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Zine Event Organizers

Do you organize a zine event? A zine picnic? zine readings or a zine fest/symposium/gala/etc? This group is for you! Talk to other zine organizers about workshop, promotions, fundraising, getting event space, etc.

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Latest Activity: May 30

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Street Cat Zine Fest July 15th 2017 Lancaster, OHIO

Started by Cheering and Waving Press May 6.

Please vote for the LA Zine Fest! 1 Reply

Started by False Start Distro. Last reply by Alida Bevirt Jul 22, 2016.

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Comment by Philly Zine Fest on May 28, 2009 at 8:20am
Hi all, just FYI the date for the 09 Philly Zine Fest has just been announced, Sept 20 @ the Rotunda in West Philly. We'll have more info as it gets closer to the date!
Comment by Alycia on March 29, 2009 at 8:34pm
Riding Sarah's coat tails, I'm working with the Brooklyn Lyceum to create the NYC Zine Fest-expected to be late June 2009. Stay tuned for more details!
Comment by dylan coyle on March 6, 2009 at 3:42am
Hey LouLou,

I just started doing zine events late last year and i've learned quickly that a handful of great speakers can make an event. Set up some chairs by the stage and people will fill them. Buy a cheap projector (and make out a fold out screen of some sort) so you can promise the speakers they can show little slide shows with their readings. It makes the event seriously better.

I come from the music organization world, and this is way different. Its more about the artists meeting each other that making fans. I feel more comfortable in this scene already. I've struggled to integrate live music into the events and i'm pretty convinced a mix mp3 track list through the PA is all you need before and after the readings. I used to go to poetry events and knowing how those work helps a lot.

I also found some great cardboard shelves behind a video store they were getting rid of. I set them up for the zine's to be displayed/sold/given away from. If they are being sold, the price should be clearly marked and normally people will wait until that person finishes reading to buy any works.

A catchy name helps (we are the Papercuts Club) and centering around other events helps (like our unOfficial Wondercon After Party). Available drinks and food on site help too, so bars, cafes, and bakeries are awesome!!
Comment by lilloulouRIOT on March 5, 2009 at 6:23am
Candace, I'll probably have it in either a nightclub venue or large community hall space.. I have experience with organising all ages gigs and events for children, but this will be my first time running an event where i need to co-ordinate lots of different people doing different activities at the same time and not just bands.. also, how do i attract zinesters to come along and set up a table? What makes a zine fair/workshop successful/unsuccessful/exciting/boring? What are the differences between organising a DIY/zine fest and a regular gig?
Comment by Candace on March 5, 2009 at 4:30am
hey loulou that looks really interesting- depending on where you have it, if it's in a public space/park you'll likely require a permit from whichever council you're holding it in (which you'll need to get a move on right away). But that's just off the top of my head as a main issue that comes up - what in particular did you need tips about?
Comment by lilloulouRIOT on March 5, 2009 at 1:30am
I have just started organising my first zine related event.. a DIY festival of workshops, discussions, hopefully a zine/craft fair and some bands.. to be held in Melbourne, Australia.. could do with some tips from those that are more experienced! http://community.livejournal.com/diydiymydarling/
Comment by mujinga on February 25, 2009 at 12:50pm
we (me and four others) just organised a zinefest in brighton uk which went really really well! we actually planned it through a combination of using the brighton group here at wemakezines and face2face meetings. it was a two day extravanganza with workshops, a gig, the zine fayre and candyfloss.
Comment by Milwaukee Zine Fest on February 6, 2009 at 3:11pm
sparks gave us free drinks for the shows we had (3 nights of concerts). they did not have any part in the actual zine fest. they didn't give us any money or ask for any publicity. i contacted them and they gave us 4 cases to hand out to anyone that was 21+ and wanted one. it was a big draw for many show attendees.
Comment by DIYzines on February 3, 2009 at 6:13am
i have organised the fair "Fais-le Toi-Meme" (it is the translation of DIY in french) last year. Books, zines, music, print... See on http://www.fais-le-toi-meme.com/.
Comment by Milo on January 28, 2009 at 7:11am
It's funny, last year Sparks (the energy drink/malt beverage that was just taken off the market) seemed to sponsor some events at the Milwaukee Zine Fest.

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