Meet-A-Zinester: Jessica Mills

Seriously though — Jessica Mills is the real deal: a life-long zinester, a parent, a teacher, a punk rock star, a good friend. Somehow, she does it all. Come to ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday and start your mills collection!

Jessica Mills published the first issue of Yard Wide Yarns in 1993 while living in Gainesville, Florida. Immersed in predominately white, straight, cis-male, DIY punk culture, I felt compelled to burst that bubble with my writing. I had just started playing in a band and as a result, I felt brave enough to put out my first zine, which brought an unexpected feeling of vulnerability I'd not felt before. That vulnerability turned into confidence the more issues I put out, the more positive reviews it received, the more distributions it was carried by, and the more mail orders I filled. The next thing I knew, I had an army of riot grrrl era penpals, some of whom turned into lifelong friends. Eventually, I accepted an invitation to write a monthly column for Maximum Rock N Roll, which led to my publishing my first book, My Mother Wears Combat Boots (AK Press 2007).

See you at ABQ Zine Fest, Saturday, October 5th, 11am -5pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Meet-A-Zinester: Roulette J

Pretty mysterious, the zine fest guest! We’re looking forward to finding out more!

Girl, 26, store clerk by day, comics writing hermit by night. When not writing goofy, angsty mini-comics or waxing poetics, can be found aspiring to be a space pirate, getting lost in Wikipedia tangents, and eating way too many jelly candies.

Roulette J is coming to ABQ Zine Fest Nine on Saturday, October 5th from 11am-5pm.

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Meet-A-Zinester: Tara King

Shall we play a game? We’re happy to have Tara King as an exhibitor this year! Tara lives in Albuquerque, where she makes poetry zines, artistic process zines, and other weird hybrid projects. When not making zines, she works on open source software and plays table-top games.

Grab some zines from Tara at ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th, from 11am - 5pm, at National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Meet-A-Zinester: NACA Girls Wellness Class

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ABQ Zine Fest champions the next generation of Zinesters. Meet the NACA Girls Wellness Class! Come check out their zines, and support their efforts to bring new experiences to the community. They will be tabling at ABQZF on Saturday, October 5th, from 11am-5pm at NHCC.

NACA Girls Wellness Class:

A curriculum centered around the wellbeing of Indigenous Femininity, the Native American Community Academy-Girl’s Wellness class (grades 6th-8th) created zines about plant knowledge, moon cycles and self defense mechanisms. They are fundraising for bike maintenance so they can host a public bike ride in Albuquerque that brings awareness to Domestic Violence in their communities, environments and overall kinship.

Meet-A-Zinester: Sam Andrews

Sam is the coolest.

Sam is the coolest.

Sam Andrews is a long-time support of ABQ Zine Fest, and the artist behind this year’s logo: the fanny pack. Sam took something that is ubiquitous at best, and made it something buoyant, full-bodied and whimsical. We hope you have a new appreciation for the fanny pack, as we do! The Rock can’t have ALL the credit for bringing the fanny pack back! Stop by Sam’s table at ABQZF on Saturday, October 5th from 11am-5pm. See you at National Hispanic Cultural Center!

Sam is an award-winning designer and software developer who found her creative voice through the making of zines and playing punk music. She believes everyone is creative and enjoys encouraging people to chase big creative dreams, one step at a time. She writes about creativity, courage, productivity, and minimalism on her blog, TheMinimalistCreative.net.

Meet-A-Zinester: Authentic Creations Publishing Apothecary

ABQ Zine Fest is honored to host Authentic Creations Publish Apothecary at this year’s zine fest. We are excited to see more People of Heritage presenting zines, expanding the definition of the form. Check your privilege before you approach their table at ABQ Zine Fest, on October 5th at NHCC. You’re on sacred land.

From Authentic Creations Publishing Apothecary:

Our mission is to bring People Of Heritage (Of Colour) back into harmony with the Planet through our relationships to Self, our Ancestry, Nature and each other. We publish writings and educational illustrations by kuwa jasiri Indomela (the one) a Seed steward and printmaking wordsmith. The one is published and speaks internationally. Currently the one has seven zines including a Moon Calendar.

You can find the one in Nature collecting Seeds, engaging within the Indigenous Dine’ Solidarity Network, while co-organizing Emerging Together: A Liberatory Majik and Art Camp. Traveling in from Nucchu Territory our offerings are on a sliding scale additionally we seek savory ferments, Seeds and zine trades. Check your privilege before you approach our table.

Join our Moonly Newsletter at ArtisticApothecary.wordpress.com

Authentically creating.

Authentically creating.

Meet-A-Zinester: Tucson Zine Fest

ABQ Zine Fest is thrilled to host Tucson Zine Fest! It’s a special treat to host a zine fest — only zine fest organizers know the pleasure, pain and paper cuts you experience, trying to pull off something like this! Come meet TZF Organizers, pick up some of their zines, and maybe make plans to take a little road trip for their fest next year!

