Earthquakes, Hurricanes … Please No More Things to Make Us Say, "Oh, my."

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here in Richmond, VA, and many of our organizers may be without power or with limited internet access. However, we’re still on for the Richmond Zine Fest 2011 Benefit Show with Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino performing! We’re also very excited to have zine readings by Danny Rathbun, Elizabeth Albrecht, Alan Webb, Stacey Randolph, and Katerina Charalambidis!

We’ll also have patches, canvas bags, and zines available. Join us this Wednesday at Strange Matter (929 W. Grace Street, Richmond, VA). Doors open at 8 p.m. $5; 18+.


Speaking of events: Mark your calendars for our upcoming dance party and potluck/zine reading events

DanceZine Queen Dance Party for the RVA Zine Fest at Balliceaux. It’s the PREMIERE of DJs Mike and Allen’s BEARD dance party, which is ALL VINYL punk, new wave, indie, dance, and queercore music! Dance with us Thursday September 29th, 10:30 p.m. This event is 21 & up, but there is no cost. It is one of our fun-fundraisers, so we’ll be accepting donations for this year’s fest and selling screenprinted patches and canvas bags, and of course, zines!

We’ve also received a lot of inquiries about whether or not we’re having the Pre-Zine Fest Potluck and Reading this year, and it’s on! Friday, October 7th, the night before the Richmond Zine Fest, we will feast and read some zines at the Wingnut (2005 Barton Avenue, Richmond, VA). Please contact richmondzinefest[at]yahoo[dot]com, if you’re interested in participating in the reading. It’s a very casual event and free, but please bring a dish or non-alcoholic drink to share. The Wingnut is an all-ages, sober space. Check the Facebook event page for more details!

Last but not least: the listing of tablers for 2011 has been updated. We had a bit of a delay with this week’s update due to Irene. If you’re interested in tabling or hosting a workshop, please register soon! We have a few amazing workshops registered so far, but if anyone is interested and/or able to lead a zine-related workshop, specifically, please do so!

Jonny Z Fest Pictures and Yummy News for the Richmond Zine Fest

As promised we have pictures from Saturday’s Jonny Z Fest!

The wind and and rain didn’t prevent our having a good time (although we could’ve won a prize at inventiveness and fastest zine and flyer round up whenever the weather threatened our paper-based goods… see the proof in the pictures: Eros collected rocks for paperweights). The community and music kept our spirits up, and we made the most of the day with a lot of laughter and dancing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of singer Alison Self, but the other music acts pictured are Josh Small, Photosynthesizers, and No BS! Brass Band. All of the acts had amazing sets that we couldn’t help but jam to at the zine fest table. Also pictured: RZF co-organizer Eros, Click Clack Distro, The Flying Brick Library volunteers, and an amazing dancer/performer who accompanied the Photosynthesizers’ performance. The Jonny Z Fest is an event that the organizers of Richmond Zine Fest look forward to every year. Thanks to everyone who contributed to an amazing local event!

And if that sampling of live music in Richmond wasn’t enough, don’t forget to come out to our benefit show August 31st at Strange Matter! On the last night of the summery months, Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino of the local music scene will unite with local zine writers to raise money for our venue space. We love these bands and everyone involved, and we’re incredibly excited and happy that they’ve decided to give us a hand with this show. Who says you can’t party
on a Wednesday? We have the winter and many a school night to stay in. ;)

And now: News for Your Belly 

We can now announce that Lamplighter will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on Oct. 8th again!  We hope that those of you of who enjoyed their coffee, sandwiches, whoopie pies, and other fare last year are pleased. And for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to do so at the previous zine fest, just you wait. Or don’t wait… Lamplighter is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 S. Addison Street, Richmond, VA, 23220.

The Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8th at the GCCR.  Registration for tabling and workshops are still open. Register and pay to confirm your space as soon as possible. Be on the look out for more zine fest events and blog posts with tips for tablers and workshoppers soon.


