Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Desperate Youth Pre-Release Party!

Tahnee Udero's zine, Desperate Youth Zine makes its debut ahead of ABQZF! Pre-order this zine (a limited number of prints, so get yours) watch a movie/sing-a-long, hear Tahnee read from her zine, and help raise some funds of ABQ Zine Fest! 

ABQ Zine Fest Registration for 2014 is now open!

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CLICK HERE to sign up!
Registration CLOSES on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th at MIDNIGHT! Space is limited. Don’t wait!
(We're a little behind on the blogspot site.) Updates coming soon! In the meantime, visit: www.abqzinefest.com for the latest! 

ABQZF Organizers

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Queen of the Road: Zinester, Mother, Publisher, Sage Adderley

Queen of the Road: Zinester, Mother, Publisher, Sage Adderley

Sage_ARight now, zinesters are motoring across the deserts of ‘MERICA, soon to arrive in Albuquerque for ABQZF (It’ll be a speedy journey, as nearly all of the Nation’s national parks are CLOSED, but all the better for US. Get here already)!
One such zinester is Sage Adderley, cruising in from Olympia, Washington. Sage is the proud owner of Sweet Candy Distro, one of the most orderly and and diverse distros in all the land.  Sweet Candy works with writers from all over the US and around the globe. Topics featured in SCD include mental health, feminism, body image, gender, parenting, food, travel, art, survival, fiction stories, and so much more. Check it out! The amazing Sage also runs Sage’s Blog Tours-- an online service that secures “book tours” for authors via the pages of popular literary blog sites. WHAT?! Like we said, BRILLIANT.
If that weren’t enough, Sage, mother of three, also just added a book publishing arm to Sweet Candy. She just released Heavy Hangs the Head, by zinester Taryn Hipp (Lady Teeth), and is currently collaborating with zinester Jonas Cannon (Cheer the F Up) to publish his book, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus. In fact, they just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the necessary funds to get the book to press. Click the photo below to screen their campaign video!
Photo by Courtney Dowdall

A zinester in her own right, Sage will be tabling her long-running zines, Marked for Life and the comp zine about loving your body,  FAT-TASTIC. She’s also writing and editing her first novel. (Jeez! Did we mention she has THREE KIDS? How do you do it, Sage?!) You can take a look at Sage’s zines right here.But why not save you dollars and purchase zines from Sage in person, on Saturday at ABQZF?!

Photos courtesy of Sage Adderley and Courtney Dowdall.

ABQZF Workshops!

Workshops, Talks, Hangouts SUNDAY -- Noon -- 4pm
Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book - Comic Making Workshop -- The Tannex 12:30 -- 1:30
Join zinester Liza Bley in a conversation and workshop about her zine-turned-book. Hands-on approach to comic book writing, sex ed/and heath perspective. For mature of varying ages. LIMIT 15. The Tannex
Panel to Panel: Want to tell stories through comics-- The Tannex-- 1:45--3:00 pm
Learn the basics of what makes a comic book so you can make your own! Introduction to comics by members of 7000 BC and Q&A on how attendees can make their own comics, everything from photocopied mini-comics to your own self-published graphic novels. The Tannex. LIMIT 15.
Creative Couples --The Tannex 3:30- 4:00 pm
Creativity for Couples workshop will answer many of your questions, including, What's like creating a project with your partner? How do you overcome the challenges of creating something with someone with whom you are emotionally involved? Do the arguments from one part of your life carry over to the other? What are some of the unique advantages and challenges of creating a creative product with your partner? Jenn and John have been married for five years, together for eight and have made comics together since 2008. The Tannex. LIMIT 21
Cahoots Mini Zine Workshop-- The Tan 1:45-3:00pm
Hang out in the Haiku Cahoots Mini Zine Workshop! Collaborate with other zine-sters. Share images and words to create a one page mini-zine. Come with an open mind and leave with a copy of the mini poetry zine that we create. All supplies provided. But you can bring some of your own to share, if you want. Facilitated by PamDragonfly, creator of TheZINEsaurus. All ages. The Tan. LIMIT 13.
NOTE: Zine Fest Organizers discussion at 11am-noon.
The Tannex
1417 4th Street SW

Monday, September 30, 2013

Speed Stapling! Zine Olympic EVENT!

The 3rd Annual ABQ Zine Fest is MERE DAYS away! Are you ready to compete in Billy's Zine Olympic Games??! Take a look at footage from the games at the first ABQZF!
Practice your SPEED STAPLING, folks!

