7th Annual Richmond Zine Fest

Artist: Mara Hyman

Date: October 5th, 2013

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Gay Community Center of Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Ave.

Programming | Exhibitors

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The People’s Library – ALL DAY

WHO: The People’s Library (2013) is a highly collaborative and sustainable public art project featuring a library designed, built, and authored by community members. Utilizing hundreds of discarded books, participants pulp and create new sheets of paper. These sheets are bound to make blank books, which anyone may check out, author, and return to be included in the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library’s permanent collection. The resulting installation contests hierarchical notions of history and offers sustainable, collective, and critical alternatives for the form and function of public art.

WHAT: Throughout the day participants can help make paper, silk screen the title pages, and bind the books that will be included in the library’s permanent collection.

Invited: Any and all

WHERE: The Makers Space

Zine-making – ALL DAY

WHO: Leila Prasertwaitaya is the Book Arts Specialist at VCU, where she wears a lot of purple and talks to classes about artists books and zines.

WHAT: Make zines! Supplies will be on-site.

Invited: Any and all

WHERE: The Makers Space

History of Richmond’s Underground & Alternative Press – 12 PM

WHO: Dale Brumfield is a former zine publisher, founder of ThroTTle magazine and Author of “Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene”, published by History Press, released August 1, 2013. I am also the Virginia Liaison for the Independent Voices initiative, supported by Reveal Digital, which is digitizing many underground press papers from the 1960s and 70s.

WHAT: Workshop will explore the 53-year history of the Richmond alternative publishing scene and the people who got their start here then went on to win Emmys, Pulitzers and other awards. Richmond has the second-longest alternative publishing history in America, second only to New York City. Workshop will also look at the obstacles encountered by these early papers and publishers, with emphasis on FBI and city police harassment and the hateful attitude towards them taken by the monopolistic mainstream press. Time permitting, will also look at the alternative and underground movement across the state of Virginia, from 1969 until the mid-1970s.

Invited: Recommended ages 13 and up

Duration: Apx. 30 minutes and additional time for Q&A

WHERE: The Fishbowl

The Evolution of a Zinester – 1 PM

WHO: Celina works at VCU Libraries with comic books and zines. She makes zines and co-organizes the Richmond Zine Fest. The idea for this workshop came about through a discussion on the zine librarians listserv, and she’d like to gather other thoughts for herself as a zine librarian, other zine librarians, and possibly a paper on archiving zines while respecting zinester’s rights.

WHAT: Do you ever wish you could erase the existence of a zine you once proudly (or more likely hesitantly) folded and distributed to strangers? This workshop is an open discussion about what it means to make zines that may be actively archived and preserved in libraries and personal collections (which may also be donated to libraries). This workshop is informal and anyone is welcome to participate. I am planning to take notes, but I will respect everyone’s right to remain or not remain anonymous in the event that I write or share quotes from this session. Thank you!

Invited: Anyone who makes zines and has thoughts to share.

Duration: 45 minutes

WHERE: The Fishbowl

Guerilla Environmentalism and the Importance of H.E.A.L. – 1:30 PM

WHO: My name is Tyler. I am the founder of the Infidel Collective here in Richmond, Virginia. My main focus of establishing this collective is to emphasize to the community the importance of human, earth and animal liberation (H.E.A.L.) and how we all can work together respectfully and efficiently towards a safer and more trustworthy world. I have decided to take a more multi-media approach in writing zines, designing posters and flyers, and providing hands-on discussions and workshops to bring together our Richmond community and dismantle marginalizing barriers that divide us.

WHAT: Wear those dirty clothes because we will be crafting some awesome seed bombs and I will be teaching you all how to make green-friendly moss graffiti paint. We will have a discussion on the importance of moving away from an Anthrocentric society and towards practicing human, earth and animal liberation (H.E.A.L.). Let’s rediscover the importance of urban ecology, community gardening and guerrilla environmentalism together!

Invited: All ages

Duration: 45 minutes

WHERE: Outside/Parking Lot

Abortion Funding in Virginia (RRFP) – 2 PM

WHO: The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project seeks to further reproductive justice by providing practical and financial support for abortion services in Virginia and surrounding communities. RRFP strives to be a resource to the community by engaging in grassroots advocacy for the full spectrum of reproductive rights.

WHAT: Learn about abortion funding and barriers for patients in the region, and the laws and regulations that bind us.

Audience: Mature

Duration: 1 hour

WHERE: The Fishbowl

Assemblage Magic: Earning fairy punk cred with found objects – 2:30 PM

WHO: Kristen Rebelo & Christine Stoddard willd lead an assemblage workshop inspired by our ‘zine, Quail Bell. The focus is on using found, especially recyclable objects, to make unusual fairy art. We would show examples, provide instructions and inspiration, and give all participants the materials they need to get their hands dirty right on site.

