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Rinky Dink Press
rinky dink press is a Phoenix-based publisher of micropoetry in microzine form (think micro-chapbook), and we're on a mission to get finely crafted poetry back in the hands (and pockets) of the people. Each of our single author collections can fit in your pocket, but we never sacrifice craft, and despite the tiny format, we refuse to sacrifice style or the environment (we use tree-less paper that’s made from sugarcane waste). We’re run by a staff of emerging and established poets, and we believe in marrying a DIY (punk) attitude with skilled poetics and fine-art aesthetics.
We're here to spread the gospel of poetry in a micro-zine package that's affordable ($1) and stylish, well-crafted and enticing. If you thought poetry was dead, then you haven't seen rinky dink! rdp is interested in community development both in Phoenix and across the SW, and the PZF is an opportunity for us to mingle with other like-minded artists and publishers and promote our shared goals. This is community-building at its best!
Amy Lou Bogen is the editor of Lost Projects Zine. Lost Projects is a community tell-all perzine, which acts as a place which holds space for our lost items to stay found within. Each issue is different and includes many contributors from all over the globe including mediums such as illustration, storytelling, comics, and poetry +
Amy Lou will be debuting LP's 5th issue at this weekend's Phoenix Zine Fest #3 having tabled at the fest each year, starting as a sponsor and now helping organize volunteers for the fest. They interned for Wasted Ink Zine Distro and serve on the Board of Directors for Girls Rock Phoenix. Amy Lou is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who can be found about the valley playing banjo in their band Corn Smut or teaching as a substitute teacher.
Sharing the table with Amy Lou is her partner and bandmate Richard Boijen aka Windy Boijen. Richard is a musician, teacher and music therapist from Phoenix who is new to zine-craft this past year! Richard will be debuting the 2nd issue of their field recording, multimodal zine, as well as their newest banjo drumcraft, sounds on rad color cassette tapes!
Both Amy Lou and Richard are super excited to be out and about sharing new work with the zine community this weekend! They will be selling a collaborative album zine which Amy Lou and Richard crafted together for their band this summer. See y'all there!
Queer fear is a zine of Joseph Dick, local artist and queer activist. The zine focuses on education and visibility through the elevation of queer stories, and queer artists. It is the goal of the magazine to leverage intersectional storytelling to make an emotional connection for readers, in and out of the community, and especially to make LGBTQ+ issues real to those with no point of reference. Queer experiences are human experiences, and radical visibility is important in a time when there is substantial social pressure for erase of gender and sexual identities and deny queer individuals from existing in public spaces. The magazine feature visual arts, editorial content, short writings, poetry, photography, and also sponsors storytelling and poetry spaces in queer bars in partnership with ARTsplat!
We are excited to provide great panels at the PHX Zine Fest this year! The panel room is located outside and just north of the food trucks. Please join us for these important conversations!
12:00pm-Our Queer Creative Lives: Zines, identity, community
Charissa Lucille, Lawrence Lindell, Sarah Rachel Evins,
Lorenzo Estril & Kimberly Koerth
In this panel, we will discuss what it’s like being visible and invisible as LGBTQIA folk in our day to day and creative lives. We will discuss how we use our art and zines as an expression of our identity and how we use our art and zines to connect to others, and to find and support our community.
1:00pm-What are we doing here? The significance of independent publishing and radical literary art
Taylor Hines, Mary Hope Lee, Nico Wilkinson and Joy Young,
Rosemarie Dombrowski, Danae Barnes, & Andrew Dana Hudson
How should art respond to the terrors of modern life? Join us for a discussion about how we as artists develop a vision that addresses the social relationships - especially those involving power and authority - that structure our experience, and how we can manifest this vision in the world.
2:00pm-DRIP PHX: Creating space in Downtown Phoenix for Black and Brown Creatives
Carla Chavarria, Desiree Garcia, Aziz Jones, & Alejandro Larios
This panel with DRIP will cover the importance of cultivating spaces for creators of color and members of other marginalized groups to produce and distribute their work in and around Phoenix. We will discuss the necessities of said safe spaces, the potential issues with traditional institutions and whether or not their relationships with POC are problematic. We will discuss how the identities and experiences of these panelists may or may not have shaped their perspectives on the importance of providing alternative channels for creators of color.
