We were so touched not only for an amazing profile about our fest by Echo Magazine, but that they also donated to our fundraiser and became a sponsor of PHX Zine Fest 2016!
Who are you? Where do you come from? What zine do you make?
I'm KJ Philp, the managing editor of Echo Magazine, a Phoenix-based monthly print publication and website (echomag.com). Echo Magazine started at the original editor’s apartment in 1989 and has grown to be Arizona’s leading media outlet dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community.
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?
Print and digital media are in a constant state of change and evolution. Echo Magazine has withstood the test of time and continues to thrive within it's own very diverse niche. With publications – as well as gay bars – disappearing at an alarming rate, our mission is to maintain a space that celebrates all things LGBTQ, and has grown to include topics such as gender identity and expression, family (adoption and marriage), homelessness and sex work, to name a few. Team Echo is looking forward to connecting with writers, artists and readers of a somewhat different style of print media as well participating in, and continuing, the dialogue that the panels and discussions will foster. Additionally, we realize we've outgrown our "small press publication" roots (though we're still a considerably small staff) and are honored to be included in this group of talented entrepreneurs and creators. Thank you, we'll see you Oct. 23!