Continue to check here for any and all updates to the listing of vendors and zine-makers/artists/writers as we get closer to the exhibition day of Richmond Zine Fest.
Exhibitors will be on the first floor and basement of the Richmond Public Library Main Branch, Saturday October 13th.
I make illustrated zines of poetry and prose chronicling life’s little everyday moments. I also sell handmade prints, notecards, and an oracle deck.
Person. Storyteller. Work-in-progress. A. J. Hayes blends poetry and fiction, occasionally with visuals, in his handmade zines.
Multi-media works, stickers, and zines. I like to try my best and have fun.
an illustrated monologue of coming of age while coming to terms with what it means to be a black woman in America.
A reflection of personal experiences, these illustrated zines largely focus on living and existing within the city of Richmond, Virginia. Specifically, the zine series “Symbols of Southern Pride” seeks to redefine what it truly means to be a southerner.
Asian & Pacific Islander Student Alliance at VCU
APSA at VCU is a justice-centered organization that aims to raise awareness about issues affecting API folks, with a specific focus on people in our community with multiple marginalized identities and acting in solidarity with other oppressed groups. Our zine committee wants to uplift creatives of color and share our rich voices.
Experimental paper goods and design.
Bad Dreamer is personal prose centered around sexuality, intimacy, the politics of being a woman, mental illness, and dreams! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always with a flair of mysticism.
Woodcut, Letterpress, and Risograph prints and Zines by Barry O’Keefe
Between Two Moons
A zine filled with poems and colorful illustrations. Taking the reader into a world that is strange and beautiful
Big Planet Comics / Retrofit Comics
Retrofit Comics is a small press comics publisher that was founded in 2011 by comics artist Box Brown to publish cool comics. Now run by Jared Smith from Big Planet Comics, Retrofit Comics has published work from some of the best comic book creators in North America, as well as creators from around the world, including France, Belgium, Japan, Australia, and the UK. Retrofit Comics publishes out of Washington DC.
I make zines about stuff i like and i like a lot of stuff.
Budget Press goes all over the place, not sticking to any particular genre or format or style, with many different writers and artists. Budget Press has published over 60 perzines, lit zines, photo zines, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, made with a black-and-white copier, full color digital printer, risograph, as chapbooks, novellas, and of course zines. My own johnnie b. baker zines are mostly about travel in one way or another.
Depicting voices/stories/anecdotes from elementary school years. Stories are comedic in nature, varying from incidents of “getting in trouble”, to fondly remembering a kindly teacher who helped the narrator out of a pickle.
4 zines of art focused on mental health and subculture
My new riso zine is about a futuristic botanical garden full of genetically modified plants that will alter your mind, body, and soul.
new comic/poetry/illustration collection, cat calendar, postcards, catnap shirts, stickers & temp tats!
A food justice project focused on food philosophy and affordable health through cooking, growing, and eating real food.
I will Have copies of my yet to be annouced Fall Project, My printed sketchbook, and my “SUMMER MADNESS” Zine.
Flaunt Your Fluff is a body positivity and body hair Zine portrayed using humor. Mt. Olyphant is a comic about the Greek gods reincarnated in a psych ward.
Using an unabashedly personal and radical lens to talk about everything from the terrorist attacks in Charlottesville to working in Richmond’s homeless shelters.
Churayl (Zaira Qureshi)
Small local anti capitalist witchy press
Community High School of Arts and Academics is a progressive school in Roanoke, Virginia. Founded and driven by students, the students of the CHS Zine Club have published more than 250 student-produced zines Since 2014; this will be their fourth year tabling in Richmond Zine Fest
corner office is an experimental art platform run by adele ball and ava lonergan in richmond, virginia. corner office’s mission is to create an abiding community space that uses publications, exhibitions, public events, and artist interviews to highlight the studio practices of artists working in a variety of media in virginia and beyond. we are primarily interested in supporting and exhibiting artists who identify as women or gender non-conforming, but are open to hosting projects and events by any individual or group. we open our studio space to the public as a gallery and gathering place in hopes of making the creative process feel accessible to everyone.
