GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Emily Alden Foster
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
I’m sure everyone said this, but it’s really hard to pick just three things. The “Hero Land” series by Esther Pearl Watson is one of my all-time favorites, because who doesn’t like ridiculously frugal superheroes? I also really love anything made by my dear friend and table-mate Jennie Yim, who makes great autobio comics. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of her “An Illustrated History of Personal Failure” series. It’s just as good as the title makes it sound. Another recent favorite is “Dad Tweets” by Amy Burek. True to the title, it’s a mini-zine collection of her dad’s tweets. I have it sitting out on my bookshelf and whenever people look at it I have to convince them that the contents are real tweets from a real dad, because they don’t believe it’s possible for a dad to be so funny.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
You can do it! There are so many things you could do it might seem overwhelming, so maybe just start with something simple. My first zine was literally one sheet of paper folded in half one time, with a story and a picture, and people loved it. Or, at least, no one lit it on fire in my presence, so I assume they loved it.
Read the rest over at the LA Zine Fest blog!
A gif preview of my video “In 1903 We” for the 100x100=1900s project.
I was assigned the year 1903, and my video focuses mostly on the Curies and the Wright Brothers, with some other examples of collective achievements represented as well. These are some crystals I grew to represent the view inside Mme. Curie’s microscope.
I just found out that this project has been playing all month in Oakland! Not sure how I missed that, but luckily I found out when I did because there are only two days left to see it. at Krowswork Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23 1-5pm (I assume my year plays at approximately 1:02pm.) 480 23rd Street-side entrance Oakland, CA I’m going on Friday. See you there?
My video Busmograph will be featured in this exhibition opening Friday at Southern Exposure through December 14.
The theme of the show is “crazy experiments, doomed plans and quixotic dreams.” Sounds pretty great to me!
SOEX is at 3030 20th Street (@ Alabama)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Opening Reception: Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Exhibition on View: November 22 – December 14, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Check it out!
A video of and about the drawings I make every time I ride the bus.
I also made a zine about these.
The Tusks Family Store is now open!
Check it out, buy some items!
This Saturday, November 9, I will be contributing to two exciting events in Oakland.
The Art of Letterpress II show at the Compound Gallery. Amy Burek and I collaborated on a video of animated type - she made the prints and I made them into a video. We’re both really proud of how it turned out, and you can see it at this show! The opening is from 6-9, but come early if you want to see me because I have to leave at about 6:45 to get to my second event of the evening…
The second anniversary show of Oakland Nights…LIVE! Usually ON…L is a live talk show/variety show, but this month they’re doing something different: an expo-style show with two dozen interactive stations. I’ll be hosting a drawing challenge and/or animal adoption booth, both with video components.
The Art of Letterpress II
6 - 9pm
1167 65th St.
The show is up through December 15, and I plan on attending the closing as well, so I’ll send out another reminder when that happens.
8 - 10pm
2141 Broadway, entrance on 22nd St between Broadway and Valley Street.
I hope to see you at one or both!
(via THE COMPOUND GALLERY & STUDIOS) The Art of Letterpress II, coming up November 9th-December 15th in
Emily Alden Foster and I have a video piece in this show! I’m very excited to be showing at the Compound Gallery.
The Book Reporter
by Emily Alden Foster
A zine collecting excerpts from eight of the year’s finest book reports about
totally real fake books. The cover of each book is reproduced in glorious full-color next to the report
Hear me reading a few selections here.
Jennie Yim and I like to have a wall behind our table at zinefests because hanging out in one spot all day is really tiring and wall squats are an easy way to re-energize yourself without really moving or knocking anything over. Also, people are impressed and want to buy more zines if they think you’re real tough.
This year on the first day of SF Zinefest I woke up with a jock jam stuck in my head and got really pumped for selling zines and doing wall squats, so I challenged people to do squats with me while I sang them a jock jam. I only know one jock jam. Our table-neighbor Abigail (on the right in the first photo) ended up playing the first 45 seconds of the marching band version (?) on her phone for us. One wall-squat-challenger is not pictured here because his squats were too tough to be photographed/he arrived before Jennie did. All the photos are by Jennie/Channing/girls who were sitting across from us.
Anyway, I didn’t sell that many zines this year, which probably can be blamed on the fact that I occasionally sat in my chair instead of just on the wall. Not tough enough. But I still had a fine time and gained some quad strength in lieu of riches.
Also if these photos are intimidating you into wanting to buy my zines, none of which are about exercising or toughness at all, you can still do that.
LOCALS IN SHORTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
2:00 pm @ Humanist Hall, 390 - 27th Street - Oakland, CA
From warehouse graffiti to Barbie’s colonoscopy, this collection of local gems celebrates the weirdest and most talented Oakland filmmakers with this collection of animated, narrative, and doc shorts made by folks from around the Bay. A fisherman connects with a humpback whale in the waters off of San Francisco in the animated THE WHALE STORY. Escape from your math test into space on your scraper bike with Damian in SPACED OUT. Check out the emu-stork-swan-turkey in HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI CRANE. One-hundred local graffiti artists take over the Flint Ink building in West Berkeley in SPECIAL DELIVERY BAY AREA 2012. Consider the effects of violence and war in INTERLUDE and RETURN. Try to avoid gluten and other uncomfortable date topics in FOOD COMA. With humor, wit, and a unique sensibility, a local artist takes Barbie out of the safe confines of her pink convertible and into a the world of boundary-pushing art in THE ALTERED LIVES OF LAVONNE SALLEÉ. And Oakland-based graffiti artist GATS (Graffiti Against The System) and his philosophy of connecting community via art are highlighted in GATS: VOICE OF ART.
THE WHALE STORY, Tess Martin, USA, 4 min.
SPACED OUT, Aidan Fraser, USA, 11 min.
HOW TO MAKE AN ORIGAMI CRANE, Emily Alden Foster, USA, 3 min.
SPECIAL DELIVERY BAY AREA 2012, Jeff Capps, USA, 6 min.
INTERLUDE, Bolaji Tijani-Qudus, USA, 10 min.
RETURN, Wes Fisher, USA, 11 min.
THE ALTERED LIVES OF LAVONNE SALLEÉ, Jazmin Jamias, USA, 12 min.
FOOD COMA, Sean Uyehara, USA, 10 min.
GATS: VOICE OF ART, Z.S. Grant, USA, 30 min.