Day 5 was the day for teaching yourself a new skill to be used for and/or in your zines. Stepping out of your comfort zone and learning how to draw a comic when you typically write prose or poetry or learning how to sew binding when typically staple are fun ways to reboot and refresh your zine-atude.
Mara, one of the Richmond Zine Fest organizers and the designer of this year’s main RZF poster, decided to screenprint a zine for the first time.
If you’re interested in learning how to screenprint, the following website has a really simple DIY tutorial: Instructables. Another way of not only discovering new techniques but also supporting local art resources is to investigate what art studios near you offer courses and access to tools of the print trade. Here in Richmond we’re lucky to have spaces like Studio Two Three. Coming up July 16th, they’re offering a class on Screenprinting Halftones, 6-9pm for only $35!
Day 6 was the day for contributing to an incredibly important resource for zine folks, librarians, and the zine curious/nostalgic. Zinewiki.com is the zine encyclopedia that anyone can edit. No matter how random or obscure your zine may be, you can add it to the zine wiki, which also includes entries for distros and zine fests. We discovered that our page was woefully out of date, and we’ve fixed that!
This post comes to you all the way from France, where RZF co-organizer Brian has been buying zines and minicomics, chilling with his host family, and eating baguettes every morning for breakfast.
Of course, you don’t have to travel to eat baguettes, and discover and read zines from all over the world. George is available for sale here, and there are several distros you can browse and support listed at Stolen Sharpie Revolution. Happy reading and vive la France!
Looking forward to the day I receive the zines I finally purchased from Brown Recluse Distro, a distro that was created to support and allow others to discover zines written predominantly by POC artists, writers, and zine-makers of all identities.
I’ve had my eye on the following titles for several months and was happy to see a few titles were still available as I discovered more must reads. – Celina
If you happen to be around the Richmond area, you can treat yourself to a visit to Velocity Comics, which now carries zines from our very own River Rat Distro (check out the page we’ve added to this website and follow us on facebook) in addition to the many other awesome independently produced comics they sell!