a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I think having a well-updated website (or other easy way of spreading information) is very important! Lack of information has caused problems for me in the past. In 2007, the NJ ZIne Fest changed their start time from noon to something like 5:00 p.m. and I had no idea until I got there at noon and saw a sign. I had to just go home because there was no way I could wait around for five hours. That really sucked./div>
only give full tables to people who really need them like distros or people who travel with other people's zines.
This makes me feel crappy. I had a full table because I have lots of zines and I don't like to be jammed in trying to fit them all on a table while also making it so people can see them. It makes the whole experience much more fun to me to have my own table. I gladly pay the extra money and do not ask for it back, so why am I being greedy?
Also, Alex, by your criteria, you wouldn't have a full table, either. I hope you will consider this during the meetings.
Alex Wrekk said:How about not have a black out! Seriously, the Midwest zine fest of 03 I think started hours after the huge blackout that happened! They were such troopers and still pulled it off. I was amazed.
What are people's opinions on assigning tables vs. free for all? We have done both with the Portland Zine Symposium. I think I like them assigned. Also, this year we are limiting the amount of full tables to make room for more individual zinesters and only give full tables to people who really need them like distros or people who travel with other people's zines. In the past we have had greedy jerks who just wanted a full table or filled the tables up with things that are not zine or comics and I don't feel that was fair. We are also having the PZS for 3 days again. 3 days of tabling and 2 of them will have workshops. We are devising a way that people can register for each day separately on the web sit so we can regulate how many tables we will have each day. I'm pretty excited about that because we had a huge overbooking problem last year.
I like zine events where there is one or two specific people who do the announcing of workshops/raffles/etc. and event organizers who get lots of change.
I think doing everything that you can to make sure that it's well attended is important.
I had no idea that the separation of zines and crafts and comics was so strict in people's minds. I do all three, and I go to comic cons, craft shows, and zine fest. So in my mind, the lines are blurred. I pretty much put my same stuff out wherever we go. I find it really fascinating to see how people react to different stuff at different venues.
Also, at the Indie Craft Show, they gave out free beer the whole time. That made me really happy.
Krissy, You have a lot of stuff to fill up a whole table... and you are friend with the organizers and can explain that to us. I am thinking about 2 specific peole who come to the zine symposium every year and have two zines and get a whole table. We just want to event to be as inclusive as possible.