The 8th Annual Richmond Zine Fest is officially underway!


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.

Event! Zined! Screening!

We are putting on a film showing of two short movies on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm! At MovieLoft (304 E. Grace St. Upper) for a suggested donation of $5.

First we’ll be showing ZINED! from 1997. The film explains what zines are and goes into the motivations behind self-publishing. It features interviews of legendary 90s zinesters and some wild editing! The film is becoming increasingly rare, but we have secured our hands on an original VHS copy of it!

Second we’ll be showing Dirty Girls, which is another short documentary shot independently in 1996 about a group of 13-year-old riot grrrls in Los Angeles who were socially ostracized at their school by their peers and upperclassmen.

This is going to be quite a special event to see some rare zine-themed films on a big screen! MovieLoft has tons of comfy couches to watch and relax, so come out and have some fun!

Facebook Event Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/474437192623415

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!

Survey for Attendees, Tablers, Workshoppers, etc.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to another Richmond Zine Fest. We’re already discussing plans for next year’s fest and the things we’d like to accomplish before then. Please help out the co-organizers by filling out the following: RVA Zine Fest Survey,

Your responses will be of great assistance as we strive to keep Richmond Zine Fest going strong into its seventh year and beyond!

Thank you <3

Our website is up and we have pictures!

Sorry for the website hiccup, folks, but thanks to everyone who made it out for Richmond Zine Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6th. We had fun seeing new and familiar faces. Check out PJ Sykes’ amazing photo essay on Richmond Zine Fest here: Fake Fake Eyes.

And here’s a few photos I took that day. If you took any photos, please share them with us on Facebook or email us at richmondzinefest [at] yahoo.com

More images to come as they roll in!