3:00pm-The Zine Table Presents: Zines and the Scene-a DIY history of Phoenix counterculture
Hub, Tyree Michael Carter, Cory Weeks,
Serene Dominic, & Brandon Reichard
The Zine Table is a continuing panelist series spanning the history of several cities and DIY creators. This year, we look at the past, present, and future of Phoenix counterculture and the independent artists and journalists documenting it, from skate punk to outsider art to hip hop to indie pro wrestling.
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our sponsors this year!! They're all great businesses, organizations, and programs in Phoenix that are worth checking out and supporting! They're a huge part of our community and help the PHX Zine Fest be as big and as bright as possible.
Steady Glow Digital
Steady Glow Digital supports business with a conscience with website content, digital strategy, creative and site management. We love supporting small businesses offering solutions to some of our biggest problems including organics, renewables, solar energy and sustainable living. Zines have the tendency to work at these problems as well and show the independent and resourceful spirit needed to make real change in our society. Our business exists to unravel the mystery of online visibility and understandable content that makes businesses working in sustainability more effective at sharing their message or product. We have over 20 years experience in graphic design, writing, project management, and website management available to help small businesses get better exposure online. We’re so happy to be sponsoring the Phx Zine Fest and helping to make it a virtually waste-free event!
You can learn more about Steady Glow Digital on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Wasted ink zine distro
Wasted Ink Zine Distro is the zine home in Phoenix Arizona. It houses zines made by over 250 artists and it’s also the home to the Phx Zine Fest. Wasted Ink is all about supporting DIY culture, small-press, and amplifying alternative voices through self-publishing. They support the zine community by selling zines in the distro, hosting and participating in many events throughout the year, and by teaching zine and publishing workshops all over the valley. Go check them out if you haven’t already. You might just find your people and your community.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 11-4pm
First and Third Fridays 7-10pm
You can learn more about Wasted Ink and peruse the online store on the website. You can keep up with Wasted Ink on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
downtown Phoenix Inc
Created in 2013 as a community development group, Downtown Phoenix Inc. promotes the continued revitalization of downtown.
A collaboration between businesses, City of Phoenix leadership and community groups, DPI coordinates activities between the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Phoenix Community Alliance and Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation.
DPI and its affiliate organizations are committed to making Phoenix a vibrant, urban destination and one of the nation’s great cities.
You can learn more about DPI on their website. You can follow their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well!
The Lunchbox is a neat DIY bar and music venue where bands play every week! Not only does Lunchbox support local and touring musicians, but they also have a print shop where they print just about anything! Check them out in-person at their location or online at their website and on Facebook and Instagram.
We’re an online, multimedia publication with new content daily! Based out of Tempe since 2009, we’ve been covering music, arts, food, and culture here in the Valley of the Sun for nearly a decade. In 2016, we expanded our coverage area to include musicians and artists from around the world, but we maintain a strong regional focus. You can find them online on their website or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Chatterbox Storytelling Open Mic is a live storytelling event at Fair Trade Cafe where everyone is welcome to share their story. Our mission is to give the community a place to share their truth, to connect with others and find their voice. Chatterbox is hosted and produced by Jessie Balli and co-host Estevan Piña with support from Sammie Sanchez. Chatterpod, the podcast recorded at the live show every other week, is produced and recorded by Jared Duran with support from Janell Hughes. The show is hosted on Hoot 'n' Waddle's website. You can find more info on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
I'm a South Asian American who moved to the U.S. when I was 10 years old. My work focuses primarily on people of color.
ZINES: my lovers, my amoeBAE (stories of past lovers and the actual horrible amoebae I contracted last year); Cities vol. 1 (racist and homophobic experiences in different American cities); Hot Chachas (hot South Asian uncles); Sadhana (stories about my mother's experiences as a woman, wife, mother and immigrant); Hair (my experiences with being a hairy child, and now a hair adult in the gay community); THREE (annual zine in which participants create 3 works in 6 months); Still Walking in the Bones of My Ancestors (non-fictional stories from friends, family members and random strangers who identify as Black).
BOOKS: 100 Years from Now Our Bones will be Different (100 years in the life of a fictional African-American family, told from their perspective after they've passed away); Hot Chachas (an expanded version of the zine of the same name).
I make zines because minority voices, especially South Asian voices, are still underrepresented. I make zine because I refuse to be erased. My zines are about cultural expectations, discrimination, racism, queerphobia, sexism and classism. For example in CITIES VOL. 1, I've documented negative experiences I've had in various American cities. Unfortunately, Phoenix is mentioned in the zine several times. I hope to table at PHX Zine Fest to see the more diverse and tolerant sides of Phoenix.
