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I went to brooklyn a couple of weeks ago for the first NYC Feminist Zine Fest.
I will go ahead and admit that during zine fests, I have typically had a hard time staying in one place. Last year for Philly Zine Fest, I was all up in some organizing nonsense, and spent a fair amount of time going around to trade as well. It was a good time, I met a lot of really cool people. But just tabling my wares was so nice, too. It's also quite different tabling as a distro (where I've only tabled my perzine before). Sometimes I feel like writing so much about myself makes me feel really narcissistic, to say nothing of talking about my zine at fests. As a distro, I still get to talk to strangers about zines without feeling like I need to talk mine up.
I was also really surprised by how many people showed up! The fest was in a really cool space, Brooklyn Commons. It was a long, narrow room, which I thought looked spacious, but as the day wore on, it got really, really crowded!
I know that I'll continue to be involved with Philly Zine Fest as an organizer. I am excited about doing so, but being a distro owner gives me a whole new reason to be excited about fest season.