WHAT: Let The Quail Bell Crew show you how to use found objects to make highly imaginative assemblage pieces. Make your own and earn your fairy punk cred. All materials provided.

Invited: Anyone

Duration: 1 hour

WHERE: The Fishbowl

Queering Consent – 3 PM

WHO: Liz, Quillin Drew, and Lee Steube will do a non-binary consent workshop that applies to all genders/sexualities, but that highlights non-binary identities.

WHAT: This workshop explores ways to build a culture of consent by locating non-binary gender experiences at the center of the conversation. We will discuss and practice gender neutral and empowering language around asking for consent and talking about sex, sexuality, and resisting violence.

Invited: Ages 16 and up

Duration: 1 hour

WHERE: The Fishbowl

Intro to Beekeeping! – 4 PM

WHO: We’re beginning beekeepers from Richmond who have been workin’ Beehives for about 3 years around the city. Since we’ve learned so much about this craft from experienced (& eccentric) older folx, as well as from the Bees themselves, we feel that now is a vital time to start sharing the knowledge and skills we’ve developed with other beginning Bee enthusiasts as a means to boost the rapidly declining Honeybee population in a holistic & radical way.

WHAT: Are ya intrigued by Honeybees? Do you want to keep eating food? We do, too. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our world’s produce (think about that!). But these days they’re rapidly dying off. Now is a pivotal time to educate ourselves about the Honeybee, and take personal responsibility to keep them from going extinct.

This workshop is the first of a series on Holistic Beekeeping we’re developing to educate people about Honeybees (and the mess they’re in), develop necessary skills to understand & work with Bees, and to provide opportunities for folx to have first-hand experiences working in Beehives. This event is geared towards folx who are interested in (or awed and inspired by!), but have not kept Honeybees (and for very beginners). Please come learn with us!

Invited: all ages

Duration: 1 hour

WHERE: The Fishbowl

How to Write a Good Story – 5 PM

WHO: Robert Mitchell is a writer, zinester, and English grad with lots of experience.

WHAT: Discuss and share the best methods of constructing a solid story that engages readers.

Invited: Teens and up

Duration: 1 hour

WHERE: The Fishbowl


AdHouse Books

AdHouse Books has been a boutique publishing juggernaut since the year of 2002. Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.

Aijung Kim

Aijung makes illustrated booklets of poetry and musings on the beautiful and mundane details of life. She is an artist who creates linocut prints and produced her own deck of divination cards called “The Golden Moth Illumination Deck.”

Artificial Heart Communications

We’re involved in everything.

Click Clack Distro

Click Clack Distro is closing after a lovely 5 years serving the zine community. The 2013 Richmond Zine Fest will be the last event we attend. We stock zines on mental health, health, feminism, perzines, etc and all must be sold!


Clown Meat Press is

Harrison Stewart
-MS Paint Wizard

Rellie Brewer
-Artist ex·tra·or·di·naire

James McPherson
– Specializing in the funny and sad

Daniel Stettner
– Digital Art Designer

Gabe Kendra
– Photographer like No Other

Come on down for a little bit of the funny,sad, beautiful and of course the handmade.

Comics Church

We are a group of comic artists that self-publish comic mini’s and full-length comics as well as sell screen-printed shirts and art prints. We regularly meet on Sunday mornings which is where the Comics Church name came from.

Cups of Love

Three longtime admirers of Zine Fest, creating small drawing zines to participate for the first time. Patrick, Rachel, and Chris.

Cynthia Ann Schemmer / Habits of Being

I currently write two zines on the regular: Habits of Being & Secret Bully. You can see more about them here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HabitsofBeing or listen to my audio zine here: http://habitsofbeing.bandcamp.com/

Habits of Being is an oral history zine that consists of both a print zine and a cassette audio zine. In the most recent issue, I interviewed three permanent residents of SuBAMUH (the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home), a women’s intentional community in rural Ohio. The print zine contains the edited transcripts of the interviews intertwined with my own personal reflections and writing. The audio zine contains these women’s voices along with music and my own narration. Secret Bully is a new personal zine. The first issue deals with moving away from New York for the first time at almost 30 years old and the grief surrounding it. I will also have “Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind,” an anthology by Victoria Law and China Martins, that I contributed a chapter to about parental grief and loss. And, lastly, a small amount of handmade lino cut prints and rubber stamps.

DC Zine Fest Organizers

The DC Zinefest is an independent event organized to provide a space for zine makers, self-published artists and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington D.C. community. We hope to support a community that is based in do-it-yourself practices and ethics through providing the opportunity to expo, workshop, and hang out with zines. If we don’t do it ourselves, no one will do it for us.