Brenda Montaño is a Xicana native from California. Her ancestors come from what is today southern California and Jalisco, Mexico. She was raised in the Inland Empire but has deep roots in both the Bay Area and Northern California.
Brenda's work is grounded in Xicanisma, Reproductive Justice, environmentalism and grassroots organizing. She has always recognized the power of the written and spoken word and now, as a mother, has been enlightened by the magic of birth.
Brenda received her BA in Raza Studies and Journalism from San Francisco State University. Her schooling connected her to community organizations, such as the Freedom Archives and the SF Day Laborer Program and Women's Collective; as well as publications like El Tecolote and Cipactli. In 2013 she started Zines Rasquache with her first two zines: East Oakland Tierra de Lucha y Limones and Xicanistas y Punkeristas: Say it Loud! Her collection has now expanded to close to a dozen, including several collaborations. Her work has been shared with people from around the world.
Zines Rasquache aims to challenge the stifling of creativity evident in the mainstream media by pushing forth the Xicanista experience in both a herstorical and current narrative. The goal is always to tell the stories that are not being told and to shed light on the realities that have purposely been silenced and destroyed. ZR’s zines range in topics from lesson plans for feminist educators to a celebration of the pussy to the story of 9 martyrs of the Chican@ movement in Colorado.
I currently carry 10 zines in my collection, all with the exception of 3 done “old school” style, cut, glued and copied in black and white. Two of them are blessed with the work of WOC artists. My work is personal, political & carries the resilient energy of my ancestors.
I want to grow community with the zine folks in the southwest, to exchange our work and words and art to inspire one another amidst a sometimes uninspiring world.
I make a zine called Cattywampus under the name Mason Chrome. Each issue is a surreal short story for kids and everyone else. I hope to continue in the long literary tradition of using whimsical stories to encourage humans of all ages to expand their imaginations and questions their perceptions. The zine is a fantastic tool for the writer/artist to more instantly communicate their ideas directly to an attentive and open-minded audience.
My name is Tanner Ballengee. I'm a writer / artist born & raised in Kansas, currently dwelling in Tempe, Arizona. I've self-published a dozen or so zines, mostly writing, poetry, and "art" related. My most recent one is a poetry zine titled "Piss & Vinegar." I also want to table my book entitled "Sixty Tattoos I Secretly Gave Myself At Work" recently published by Trident Press, a small bookstore/publishing press in Boulder, CO.
The zines I create range in genre from cryptic collage to tattered found objects/art to entertaining yet incriminatingly honest memoir writing to poetry reconstructed from overheard conversations. The majority of my work is largely inspired by real life observations, lessons, and experience, driven by my unconquerable addiction to comprehending the subtle truths overlooked in the everyday habits and general banality of our lives. Basically, the neverending quest to make something out of nothing (and hopefully not vice versa).
Hi! I am a dirty, desert, street rat. Born and raised in a million degrees, and I just spill my guts onto paper...In the sweetest way possible. "Novena Vida" is a whole idea of being on your ninth life (and 9 is my favorite number), so you have to make the best of it.
This is my first time being part of this rad event and group. Everyone that I have met who is putting it on and taking part of the fest is so freaking beautiful and gnarly.
My zines are mini journals and windows into any and every emotion and thought I've ever had. I think if I can share something with a single person, then that's jarring, in a good way. I like to tell people, "here is a piece of my heart."
Holum Press is a radical publishing collective based out of Phoenix, AZ. We produce Oasis, a journal of anticapitalism in the desert. Holum Press also helps local creatives publish their work. We have held book binding workshops at Wasted Ink, and have some exciting projects up our sleeve for this year. Ask us about how to get started self-publishing: our resources are available for the community!
Oasis blends the personal with the critical, and its contributors grapple with anticapitalist themes through essay, prose, poetry, and art. Herbert Marcuse wrote that art becomes revolutionary when it depicts “the prevailing unfreedom and the rebelling forces, thus breaking through the mystified (and petrified) social reality, and opening the horizon of change (liberation).” In our current situation, where our miserable reality seems unchangeable, we must recognize art as a necessary element of our liberation. We launched our first issue of Oasis last year at Phoenix Zine Fest, and are proud to have collaborated on three more issues, with Issue 4 set to debut at this year's Zine Fest. We are excited to show the community what we've been up to in the last year!
