Local Cartoonists To Celebrate Zine Fest

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/

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