Who are you? Where do you come from?
Tijuana Zine Fest is an annual festival that celebrates self-publishing culture in and around the Tijuana-San Diego border region. We work to celebrate zines, comics, writing, and other forms of self-publishing through an annual festival platform, zine workshops, and related events. We also provide musical and artistic entertainment at all community events, uniting the art, music, and cultural scenes of the region. Tijuana Zine Fest looks to encourage artists and enthusiasts to discover self-publishing as an alternate form of expression and cross-border communication. Beyond the festival event, we want to represent local border artists outside of our immediate region. By visiting other zine fests and building relations with a broader trans-national community, TJZF hopes to give local artists the opportunity to communicate with distant audiences through their work.
What would you like people to know about the zines you create and/or why you are looking forward to tabling at Phx Zine Fest 2016?
What we would most like to celebrate and foment through our festival is the opportunities all artists and community organizers have to exercise inclusivity and equity. We strive (though it's a continuous process) to promote underrepresented communities through careful consideration of our promotion, guest artists, and festival line-ups. One of the elements we most appreciate about self-publishing is the opportunity to share work that might be in-progress, work that might look different in another edition, work of artists who are growing and learning within their community. We look forward to tabling at PHX Zine Fest 2016 because we're always excited to expand our friend and colleague networks. Also it would be the first time we "officially" take our zines outside of California/Baja!
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
--- all photos by Emilyo Arias of @lacostabrava