A (mostly) east coast based art collective made up of cartoonists, writers, illustrators, sculptors, and disgruntled garbage birds.
Devyr press consists of zines about education, art making, and horror films.
A wonderful waste of time made by two well-meaning former children.
I’m going to be featuring a tiny positive story about a bird who transforms into a baguette, as well as pieces from a stop motion animation about a small wizard with terrible roommates.
Comics, prints, stickers, and personal zines by Francesca Lyn
Comics and zines about fantasy, fashion, death, and the occult
I tend to make a big deal out of small experiences. Someone coughing on me turns in to a funny zine about them dying. Someone calling my dad a jap, becomes a zine about their crazy obsession with rubber ducks.
Great dismal is an arts and organizing collective in rva.
We are two queer girls making work about our experience in queerness, womynhood, and life in richmond. We will sell zines and screenprinted items as well as a few items specifically made to fundraise for a few non-profits we work with.
My original zines contain haiku and photos. I also have street art zines and zines about graveyards. My most recent zine is a queer noir comic set in 1950s San Francisco which I hope to unveil at the fest.
Handbasket shares the stories of queer American life, as told by those living it. Established in 2015, this zine specializes in short essays and profiles. Enjoy the Ride.
Zines and comics about cartoons, science, and queer identity.
hate zines but love sports
comics from norfolk, va. and movie posters for naro cinema.
Ice Cream Support Group
Ice Cream Support Group is a collective that makes anything we want. We are inspired by the things we like and sometimes make things. No ice cream provided.
Information Dominance is Richmond based zine covering heavy music, culture, left wing politics and art. The focus is on international metal/punk/hardcore bands, but there are also pieces dissecting the Alt-right, recipes for tiki drinks, record reviews done by my dad and an interview with one of GWAR’s costume designers.
A short story of the Angst “butterflies” getting vengeance on the wild animals that took advantage of them.
Jake Lahah is a printmaker/zinester/book artist in the Richmond, VA area. His work explores different aspects of queer culture, sex education, counter-culture, and sexuality.
Jamie is an illustrator, designer, cartoonist & avid sketchbook-er. Making comics, books & zines in Richmond, VA.
I’ve created an oracle deck that serves graphic designers, based on my own experience in the profession. Along with the deck are small zines with stories of clients, the individual oracle cards, and the designer/client relationship. While this deck was created with designers in mind it serves anyone who interfaces with humans. Making the cards and zines for everyone.
Jess Knehr is a Pagan witch, blogger, and writer. Her zines consist of magical and historical short stories and works-in-progress. Other works include guides to spells, deities, tarot layouts, and meditations.
Small artist books with collections of drawings, enamel pins , and shirts that highlight some of the aesthetics of the books and zines made
Jupiter Star Power!
Jupiter Star Power! retells fairy tales through a cynical, feminist lens. She also makes sprite stitch patterns and really wants you to know the difference between knit and crochet.
CLASHKA ZINE is art & anecdotes from both sides of the Atlantic. This year we’re featuring greens & new zines on starting a garden and solo hiking for womxn.
Although print is primarily a two-dimensional visual experience, much of my work investigates how to get those pieces to reach the hands of the viewer. This investigation has led me to creating three-dimensional tunnel books, zines exploring niche topics, as well as hand-pulled silkscreen books and postcards.
Promoting inclusivity in professional wrestling by sharing and elevating marginalized voices about their experiences in the fandom.
King Tut’s Blind Dog Demon Possession – If My Tips Don’t Make You Money, I’ll Shave My Head!
An ongoing experimentation mixing magazine collage and clickbait that has found its way into print.
