Susurrate Press is an independent small press publishing a wide array of works including short run artist books, (fan)zines, literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They primarily produce work surrounding the idea of ephemeral and uniquely shared experiences, also working to elevate marginalized voices wherever possible. Lately, they have been particularly interested in content having to do with the ambient passage of time and the surreal nature of progress in a visual sense.
Susurrate Press also produces fan-bindings on a limited basis for authors, illustrators and readers who want personal copies of their works printed.
Stoner Zines is run by October Stoner, a queer, trans/nonbinary, autistic/neurodivergent, jewish, and disabled artist, zinester, and tattooer. Hirs zines focus on all those identities, with a few fun and random perzines and fanzines thrown in. It is really passionate about DIY culture and accessible education. The first zine that he made was "Transvestia" an ongoing series (now on a hiatus) that features voices of trans/nonbinary people around the world. The zine now have 15 (soon to be 16) issues published! With its increasing physical disabilities and moving into working more, ze has not had much time to create lately, but hopes that the 2021 PHX zine fest will help spark some more zines/creativity!
Through Shut Eye Press, I make zines, artists' books, prints, and literary objects using letterpress, Riso, etching, and other techniques. Shut Eye was born and still operates out of greater Phoenix, though projects and pieces have been written, formed, or printed elsewhere. While I'm often the writer and artist for SEP books, I really enjoy collaborating and sharing skills and resources with other creators.
Shut Eye Press is equipped with a 1911 Chandler & Price platen press, a Sigwalt 23 platen press, an Ettan MS-3 etching press, a RISO EZ390 stencil printer, a Glowforge laser cutter, a Challenge guillotine paper cutter, and other printing and bookmaking tools. Feel free to reach out with project needs and ideas!
I am an independent creator and I make comics that feature LGBTQ+ characters with stories that center around friendship and chosen family. The work I make has been described as vibrant and colorful. The stories are pulled from real experiences by either myself, friends or a mix of both. The biggest goal with my comics is to spread joy and showcase how wonderful queer friendship is.
Sean graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Sequential Art. His independent comics focus on curiosity and adventure through traveling or misfit characters. Whether in a comic, illustration, or cartoon, Sean's stories embrace a balance of innocent and cynical protagonists. He hopes to create diverse, relatable characters that the audience can witness their inner growth, discovery, and individuality.
Each student in ARA 498/591 creates an original zine related to the contents of the class, which focuses on queer theory and queer artists, activists and other cultural producers. The content and design of the zine is entirely up to each student.
Porch Beers is a zine looking at pop culture through a queer and Appalachian lens. Issue 1 was about the various fandoms I've been a part of. Issue 2 (out August 2021) is about my home state of West Virginia. Two projects in the works that'll hopefully be out by the fest are a zine about Covid and Issue 3 of Porch Beers detailing memories associated with my favorite songs.
If you like to be prepared for any eventuality, how do you do that in the afterlife? It's stultifyingly impossible in the Celestial DMV. What tips help you navigate where to go or what forms to fill out if you're not dead? You find someone who is mostly dead. You get a sheet ghost.
Sheet Ghosts provide you with not just questions but answers that don't sound like stereo instructions! They are ageless. The stories and themes can and will affect everyone sometime and someday. It's the one intolerance that is least understandable since everyone will face it one day. Alone. But it can be met with dignity.
Pan Dulce is a colorfully illustrated, 16 page, mini-zine, where I share my pan dulce drawings, ratings, and small anecdotes connected to these iconic Mexican pastries. It is written in English with a few words in Spanish sprinkled in.
Heart Bandit comix is an independent comic collective focused on stealing readers hearts panel by panel. HBC has been around for 4 years, frequently traveling to comic conventions and zine fests.