Last night D, N & I went to the 2009 Richmond Zine Fest at Gallery 5 We walked away with a handful of zines and mini-comics. Just for kicks, we walked a block over to Broad Street to take in the First Friday art scene. D & I vowed to make First Fridays a monthly family event. N was less enthusiastic.
From the Richmond Zine Fest website:
What’s a zine?
“From Stolen Sharpie Revolution
(pronounced like magazine without the maga) A zine is an independently created publication containing anything you want it to; personal experiences and stories, political ideologies, music related writing, gardening tips, fiction, travel stories, comics, photography, or anything you like. zines can be put together by one person or a group of people and they are usually photocopied but can also be printed offset, letter press, or mimeographed.”
What’s a zine fest?
“A zine fest is an event where zinesters (individual sellers as well as zine distro owners) meet up to sell and trade zines, as well as meet other zinesters. … A zine fest is not traditionally a craft fair, comic book convention, or a book fair. We do not mind if these things are sold by tablers, but we do ask that they devote at least 10% of their stock to zines and other affordable printed matter.”