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!)
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!
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!