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Meet the Zinester: Good Kid Rob

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Good Kid Rob
Find online: Goodkidrob.com
Find in person: Des Moines, Iowa
Zine Type: Find All true, queer comics. They are cruddy, but try hard. Full Color.

What is your first zine memory?
I remember in high school being really enamored with punk zines. I thought they were super cool, and would always look at them when I thought no one was looking – but I also felt I wasn’t cool enough to read them in public. Sort of the reverse of someone who privately eats Chic-Fill-A because they don’t want to seem like a monster in public – I just didn’t think I was legit enough to be seen with a kick ass zine. It was the same with skate board dudes – I used to think they were the hottest kids in high school, but I was too timid.

How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
That is a good question. I make a lot of stuff, and I think the zines allow me to be more forth right, and less “coded”. They are freer, more honest, without expectations

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?

I usually write out my comics, and then divide the writing into pages. I am constantly editing the writing down, so that less “real estate” is taken up with words, and I draw each page. I edit the text down further. Then I scan it all into my computer, add color, and print.

How do you distribute your zine into the world?

Not as good as I should. I send to a few distros. I sell on my website. I go to zine tests when I can. I sometimes drop them around town free.

What is the first zine you ever made, why, and what was it?
I used to make home made comic strips when I was in elementary school. I made my first 8 page zine in 2013 though.

What are you currently working on?
I am working on two or three scripts for new zines right now. I have an art show up at CSPS Legion Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I show at Moberg gallery in Des Moines

What is your favorite zine?
I love a zine called “I Hate my Job and Want to Die” , a cool comic zine experiment called “Invinsible Summer” I also like my roomate’s zine called “Demonville”

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Meet the Zinester: Little Feet on Ducks

Little Feet On Ducks
Find Online: http://needsmorefire.com/
Find in person: Iowa, Wisconsin, and soon New York
Zine Type: This horror themed issue is brimming with comics, illustrations, and short stories. Reading it will result in being swallowed into darkness and the abyss.

What is your first zine memory?
Creating our first zine in our own time, as a full time student, and working.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
As a group we research theme, style, color scheme, typography, and grid systems. We then plan each page and assign a due date… which we usually miss. We end up spending more time talking about video games than getting any work done.

How do you distribute your zine into the world?
We sell through CreateSpace/Amazon, in person, and through consignment shops.

What is the first zine you ever made, why, and what was it?
We made our first issue of Needs More Fire to prove that we could. We tried hand printing and binding it, and even made a custom binding press.

What are you currently working on?
We’re in the process of making our third issue of Needs More Fire.

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Meet the Zinester: Thadd Simpson

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Thadd Simpson
Find online: https://www.facebook.com/themagicbasketwsc/
Find in person: Omaha, NE
Zine type: A bunch of student-built stuff

Where do you make your zines?
Wayne State College

What is your first zine memory?
My prof. introducing us to all these old 2000’s zines

How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
They’re half-baked because I’m half-baked.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
I love doing collabs with students in my community, so usually I’ll recruit people via facebook to contribute art or poetry. There’s a lotta networking going on.

How do you distribute your zine into the world?
Jpegs on facebook and I leave hard copies around campus.

What is the first zine you ever made, why, and what was it?
The Magic Basket, we made it so kids could be as weird as they wanted to be, and so other people could see these weird kids.

What are you currently working on?
Lot’s of poetry, a novella, my degree, getting out of bed—the works.

What is your favorite zine?
Traditional Japanese Woodjoints and Celebrity Gossip will forever inspire me.

What is your favorite youtube video ever and provide link?
https://youtu.be/UHomYxBwJEw

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Meet the Zinester: Samuel Locke Ward

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Samuel Locke Ward
Find online: Samuellockeward.bandcamp.com
Find in person: Iowa City, Iowa
Type of Zine: Beasts Of Heaven is a monthly serialized dark humor/ sci-fi comic zine about a used car salesman who becomes an ultra violent barbarian maniac lady.

Where do you make your zines?
I put my zines together by hand monthly at a copy store. It takes me about 4 hours to print a new issue, fold it and staple it together. As well as reprint past sold out issues.

What is your first zine making memory?
I enjoyed collecting the long lasting Iowa City comic zine American Porn. My favorite story was always Adam Angstead’s “Jimmy Dugan-Bad Ass Duck”.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
Beasts Of Heaven is a long form serial working from an outline. Each month I make a one page script focusing on a different part of the original outline. Then I just watch my right hand fill up 20 pages of Bristol board.

How do you distribute your zine?
Online, in stores, at rock shows, out of my back pack, generally shamelessly

What is the first zine you ever made, why, and what was it?
Frank Vs The Undead. It stinks!

What are you currently working on?
One issue of Beasts Of Heaven, every month until it’s finished. Also working on a weird sci-fi pulp of short stories. Always working on a new record of head noise.

What is your favorite zine?
Oblivion Operetta by Josh Mead!

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Meet the zinester: r. logios/logios press

r. logios/logios press
Find online: logios.weebly.com
Find in person: lincoln, nebraska, usa
Type of zine: perzines about identity, existential semi-crises, and saving yourself through the power of words.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
i tend to be heavily influenced by music, and i typically carry my thoughts around until i just can’t anymore, then sit down and knock everything out at once.

How do you distribute your zine?
tabling at events, mostly, though i sometimes sell through etsy and distros.

What’s your first zine making memory?
it was a silly zine called “stuff you” that included some short poems, random observations, and artsy photographs. i didn’t widely distribute it and sincerely hope nobody ever remembers it. i made it because i fancied myself a poet at the time and figured publishing poems myself was a better avenue than submitting to other publications. suburban gothic was my first “real” perzine series.

What are you currently working on?
launching a new “musical perzine” series (i hope in time for the fest), recinerated #4, and the first part of the annotated suburban gothic reader, which is a reprint with annotations of my older perzine series, suburban gothic.

What is your favorite zine?
burn collector by al burian.

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Meet the Zinester: Hans Gehrke

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Hans Gehrke
Find online: hansghrk.tumblr.com
Find in person: Davenport, Iowa
Zine type: Comics… mixed media stuff… and also a pretty dope Donald Trump/Dwight Schrute mash-up zine.

What is your first zine making memory?
I’ve been making comics for as long as I can remember, and it was around third grade when I first started handing them out. My dad taught me how to fold and staple printer paper so it would look like a book, which completely changed my world… the first zine I ever purchased was King-Cat by John Porcellino.

How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
Zines are great for the same reason they’re terrible: hardly anyone reads them, and you’ll never profit from them. There’s a freedom in that, and they’re a great way to mess around and try out ideas without too much pressure of making something ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

What’s your first zine making memory?
The first zine I ever made was in second grade; I had a friend whose parents wouldn’t let him read superhero comics, so I wrote & drew a Spider-Man comic for him.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up a two page ‘story’ called Lawn Ornaments — it’s something I wrote during a poetry reading awhile ago when I should have been listening to the readers… it’s kind of bad but I like it.

What is your favorite zine?
No Visitors by HTMLflowers, Missy by Daryl Seitchik, Cary Grant Died Here (local), and EFFF! by Brock McConchie.

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Meet the Zinester: Robert Kelsey

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Robert Kelsey
Find online: http://robertkelseyillustration.com
Find him in person: Saint Charles, IL
Type of Zine: Minicomics and illustration zines featuring the lives of famous authors, puns, and fan art

What is your first zine making memory?
Chicago Being totally out of my element at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, and having no idea how to interact with artists I adored.

How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
Zines are my way to explore new styles and ideas on a fairly low-risk project.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
I’ll have an idea, sit on it for months until it feels like the right time to work on it, write a vague script, and then immediately start pencilling and inking, reworking the script as I go.

How do you distribute your zine?
I travel around the midwest doing zine fests, and occasionally leave copies at consignment shops. I also do a bit of business online.

What’s your first zine making memory?
The first zine I made was the first issue of Acknowledgements, the series about famous authors dealing with problems that normal people deal with. Issue 1 was about Shakespeare fighting with inadequacy issues, which I was also struggling with at the time. So I put one of my literary heroes in a similar situation as a way to remind myself that all artists have thoughts like that at some time or another.

What are you currently working on?
I’m working on several comics, one Dark Souls fan zine (which may be done in time for the fest!), a coloring book, and a board game, in addition to a painting series and some other illustrations. Yeah… I work too much.

What is your favorite zine?
Its tough to say. I have a massive minicomics collection, and picking favorites feels wrong. But the old Papercutter anthologies are some of my favorites.

What’s your favorite YouTube Video?
Eat Randy. A classic.

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Meet the zinester! Dave Dugan

Meet the Zinester posts showcase some of the zines and zinesters that you will be delighted with at the Roach Motel Zinefest! And remember, it’s free to attend the 2-6pm tabling where you can meet the zinesters for real, live in the flesh! August 20th at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines (read more about the zinefest here).

Dave Dugan
Find him online: http://zencomix.blogspot.com/
Find him in person: Iowa City, Iowa
Type of zine: Comics: political, auto bio, abstract, alternative, art,

What is your first zine making memory?
Reading Paul Krassner’s The Realist in the 1970’s

How do zines reflect, inform, or inspire your other creative projects?
I’m always learning from other creators.

What is your zine making process from idea to completion?
Sometimes my drawings lead to words and stories, sometimes words and stories lead to drawings.

How do you distribute your zine?
Selling online and at shows.

What’s your first zine making memory?
Drawing on the back of my homework, 5th grade, because it was the only paper I had.

What are you currently working on?
Incorporating different printing techniques (letterpress, woodblock, engraved metal plates, lino, etc) into one book.

What is your favorite zine?
“King Kat” by John Porcellino

What’s your favorite YouTube Video?
Any thing by Little Feat

 

2016 Tablers Announced

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Illustration excerpt from Samuel Locke Ward’s Beasts of Heaven #One 

Here’s the list of tablers selling wares at this years 2016 Roach Motel Zinefest. Stop by the Vaudeville Mews on August 20th to pick up copies of their stories, drawings and xeroxed concoctions. The fest is free and open to the public. The first 75 visitors get a goodie bag full of special items.

Ashley Martian Lincoln, NE

Bob Anders aka Bob’s Retirement Hut Ames, IA
I am a product person, not process, zines are not thought out well, just slammed together, I try to be pure and follow the ‘less is more’ philosophy.

Cat Raia Minneapolis, MN

Deb Anders-Bond Ames, IA

Dave Dugan Iowa City, IA
Comics: political, auto bio, abstract, alternative, art

D Ryan Allen Des Moines, IA
Horror, science fiction, fantasy and the weird.

Emma Phillips Omaha, NE

Fluxion Iowa City, IA

Good Kid Rob Des Moines, IA
All true, queer comics. They are cruddy, but try hard. Full Color.

Hans Gehrke Davenport, IA
Comics… mixed media stuff… and also a pretty dope Donald Trump/Dwight Schrute mash-up zine.

Jesse Hedman Saint Paul, MN

Josh Mead Minneapolis, MN

Kate Larson Fairfield, IA
Adventure, fantasy and poetry comics!

Kate McDonough Mason City, IA
Creator if Pretty, Pretty Ugly Comics

Kristin M Roach Ames, IA
Short stories, recipes, and patterns about making things out of things

KZWprint Coralville, IA
screen print, letterpress and relief artist

Levi Biel Des Moines, IA

Little Feet On Ducks Johnson, IA
This horror themed issue is brimming with comics, illustrations, and short stories. Reading it will result in being swallowed into darkness and the abyss.

Lyndsay Nissen Ames, IA

Maxwell J. Singletary Oshgosh, WI

Megan Eastwood Urbandale, IA

Mia Farrell and Andy Buch Des Moines, IA
zines about spirituality, the body mind and self. Magic and heavy things in light ways.

Michael Johnson Lincoln, NE

r. logios/logios press Lincoln, NE
perzines about identity, existential semi-crises, and saving yourself through the power of words.

Robert Kelsey Saint Charles, IL
Minicomics and illustration zines featuring the lives of famous authors, puns, and fan art

Rachele Johnson Council Bluffs, IA

Samuel Locke Ward Iowa City, IA
Beasts Of Heaven is a monthly serialized dark humor/ sci-fi comic zine about a used car salesman who becomes an ultra violent barbarian maniac lady.

Saulaman Schlegel Des Moines, IA
has four types of teeth

Spivey Knapik Des Moines, IA
response to [being female] to [being] to [holding trauma] to [embodiment] to [ ]

Strange Ways Omaha, NE

Thadd Simpson Omaha, NE
A bunch of student-built stuff

Tiffany Sinnott Des Moines, IA