Tempe Zine Convention III -- It's Like Comic-Con Plus an Open Mic

Categories: Comics, Literary

Heather Hoch
Blurring the lines between fine art, poetry and naughty comics, the Tempe Zine Con featured nearly 20 entries from local artists and writers.

Down at the Bayou, a house in the "Hipster Compton" section of Tempe just west of the ASU campus, a small crowd of fashionable, attractive young artists gathered in the brick shed to share their zines, drink some beer and take turns listening and reading their work.

See also:
- Aaron Johnson's Zine Collection
- Creators of Ziindi Zine Open 1Spot, a Native Contemporary Art Gallery on Roosevelt Row

Heather Hoch
The third iteration of the convention followed in suit to previous years with a collection, modest in number but impressive in content, of locally produced zines. Each little booklet having its focus--abstract photos of random found objects, self-portraits with Dilbert-esque apathy or angsty, yet genuine, short tales of sex, death and drunken boredom.

While it may not seem so much different than buying a book of poetry, the little handmade zines, which ranged in price from free to $5, support local artists through less conventional means, while providing a one-of-a-kind keepsake for supporters.

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