I Just Want To Dance

MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone who came out and supported Richmond Zine Fest last night! The performers Lobo Marino, Black Girls, Long Arms, and all of our readers who bravely read in front of a crowd unfamiliar with zines–Stacey of LIPS Richmond, Elizabeth, Katerina, and last but certainly not least, Danny, have our sincerest gratitude. Thanks to Strange Matter for being so awesome and accommodating, and we’re already looking forward to planning a bigger and better collaboration between the music and zine scenes in RVA. I’m currently rifling through all the pictures of last night to share with everyone, so expect a picture post pretty soon.

Last night’s event exceeded our expectations for attendance, and we raised $537 between entry cover and table donations (the screenprinted patches and canvas bags were a hit!), so THANK YOU in every language in existence. We’re closer to the amount needed for the venue space and optimistic about not holding this year’s Zine Fest curbside in possibly rainy, windy weather (the archnemesis of finite paper goods), which brings us to our next fundraising event….

You have until September 29th to polish your dancing shoes and practice your moves for Dancezine Queen at Balliceaux. DJs Mike and Allen will premiere the BEARD dance party with ALL VINYL punk, new wave, indie, dance, and queercore music. More details will be revealed… including a special event mini-zine flyer!

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Calling in-state and out-of-state zinesters: contact us at richmondzinefest[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like to read at our 2nd Annual Night Before Zine Fest Potluck & Reading at the Wingnut, October 7th at 7p.m.  This is a good event for first time zine readers, especially.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Zine Fest and other related events this fall 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

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+.

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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!

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BUT THE 24 HOUR ZINE CHALLENGE IS STILL GOING!

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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.

24 Hour Zine Challenge of 2011!

24hourzinevent-take2_edited-1Friday, July 8th at 6 PM thru Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM please join the Richmond Zine Fest at The Wingnut as we present the 24 Hour Zine Challenge of 2011!  The Wingnut is an all ages sober space located at 2005 Barton Ave.

From the 24 Hour Zine Thing website (http://24hourzines.com): “The 24 Hour Zine Challenge asks zinesters to create a 24-page zine from conception to final product in 24 hoursstraight. Zines should be of suitable size and technical difficulty so that this truly is a challenge for individual zinesters.”

Never made a zine before?  Having a serious case of writer’s block?  No problem! The great thing about getting together to take on the challenge is to have lots of folks to bounce ideas off of or help share different techniques and styles.

Show up at the Wingnut any time in that 24 hour period to work on your new zine.  We’d love forpeople 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!

The organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest hope that this challenge will help spark new zines in Richmond and empower folks to create something that they can share in October at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest!