Local Cartoonists To Celebrate Zine Fest

Tomorrow, local cartoonists will flock to Southeast Houston for this year's Zine Fest, a comic festival with a "do-it-yourself" emphasis.

Zine Fest, to be held at Super Happy Fun Land, isn't your typical comic convention. While larger conventions are packed with celebrity cameos and mainstream comics, Lindsey Simard, a cartoonist and the organizer of Zine Fest, says that the event will shine a light on more personal cartooning.

"Basically what it is: it's a place for people who make zines, which are small pamphlet-like magazines that can be about anything – art, politics, people make journals, people draw comics, all different kinds of stuff – and they have tables where they sell their zines to the public and usually trade with each other."

You don't have to be an award-winning artist to participate in the festivities. Simard says the great thing about self-publishing is that ambition and drive outweigh talent, or a lack thereof.

"I used to feel like I could never draw, because I wasn't good at drawing, but then I realized it doesn't really matter as long as I'm okay with it."

After a summer packed with superhero movies, María-Elisa Heg, the program director of Zine Fest, hopes that the event will remind people that there are great comics that don't necessarily have film adaptations.

"Superheroes are a great metaphor, but they're really played out right now. I mean, it's very overkill."

Zine Fest will start at 3pm and end at 8. Admission is free. For more information on the event, go to http://zinefesthouston.org/