My name is Dan Baele, I'm a traditional and graphic artist from Scottsdale. I have experimented in many media throughout my years, from pen and paint to 3D animation. Print media has always fascinated me, and I have just recently begun pursuing it artistically. I am particularly interested in screen printing, and hope to continue experimenting with the media surrounding the print world.
Recently I have been getting into the print world, and am hoping to unveil some new projects I have been curating lately. Being able to exhibit my work would be a wonderful opportunity, and I hope to connect with many talented artists from all over the state.
I am kels coker! I am from Anchorage, Alaska but currently live in Phoenix. I make Pink Realm, a surrealist feminist zine, as well as a few one-offs dedicated to my poetry & film photography. I make zines as a form of self-preservation. It’s a way of allowing myself a voice, which is so necessary, especially for women, and especially now. I’m stoked to support other creatives and independent artists at PZF 2018!!!
Shut Eye Press
I'm a local writer and artist who primarily works in letterpress printing and book arts mediums. I got interested in zines both because the scene is so radical and broad, and because I'm drawn to accessible art, intimate objects/literature, and books that can be felt and manipulated in unique ways as a part of their narrative. Around 6 years ago, I created Shut Eye Press, and Shut Eye currently spans my own creative book and print work, though I also like printing and binding for hire--making cards, broadsides, and hand-bound books for other people. In my own work I like playing with popups and other surprising forms, and I want to do more with large editions, collaborations, and natural printing and artistic methods.
As a person, I'm a queer/non-binary desert-loving, sex-positive voyeur who grew up in Wisconsin and lived a few other places, though I've been here in AZ for 8 years now. I tend to spend most of my time working too much and slowly building my own print studio, but I also try, more and more, to go outside and be present in nature and in my body. I think and write a lot about bodies, and I'm interested in how people relate to and define their own. I'm happiest making art that consumes my body, which is why I'll probably spend the rest of my life playing with printing presses and never write a novel.
I make zines and books that tend to feature text with an unusual form or binding; I enjoy the puzzle of planning complicated layouts (secret math nerd), and am trying to get more free and loose with the way I make art.
I look forward to tabling because I've been involved with the Zine Fest the last few years, and I really admire the work people bring to it, and the community they've created around it. I'm pushing myself to share and sell my work more and more, and want my work to get out there into people's hands and libraries. I also want to continue building my own collection of zine work and find some overlapping interests with other artists.
I'm a new media artist, small press publisher, and community organizer based in Joshua Tree, California. I self-publish collections of my artwork and occasionally contribute to compilations. Some of my past zines are "Shape Fields", "Systems", "Playgrounds", "Growth", "Imaginary World", "Disintegrated Data", "Self-Care: Balneotherapy", "Fill Your Pot With Soil (Watch Me Grow)", and "Slitscan Sinewaves". Some of the compilation zines and books I've contributed to are Eyeball Burp, Pop Ook, and "Prosthetic Reality".
I love meeting AZ zine folks and sharing my work with people who are receptive and inspiring themselves.
L.A. artist Amber McCall hails from a trailer park in Bell, California. Raised by a single mother, McCall drew from her imagination when the cost of toys left her with little else to play with. Instead, her drawings were her friends, though even as an adult, McCall’s art retains the innocence of a child waiting by the window for her schizophrenic father to come home. Her doodles, creatures, and c herub figurines take on the aesthetic of 80s analogue cartoons, the images familiar and friendly enough to catch you off guard with captions that launch you into the mind and anxieties of a young woman.
McCall has seen her fair share of tough shit. “Laughing at all my misfortunes has always been the best way for me to keep going.” Having grown up on food stamps and the occasional kindness of her mother’s many boyfriends, McCall went on to drop out of art school once the car she was living in in with all her supplies was stolen and she couldn’t afford to re-enroll. Before ever finding success as an artist and animator (McCall was recently listed on HuffPost as one of Instagram’s 15 Badass Female Illustrators) she slept the nights on random couches in between shifts as a night-time nanny. While at times her reality has been bleak, her art has always stayed in color.
McCall’s drawings reflect the emotional divide between trauma and kitsch, like learning that Santa isn’t real because your parent died wearing the costume. An art world Matilda, Amber McCall’s drawings are so steeped in the particular anxieties of an insecure child, you can’t help but want to reach inside and hug them. There’s a reason cute things can make a person cry, a tension explored vividly through in McCall’s drawings.
