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Thanks for your input about the venue and how to organize the fest. We are definitely going to start having open meetings once we have the venue confirmed and have started the gears really getting in motion about this. This should be around the middle of this month.
I guess how we see it is that if we don't worry about having a mediocre fest it won't be mediocre--it's going to be awesome! We're excited, other people are excited and that's really what matters. We think getting people together being able to see people working in the same genre (which DIY art and publishing is definitely glossed over for bigger things in chicago I feel, and not highlighted at the printer's ball) and have an open fun place to talk about zines and publishing and get inspired to keep doing it, is what is important and what will make the event a success.
We picked the end of winter because we knew there weren't a lot of other zine or comic fests going on at that time. We also didn't want to set the goal so far ahead that it felt like it was never going to happen. It's definitely going to happen and since we picked march, we're trying to hold up to march unless some catastrophe happens along the way.
Definitely the idea of all meeting up and talking is great and going to happen, we'll talk more in a week or two about that. And my suggestion of email was more if you had direct suggestions such as different venues and contact information for those venues, I'm not trying to privatize our conversation in any way.
Also, your two questions that haven't been answered, I don't know what either of them mean so I can't answer them, sorry.
Thanks again for your concerns, we've definitely been talking about them but also are confident that the event we're planning won't be mediocre and will be fun and hopefully you will to.
I also wasn't trying to privatize the conversation by suggesting you call me. I just thought a conversation would be helpful so we could catch you up on various ideas we've already discussed in meetings. Many of your suggestions are things we've previously had in depth conversations about, so I thought it would just be more concise to be able to catch you up to speed, so your suggestions are relevant to where we are in the planning process and we can focus the conversation a little more.
i had mentioned before something about making cool flyers and posting it around and handing them out to get more in touch with the public and zinesters.however, i "accidentally" forgot about the whole modern idea of....just simply starting a website. it's stupid though but yeah i guess what i want to know is how i can contribute to this proccess of planning for a future non-mediocre zine fest?
Hi Monika! We'll be having open meetings within a couple weeks so we can all get together and start working on making this a big, awesome event. We'll definitely keep you posted. There will be all sorts of things people can help with. Your suggestions of flyers is still very important, as well as a website, which is already in the works. All means of communicating will be important in getting the word out!
Monika Nunez said:i had mentioned before something about making cool flyers and posting it around and handing them out to get more in touch with the public and zinesters.however, i "accidentally" forgot about the whole modern idea of....just simply starting a website. it's stupid though but yeah i guess what i want to know is how i can contribute to this proccess of planning for a future non-mediocre zine fest?
Chicago Zine Fest has officially secured spaces for the events we have been planning. Here's how the event will play out:
Friday, March 12th--zine reading @ Quimby's and art show followed by Gadabout Film Fest screening @ Johalla Art Gallery
Saturday, March 13th--day of exhibiting and workshops @ Columbia College's Conaway Center
There is still a lot of planning to be done, however. At this point we are excited to open up the floor to the many people who have expressed interest in helping out. On Saturday, January 30th we will be having an open meeting to discuss where we stand, as well as what still needs to be done to make this event as awesome as it has the potential to be. The meeting will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, 12/30 at the Logan Square Library (3030 W Fullerton Ave., just a couple blocks from the Blue Line California stop), so bring your ideas, contributions, and experience, and get involved!
That's all for now. Stay posted, follow us here or on twitter or facebook, spread the word, and get excited!