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I want to take a minute to talk about some zine happenings.
I tabled my distro at a first friday art and trunk show at the beginning of the month. Bad timing, I guess, or not the right venue. It was super loud, and not a lot of people were familiar with the concept of zines, or were too busted by the $10 cover to buy anything more than drinks. Which, ok. It was definitely a learning experience. I learned a lot about about tabling. Initially, I had been concerned that I wouldn't have enough stuff to fill up a table. But, in fact, I brought way too much stuff.
Regardless of that, I'm so excited about all of the amazing things going on with zines right now. I'm really looking forward to spending more time in NYC for the Feminist and Brooklyn Zine Fests. After being involved with organizing Philly Zine Fest, it will be nice to show up, table my wares, and talk to friends.
Of course I'm also excited about helping to organize Philly Zine Fest for the second year, and I'm really excited about a secret DIY event I'm planning with two of the raddest zine ladies in Philly.
I'm excited about the compzines (Queerios and a yet untitled collection of stories by young, gay, HIV+ men of color) I'm helping with. I'm excited about doing workshops and readings. I'm excited about all of amazing zines and people that my distro exposes me to, not to mention how much I'm learning from the running of said distro. I'm excited about staffing at the shoe, and helping to expand their zine collection.
I'm as excited about zines now as I was when I was when I was 15. I'm really excited to live in a city with such an amazing zine community. It such a good feeling. I can't wait to see what's next.