Now that everyone and their cat has a blog, its hard to remember when being a self-published author took real effort: knowledge of typography and layout, rudimentary graphic-design skills and getting to know a Kinkos employee willing to trade a free ream of paper for weed. But for those people whose scribblings and sketchings are too radical, disturbing or illegible for print medias stodgier corners, and those who are too obstinate to go online, Zine Fest Houston is a lifeline. The festival gives them a chance to gather and swap issues and ideas the old-fashioned way, staining their fingers with ink all afternoon like the glorious wretches they are. Saturdays event has been relocated from Super Happy Fun Land to Shadys Tavern, where it shares quarters with the ongoing Secret Saturday Shows live-music buffet. Noon to 9 p.m. Shady Tavern, 1206 West 20th. For information, visit www.myspace.com/zinefesthouston. Free.
Sat., May 24, 12-9 p.m., 2008