Dead Man Blues

an existential collage, manifesting itself in the form of self-portraiture. a collection of photographs, drawings, musings, and tangible thought.

Deep Sleep

Deep Sleep is the most recent product in a line of zines portraying graffiti, skateboarding, traveling, hopping, and other mischief.

The Dharma Temple of the Magic Fish Head

The purpose of the temple of the greater head is bi-fold: First to hook, then having hooked, to redirect the practitioner’s attention from the bait, up the line towards the fisherman.
And seeing the fisherman, the greater head whispers inside of our minds, “Why?”


One of the few zines addressing OCD from a radical mental health perspective, OCD Throws Bows is critical of the Icarus Project but interested in opening up a more inclusive dialogue about how to live with mental illness (or whatever you choose to call it).

Douglas Philip Jocham /#olympusboyz

Featuring all original all film photography zines by Douglas Philip Jocham & Hunter G. Moore. Photography work includes graffiti, skateboarding, portraiture, and Richmond life in general.

Dre Grigoropol

Dreamy and free-spirited, Dre’s comics represent seriously strong story telling and sophisticated imagery. Dre’s work investigates relationships and underground culture in an animated way.

Fluxxii Mental Health Distro

Fluxxii is a mental health distro whose goal is to support radical, community-based mental health through independent publishing and distribution.

The Flying Brick Library

We are a radical lending library and community space located at 506 S Pine Street in the historic neighborhood of Oregon Hill in Richmond, Virginia. Our collection includes books, zines, periodicals, and other media about class, labor, feminism, sex, queer issues, immigration, anarchism, DIY, health, fiction, biography, art, film, religion, travel, psychology, peace, communism, poetry, plays, revolution, energy, environmentalism, animal rights, disability issues, gender, economics, urban studies, education, race, civil rights, and more!


Psychedelic new wave street kitsch.

Free Your Mind

Skateboarding/Street Art Zine

Friends of Ibn Firnas

Born out of an unholy pact forged in the darkest recesses of art school, Friends of Ibn Firnas is an informal group of like-minded kids who share a lack of faith in art for art’s sake. We are comprised of radical illustrators, printmakers and comix artists, producing a variety of zines, comics, posters and murals.

Garbage Cats

Garbage Cats are two girls who like making and distributing art zines and DIY comic books. Our recent venture is “Nard Thoughtz,” a fanzine full of Nardwuar related comics, favorite Nardwuar moments, a paperdoll, and a dissection of camp aesthetics in Nardwuar interviews!

Girls Rock! RVA

Girls Rock! RVA is a not-for-profit organization in Richmond, Virginia with three years of success under our belt!  Our mission is to facilitate a space in Richmond that empowers girls to collaborate creatively in an environment of mutual respect and positive self-expression.  GR!RVA is fully operated by a dedicated group of volunteers.  Like many of the other Girls Rock! Camps across the United States, Canada, and Europe, we use music education as a foundation for personal growth, self-expression, confidence building, and much, much more.

Iona Hall – Cute Puke + DishSoap

Two artists working in zine format. We are also producing and collaborating on screenprinted media.

Jake Cunningham – Dear America / Draft Dodger Zine

Draft Dodger Zine is a new fanzine about diy punk and diy culture. Distributed for free!

Dear America I’m lost while having taken many forms is on its 7th or 8th zine returning to zinefest after a too long break!

Joe Mochove & Rusty Rowley

Rusty and Joe make three things:
– comics
– zines
– dreams come true


I produce hand made mini comix that are actually magazine size, so I don’t really consider them mini. I call them comixzines because they have the DIY aesthetic of zine culture but in comic format. I dabble in experimenting with different paper types to create them. I also make art prints and stickers.

Kevin Valente and Maily Degnan

HI! We are Kevin and Maily and are a collaborative team from Baltimore. As students in the MFA Illustration Practice program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), we love to work with pattern, humor, and pugs. Our zines for sale range from narrative stories to Amanda Bynes’ tweets. We also have prints for sale. Come by and say hi!


punk, sass & sad outta lil’s house two in richmond, va

mister oura

Comics, zines, toys, dolls, cute, ugly, funny, serious, bunnies, robots, monsters, you, me.

Mo Karnage and the Approaching Apocalypse Zine Distro

Cuddle Puddles and Hot Pants Zine- zines with a focus on DIY, vegan, sober, punk, feminist, anarchist thought

On Flora

On Flora is a brand-new zine celebrating the art of plants and flowers.

open minds zine project

these zines are from a writing workshop in the richmond city jail that has been going on for over two years.

OUR OWN creative collective

A small group of artists and friends working out of North Carolina. We use various forms of creative expression to spread ideas, celebrate and create our individual and collective identities, and participate in the conversation. Stop by our table for me party #1 and #2, UTOPIA OR, and more!


