a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I am new here and I think it would be nice if the members of this group could write a bit about the events they´re organizing.
So I´ll start.
I live in Sao Paulo / Brazil and I run a diy "publishing house" called Ugra Press. Once a year we publish the Anuario de Fanzines, Zines e Publicacoes Alternativas (Fanzines, Zines and Alternative Publications´ Yearbook). First issue was released in february, and we organized a 2 day event called Ugra Zine Fest for it.
It was a great experience. First day took place at the now (sadly) defunct Espaco Improprio, which was a very cool diy place. We had 3 bands playing, the official Yearbook release and some other people selling / trading zines and records.
Second day was in Concreto, which is a gallery focused on urban arts. It was a very busy day! There was an exhibition with all the stuff we received for the Yearbook, a place for zinesters to sell and trade their stuff, 2 workshops (silk screen on paper + bookbinding), 3 lectures, 1 debate (the theme was "the future of the zines") and the first public exhibition from "Last Century´s Zinesters", the great documentary by Marcio Sno.
There could be a few more people, and also the trade and sell place for zinesters could be bigger, but the event was a success, in our opinion. It was also the first event of this kind in Sao Paulo after many years, so we hope that more people will be interested on it next time.
There´s an album with photos from the event on our page. Take a look!
Hi. I co-organize, with Margo Dabaie, the Pete's Mini Zine Fest. It's the longest running zine fest in the NYC area. Our 4th one is actually this Saturday.
We call it a mini zine fest because we have only enough space for 25 zinesters, about 18 tables. I hosted the first one at this venue, Pete's Candy Store, because I love the space. This venue is one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. Everyone has come to like the intimate size in that it's not overwhelming. People come to buy and socialize, but it is not over-crowded. It retains the chill vibe. Plus there is one room for indoor and one room for outdoor seating, giving choices to the zinester and shopper. The folks at Pete's make us very welcome, and the zinesters and comic artists involved are always very appreciative of the low cost for a table ($10) and supportive of each other.
this year's awesome flyer is by Darryl Ayo, and this will be his 4th attendance at Pete's Mini Zine Fest.
I'm excited to have copies of my newest issue of We'll Never Have Paris for sale at PMZF. Come if you are in the area.