Photo and other zines
Late Comeback Press was created by two Asian-American millennials, while daydreaming in our windowless Accounting office, to experiment with print media and design zines without the restrictions of mainstream publishing houses. As two English majors in our mid-twenties, we decided that we had made enough excuses for not developing the type of art we had always daydreamed about. As we say, better late than dead (!).
Lil Wolf Press is a small, collaborative press featuring the written and visual work of Gretchen Gales and Alexander Clark.
Lohitha is a medical illustrator in-training and artist. They create a lot of work around gender, sexuality, and reimagining queerness, in addition to their medical work. Ishaan is a poet and writer from Richmond and will be sharing zines and poetry about the multifarious nature of being.
smol n sweet growth oriented zines featuring healing and love, poetry and art
Art focused zines/comics concerning the experience of living in the American South and urban exploration. Silkscreen posters of weird places half-imagined and maps of places where only the Loblolly pine grows.
Mary Kate Montgomery is a queer femme Latina who has been creating in Richmond for years. Her illustrations combined with written word stem from her coming of age experiences, embracing identity, and her journey in becoming an art educator to young children.
I sell prints as well as take commissions. I primarily work with fan art on a variety of subjects and can work with requests.
Bizhan Khodabandeh is a visual communicator who moves freely across the professional boundaries as designer, illustrator, artist and activist. His works vary from small graphic art projects to major public campaigns. Khodabandeh is particularly fascinated by how art and design can be a catalyst for social change.
Fourth Wall is a zine structured like a journal containing poems, entries, essays, and bits of drawing/photography about traveling west to unlearn and relearn how to live (especially in relation to environment, culture, and community), being on the road and being alone, and calling myself an artist.
I am a trans masculine creator and I create zines involving trans characters.
The books I make generally deal with the interior, inner conflict, nagging thoughts, nostalgia, melancholy, etc., acting as an attempt to turn those experiences outward and then connect with others. Most of the zines/books contain photography and some with drawings and/or poetry or writing.
‘A collection of sinister monster girls having a good time.Just some ghouls being gals….what could be better than that!’
ADDress: an autobio zine about the positive side of Attention Deficit Disorder.
My Memoir If I Had One
My Memoir, If I had One is an autobiographical zine composed of short stories, illustrations, and one-liners. It is filled with affectionate reminiscences of childhood, sentimental longing for when we first met, and a story about a kitten who was born with too small a butthole.
My work is about my relationships with plants and the process of reasoning with my own mind (Mercury in Gemini!!!). It reflects the pulling together of ideas and samples from the tangled web of my processes and subconscious. I work intuitively and find great satisfaction in reflecting and solving the visual riddle that’s left after making the work.
OCD Throws Bows
Dirk writes OCD Throws Bows, an irregularly produced zine (currently in 4 issues) about living with OCD. He also has a zine of Mad Max/Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fanfiction called “The Pants of Many Mothers.” He hopes to have his new zine, DC10, about living for 10 years in DC done by RZF.
Organization for a Free Society
We are a feminist communist organization that publishes radical zines on a variety of topics from social reproduction, the history of May Day, a reading guide for feminist collectives, and student organizing. (We also make some pretty awesome feminist/communist/anti-police buttons and pins)
Childlike, cartoony, with a strange twist of reality. Always funny, sometimes dark
My work focuses on centering the voices of queer trans people of color, particularly within the Latinx community. Themes of mental health, radical/intersectional feminism and self love are both explored and embraced.
queer + black centered zines based around gender, identity, astrology, witchcraft + neopets
35mm black and white film photography accompanied by poetry addressing the Filipino diaspora, immigration, and survival living in the settler-colony.
Rachelle Holloway is a sequential artist and freelance illustrator. Much of her work has a Scandinavian/viking feel to it. She also likes to tell stories of her Shetland Sheepdog.
Combination of personal zines, poetry zines, and diy/Herbalism zines.
Illustrator of the macabre, fantasy and nature. Zines for both education and entertainment.
