Our own Marna conducted this interview with Liza, an organizer from ABQ Zine Fest, joining us for PHX Zine Fest 2016!
1) Tell me a bit about yourself and your zine(s)?
+I live in Albuquerque, NM with my dog Pegasus and it's the best. Seriously, come visit. For about ten years my zines have focused on sex and sexuality. The longest project I've worked on is Not Your Mother's Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book. Myself and Saiya Miller edited six issues of the contribution based zine before it was published as a complete book by Soft Skull Press in 2013. NYMM includes comics from dozens of authors about their own experiences as an attempt to fill gaps left by traditional (or non existent) sex ed.
2) Why do you think it's important to organize an event like the Zine Fest?
+Okay, so I love social media. Some real gems on there, but often an un-curated deadening bombardment. Zine Fest is a physical space, intentioned arrangements, and empowers community growth.
3) Tell me about ABQZF? When is it?
+ABQZF was founded by Marya Errin Jones six years ago. I've participated each year and became a co-producer just last year. It's mesmerizing to witness the behind the scenes work Marya has dedicated to ABQZF. It has evolved and this year reflected a rising social justice urgency. The fest happens every October.
4) What has been your favorite moment organizing the ABQZF, so far?
+This year, watching our community eating Indian Tacos provided by Kiva Club and Pop Fizz paletas while reading zines produced by Burque outside the Barelas performance and art spaces; Small Engine, Graft, and, of course, The Tannex.
5) What will you be bringing to the PHXZF at the end of October?
+There will definitely be ABQZF merch! Marya and I will also be bringing our own zines. I'll have NYMM and few other surprises.