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.


Liza Bley

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?


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.


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!


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!



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!


Zine Poster

Seek & Zine!


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 performance enhancing drugs.
Make something RAD.
Another (((Pre-zine))) event brought to you by ABQ Zine Fest.
Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 28, time 1pm 5pm
Visit www.abqzinefest.com for more info SOON!

Journalzining in Albuquerque

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by Marya Errin Jones

The New-media Wilderness. Sure is Lewis and Clarky up in here. Very, very Daniel Booney. Glad that we at ABQ Zine Fest have some new sources for information to go to when we’re in the need to know. Let’s just say that the world of journalism in New Mexico has undergone some serious shake-ups lately, and for the better, we think! There are a few new sources to turn to for art, news, music, local politics and more, that we’d like to talk about. Let’s get started!

Marisa Demarco, former editor at the Weekly Alibi was unceremoniously dismissed a few months ago, as if you didn’t notice. YOU DID. It was straight-up Dickensian, if you ask us. But, you can’t keep a great editor down. Ms. Demarco, along with a dedicated group of writers, editors and designers, launched the online news source, The New Mexico Compass, in late December. If you haven’t clicked through the New Mexico Compass, there’s NO WAY you can shoulder the heft of your part of an intelligent conversation about local politics. Seriously, no way– and with the New Mexico Legislature in session right now, there is a lot of schmatta to wade through. Aside from the weekly KUNM Call-In Show with Elaine Baumgartel, few news sources offer in-depth stories on local politics better than the Compass. You’ll be hard-pressed to read news that’s just as engaging as the “fun” articles. News IS fun at NM Compass. No wonder Local iQ has practically given NM Compass the run of their news desk during the New Mexico Legislature session.

We’re also pretty excited that some of our zinester friends are writing for the new online magazine, Pyragraph. Expect great articles on music, art, design, film, writing and more, coming your way from people like Eva Avenue of the Nightly Noodle Monthly.


Pyragraph just launched, like a minute ago, but it seems they’ve been working behind the scenes for a while, to build up their site. While cruising the bright and colorful Pyragraph today, it was great to find an article written in November about the 2012 ABQ Zine Fest and zines, in general, penned by Billy McCall, Chicago transplant and veteran zinester, currently based in New Mexico. You don’t know Billy, until you’ve read his zines. You may do so, here.

Whoa. Now, hold on. Before we get carried away, let’s not forget the online sources that have fed us in the lean and in between times, and continue to serve up good food for thought. Samantha Anne Carrillo and Rudolfo Carrillo have been writing articles on art, music and news in the 505 (and the 575) at Things in Light for more the two years. There are few champions of local culture like TIL. (Samantha Anne Carrillo is pulling double-duty as the current music editor at the Alibi so KEEP READING because her articles and her editing are spot on.) Mike Smith, who now has a regular column in the Weekly Alibi, thrilled us with his newsku (that’s, um . . . news+haiku-like) tweets on his Twitter feed. The New Mexico News  reports New Mexico news events in 140 characters or less (and also has an occasional print run). New Mexico News is currently on hiatus. If you’re trying to track down that moveable feast known as the Albuquerque Food Trucks, Follow Eric will keep you up on all the tasty, rollin’, local faire. Launched on Facebook back in August of last year, Inhabitants of Albuquerque might make you fall in love with Albuquerque again.

We know we haven’t touched on ALL of the great online sources in New Mexico that chronicle our daily lives, but hey, someone’s gotta chop up those pretty dead trees and make some zines.



Dirty Zine Reading, ValenZine Reading

Spring is definitely in the air! It’s Imbolc for your Pagans, and Ground Hog’s Day for the rest of ya. It’s also finally FEBRUARY and we’re getting ready for our little zine reading at Winning Coffee. Hard to believe but this the third annual dirty zine reading? Now, don’t get nervous. YOU don’t have to read anything! We’ve got our own collection of lovable perverts to read to you! You can expect interesting, evocative tales from Anita Margarita, Major Rainy Sneer Billy the Bunny Liza Bley,
Andrew Lyman, Avery Janeczek Kalapa, and great collection of tunes from one of our favorite DJs, Miss DJ Mello! Calm your nerves or rev your engine by grabbing a tea or coffee from Winning– the drink bar with be open! And honestly, you might get red-cheeks from the things you hear. You might get a little But, being a little uncomfortable is a big part of life, and one of the great things about being human! You grow as you glow.

My Dirty ValenZine Reading
Zine Reading! Give-Aways! Dirty Talk!
Dirty Rekkids by DJ Mello!
Thursday, February 14, 7pm
Winning Coffee
111 Harvard SE
$5-$8 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds).
Contributions go towards the 3rd Annual ABQ Zine Fest in October!
Help keep zine fest free.

See you at the reading!

ABQ Zine Fest presents another dirty, DIRTY zine reading!

Don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down! Spend with us and a handful of depraved but lovable zinesters!! Bring your lover(s) too!

Dirty readings from:

Anita Margarita, Major Rainy Sneer, Billy the Bunny, Liza Bley, Andrew Lyman, Avery Janeczek Kalapa. And, Dirty Rekkids by DJ Mello!


Thursday, February 14, 7pm
Winning Coffee
111 Harvard SE
$5-$8 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds).