Zine Fest, to be held at Super Happy Fun Land, isn’t your typical comic convention. While larger conventions are packed with celebrity cameos and mainstream comics, Lindsey Simard, a cartoonist and the organizer of Zine Fest, says that the event will shine a light on more personal cartooning.
“Basically what it is: it’s a place for people who make zines, which are small pamphlet-like magazines that can be about anything – art, politics, people make journals, people draw comics, all different kinds of stuff – and they have tables where they sell their zines to the public and usually trade with each other.”
You don’t have to be an award-winning artist to participate in the festivities. Simard says the great thing about self-publishing is that ambition and drive outweigh talent, or a lack thereof.
“I used to feel like I could never draw, because I wasn’t good at drawing, but then I realized it doesn’t really matter as long as I’m okay with it.”
After a summer packed with superhero movies, María-Elisa Heg, the program director of Zine Fest, hopes that the event will remind people that there are great comics that don’t necessarily have film adaptations.
“Superheroes are a great metaphor, but they’re really played out right now. I mean, it’s very overkill.”
Zine Fest will start at 3pm and end at 8. Admission is free. For more information on the event, go to http://zinefesthouston.org/