Zinester Interview: Billy McCall, Proof He Exists

ABQ Zine Fest is THREE WEEKS 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: Billy McCall — (Mr. McCall will officially launch his new, unconventional porn site, SillyNaked, at the Dirty Zine Reading THIS SUNDAY, 8pm at the Tannex. You don’t want to miss that reveal!)

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Billy & AJ photo by Marya Errin Jones

Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!

Proof I Exist – Short stories of love, life, travels, and adventures. Last Night at the Casino:  Stories about working as a casino dealer. Exposure, self-published book of nude photos.

What do you say when someone asks you,  “What are zines?”

Independently published magazines.  Small, photo-copied stories, photos, and drawings with small print runs.

 

Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?

Whoa…  yeah.  A few.  Some I’ve met and know in real life, some whom I do not.  The zinesters I’ve met probably know, so I’ll name just a couple whom I haven’t met: Kerri from Deafula seems pretty amazing, as does Marissa from Miss Sequential.  Both make excellent pen pals, so that’s always a good start . . .

 

What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?

Finding time to put out that next issue.  I could do thirty zines in thirty days, and I’d still have more to say.

 

How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?

Been writing them for about 15 years now.  Started stapling together stories and handing them out at school.  One day, at a music festival, someone gave me a zine, and I was like, “Whoa, other people are doing this, and doing it way cooler than I am.”

 

What do you enjoy most about making zines?

Telling stories and making friends.

 

Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection?

No idea.  I would guess I have around 3,000 zines in various boxes around my house.

 

So much of the written word we now experience via digital media. Why are zines important?

Zines take time and effort, and therefore have more intrinsic value than something imaginary, like the internet.

 

Thank you, Billy!

Photo by Marya Errin Jones

Photo by Marya Errin Jones

Check out Billy’s zines at ABQZF, and find out more about him by visiting his website. Don’t miss ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th– you’ll get your chance to play BIlly’s new and improved and totally fun, ZINE OLYMPICS which made its debut at the inaugural ABQ Zine Fest! 

Seoul Food at ABQZF

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ABQ Zine Fest is proud to announce that SOO BAK FOODS is the official food truck of the fest! This moveable, Korean Seoul Food feast, owned and operated by John Katrinak, will be parked in the Tannex parking lot, dishing out deliciousness on Saturday, September 28 at the finish line of the Seek & Zine Bicycle Scavenger Hunt, around 3pm-6pm and all afternoon at the 3rd Annual ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th, starting around noon.

Zine Fairs can be notorious for happening in places one might generously consider food deserts. We know that ABQZF, happening at The Tannex on 4th street, minutes from the heart of Downtown Albuquerque, and just across the street from neighborhood breakfast institution, the Barelas Coffee House– that’s just not the case for us!

But . . .

Tell THAT to a vegetarian, or a vegan, or the lactose-intolerant so-and-so, squirreling away food in their cheeks and backpacks, hoping not to die of distraction, wondering where their next meal will come from!

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We figured Soo Bak Truck would be a good mix of flavored meats and vegetable treats for hungry zinesters and locals alike! Visitors still have the option of strolling over to Barelas Coffee House for great burritos, (until 2pm on Saturday) or hitting the taco truck just North of the Tannex. BUT, if you haven’t had a chance to try Soo Bak Truck’s mouth-watering kimchi, prepared like momma used to make, you don’t know what you’re missing! Yes, yes, there’s short ribs and pork, too! The menu rotates, and favors the seasonal, but what you can always expect from Soo Bak is fresh food at affordable prices.

We can’t wait, and you don’t have to! Visit Soo Bak Foods online,  meet & eat at the next rendezvous point! Follow that truck on Twitter!

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From Soo Bak Foods: “Owned and operated by John Katrinak, Soo Bak Foods was conceived from a life long dream that came to fruition after John was laid off from Borders bookstore when they went bankrupt. From an early age, John was in the kitchen helping his mother cook up the most mouth-watering food your pretty mouth has ever had inside of it. ”

Photos from Soo Bak Foods’ website. Keep up with the truck on Facebook.

Zinester Interview: Adrian Pijoan, Cat Mariner

ABQ Zine Fest is FOUR WEEKS 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: Adrian Pijoan

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Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!

I’m a cartoonist with a background in ecology, so most of my zines are nonfiction comics about ecology and conservation. Sometimes I’ll approach other subjects, like science fiction, or why Garfield sucks. I also have a comic I draw about a lovesick cat, “Cat Mariner.”

How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?

I’ve been making zines for two years, I got started by taking workshops at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida.

What do you say when someone asks you, “What are zines?”

I say, “the best thing ever!” and then I say that they’re self-published pamphlets or books that are traded, sold, and given away usually by rad people.

Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection?

You mean how many as in number? I don’t think I can count that high. Having recently moved I’d say my zine collection is about 20-40 pounds, though.

Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?

Bill Brown and his zine Dreamwhip. He’s like an artist who goes around sketching everything he sees, except instead of sketching he writes. Also I’m always impressed by the way he shows his internal, emotional experiences through descriptions of place rather than just talking endlessly about himself — I could go on and on about the reasons I crush on Bill Brown. Oh yeah, he also has really great handwriting, which makes his zines even more of a pleasure to read.

What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?

COLLATING. Well — it’s not challenging, but every time I’m collating a new zine, I promise myself I’m never going to make another. But I’ve put out 13 so far, so it’s a promise I’ve broken many times.

What do you enjoy most about making zines?

The sense of community and camaraderie; getting to meet good people and read their perspectives on things.

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Thanks, Adrian!

CLICK HERE to find out more about the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida

Photos by Sally Cantirino  and Geoffry Mason.

 

Zinester Interview: Liza Bley– Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf

ABQ Zine Fest is FOUR WEEKS 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. First up: Liza Bley.

 

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We first met Liza Bley, co-editor (with Saiya Miller) of Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book, a few years ago at a zine reading at the much-loved and dearly missed, Cellar Door Gifts and Gallery. She has tabled at ABQ Zine Fest two years running, and is currently winding her way back to New Mexico to join us again. ABQ Zine Fest is a stop on a 24-city tour to of Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf, the book– published by Soft Skull Press.

Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!

I will be tabling the recently released Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A sex education comic book published by Soft Skull Press. Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf is a compilation of sexual health comics written by various authors. Saiya Miller and I compiled comics over the past five years and published them as six separate zines. The book is a culmination of those zines in addition to new material.

I will also be tabling a new zine, Not Your Mother’s Sex Education. It is a six-part comprehensive sexuality education curriculum that uses Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf as a teaching tool.

How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?

I’ve been tiptoeing around zines for over ten years, since high school. We started Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf in 2008.

What do you say when someone asks you,  “What are zines?”

Self published magazines.

Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?

Nope.

What do you enjoy most about making zines?

Our zine is a compilation of others’ stories. My favorite part of the project is the honesty and passion that is in each of the comic submissions we receive. It is always amazing how overwhelmingly generous our contributors are.

What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?

Copy machine orientation always messes me up.

Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection?

The ones that are still readable? Probably 40 or 50.

So much of the written word we now experience via digital media. Why are zines important?

Zines are important so we can continue to share our ideas freely. Digital media is important for the same reason. It is good to have multiple types of media for more accessibility.

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Check out the Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf tour schedule! And, please visit Liza at ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5 at The Tannex, The Tan and Small Engine Gallery.

Photo of Liza by Marya Errin Jones. Book cover image borrowed from the Bitch Magazine article. Wanna read it? CLICK HERE.

Countdown to ABQ Zine Fest

The Third Annual ABQ Zine Fest is ONE MONTH AWAY! To help keep the excitement going, we’re having several “Pre-Zine Events” throughout the month of September!

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On Tuesdays in September, swing by The Tannex in Barelas for GAME NIGHT! Come hang out listen to music, drink coffee and play board games! Check the zine library, or work on your zines. Stop by The Tannex around 6:30pm, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24!

 

 

Naughty Reading

Coming up on Sunday, September 15, you won’t want to miss our sexy fundraiser, Dirty Zine Reading! Depraved zinesters read from their naughty tales,  in between readings, we’ll be tantalized by music from the house band, Wet Medicine! We’ll raffle off some prizes, peek at some shameless video clips curated by A. Lyman, and Billy da Bunny will launch his geekster porn site! There’s even going to be a D.I.Y. photo booth! Although this is a good-humored, non-sexist, sex-positive, tongue-in-cheek kind of evening, it’s an ADULTS ONLY event– no humans under 18 allowed!

 

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To wrap up the Pre-Zine events, get ready for the second annual Seek & Zine– it’s an informational scavenger hunt, and zine-making event! We’ll be posting more information about the starting point and the finish line, in the coming weeks. Please keep your eyes on the Seek & Zine web page for updates!

 

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Seek & Zine!

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WIN PRIZES!   Have FUN!     Ride your BIKE!!
Make a mini zine in one hour with two/three of your friends! Raise a little coin for ABQ Zine Fest! You’ll have three hours to gather clues from several locations and approximately one hour to make your mini zine! Include all the necessary categories to gain points! Use your bonus points! The highest score WINS! Teams will be given one official Zine & Seek zine with all the clues, zine elements, locations and bonus points. Meet back at The Tannex to have your points tallied. A winning team will be declared! Then, let the trading of the mini zines begin!

 

$5 Donation per team. (Help keep ABQ Zine Fest FREE.)
NO DRIVING.
NO performance enhancing drugs.
STICK TOGETHER
Make something RAD.
Another (((Pre-zine))) event brought to you by ABQ Zine Fest.
SEEK & ZINE
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 28, time 1pm 5pm
Visit www.abqzinefest.com for more info SOON!