Peripheralism is a small project thrown together by Brian Noble, Inga Schunn and Caitlin Crow exploring alternate dimensions seen out of the corner of one’s eye.


Poictesme, a literature and art journal run out of the Student Media Center at VCU, will be distributing its first chapbook, Cobblestone(s). Cobblestone(s) includes poetry, prose, and art from VCU students and alumni.

Popular Demand

Popular Demand has been the best-selling magazine in the United States for two years running.

Quail Bell Magazine

Imaginary. Imaginary. Otherworldly.

Rachel Comics

Rachel Scheer is a comic artist living in Washington, DC. She writes and
illustrates Rachel Comics mini comics, droll, humorous autobiographical
comics based on life now, in her late 20s, and her life in high school. Her
newest mini comic series In Between Naps is adapted from her high
school diary.

Ramsey Everydaypants

Ramsey Everydaypants is a zine maker and comic book arist living in Philly. She makes short comics about her life, punk, and growing up.

Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

We’re an abortion fund for Virginia based out of Richmond and we’re trying to to get our info out there. And yes we have a zine!

Robert Mitchell

I am an indie writer, martial arts expert, occultist and mystic from Richmond, VA. My writing credits include the fiction novels “Chatters on the Tide” and “Ghilan”, the martial arts books “The Cabal Fang Martial Arts Manual” and “Wisdom of the Raven” and numerous poems, ‘zines, comic books, and short pieces including the popular pamphlet “Self-Defense for Activists.”

The Runcible Spoon

The Runcible Spoon is a quarterly(ish) food zine based in Washington, D.C. Our goal is to capture the pleasure and playfulness of eating through imaginative, delicious (and sometimes made up) recipes, illustration, storytelling and collage.

RVA Zine Fest Organizers Make Zines, Too, Table

Celina Nicole, Mara Hyman, Brian Baynes, and Mo Karn … “Doin’ our thing while we’re doing our thang.”

Savvy & Well with Gabrielle

I just put together a website with free resources (videos, recipes, nutritional info) for people who want to eat well on a budget and a frantic schedule. I will be providing a zine with a recipe in both english and spanish as well as a sample of one of the recipes on the site.

Studio Two Three

Studio Two Three is a non-profit communal printmaking workshop and print-specific gallery in the Richmond metropolitan area. We offer professional facilities, affordable communal workspace for emerging and mid-career artists, educational programming and outreach, and an innovative gallery dedicated to fine art prints. Richmond is a city full of artistic talent, and S23 provides a community and a space to support that talent. We are located at 1617 W. Main Street in the Fan’s Uptown Arts District, just up the block from Reynolds Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond

Stuff Redux

Stuff Redux is Richmond’s creative reuse center dedicated to promoting creativity, art, environmental sustainability, education, and community engagement through the collection and redistribution of traditionally discarded materials.Located at 1605 Rhoadmiller St, our organization aims to provide a home for Richmond’s creative movers and shakers, and a nexus for ideas and community supported projects that address environmental sustainability, education, collaboration, and the arts.

The Sub-Sub-Sub Group

A collective of 3, The Sub-Sub-Sub Group has been working together for over a decade on various projects, including artists’ books, zines, and small works. They have been contributors to Art-o-Mat, Bizarre Market, Projet Mobilivre, and the Annual Edible Books Festival. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of The Spooklet zine, an autumnal celebration of the paranormal.

Team Wet Dog

Team Wet Dog publishes Conspiratorial, a serialized mystery set in Washington, D.C., along with other fiction and mixed media.

VCU Book Arts Class

Undergraduate and graduate students from a VCUarts Book Arts class will offer small editions of artists’ books and zines.

VCU Bowe House Press

We are a university letterpress shop that specializes in books and broadsides. Our student books are in Special Collections around the country.

vegan action

Vegan Action is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to reduce animal suffering, minimize environmental impact, and improve human health. A large part of our promotion of veganism is through fun and delicious cooking. We have several awesome cookzines in addition to information at our table.

weed it, then eat it! apothecary

weed it, then eat it! (richmond, va) will have zines on herbal medicine/ self-care. we will also have homemade tinctures to help with sleep and digestion, and are here to talk about making other formulations! look for us on the workshop schedule for Beekeeping 101!

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective

The Wingnut Anarchist Collective is located in Richmond. Wingnut hosts all sorts of sober, all ages events, such as acoustic musical performances, craft nights, food not bombs, movie screenings, workshops, group meetings, copwatch, radical sobriety support group, etc.

Do you have other images and things we can add to our archive for 2013? Email us at zine.fest@richmondzinefest.org with subject line: RZF Archive ❤