I travelled from London to Brighton on Saturday, picking some friends up on the way, to go to my first ever zine related event.
Hannover Community Centre had a great feel to it, very village hall-like.
The main room downstairs was packed! We placed our mix CD in the box and went round all the different stalls. It was amazing to see the wide variety of zines available, right from DIY through to professional books.
The 2 friends i had brought along absolutely loved it - they had never really heard of zines and they had no idea there was such a strong scene just around the corner from their house in Brighton!
So we all bought some zines, traded some of mine. Everyone was very friendly and interesting.
I bought a book called "Make A Zine" (seeing as i am just starting forwards into my foray of zine-making); I also bought Alternative Press book "Publish You" which has a selection of material produced in scenes. From the Uni of Sussex anarchists stall I traded for a zine called "Good Times and Bad Times" - An Introduction to the Capitalist Crisis and What it means for us. This has a lot of information so I m going to have to sit down for a while to absorb everything has to say.
I bought Fortunes of the Sea-sick - apparently a zine for idle minds. This is very much my kind of zine: intellectual, random and humorous....I especially like the piece of music in the middle written out in notation...very cool.
And last but not least I acquired a zine called Textazine Four. This is a zine drawn by a woman, Texta, whilst she was travelling in the Americas in 2005/06 I absolutely love the illustrations in this zine - they are not perfect but they capture scenes and emotions so well - definitely a favourite - want to get more of her zines....
So - it was a great few hours spent rummaging through other people's words and art all formed into a little thing we call a zine.
Thanks to those who organised it, I enjoyed it lots and look forward to more zine events!