2018 Vendors: Wasted Ink Zine Distro, Lorenzo Estril, Prickly Pear Printing, Cap'n Klute's Ocean Almanac
Wasted Ink Zine Distro
Wasted Ink Zine Distro is our zine home in Phoenix, Arizona. Charissa Lucille distros work from over 250 zine makers through their store front and online store. They host workshops and events all year long to help people make zines and find other people making zines. They've hosted workshops with organizations like One N Ten, Phx Art Museum, Girls Rock Phoenix, and the Mesa Arts Center. Wasted Ink Zine Distro houses a reading library with over 700 zines. Drop your zines off at Wasted Ink to be distroed and get involved in all the zine things!
They're excited about tabling at the zine fest for the third year to see old friends, to meet new friends, and to see as many zines as possible!
I'm just a guy who has learned many things from self experience and friends.
I'm excited to table at the Phx Zine Fest to learn from some experiences and talk about them with others.
Prickly pear Printing
Prickly Pear Printing is dedicated to highlighting written and visual work with a focus on growth, beauty, and the celebration of bodies and narratives often silenced.
We hope to capture stories to sustain us in what is often an inhospitable world.
We seek to bring the insistence of the body to the page in ways that combine traditional letterpress with digital printing methods.
Our press and specifically our latest project is the culmination of a friendship and creative connection between two queer poets: Nico Wilkinson and Joy Young. After many conversations around how beautiful it is to hear poems that manage to move through and/or beyond trauma, how we sometimes feel pressured to perform our traumas rather than express a full range of truth in our poems, and how we both return home to poetry scenes in cities that are politically purple (leaning more conservative in both Phoenix, Arizona and Colorado Springs, Colorado), we decided to create a platform to publish work that sustains us as we work toward social justice and building platforms to amplify many voices in our home cities.
We fell in love with one another's poems about love, friendship, hope, and growth. These are the things we struggle to hold close and hope to make tangible for ourselves and others who may need it.
We are stoked to offer a plurality of queer voices in a single anthology! We are thankful to those who trust us with their voices and excited to use Zine Fest as one more opportunity to amplify the voices of our communities.
Avast! The Klute, Arizona slam poet and performer takes to the seas as Cap'n Klute (NOT AN ACTUAL SEA CAPTAIN) to talk about marine conservation and sharks - bringing to shore poetry for sharks, by sharks, and all the profits are donated to shark conservation (though the marine research and conservation NGO Fins Attached). He'll be returning hopefully from the Hurricane-free Caribbean and Sea of Cortez with new tales and video, including new footage of Caribbean reef sharks.
I'm really looking forward to coming back - especially as I'm focusing on explaining the intersection of shark conservation with marine pollution. I've got some new surprises, including a comic book for kids featuring a marine scientist, and some fun, and more importantly, educational ways you can help save sharks and the ocean from the desert, because remember: SHARK CONSERVATION DOESN'T STOP AT THE WATER'S EDGE.
My name is Christopher Trian and I am a Tempe transplant originally from El Paso, TX. I have been heavily involved with the DIY scene since 2004. I started Desert Drip in 2014 with the intention of not only being able to expose my film photography but the art of others. I have released 7 zines of varying mediums. Interviews with Chris (interviews with musicians from El Paso, TX with portraits by Jazz Torrez), Silence and Memory (personal film photography), Lenguaje Humano (illustrations by Las Cruses artist Mike Carrasco and El Paso artist Skip White), Fruit Salad (illustrations by Jazz Torrez), Sense of Place (film photography between myself and Ben Balusek), Numb (illustrations by Julio Pizana), and an upcoming zine of my personal street photography called Time Phase. In addition, I have put out records and tapes for bands such as Miijas and Medvedi.
My main emphasis on my personal art is highlighting my film photography but my main objective with Desert Drip is to cultivate a strong DIY presence filled with art and culture wherever I go similarly to what I achieved while in El Paso, TX. I put out zines by people who felt they never had a chance, nor the support, nor the vision. By curating, editing, and executing the process of making the zine I would then book a show so that the artist could be properly featured and given the opportunity to showcase their material along with their newly printed zine. I am looking forward to PHX Zine Fest so that I can not only introduce myself to the zine scene in Phoenix but to be a part of something bigger than myself that will not only help the artists that are creating but more so exposing the people that have never experienced the power of zines.
