There was a layout change this year with Zinefest that I think really helped spectators to not miss half the show. With all the doors of the building open, much of the traffic left before even realizing there was more show to fest. The problem with that of course, is ventilation. Larger San Francisco buildings have a trend of skylights to allow light to raise the temperature inside. Since SF is usually 65 degrees give or take, this is wonderful. When it’s 80+ degrees outside, it’s a sauna.
But enough complaining, let’s move on to what’s awesome! First of all, our flanks were great! Clay Eichner of Kami Comics was to our right and Annie Yu of Curbside Treasure to our left. Our friend Kara Frame and Erin Meadows of Coass Comics were also close by.
The very excited part of Zinefest for me was Hellen Jo. I was losing my mind when I heard that she was coming, since I purchased Frontier at Mission Comics. (Of course I forgot it and didn’t get it signed because I’m a dumb moron.) I got a very awesome print from her, and like, 4 HUGE BUTTONS. I don’t know WHAT I will do with them, but I am a large percentage more awesome for having them.
This is the part in my review where I go over everything that I got from people. It’s going to be a little more like a list, but whatever. It’s worth a read, or at the very least, a click to check out these artists!
Maia Kobabe is a lovey human being that had a very familiar face, and I was completely out of my mind with wonder as to who she was. Then, like a ton of bricks it hit me. Schmendrick the Magician. This darling girl cosplayed as Schmendrick at Fanime back in May. I was very excited to see her, and even happier to get her Sherlock pin for Kayla! Her comic is also available online at www.thiefs-tale.smackjeeves.com, so go read it!
www.JerkFrenzy.com What an amazing fellow. I was trying to figure out where the business cards were, but all I saw were awesome tiny prints on matte board. LOW AND BEHOLD. They were the business cards! He was so excited at my excitement that he let me take 6 of them. I’m going to frame them as such!
www.black-mast.com I love black mast for my awesome screen printed Moleskine journals, and was happy to see that they were back, and had new ones. I almost got the Elvira one, but settled for the awesome ship one. One for me, and one for Ruth, just like last year! They had an amazing Cat Woman shirt as well, which I regret not purchasing.
www.Tyrannyofthemuse.com This comic has a wicked concept. It’s about being able to inject yourself with creativity, like you would shoot heroin. Really wonderful style.
Jen Oaks is one of my favorite illustrators locally. I got a bunch of neat stuff from her, including some rad van stickers, her new zine and volumes 1 and 2 of a comic anthology she participates in called Milk and Carrots!
Elizabeth Beier is a friend of mine through our art circles, and is a really awesome lady pal! I go a rad print/poem from her table, as well as a copy of her Bisexual Zine!
Alyssa Nassner is the curator for the Spoonful Zine. She came all the way from Australia! Her zine is just beautiful. She collaborates with many other artists and brings a very clean and professional appeal to her work.
The delightful Rachel Dukes was present for this Zinefest, and some of you may remember my mention of her in my interview article all about her sweet face. She didn’t fail with bringing more smiles, I’ll tell you that! I picked up Frankie Comics issue 2, and was as pleased as ever with the silly cat antics I’ve come to expect from her work.
Nomi Kane is another veteran of the local art shows, and was kind enough to share her newest zines/comics with me. Goodbye Ruby SOHO was really amazing, and I recommend it to anyone. Can You Bernie Lean is also interesting because it’s not just local, but educational, like a lot of Nomi’s work tends to be. I learned a lot about Diabetes from the zine that she did explaining the disease.
Teddy Hose was next to Jen Oaks when I was discussing Art School and that I wasn’t made of money. He handed me this zine, which actually should have been labeled NC-17 because of how terrifying it was. It goes into details about his experience with student loans over art school, and it’s a wonderful and honest piece.
www.saradiamond.com These lovely ladies were right across from us, and also chatted with us on Saturday morning in line to get into Zinefest. They did an adorable table, with cut out letters taped behind them, white string lights and adorable vintage suitcases to showcase their wares. Hate how cute they are.
Cameron Forsley is an old coworker of mine, who is insanely talented and blows me away with his fearless and incredible underground comic style. R. Crumb has told him that his stuff was on point, which must be the most incredible validation in the world. That would be like Becky Cloonan saying that she liked a drawing I did. He gave me Tat Rat issue 5 and Jackoff Clowns.
Amy Burek of www.ackwardladiesclub.com is one of my favorite people. She has come to a few of the drink and draws, and is always a pleasure to have around. Her Zines are always hilarious and interesting. Quit Your Job and Eat Pizza isn’t as hilarious I suppose, but the message is flawless. She is worth checking out, if not just for the awesome print she did of an Animal Cell. (I bought that. It’s awesome.)
Before I do a simple list of links ya’ll should check out, I want to take a moment to write about some of the best Zines I got. “Shit I drew In 2013” by a young woman who didn’t leave her contact on the zine, “Spilled Ink” by Rosa Adams, and Who’s Your Daddy by Shayna Why. Shit I drew in 2013 has parts inside of it that are hand drawn and hand colored. She had several of them with her, and throughout the book there are random things that are colored in colored pencil. It takes true dedication to take on something like that for a work you’re making multiples of. The lines are sketchy, and the copier used to print it must have been an old office copier.
The two first zines mentioned seem unfinished and a bit amateur, but that’s what makes them true zines. Shayna’s is small and awesome, but has a dark subject matter that could make some readers uncomfortable. I think that’s very important. Shock is an important way to reach an audience. I entered into the world of comics and zines thinking that everything had to lot neat and clean. These zines are a reminder that the message is more important. They are honest and full of real situations, emotions, and personal thoughts. I really do think that out of everything I saw at Zinefest, these were outstanding examples of what the medium is all about.
Alright, now that my artsy fartsy pretention is done, here is the list of people whose business cards I pilfered, and maybe a nugget or two of what I remembered about them.
KJ Martinet- www.kjmartinet.com
Ellis Kim - www.timefiddler.com
Emma Karin Eriksson – www.prettydirtypress.etsy.com
Christine Knopp – www.etsy.com/shop/kikidoodle
[un]possible cuts – www.unpossiblecuts.com
Ryan Hungerford – www.ryanhungerford.com
Justin DeVine – www.coroflot.com/justindevine/portfolio
Shirong Gao – www.gaoshirong.com
Only Daughter – www.onlydaughterbooks.com
Emily Rasmussen – www.emilyras.com
Alison Dubois – www.stitchnpoke.com
Megan Lynn Kott – www.meganlynnkott.carbonmade.com
Kristen – email@example.com (Makes awesome screenprint patches, like Daria’s face in the Venus symbol)
www.ladybonesprintcollective.com – San Francisco collective of lady artists and creators
www.itsthanhma.tumblr.com – this lovely person saw my Sailor Moon prints and gave me an adorable Sailor Moon sticker.
Tori Holder – www.toriholder.tumblr.com
D.B. Elsa – www.lalemonchemistryzine.tumblr.com –this one is pretty cool because the author and artist is a chemistry student at UC Berkeley.
Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support, especially Elle Skinner, Liz Patrician and Conor Rose! You guys are my darlings. Also to Liz Mayorga, who plays a huge part in Zinefest, and is a great artist in her own right!
Stay Calm and Print, Fold, Staple on!