Zine Fest Interest Meeting – March 5th at 6:30PM


Date/Time: March 5, 2012, 6:30 PM

Location: 919 West Franklin Street

Do you love the Richmond Zine Fest? Do you want to make sure it keeps on happening? Are there programming ideas that you’d like to see happen? Get involved in the planning of this annual event! The organizers of Richmond Zine Fest are holding an interest meeting for anyone who likes zines and zine events and would like to help us bring a little more of both to RVA. Click here for the Facebook event page.


Zine Review: My Every Single Thought by Corinne Mucha

My_every_single_thoughtI can’t remember when or where I picked up this zine, but it was in a stack of things I haven’t read yet. I have piles of books and zines around my apartment, and (re)discovering an item is kind of like finding money in the couch or from the pocket of a coat I didn’t wear for a year. You ever have one of those moments when you want to hug your past-self for making a decision you kind of forgot about? Reading this zine was a lot like that for me.

Drawn in a style that made me think of Lynda Barry, Every Single Thought is a comic that “chronicles the author’s attempt to get over an old relationship and come to terms with a saucy new label—SINGLE” (from the back of the zine). Corinne Mucha humorously approaches the topic of singledom from multiple angles—what it means, what it doesn’t mean, the rhyming words conspiracy, the Hollywood movie conspiracy, and what would Single Barbie do?

One of my favorite comic strips in this zine is a chart with a “How OK is it to Be Single” barometer that goes from Baby aka “very ok to be single… unless you meet another really cute baby” to 23 and onward, for which Mucha writes,

If you’re thinking about getting married, you should date someone! Not thinking about marriage? It’s still ok to look for a special person to live with forever, or a series of special people to enjoy committed, semi committed or non-committed relationships with. You choose!

Single or not, you won’t regret checking out Corinne’s comics and zines at www.maidenhousefly.com.

New Year, New Look

It’s February, and I’m turning 28 on Sunday, so I guess that means I should officially join 2012. Or at the very least end the Website Winter Hiatus since we’re skipping that season this year.

We had our first meeting of the year this week and have a lot great ideas and enthusiasm. Thanks to everyone who continue to remind us why we love zines and holding a zine fest in Dirty Richmond!

New content you can look forward to on the blog: zine reviews and interviews, and maybe some other randomness in between the regular event announcements and photo uploads. I’ll try to be more consistent with the posting than I am on my personal blogs.

Happy Zining!

Richmond Zine Fest This Saturday, Oct. 8th


With Richmond Zine Fest only 3 days away, we thought we’d remind tablers, workshoppers, and attendees of a few things.  This is a free event open to the public from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Because people are coming from different locations, the best way to find directions to the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) is through the following link: DIRECTIONS. Most Richmonders will recognize that it’s on the other side of Diversity Thrift. Please use the GCCR parking lot, which is much bigger than the thrift store parking lot.

There is an ATM available at the GCCR; however, if their machine is down, there’s a Wachovia at 3501 W. Broad St. and a Bank of America at 2601 W. Broad St.  The GCCR and this event is for all ages, so there is no alcohol allowed inside the event. We thank you in advance for respecting this observation.

If you plan to be there all day, it’s probably best to bring some snacks and beverages. Otherwise, we’ll have delicious offerings from Lamplighter.  You don’t want to miss out on their quality sandwiches, whoopie pies, and coffee.

Please look at the tabs on the top of the page for details about the tables and workshops. We’ve created event pages for the all of the workshops, but if you’d like to increase attendance and awareness about your workshop, feel free to help us get the word out about your workshop.

Thanks for supporting the Richmond Zine Fest! Come on out to learn about zines and discover more zines to read.

In the news: RVA Mag article about the Richmond Zine Fest and our recent dance party.

Reminders: In addition to the RVA Zine Fest on Saturday, we have pre and post events on our calendar. You can find out about our Pre-Zine Fest Reading & Potluck on Friday, Oct. 7th, and the Cyber Apocalypse show on Sunday, Oct. 9th, under the Upcoming Events tab.

Dancezine Queen Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came out to dance with us last night! The festivities went from fundraiser to celebration once we realized that we’d exceeded our goal–the cost of the zine fest’s venue $1500. Last night thanks to the attendees, DJs Michael and Shmalan for giving us something to dance to, and Balliceaux, we raised $125. That amount brought our total to $1616, giving us a bit of a head start for next year.  Thanks again for all the support. We hope to see you on October 8th at the Richmond Zine Fest, which is a free, all-ages event.

The Official Poster for Richmond Zine Fest 2011!

Zinecolor2A huge thank you to local artist and zinester Oura for creating this fabulous poster for us!

We’re incredibly excited about this year’s fest, and there are other opportunities for you to be a part of it!  If anyone is interested in volunteering on October 8th, we’d be happy to have the extra hands. Volunteer tasks may include: set-up, running the zine-making table, checking folks in, helping people carry in their stuff, clean-up, sitting at folks’ tables for them while they teach workshops or walk around, running the info table, etc. Please contact us at zine.fest [at] richmondzinefest.org if you’re interested in assisting and would like more details.