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We’re thrilled with the number of people who have registered to celebrate our 8th Annual Richmond Zine Fest!

Start making your plans for which tables you must visit now with our page listing the name, descriptions, and websites (when provided) of our current exhibitors. This list will continue to be updated as more folks register… there’s still time to register and have your name and zine added to the roster!

This year we will have buttons for exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees in addition to a Richmond Zine Fest t-shirt designed by Mara Hyman! October 4th is just around the corner….

 

IZM Belated Days 5 & 6: New Skills and Zine Wiki

Day 5 was the day for teaching yourself a new skill to be used for and/or in your zines. Stepping out of your comfort zone and learning how to draw a comic when you typically write prose or poetry or learning how to sew binding when typically staple are fun ways to reboot and refresh your zine-atude.

Mara, one of the Richmond Zine Fest organizers and the designer of this year’s main RZF poster, decided to screenprint a zine for the first time.

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If you’re interested in learning how to screenprint, the following website has a really simple DIY tutorial: Instructables. Another way of not only discovering new techniques but also supporting local art resources is to investigate what art studios near you offer courses and access to tools of the print trade. Here in Richmond we’re lucky to have spaces like Studio Two Three. Coming up July 16th, they’re offering a class on Screenprinting Halftones, 6-9pm for only $35!

Day 6 was the day for contributing to an incredibly important resource for zine folks, librarians, and the zine curious/nostalgic. Zinewiki.com is the zine encyclopedia that anyone can edit. No matter how random or obscure your zine may be, you can add it to the zine wiki, which also includes entries for distros and zine fests. We discovered that our page was woefully out of date, and we’ve fixed that!

IZM Day 4: Read a zine from a different country

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This post comes to you all the way from France, where RZF co-organizer Brian has been buying zines and minicomics, chilling with his host family, and eating baguettes every morning for breakfast.

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left: Micket Boule by Émilie Gleason; right: George No. 16

Of course, you don’t have to travel to eat baguettes, and discover and read zines from all over the world. George is available for sale here, and there are several distros you can browse and support listed at Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Happy reading and vive la France!

IZM Day 3: Distro Appreciation Day

brzd_logo2Looking forward to the day I receive the zines I finally purchased from Brown Recluse Distro, a distro that was created to support and allow others to discover zines written predominantly by POC artists, writers, and zine-makers of all identities.

I’ve had my eye on the following titles for several months and was happy to see a few titles were still available as I discovered more must reads. – Celina

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If you happen to be around the Richmond area, you can treat yourself to a visit to Velocity Comics, which now carries zines from our very own River Rat Distro (check out the page we’ve added to this website and follow us on facebook) in addition to the many other awesome independently produced comics they sell!

The 8th Annual Richmond Zine Fest is officially underway!

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We’ve got a beautiful poster design courtesy of co-organizer Mara Hyman, and we’re officially open for table registration for the day of Saturday, October 4th, 11 AM-5 PM.

We will keep you posted as more details about the fest become clearer. We can confirm that we will be at the GCCR again under the disco ball. Workshop registration will be open within the next week. As always, thanks for supporting Richmond Zine Fest and we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces this Fall!

 

RVA Zine Fest Benefit: Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament, Sept. 23 at Studio Two Three

Join us Monday, September 23, at Studio Three for a Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament and a benefit for the 7th Annual Richmond Zine Fest. Doors open at 7:30 for food and drinks and signing up to compete for a special prize! Donations are suggested

More details about what Raven Mack’s Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournaments entail can be found here: Hand-to-Hand Operations. But the basics are this: participants will arrive armed with haikus (or if you can write them in a mad rush while there, you can attempt to wing it, but some preparation is advised) and we’ll compete in several rounds–best out of seven, five, and so on until there is only one.

Do you have any questions or would you like to help us promote this event on Facebook by sharing it with your friends? Check out the event page here: Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament.

New site and other awesome fest news

Welcome to the new website for Richmond Zine Fest. After learning that Posterous would be closing up shop in April, we decided to go ahead and move to WordPress. We hope you guys like the new digs as much as we do. A lot of changes and content are underway, including an archived history of zine fests past, an official safe space policy, and local zine guides and resources.

New events are still in the planning stages, including another benefit show and a very special VHS documentary viewing of Zined! at the Movie Loft. A major thank you goes to Phil Ford of WRIR for the VHS and documentary tip.

We’re excited about another year of Richmond Zine Fest festivities. Get ready RVA!