HFZF Interviews with Zinesters – Elvis

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Tell us a little about yourself and your zine/project/distro.

Howdy, my name is Elvis and I make a comics zine called “Homos in Herstory.” It’s an exploration of our mysterious queer past, through comix! Lots of historical funfacts are involved. Each zine covers a decade of (United States) queer history, and so far I’ve done the 1920’s, 1950’s, 1970’s, and a mini 1980’s edition.

How did you start making zines? Who/what influenced you?

I love zines! I get excited about exploring ideas on the page, and I really love how zines aren’t polished, but can be anything. Always inspired by the creative & supportive community of zinesters, and also folks like Sarah Sawyers-Lovett (Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric), the folks at HOAX zine, etc!

What does it mean to make feminist zines/do feminist DIY publishing?

Mmm, feminist zines are so important! How often do ya *really* see things that represent you within the avalanche of mainstream media? More specifically to feminists, we’re living in an era with so much influence from the patriarchal 1950’s…even tho’ a lot of the things in that time period were anomalous (nuclear family, intensified homophobia, gender roles), we see ’em as “how things always used to be.” Anyhow, with DIY publishing, we can be little points of resistance, and carve out alternative viewpoints.

Tell us about a feminist who inspires you to keep working on your zines/projects.

Great question!! I think I will say…Adrienne Rich. Ok, she is recently deceased, but I love her writings and how they try to get to the root of things.

What excites you about Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair or the idea of feminist zine fairs in general?

  1. I’ve never been to Hamilton!
  2. I love the energy of feminist zinefests so much!

At the recent Philly Feminist Zinefest, there were 3 people tabling near each other who had zines about queer witches! It’s just lovely to be among folk who feel similarly invested in feminism, in pushing its boundaries, expanding what it can potentially mean, and who we can all be.

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Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 5pm
Where: YWCA Hamilton – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is physically accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

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