ABQ Zine Fest is MERE DAYS AWAY! 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: Anita Margarita
Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!
Naughty Bits are my collections of erotic tales. New this year will be Bits of Naughty, mini-zines of single stories created just for Dirty Zine Readings. There will be a few other treats by my alter-ego, Elisa McGovern.
She’s usually too shy to write under her own name, but she decided to be more confident in her writing this year.
What do you say when someone asks you, “What are zines?”
Self-published, DIY bits of heaven on paper. Thoughts and deeds and ideas transcribed for your entertainment and/or edification. Pick up one and find out. Then pick up another. And another. Don’t stop until you understand, and then pick up another because you do understand.
Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?
Who don’t I have a zine crush on? Liza Bley’s Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf is amazing, sexy, sex-positive educational hotness, much like Liza herself. Major Rainy Sneer keeps me on the edge of my seat (because I like the pressure on my pubic bone) with her hot stories of blue collar sex. Billy da Bunny likes it freaky; that’s right up my alley. Pamela Dailey’s TheZINEsaurus is also a delightfully wordy-nerdy zine after my own heart. (I heard she’s getting a little dirty this year, too!) Lisa Barrow’s Oh Dear No blows me away, artistically and linguistically. That’s why I table with her. That and I really like her. I’m probably forgetting some zines, and I’m sure I’ll fall in love with others this year.
What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?
Some days it’s time; some days it’s erotic inspiration. I’m very particular about my stories. I have to “road test” them for quality and spank-ability. After that, it comes down to finding visuals. Searching craigslist casual encounters for my “Salute to the Magnificent Cock” issue was fun but time-consuming. Turning off Google safe search is also fun but quickly overloads my brain.
How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?
About 2 years. I was tricked into writing something for the first Zine Fest in 2011, and discovered I liked it. (Writing, not being tricked.)
What do you enjoy most about making zines?
Getting to express myself without the pressure to please anyone but myself. I love it when someone tells me my stories make them hot, but that’s just gravy. Delicious, delicious gravy.
Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection?
I have probably like 45 zines of zines I have Um…without counting, probably 75 or so. I’m excited to increase that number through Zine Fest 2013.
So much of the written word we now experience via digital media. Why are zines important?
For me, I appreciate the tactile quality of paper in my hands. Even a borrowed zine is your possession for the time you’re holding it. On the practical side, it takes less electricity to read a zine than to read a blog.