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