If there's one place where I totally lose my head it's at the SF Zine Fest. I have a history of walking in with the intention of just doing a casual browse and yet walking back out again with my pockets full of nifty things. Beyond mere retail therapy I am always inspired by the sheer amount of creativity on display, by people still taking the time and energy to make things. Here are some of my favorites from my visit on Saturday:
- Christine Wu - Her tiny one-inch-square zine The Adventures of Kitty the Cat features sewn binding and is (as advertised) about a cat. Cuteness abounds.
- Sarah Oleksyk - Her Kitten Cavalcade print caught my eye but her other prints are totally rad too. Otter Erotic! Cerberus Pug! She also does a beautifully-drawn mini-comic called Ivy.
- Matt Leung - Great posters for all of the shows I should have been at, ever.
- Jen Oaks - She had done a series of prints for the fest called Employees of the Month that were disgruntled-looking kitties in dress shirts and neckties. Yes, I will stop at any table with a cat on it.
- Theo Ellsworth - Love his crazy beasties a lot.
- Indrind Press - Two very nice lads who make wonderfully creepy comics. The Pompadoured Troubadour, also called: Suffer Little Children, or: The Imaginary Origin of Steven Patrick Morrissey earned a heartfelt "fuck yeah" from me.