/2009/04/30/vrp1cover/)
3. The Era of Great Wonders (written by John Myers and drawn by Jennifer Myers: a comic book about the war between giant monsters told in the words of the people who lived through it. (http://greatwonders.typodmary.com/2013/07/03/splash-page/)
What do you say when someone asks you, “What are zines?”
Technically, self published magazines and books but I tend to think its more about a community of like minded individuals all working to support each other creatively.
Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?
What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?
Time. Making anything creative is hard work. Making something creative in your free time is exhausting.
How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?
I love making things. Taking an idea from concept to completion is one of the best feelings in the world.
What do you enjoy most about making zines?
That amazing rush of feeling vulnerability and accomplishment at the same time whenever I finish writing, laying out, xeroxing, folding, stapling and putting out a new issue. That and the connecting with others doing zines through mail and in person, too.
Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection?
I just started picking up material at last year’s Zinefest, so only a dozen or so.
So much of the written word we now experience via digital media. Why are zines important?
Physical media is special in a lot ways, books, comics, magazines they all have a physicality that we can connect to and attach our memories to. More importantly, we can share them in a way can’t with digital media, it’s easy to pass a book or a magazine along in a way that is difficult with digital media.
Thanks, Jennifer & John
Check out their work at ABQZF this Saturday. On Sunday, John and Jennifer will teach their discussion/workshop: Creative Couples–How To Work With The One You Love.