11am - 5pm, SUN, OCT 20TH, 2019 UNEXPECTED GALLERY 734 W POLK ST
"A zine - pronounced zeen - derived from magazine - is an independently- or self-published booklet, often created by a single person. Zines are customarily created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it is also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usually folded and stapled. Zines can be printed and bound in any manner. Offset printing is a relatively common alternative to photocopying, though there is some controversy among zine writers as to whether professionally printed products may be defined as zines." -ZineWiki.com
Phx Zine Fest is an annual gathering for DIY Small Press enthusiasts who create and enjoy zines, indie comics, photography books, perzines, political pamphlets and the like. Arizona has a lot of creativity to offer and Phx Zine Fest provides the space to show it off! This is the event to share your self-published work and to connect with the growing community. Enjoy panels, zine making, alternative voices and a ton of bright creativity.
PHX Zine Fest began in 2016 as a partnership between several local zinesters, with the intention of growing and supporting the DIY zine scene in the Phoenix area. Recognizing that there was a huge need for spaces to support self-publishing and alternative content, each of our original organizers came with a rich history of work with zines and community organizing, and two remain with the zine fest to this day.
Charissa Lucille, graduated with a journalism degree from The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University, and shortly after found her voice in self-publishing. She jumped head-first into the zine scene and publishes three zine titles and several photo collections. She has sold her zines at invitation-only festivals such as the LA Zine Fest, SF Zine Fest, LB Zine Fest, all of which helped inspire the drive to develop a similar fest in Phoenix. Charissa is also the owner/operator of Wasted Ink Zine Distro, which continues to be one of the largest sponsors of the PHX Zine Fest, and a local brick and mortar storefront located at the Hive on Oak and 16th Street. If you have not visited Wasted Ink Zine Distro, please do! as the zine experience goes year round at this local hub for community events, zine making classes, and networking with other passionate zinesters.
"BFH" started volunteering for and helping organize fests and literary events in Southern California from 2012 on, until his relocation back to his home state of Arizona. His background in music and promoting comedy in Phoenix lent itself to producing zine events, as did his work in writing, editing, and publishing zines. He has focused his energy solely on the organizing end for the last few years, but hopes to return to writing and publishing after the 2018 PHX Zine Fest.
Together our original zinesters leveraged their skillsets to organize and host the first Zine Fest at the Ice House in Downtown Phoenix. The event was a huge success, bringing in 70+ vendors from around the country, and seeing around 400 visitors, many of who were being introduced to zines for the first time. Also at the event were Cut Copy Phoenix, Echo Magazine, and other supportive sponsors. Altogether, the event proved that Phoenix was ready and in need of events to support local self-publishing and the rich variety of ideas and conversations that come from these kinds of spaces.
In our second year, our team of Organizers grew to include several local zinesters and artists who had tabled or volunteered at the first Zine Fest such as; artist and organizer, Denise Dominguez; artist and author of Orbital / Primeval Nathan Smith; artist and author of Queer Fear, Joseph Dick; artist and author of Necropolis, and Miserable Bitch, Yolie Contreras; and artist Sara Howard, many of whom are still involved with the zine fest today. We also changed locations, moving to Unexpected Gallery, where we have happily established a great relationship, and our zine fest will be held for our third year as well.
This year we are also joined this year by the talented Haley Khoshaba, author of several zines including F is for Trump, and Fem Static Zine, and several returning faces. While the organizer team has changed over the years, and will continue to do so, the importance of DIY zines remains the same, and the mission of the PHX Zine Fest is likewise unchanged, to engage local talent, and to encourage artists, writers, and poets to share their stories and voices and start conversations about real issues otherwise unrepresented in media. This mission is perhaps more important than ever, to give voice to marginalized groups at a time when divisiveness seems to be the goal of mainstream media channels. To find out how you can support or connect with the PHX zine fest, check our volunteer page, or if you would like your contribution to be present, check out our vendor application page. All are welcome.