Revenant Editions is a vehicle for DIY research and radical scholarship, unearthing the histories and pre-histories of the today’s progressive underground that have been buried by a century or more of reactionary academics. The punk/anarchist/avant-garde communities have deeper historical roots than those in Power would like us to realize. Nearly 50 zines (and a few bound anthologies) explore the early histories and erased heroes of the cultural avant-garde, socialism and anarchism, gender and racial civil rights movements, occultism, fandoms, andother countercultures.
Rey is a graphic designer in RVA, contributing to zine fest for the first after consuming its media for a long time. Her zines/designs/things are often about identity politics through the subjects of biracialism, queerness, and hair.
Seong Eun Macfarlane is an illustrator living in Baltimore, Maryland. She enjoys spending her time drawing comics and practicing kung fu. Her current project “Ordinary States” is a meandering narrative about sisters, feelings, and traveling through portals.
Seven Hills School
Creative writing and art zines by students from Seven Hills School in Richmond, Virginia.
Hello! We are a queer artist couple living and working in Richmond, Virginia. Ashlyn is an illustrator, and Hannah is studying to become an art teacher. We create zines and other artwork about childhood, queer love, swamps, gardens, and the experience of growing up gay in the bible belt.
soft web studio collective is paige, ha, maeve, melissa & mars xXx collectively~ artists, witchcrafters, teachers, writers, event bookers, space makers
Soju Press is a brand new baby zine, with a current zine series Sharing Soju, a three part series around East Asian American identity. The first is from my personal experience, the second focuses on Hallyu, or the Korean pop culture wave, and the third focuses on various voices and submissions from across the East Asian American community.
Richmond’s own radical mental health distro and press
Souped Up Ramen is a mini comics about instant noodles, with 10 recipes to improve your Instant ramen into a healthier, more interesting meal.
Stay Kind! publishes and distributes creative works, with a focus on zines related to personal and community narratives and topics including mental health, race, gender, and sexuality. A portion of all sales are donated to initiatives supporting positive change in our communities.
Strange Letters To Albert
Strange Letters to Albert is a weird, gritty story of loneliness. It’s also very weird. Each issue is kind of like a Twilight Zone episode and is based in our very own RVA.
Two buds trying to figure out How To Be™ through drawing, writing and zine sharing since 2015.
A reproduction of a very nerdy video game zine created in middle school.
Debut of new published novel Ghetto Girls Rule in Marseille. Debut Lino prints Eves story in pictures. Ethnic Trip Cultural Art presents Ghetto Girls coloring books and Art Portfolio.
I am a queer artist that enjoys creating illustration zines and comics. I like to write about my experiences, and I’m currently working on a comic about my parent’s separation, and how my relationship with them has changed over this past year.
Publication that provides platform for marginalized voices, especially those within intersections. Tagline is “passing a pen to the silenced”, and has no central theme for artists to fit into, enforcing that it’s about The Who rather than The What, and places those who normally come last at the front. Primarily poetry, with short stories, artwork, and a photo series
Vim is a trans multimedia artist who focuses on illustration as well as subjects such as the LGBTQIA+ community, body positivity, and social justice.
Vinyl Vagabonds is a zine made by Sara and Eric Gordon about music and vinyl. DC Creepers is the name for the zines that Eric makes solo and with friends; comics, fanzines, and art zines.
Small Risograph press in Philadelphia publishing artist books and multiples.
A collection of zines exploring aesthetics and the queer experience.
Zines and comics and wolf paraphernalia.
Yakiisweet is a collaboration between the artists Amber Hooke and Tiffany Reniva. The project is based around nature, environments, and the people within these environments.
oh – we are a universal gospel for each and every sentient being, organism & spirit. ✌🏼❤️🐣
The ZBC is a collaborative project of student zinesters in NC, using art to resist, disrupt, and educate. Our zines examine identity and social issues in unique and fun ways, with particular focus on LGBTQ+ and POC experiences.