SFZF 2014 Panel: "RACE, GENDER AND THE FUTURE OF ZINES"

San Francisco Zine Fest organizes workshops and panels to offer an opportunity to learn new DIY crafts and talk to artists. We make an effort to ensure that these workshops and panels engage and inspire our community.  

One of our panels for SFZF 2014 is "Race, Gender, and the Future of Zines." And this is what it's about: 

Zines are a big idea: a medium for everyone, with no gatekeepers, no startup costs, and no divide between makers and readers. So why, in the Bay Area in 2014, do our zine collections still look so different from our communities — and how do we bridge the divides of social capital, unpaid work, and real accessibility? In this panel, we talk to folks building new things with old ideals, and we explore the future of zine culture by going back to its roots.


Panelists:

Anna Anthropy — videogame designer, cultural critic, author of Rise of the Videogame Zinesters and ZZT, and maintainer of the game history archive annarchive.comauntiepixelante.com

Anna Anthropy

Pendarvis Harshaw — Oakland-based writer and photojournalist behind street-interview blogOG Told Me, and a recent graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Pen has worked with NPR, the Huffington Post, and the San Quentin News, one of the world's only inmate-run prison newspapers. ogtoldme.com

Pendarvis Harshaw

Nia King — host of the podcast We Want The Airwaves and author of the forthcoming book of interviews Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Livesartactivistnia.com

 

Moderated by Channing Kennedy. 

This workshop takes place Saturday, August 30th, from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

 

SF Zine Fest talks with E. Francis Kohler

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

I only need one sentence: My work is a tribute, adoration and homage to all things classic horror (old school monster movies).

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

It's been so long I can't really recall my very first encounter with zines, but I do clearly remember coming across some issues of American Living (zines by Angela Mark and Michael Shores) in a free box at the San Francisco Art Institute library in 1986. I also have a very clear memory of finding issue #2 of Kandycorn-Jackhammer (by Johnny Brewton) in a secondhand clothing shop in Berkeley in '91. I had done some strips (for fun and for my Junior college newspaper) and single panels previously, but had never given much thought to zines until Johnny Brewton suggested that I reformat my strip, "The Serious Family" (originally drawn in 1981), into a zine layout. He printed my first zine under his Pneumatic Press imprint in 1992.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

I work at Creativity Explored (an art program for adults with disabilities), take photographs of overlooked details in the SF Bay Area, and make short films.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

Gaining insight into the lives of other creators. This can result in a feeling or sense of connection (of some sort) whether you ever meet the zine-creator or not. I happened to meet one of my best friends ever (Johnny Brewton) through his zine, so that was cool. I know this sounds corny, but making zines and dispersing them into the world is similar to planting seeds - you never know what will grow as a by-product of that action.

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Don't be too ambitious. Start modestly and build up. The fact that you're making anything at all is something to be happy about.

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

My first zine in 22 years (Monsternerd), a wordless fotonovel, some buttons, hand-drawn postcards and a print.

For more from Francis, check out:

www.primitiveprimatepress.com

SF Zine Fest talks with Gabriel Moore-Topazio

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

I like to use fantasy as a backdrop from which to explore the complexities of characters and the worlds they live in. Both society and the individual have the capacity for good and evil, and I like to explore that through the lens of fantasy.

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

My first experiences with zines was mostly through local music shows, where venues would have free zines. What inspired me most is the freedom of creativity that they provide. So much art is limited by finances and connections to gallery oriented art circles, I like that zines and self-publishing are mostly reliant on the artist's ambition.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Between work, school and creating I keep pretty busy. Creating is a never ending task, and I enjoy spending my time drawing and writing. But when I need a break from it all, I enjoy going out to the beach or to a show as much as I enjoy a day at home with good coffee.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

Zines and independent publishing provide inspiration you can not find in a mainstream comic or magazine. I like meeting other people who make them, meeting creator to creator, there is often a mutual appreciation for each other having an independent spirit and approach to art.

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

With the zine format, the risk is so low and printing can be done so cheap, so just do it, and have fun with it. Then learn from the experience, get better and make more.

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

I am showing my self-published comic book Asylum. It is a dystopian fantasy comic about an asylum that parallels an alternate dimension where the patients have superpowers that correspond to their psychosis.

For more from Gabriel, check out:

www.facebook.com/wroughtcomics