Getting pretty amped about this lil' show.
We are very excited to announce the SF Zine Fest 2014 Special guests Ryan Sands, Tomas Moniz and Hellen Jo! They all have been a special part of the zine community and we can't wait for you to see them at the show!
2014 Special Guests
Ryan Sands is a zinemaker, editor, and translator who lives in San Francisco. Ryan runs the publishing company, Youth in Decline, which is based out of a small office / Risograph print shop in the Mission. Youth in Decline’s focus is on supporting diverse and unique stories from up and coming North American creators, introducing English-speaking audiences to our favorite international cartoonists and writers, and providing an outlet for artistic book objects from established creators we love.
In addition to an ongoing artist monograph series called Frontier and a science fiction chapbook called "Love Songs for Monster", Youth in Decline is releasing two longer comics this fall: RAV 1ST COLLECTION by Mickey Zacchilli, and Snackies by Nick Sumida.
Tomas Moniz is most known for being the creator, editor, and contributor to RAD DAD, a zine about radical parenting, and author of Bellies and Buffalos. Over the course of nine years, he was written personal pieces about fatherhood and all of its complexities. Tomas splits his time between parenting, teaching, writing, and organizing. He organizes readings and EBABZ, the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, and has become an important figure in the Zine and Literary community. His work combines daily challenges with art and political reform. Tomas has been an exhibitor at the San Francisco Zine Fest for the past eight years. In that time, he has established himself as a prolific writer and a great colleague.
Hellen Jo is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Los Angeles. She currently works on the Cartoon Network program "Steven Universe" as a storyboard artist. In her free time, she enjoys stickers, horror movies, and hoarding. You can find her at helllllen.org.
Uncle Joey just got off the horn to let us know to CUT-IT-OUT (gesticulations implied we are sure.) That means we have SOLD OUT of tables for SFZF this year in record time! We will have more info up soon so stay tuned and THANK YOU to all of our exhibitors-we can't wait to see what you bring to the table this year!
We are happy to announce that Sophia Foster-Dimino and Roman Muradov are joining the roster of featured guests for SF Zine Fest 2013! Sophia and Roman are both very involved in the comics, illustration and zine community and we are truly excited to have them present at SFZF.
"Roman Muradov is an illustrator and cartoonist from Russia, currently living in San Francisco. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, and other nice places. His first graphic novel, "(In A Sense) Lost & Found," comes out this fall from Nobrow Press. He loves tea, books, and long aimless walks."
"Sophia Foster-Dimino is a cartoonist and illustrator whose comics have appeared in anthologies like (ku)š! and Happiness. She loves food, film, and videogames. Her first long-form comic will be published by Retrofit in the fall. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Roman."
SF Zine Fest has its roots in self-publishing but we also feature many artists exhibiting art, craft and other hand-made products created with a DIY ethic. This year Zine Fest is proud to host a speaking event with Catie Nienaber of
. Catie Nienaber started with zines, moved to blogging, has been published in WORN and 7x7, and now writes for the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section.
**Catie will be giving her presentation: New Century, Old Clothes: Vintage Retail in the Digital Age at SF Zine Fest on Sunday, Sept 2nd at 2:30pm**
How do you describe what you do?
Ha! I usually say "I'm a busy lady." But most of the time I tell people that I own an online vintage clothing store, and also occasionally write for the San Francisco Chronicle's Style section. But I also have a day job in an office, and a life outside of it.
You got your start in zines, how did that experience affect/inform your career?
I started doing zines because I enjoyed writing and drawing and because there was this built-in community of people who had similar interests. It was a fun way to get to know like-minded folks. When I was in graduate school I had a lot of homework and couldn't do it as much. But I still felt compelled to write as a means of sorting out my life and interacting with others. So I just started blogging instead. That, and the eventual transition to having this store, introduces you to this world of peers who are into the same things you are. It's very communal. Everyone is in it to help each other be better. There are people you admire because they do things a certain way and there are resources you return to because they've been helpful. Everyone has something positive to contribute to the conversation. And behind every storefront is a real actual human doing something they love to do.
This involves a lot of computer time, and sitting there for hours on end with an album on in the quietness of the house reminds me of when I'd spend hours at the kitchen table working on zines, just totally in the zone. And maybe I'd get fatigued after a while, but I'd just say to myself, 'This is going to look so cool when it's all done.' I have moments like that now with my store all the time.
Tell us about
It's a two-year old online store, on Etsy, that sells clothing and accessories from the 1930s to the 1970s, although occasionally there are pieces both older and younger than those eras.
What role does DIY play in your current work/business?
Dronning is a great example of DIY in a couple of ways. First off, I do everything myself, from beginning to end. I source all the garments, clean and mend them (if they need it), photograph them, store them, and then eventually package and ship them. I design all the stickers, business cards and do all the social media. But I'm also not living in this fog of hubris. This will contradict what I just said, but part of knowing yourself is knowing your limitations. I can do simple mends, like fixing holes in sweaters and sewing on buttons, but hemming a 1930s dress that has a tattered edge? I do not trust my sewing skills on that one, and the quality of the dress might be compromised if my hands got too involved. I pay someone at a local business to do something that is beyond my skills. Or I do a trade. I have a friend that I met through a sewing circle who is an attorney. She showed me how to do my taxes my first year out because it was difficult for me to wade through everything. To pay her, I sold some of her vintage dresses in my shop (she is a collector) and she took a cut of the profits.
What communities have contributed to your success?
This touches a bit on what I'm going to talk about in my workshop. If you feel the need for a community but you don't naturally find yourself immersed in one, it's really up to you to go out and seek out whatever it is you're looking for. There are a few books and online sources, like the Vintage Fashion Guild, that were of great help to me especially in my first year that I still return to all the time. You have to always be looking and watching. Educating your eyes is one of the best things you can do.
What can visitors expect at your SFZF event?
Besides a tall gal who is prone to talking with her hands.... it's going to be fun. I'm really into being honest about my experiences. So you'll get a portrait of someone who bumbled her way through her early days and ended up growing something that pays the bills yet never feels like work.
We are very excited to have Catie present at Zine Fest! Be sure to attend her panel and check out our other