BenefitposterfinalJoin the organizers for the annual Richmond Zine Fest for a benefit show with great music and zine performances.Long Arms, Black Girls, Lobo Marino, and local zine writers will take to the stage at Strange Matter to raise funds for Richmond Zine Fest, which has been going strong since 2007.  Cost is $5 at the door, and additional donations will be happily accepted as well.  Familiar faces and the simply curious are invited to attend.  This show is for ages 18 and up.


Event Time: Wednesday, August 31st. Doors open at 8 p.m.; Music starts at 9 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)


Location: Strange Matter at 929 West Grace St.

Visit the Facebook page for this event!

A note about Table Registration

We’re very excited about this year’s fest and the tablers who’ve registered so far!  In addition to the amount we get from fundraising events, we’re able to pay for space and other rental fees through table registration costs. Because of this we must emphasize the following:

If you are mailing in your payment please so do as soon as possible after you register.  The Richmond Zine Fest has to place a cash deposit on our venue and ensuring funds are available helps this process. This means we cannot guarantee your spot until we receive your funds.

Online registration for the Richmond Zine Fest will close October 1st or when tables fill, whichever comes first. If there is still space available after October 1st you may register in person at the fest on a first come first served basis.

As always, thank you for supporting the Richmond Zine Fest! See you in October!

Zine Exhibit at VCU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives

International Zine Month is almost over. Not that it will stop us from celebrating and making zines all year round.  VCU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (4th Floor of James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Avenue) has a two exhibits showcasing zines from their young collection.  The exhibit will be open for viewing Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the first week of August.  One case displays a small, random selection of zines from the collection, and the other highlights the zines from local artist and zine-maker Oura Sananikone, such as his zine Doodoo Bug (c. 2009).  Oura, who has tabled at Richmond Zine Fest in the past, created the image for our flyer pictured above and is currently designing the poster for this year’s fest–to be held on October 8th, 2011 at the GCCR.

Workshop Registration is OPEN!


Visit our workshop registration page to propose a workshop for the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest!  Workshop topics are open, but we are specifically looking for workshops that relate to zines, publishing, activism, and DIY culture.  Next to all the amazing zines, distros, tablers, socializing, and disco ball fantasticness at the GCCR, the workshops make the RVA Zine Fest super-fabulous.  We would love to have you, so please sign up!

The Richmond Zine Fest is October 8th from 11-6 at the Gay Community Center in Richmond VA (1307 Sherwood Avenue).

another reason to shop

Rvazine-sfac_copyRichmond Zine Fest will be tabling at Rumors (404 N. Harrison) at July 19th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Stop by to help us raise money for this year’s fest as well as to learn more information about opportunities to participate and/or volunteer.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Fest and other related events this summer as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.  We plan this event because we love zines and the people who make them and read them. <3

it’s raining, it’s pouring ….



Show up at the Wingnut any time in that 24 hour period to work on your new zine.  We’d love for people to bring supplies and snacks to share! Please label food items in case folks have dietary restrictions.  Items that are great for zine making are Sharpies, black pens, scissors, gluesticks, rubber cement, typewriters, and oldmagazines or books for collaging, etc.  If you intend on using the printer or copier at the Wingnut we ask that you please bring a small cash donation so they can replace the ink and toner when needed.   Donations of printer paper will also be happily accepted!

Event time: Friday, July 8th at 6 PM thru Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM.  

Location: The Wingnut, an all ages sober space located at 2005 Barton Ave.

See Who’s Tabling at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest

As tablers register we will be putting them up in our 2011 Tablers section which you can access via the link at the top of the page, or by clicking here.

So far we have Brainscan Zine/Stolen Sharpie Revolution/Small World ButtonsI Love Bad MoviesClick Clack DistroApproaching Apocalypse Zine Distro, and The Wingnut Anarchist Collective. We will be updating the list as we get registrations, so keep posted on the Richmond Zine Fest via twitter, by “liking” us on facebook, and right here on our blog!

If you wish to register to table you can do so by clicking on “Table Registration” at the top of this page.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Fest and other related events this summer as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.