November 7, 2020
From the organizers:
“Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) is thrilled to announce its 2020 festival date: Saturday, November 7 from 12-6 pm. This year’s festival will be fully digital, a first in the festival’s long history, and will feature six hours of broadcast-style programming including zinester interviews, a panel discussion, vendor-submitted commercials, vintage ZFH promos, creator spotlights, and an after party, all facilitated by programmatic partners Effin’ Rager. Other community partners include Doomsday Wrestling, Survival Movements, and Veggie Mijxs. In pivoting online, the festival has taken on a new theme: Germination Station: We’re Broadcasting Seeds, Baby! ZFH 2020 featured artist Rye Francisco will be in charge of visual elements for this year’s festival. To attend the festival and join in on the fun, check out ZFH’s Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/zinefesthouston.
In addition, thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, this year ZFH will award two shane patrick boyle Memorial Grants for Emerging Zinesters. The shane patrick boyle Memorial Grant for Emerging Zinesters, initiated in 2018, aims to honor the life of ZFH founder, shane patrick boyle, and foster the creative DIY practice of an emerging, queer zinester. The grant includes a $250 stipend and an interview segment during the digital ZFH event to be streamed live via Twitch on Saturday, November 7, 2020. A special tribute to shane will be included in this year’s programming as well.
ABOUT RYAN FRANCISCO
Ryan Francisco was born and raised in Houston, TX. Francisco attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, majoring in Theatre. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Photocommunications from St. Edward’s University with Magna Cum Laude honors. Francisco hopes that her body of work will invite viewers to find their own hidden connections with her photographs. Encouraging viewers to create their own stories and slowly witness the play of illusion that is correlated into some of her work. Her style of photography is very open because she is inspired by a wide variety of things. She is obsessed with natural light, finding something worth capturing when meeting new people, and finding random objects or locations that she thinks are worth sharing with others.
SAFER SPACES POLICY
Zine Fest Houston is FREE TO ALL, but please be aware that the festival has a zero tolerance policy for sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, or any other forms of discrimination and abuse taken against members of our community such as theft of money or property, physical, verbal, or mental abuse, sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors, disruptive or disrespectful behavior, and causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe. We encourage everyone participating and attending to help us hold the festival up to the standard we have set, and to advise festival organizers if any issues arise in this regard during ZFH. Thank you!
ABOUT ZINE FEST HOUSTON
Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) is an annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines (self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative, and underground DIY media and art. Admission is always free and low cost table space is made available for creators, writers, and artists involved in the creation, publication, distribution, or promotion of alternative DIY media. ZFH is the sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to productive collaboration. For more information about ZFH, please visit www.zinefesthouston.org.
Zine Fest Houston 2020 is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Zine Fest Houston is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Zine Fest Houston must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.”