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Dancezine Queen Pictures

Thank you to everyone who came out to dance with us last night! The festivities went from fundraiser to celebration once we realized that we’d exceeded our goal–the cost of the zine fest’s venue $1500. Last night thanks to the attendees, DJs Michael and Shmalan for giving us something to dance to, and Balliceaux, we raised $125. That amount brought our total to $1616, giving us a bit of a head start for next year.  Thanks again for all the support. We hope to see you on October 8th at the Richmond Zine Fest, which is a free, all-ages event.

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Picture time! Richmond Zine Fest 2011’s Benefit Show

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us raise money for this year’s fest. We couldn’t have done it without you all, and the readers and the bands: Stacey Randolph, Elizabeth Albrecht, Danny Rathbun, Katerina Charalambidis, Lobo Marino, Black Girls, and Long Arms. And of course, thanks again to Strange Matter for providing the space and the hospitality.

Upcoming Richmond Zine Fest Events:

We’re gearing up to dance, dance, dance at Balliceaux, Sept. 29th starting at 10 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page for details.

The Wingnut (2005 Barton Ave.) will also host this year’s potluck and zine reading the night before the fest, Friday Oct. 7th at 7 p.m.

We’re still accepting applications for table registration and workshop proposals for the big day, Saturday Oct. 8th, so get a party together to make some zines to table and/or trade with at the fest.

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I Just Want To Dance

MUCHAS GRACIAS to everyone who came out and supported Richmond Zine Fest last night! The performers Lobo Marino, Black Girls, Long Arms, and all of our readers who bravely read in front of a crowd unfamiliar with zines–Stacey of LIPS Richmond, Elizabeth, Katerina, and last but certainly not least, Danny, have our sincerest gratitude. Thanks to Strange Matter for being so awesome and accommodating, and we’re already looking forward to planning a bigger and better collaboration between the music and zine scenes in RVA. I’m currently rifling through all the pictures of last night to share with everyone, so expect a picture post pretty soon.

Last night’s event exceeded our expectations for attendance, and we raised $537 between entry cover and table donations (the screenprinted patches and canvas bags were a hit!), so THANK YOU in every language in existence. We’re closer to the amount needed for the venue space and optimistic about not holding this year’s Zine Fest curbside in possibly rainy, windy weather (the archnemesis of finite paper goods), which brings us to our next fundraising event….

You have until September 29th to polish your dancing shoes and practice your moves for Dancezine Queen at Balliceaux. DJs Mike and Allen will premiere the BEARD dance party with ALL VINYL punk, new wave, indie, dance, and queercore music. More details will be revealed… including a special event mini-zine flyer!

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Calling in-state and out-of-state zinesters: contact us at richmondzinefest[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like to read at our 2nd Annual Night Before Zine Fest Potluck & Reading at the Wingnut, October 7th at 7p.m.  This is a good event for first time zine readers, especially.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Zine Fest and other related events this fall as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.  We plan this event because we love zines and the people who make them and read them. ❤

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Jonny Z Fest Pictures and Yummy News for the Richmond Zine Fest

As promised we have pictures from Saturday’s Jonny Z Fest!

The wind and and rain didn’t prevent our having a good time (although we could’ve won a prize at inventiveness and fastest zine and flyer round up whenever the weather threatened our paper-based goods… see the proof in the pictures: Eros collected rocks for paperweights). The community and music kept our spirits up, and we made the most of the day with a lot of laughter and dancing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of singer Alison Self, but the other music acts pictured are Josh Small, Photosynthesizers, and No BS! Brass Band. All of the acts had amazing sets that we couldn’t help but jam to at the zine fest table. Also pictured: RZF co-organizer Eros, Click Clack Distro, The Flying Brick Library volunteers, and an amazing dancer/performer who accompanied the Photosynthesizers’ performance. The Jonny Z Fest is an event that the organizers of Richmond Zine Fest look forward to every year. Thanks to everyone who contributed to an amazing local event!

And if that sampling of live music in Richmond wasn’t enough, don’t forget to come out to our benefit show August 31st at Strange Matter! On the last night of the summery months, Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino of the local music scene will unite with local zine writers to raise money for our venue space. We love these bands and everyone involved, and we’re incredibly excited and happy that they’ve decided to give us a hand with this show. Who says you can’t party
on a Wednesday? We have the winter and many a school night to stay in. 😉

And now: News for Your Belly 

We can now announce that Lamplighter will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on Oct. 8th again!  We hope that those of you of who enjoyed their coffee, sandwiches, whoopie pies, and other fare last year are pleased. And for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to do so at the previous zine fest, just you wait. Or don’t wait… Lamplighter is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 S. Addison Street, Richmond, VA, 23220.

The Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8th at the GCCR.  Registration for tabling and workshops are still open. Register and pay to confirm your space as soon as possible. Be on the look out for more zine fest events and blog posts with tips for tablers and workshoppers soon.

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another reason to shop

Rvazine-sfac_copyRichmond Zine Fest will be tabling at Rumors (404 N. Harrison) at July 19th, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Stop by to help us raise money for this year’s fest as well as to learn more information about opportunities to participate and/or volunteer.

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Fest and other related events this summer as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.  We plan this event because we love zines and the people who make them and read them. ❤

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it’s raining, it’s pouring ….

BUT THE 24 HOUR ZINE CHALLENGE IS STILL GOING!

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Show up at the Wingnut any time in that 24 hour period to work on your new zine.  We’d love for people to bring supplies and snacks to share! Please label food items in case folks have dietary restrictions.  Items that are great for zine making are Sharpies, black pens, scissors, gluesticks, rubber cement, typewriters, and oldmagazines or books for collaging, etc.  If you intend on using the printer or copier at the Wingnut we ask that you please bring a small cash donation so they can replace the ink and toner when needed.   Donations of printer paper will also be happily accepted!

Event time: Friday, July 8th at 6 PM thru Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM.  

Location: The Wingnut, an all ages sober space located at 2005 Barton Ave.

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24 Hour Zine Challenge of 2011!

24hourzinevent-take2_edited-1Friday, July 8th at 6 PM thru Saturday, July 9th at 6 PM please join the Richmond Zine Fest at The Wingnut as we present the 24 Hour Zine Challenge of 2011!  The Wingnut is an all ages sober space located at 2005 Barton Ave.

From the 24 Hour Zine Thing website (http://24hourzines.com): “The 24 Hour Zine Challenge asks zinesters to create a 24-page zine from conception to final product in 24 hoursstraight. Zines should be of suitable size and technical difficulty so that this truly is a challenge for individual zinesters.”

Never made a zine before?  Having a serious case of writer’s block?  No problem! The great thing about getting together to take on the challenge is to have lots of folks to bounce ideas off of or help share different techniques and styles.

Show up at the Wingnut any time in that 24 hour period to work on your new zine.  We’d love forpeople to bring supplies and snacks to share! Please label food items in case folks have dietary restrictions.  Items that are great for zine making are Sharpies, black pens, scissors, gluesticks, rubber cement, typewriters, and oldmagazines or books for collaging, etc.  If you intend on using the printer or copier at the Wingnut we ask that you please bring a small cash donation so they can replace the ink and toner when needed.   Donations of printer paper will also be happily accepted!

The organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest hope that this challenge will help spark new zines in Richmond and empower folks to create something that they can share in October at the 2011 Richmond Zine Fest!
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A Post-event Post: Zine Reading @ Sprout

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Richmond Zine Fest on Thursday. A special thanks goes to Sprout for hosting the event, our emcee Danny, and everyone who bravely jumped on stage: Dixon, Alan Webb, Mo, Elizabeth Albrecht, Safiya, Liz Canfield, Eric Scott, and Cat. It was an awesome night, and we hope attendees enjoyed it as much as we did!

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Fest and other related events this summer as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.

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Zine Reading and Fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest!

What: Zine Reading and Fundraiser for the Richmond Zine Fest!

When: Thursday, May 12 from 10:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Where: Sprout, 1 N. Morris, Richmond, VA

Join the organizers of the Richmond Zine Fest (coming to you for the 5th consecutive year in October of 2011) for a night of sharing, laughing, and inspiration. 

Sprout is graciously hosting this event, and will be open with beverages and snacks for sale. 

We are having people read from their zines, because last year’s Zine Reading Potluck before the Zine fest was so much fun!
The Richmond Zine Fest is excited about the growing Zine Community in RVA. 

We are looking for a variety of readers- from poems, to political, to anecdotal or personal, to whatever you have got. We will update this event with a list of confirmed readers over the coming week. Please email the zine fest if you want to read at:

zine.fest (at) richmondzinefest.org

So please come and join us at Sprout to hear 10-15 awesome Richmond Zinesters read to you from their zines. 

You will have plenty of time between this reading and the Zine Fest to get pumped to write your own zines! 

Bring some money to donate to the Richmond Zine Fest if you can- we will have some zine grab bags and other swag for sale, as well as a donation jar. We have to raise money to rent the space where we hold the zine fest.