Art Dirt: Looking at Zine Fests and Self-Publishing in Texas

by Glasstire December 3, 2023
A group of people pose around a sign that say Zine Fest Houston 30 Years.

A photo from Zine Fest Houston’s 30th annual event, which happened in November 2023. Sarah Welch is second from the left.

William Sarradet talks with Houston’s Sarah Welch and Fort Worth’s Raul Rodriguez about the nature of zine festivals and the landscape of self-publishing in Texas.

“I think being in Texas has actually put us at a good advantage for doing self-publishing work because there are so many major cities in the state…We’ve done some out of state stuff, but I think the events we do in Texas are often the highest quality.”

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This week’s podcast is sponsored in part by the Houston Museum of African American Culture and their annual museum fundraiser and art auction, Champagne and Ribs, which is happening December 14 in Houston. The auction features works by internationally recognized artists Evita Tezeno, David McGee, Floyd Newsum, Johnny Floyd, and others. Your bid not only gets you an incredible work of art, but also goes a long way in sustaining the Houston Museum of African American Culture. The museum will be open during the week of December 3, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11a.m. – 6 p.m. to preview the auction and purchase Champagne & Ribs tickets online or in person. Learn more and support the museum here.

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Glasstire: RIP Shane Patrick Boyle, Founder of Zine Fest Houston
Glasstire: Zine Fest Houston Archive Acquired by UH
Glasstire: Artist On Artist: Raul Rodriguez
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Glasstire: Fishing in Multiples: Recent Exhibitions at the Galveston Arts Center
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Glasstire: Dallas Zine Explosion Coming Your Way
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