Here’s a note about their table, from Tucson Zine Fest:
Self published, independent zines by a variety of Tucson Zine Fest artists in the political and science fiction genres as well as other oddball paper art. A unique display of handmade works from southwestern and mexican culture; standard/mini-sized zines, screenprints, risographs, slaps, temp tattoos, buttons, and hand-screen-printed shirts/totes. TZF 2020 info available!

Swing by their table at ABQZF on Saturday, October 5th, 11am-5pm at NHCC.

TZF 2019!

TZF 2019!

Meet-A-Zinester: Adventures of Grief Girl

Where many Western cultures avoid expressing grief, D. Anaya embraces it as a tool for community transformation. ABQZF is honored to present Adventures of Grief Girl at this year’s fest. Check out this zine and more at D. Anaya’s table — Saturday, October 5th, 11am-5pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center.

D. Anaya is an interdisciplinary artist, using her art as her outlet in grief. She has created Adventures of Grief Girl a new collective of her work honoring her daughter Phoebe. Her work is continuous and taking on new forms every day. She is passionate about building a community helping bereaved parents express themselves through art.

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Meet-A-Zinester: Bijou Karman

The amazing Bijou Karman, is one of two guest zinesters, we're hosting at the fest this year! Check out this video short of Bijou in her studio. Also, don't miss Artist Talk with Bijou Karman at Tamarind Institute on October 4th, 5:30pm.


Bijou Karman is an illustrator based in Los Angeles. She graduated with Distinction from Art Center College of Design in 2014 with a BFA in Illustration. Bijou is inspired by nostalgia, strong women, plants, and a love of print and bright colors.

Bet your Bijou Karman zines at ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th, 11am-5pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Meet-A-Zinester: Amanda Magel

Welcome Amanda Magel to ABQZF9! Here’s a little info about Amanda’s work. Come check it out at ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th from 11am-5pm at National Hispanic Cultural Center!

I got inspired by zine culture after encountering the remnants of Riot Grrrl, and from various comic and animation artists who create their own ‘passion projects’ to share amongst each other at conventions in the forms of zines. A lot of my work tends to be introspective and involves elements of Spanish-Catholic imagery, pop culture, culture shifts, 90’s anime, social media culture - all that good stuff.

Meet-A-Zinester: Dear Diary

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A zine fest for PERZINES?! Swoon. We are SO EXCITED to have Dear Diary in the house from Oakland, CA! Grab Dear Diary zines, and find out more about their fest when you spend the day at ABQZF9 on Saturday, October 5th, from 11am-5pm at NHCC! Read DDZF’s bio below:

Dear Diary Zine Fest is the bay area's only perzine festival! DDZF began when the organizers felt a lack of perzines were missing from zine fests, so we started our own. Not only are we organizers of the fest, but we also create our own perzines! Some titles you might see on our table are: a soft craving, asswipe, no gods no mattress, patron saint of pit stains, vacation, gemini rising, supertrooper, and others.

We have zine workdays in Oakland, CA each month where we meet at our favorite coffee shop and take over the tables with scissors, paper and glue. Come visit our table at ABQZF if you make a perzine or are interested in making one. Maybe we’ll see you at our next fest in February 2020? You can get more info about the fest on IG: @deardiaryzinefest or our tumblr, deardiaryzinefest.tumblr.com

Meet-A-Zinester: Katy Medley

Say hello to Katy Medley! This is Katy’s first time tabling at ABQZF! Welcome!

Knife And Tape Yes // Knife.And.Tape.Yes // K.A.T.Y // KATY // Katy Medley // aka Butch Beaver Press // Perzines of collage, photos, writing, music, queer living // Past Zines: Blocked Intersections volumes 1-4, 50 Albums, Butch Is Not A Bad Word, Leaving Perfect. // New zine coming fall 2019: Alternative Blossoming: A Memoir of Teenage Angst and Music, 1991-1996.

Check out Katy’s zines at ABQZF9 on Saturday, October 5th at National Hispanic Cultural Center! 11am-5pm.

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Meet-a-Zinester: Avy Jetter

ABQ Zine Fest is thrilled to welcome Avy Jetter back to Albuquerque! Avy’s art is stunningly detailed, often balancing on the edge of the beautiful and the grotesque — thanks for sharing your work with us, Avy!

Avy Jetter at ABQZF last October.

Avy Jetter at ABQZF last October.

Avy Jetter writes, draws and self publishes the comic book Nuthin Good Ever Happens at 4 a.m. and is an avid horror and gore movie fan. Avy Jetter lives and works in Oakland ca. and devotes her time to organizing community events and zine fests. When she isn’t drawing aliens and monsters or just regular folks she self publishes zines about race, culture and Black history. Currently you may find her work in the Comics Anthology Artists Against Police Brutality published by Rosarium, The Encyclopedia of Black Comics published by Fulcrum, Black Comix Returns published by Lion Forge and soon to be released, Drawing Power, Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment and Survival published by Abrams ComicsArts.

Check out Avy Jetter’s zines and comics at ABQ Zine Fest on Saturday, October 5th, at NHCC!