Jeff Washenberger Art
Jeff Washenberger, was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. For the last 12 years he has lived in Denver CO, where he works and volunteers at the Public Library, and the Denver Zine Library. Self-taught artist, he has always tried to use his art to make the world a little better and more magical. Most of the zines he makes are collections of auto bio comics about life in the city or what it means to be human, and drawing collections of plants, animals, and anything else that might be hiding in his imagination.
I still feel like I am new to the art community where I live and have started tabling at different events around Denver, but would love to try and reach a bigger audience. I have heard wonderful things about Phoenix, and would love to connect with the people there. I try to make zines and art that are wholesome, cute, and relatable, ultimately with the goal of making people smile.
Orbital / Primeval
I'm an illustrator that's been living around downtown Phoenix for the past six years. Before that, I grew up near Lake Erie in Ohio. I've published such zines as Lightning Dog, Seaglassing, Europan, Geysers, and many more.
My work is often fantasy or science fiction themed, and I use it to explore deeper topics metaphorically using made-up creatures in bizarre settings and situations. Last year was so much fun, I can't wait for this year!
My name is Kaitlyn Stancy. I am a multimedia artist originally from the Chicagoland area. I just moved to Goodyear in 2017. I love working with a wide variety of different mediums and techniques including printmaking, photography, collage, painting, and design. I have a self-published documentary photography book called Kingsbury Ordnance Plant. I recently started making photo zines and art books.
I tend to lean towards themes of bizarre realities, declassified government projects, and theories of existence, but I also create abstract works and documentary photography. I'm super excited to get involved in the zine world and see what everyone else is up to. Still new to the Phoenix area, I look forward to meeting a bunch of interesting creatives.
Failure of the Free Press
I have a fanzine for the television show "Matlock" I will be debuting a collection of short fiction tentatively titled "Fat Dracula" I am also working on an art zine of crabs playing baseball. I have a long-running commission series where I will draw your favorite superhero breaking up with their significant other. I want to see all the zines people make and I can't wait!
My name is Rosemary. I'm an Arizona native. I have grown up here in the Sonoran Desert and grow to love its beauty more everyday. I studied formally at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism to then spend a few years following my heart working in Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona and Hawaii collecting memories. I originally created my Zine Beautiful Dreamer during my undergrad years as any sort of art comes out, I suppose, the need to create for creations sake. I see so much beauty in my friends and have loved incorporating their work with mine in the Beautiful Dreamer project featuring a range of writing, art, photographs, skateboarding and fashion to showcase the beautiful dreamer perspective.
The Beautiful Dreamer project is about empowerment and art. Everyone has something to bring to the table. I've always been a gatherer, seeing the gifts of others. Through the Beautiful Dreamer project I've been able to capture that in time and space, to truly show a collective art of the beautiful dreamers I've crossed paths with. Works of art, which otherwise in true dreamer fashion may have been written down and created, but not shared out. The project that gives the mic to the one who may have not thought to ask for it. The project that says we all have some magic within that needs to be shared in its real truth.
Cenorina L Ramirez
My name is Cenorina Ramirez. I'm a Mexican immigrant that has lived in Tucson most of her life and currently resides in Oakland,CA.I make zines inspired by POCs and #thestruggle!My zines use illustrations of foods with inspirationa l quotes, and my personal experiences of being DACAmented. My newest zines are title affirmations and desert plants! My work is all about decolonization and taking care of our minds through artsy ways (and zines) and embracing our selves and our roots.
As a desert child I am very excited to table at the PHX Zine Festival! I am looking forward to meet other desert dwellers passionate about making and sharing zines.
Hello! My name is Kevin Caballero. I am a 22 year old illustrator and designer currently living in Phoenix, AZ. Born and raised in Mesa, AZ for practically my entire life, my upbringing stems from my parents' viewpoint in life as low-income immigrants: Being true to your nature. This would further strengthen my core value in pushing my passion and dream into a reality as a creative thinker. The zine(s) I intend to make are illustration based (with some design elements) that are DIY respectively, but feels good when holding one physically. Generally speaking, I want my zine(s) to contribute to a person's smile, interest, or attachment into remembering that slight moment.
I would like people to know that the zines I create has something to offer for all those attending. Whether it's humorous or observational drawings, each zine curated shares a visual language in its own bubble of content; sharing ideas, process, etc. Overall, tabling at PHX ZINE Fest 2018 would be an incredible new experience to remember with wonderful creatives and enthusiasts!