A Classic Zine for the Punk Scene
If you’re looking for some serious, biased political literature, Horse Feast is not for you. First printed in June, 2011 by Max Rauch and Keith Williams of Washington Square Park, with their partner-in-crime Justin Morvan, Horse Feast is a “collaborative effort of artists, writers and idiot savants,” explains creator Max Rauch, “the final product is approved by me and co-founder Justin Morvan. The zine started as our brain child, but Keith Williams also contributes and approves a large portion of the illustrations.” The zine offers mainly comedic social commentary, with some political satire from many different perspectives. Complete with detailed illustrations, Horse Feast features articles and cartoons that provide an entertaining spin on social realities.
Rauch says that inspiration for making the zine stemmed from punk fan zines from the 1980s, such as Flipside and Slash. The creators of Horse Feast came up with the name for its multiple connotations: “Are the horses eating the people or are the people eating the horses?” notes Rauch. Horse Feast takes everyday images and allows readers to interpret new meanings from the way the artist has reconstructed them.
The aim of Horse Feast is to “showcase the culture that surrounds us in its raw and purest form. We also don’t mind offending a few people in the process.” When asked if they were trying to point out specific social truths in the zine, Rauch replied, “I wouldn’t say that we’re exposing some sort of truth. Truth is subjective. There is too much bullshit in this world to point out. We just enjoy making light of the negativity that we see around us while poking fun at the establishment.”
Horse Feast does not have a political agenda. Although the zine’s content may sometimes seem to take a certain side on a political debate, Rauch says, “we’re not trying to blatantly instill our personal political beliefs on to our readers, but, inevitably, some political undertones may come out through our writing and illustrations. There’s so many things going on in the world politically that we don’t really want to focus on any specific issue. We’d rather be more subtle and allow the reader to interpret the message themselves.” Max makes it clear that Horse Feast is not geared to reach any specific political party. There are often articles included in the zine that support completely different views.
Horse Feast’s unique format is intended to create something tangible for those who are not satisfied with popular publications pushing particular ideas. “Mainstream publications don’t speak for the counter-culture or to the disaffected suburban youth culture that we’ve grown up in. They seem to only glorify materialism, celebrities, and their agreed-upon definitions of what is cool or beautiful,” claims Rauch.
The zine’s DIY composition adds even more character to its overall unique quality. On what we can expect next from Horse Feast, Rauch says, “Horse Feast will always be made on our own terms. We’d also like to branch out into other formats such as videos, apparel, and music. The main idea is that Horse Feast has no boundaries; we’d like to put our stamp on a little bit of everything … DIY ties into our philosophy because we believe that the work you put into something reflects how people respond. The reaction from people is made better by the fact that we put it together all by ourselves, piece by piece. We’re lucky to not have a boss. We keep costs by doing some hood-rat shit. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
It’s easy to get in touch with Horse Feast’s editors. Send an e-mail to HorseFeast@gmail.com to submit artwork and articles. The next Horse Feast is expected to be printed in November 2011.