Zinester Interview with Pam Dailey: TheZINEasaurus

Zinester Interview with Pam Dailey: TheZINEasaurus

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: Pam Dailey
Please tell us about the zines you’ll be tabling at ABQZF!
TheZINEsaurus is a personal zine. I share stories about my life and observations about the universe. It’s a sporadically produced zine; no regular schedule. I merge and express my love of words, writing, drawing, photography, story-telling, nature, science, animals, tape, glitter, glue, and paper.  With synonyms.  And sometimes antonyms. This is how I rejuvenate my soul. This year, I have three new full-size zines: Zine of the Apocalypse, Depression, and Road Trip. And I have three mini zines: Spring-Sprang-Sprung, Hygienic Ornamental Patterns, and Haiskoo. I’ll also have copies of my zines from the two previous years.
What do you say when someone asks you,  “What are zines?”
Zine is like ‘magazine’. They are little self-published collections of stories, images, photos, whatever. Zines started in the 70′s and 80′s as FanZines, publicity for people’s favorite bands. Now, they’ve evolved into being anything we want them to be. If you can think of it, somebody is writing a zine about it, somewhere. There are fiction zines, poetry zines, per-zines (like mine) where people share their personal lives and commentaries, stuff like that.
What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?
I find it hard to capture my ideas as they are floating by. I have tons of ideas, and I don’t always remember to write them down! I consciously make time for zine’ing every week. It soothes my soul.
How long have you been writing zines, and how did you get started?
I’ve been producing what could be called zines since the fall of 2011, when I did my first zine as part of the first ABQ Zine Fest weekend challenge. My background is in art, and I’ve been combining my sketches, photos, and other images with my words and thoughts since art school in college in the early 90′s.
What do you enjoy most about making zines?
I love it when my vision of what I want to create comes out as good as the image in my head. And I love it when the words in the thesaurus I use teach me something more about life.
Roughly how many zines do you archive in your personal collection? 
Ummm…. three. four. something like that.
Do you have a zine crush? If so, are you willing to reveal the object of your zine affection?
So much of the written word we now experience via digital media. Why are zines important?
It’s so important to have the physicality of the zine in your hands. And for us creators to actually create, put pen to paper, so to speak. The visceral act of art and writing changes when it’s solely digital.
Thanks, Pam!

Zinester Interview: Jessica Mills, Radical Mom

Zinester Interview: Jessica Mills, Radical Mom

mymothercoverMother, teacher, writer, musician, artist and activist Jessica Mills is doing us all a favor– she’s helping to make the job of parent easier and more radical. In 2007, the former columnist forRazorcake penned the punk-parenting bible called,  My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Guide to Parenting for the Rest of Us, to offer alternative strategy to parenting for those who want to be nurturing to their children without completely abandoning their own art. My Mother Wears Combat Boots joins Tomas Moniz’s Rad Dad, and Ariel Gore’s Hip Mama as guides to non-traditional, radical childrearing. Aside from raising a handful of daughters with her partner, Jessica helps run a distro– well, a different type of distro– she is a key volunteer forErda Gardens, an all-local CSA located in the South Valley of Albuquerque. 

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

This is the 3rd year I’ll be putting out a special ABQ zine fest issue of Yard Wide Yarns.  And since I’m a haiku junky, I’ll have a Summer 2013 haiku zine.  I handmade a bunch of spiral notebooks because I’m a scavenger reuser, so I’m bringing those too.  I actually ripped off my daughters’ idea there except theirs have collage covers and mine are cut from food packaging.

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

I had been writing for others’ zines, but put out my first issue of Yard Wide Yarns in 1993.  I was surrounded by punk rockers doing things themselves and wanted to be a participant instead of just a consumer.  I was also motivated by feeling that my female voice had something to add to the male dominated scene.  I stopped doing YWY in 1999 when I was pregnant with my first daughter and started writing a monthly column for Maximum Rock and Roll, “My Mother Wears Combat Boots,” until 2009.  I picked up YWY again in 2011 for my first ABQ zine fest.

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

Zines are independently produced publications.  They can be whatever you want them to be and have more sass than regular “maga”zines.

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

Yes, and it’s a bad couple of ‘em!  No way.

What’s the most challenging thing about zine making?

Not being able to prioritize enough large chunks of uninterrupted time that putting together a zine requires.

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?

Oh geez.  I probably qualify for hoarder status here.  Thanks to moving from Florida to Seattle to Albuquerque though, I did unload a few boxes at the Civic Media Center Zine Library in Gainesville, FL and few scattered others.  I think I’m ready to unload some more at the Albuquerque Zine Library (at the Tannex)!

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

Zines are important like any other sliver of any other culture is important. They are media, art, literature, and passion.  They’re unhackable, secure documents that you don’t need to be electronically connected to to enjoy.

Thanks, Jessica!

Jessica on saxophone.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Mills.