1. Brand new table flag we made!! Look for us March 14-15 at Chicago Zine Fest!!

  2. chicagozinefest:


    RVA Zinefest 2013 at Gay Community Center of Richmond

    Words of encouragement! A whole lotta awesome going down at the Richmond Zine Fest!

    More amazing photos! Nostalgic already….

    (via adhousebooks)

  3. spx:



    Richmond Zine Fest 2013 Memories.

    The inside of the Gay Community Center of Richmond VA, was nice, cool, and non-oppressive. With an empty seat next to Ramsey Beyer, who recently had her self-bio graphic novel Little Fish published, and her friend Cynthia Ann from Philly, I setup my zine-camp. (They offered me a ride back to Philly with them after the fest. I was so thankful that I didn’t have to schlep my stuff around Richmond anymore).

    I connected with so many interesting people at the zine fest. I had a conversation with Chris Pitzer from Adhouse Books for the first time. We talked about one of my favorite places on Earth, Asbury Park, NJ and their upcoming comics show, which I’m a huge fan of, Asbury Park Comicon.  I attended the past three shows and exhibited at the past two.  I’m exhibiting at the upcoming 2014 show with my friend Bryan G. Brown. Bryan and I collaborated on the comic book Blueberry of Asbury Park, a self-bio comic about our experience exhibiting at the con our first time. Bottom line is this is a comics show at the beach— Does it ever get better than that? I hope Chris will be at the show in 2014.

    My friend Christian Detres, who I know through BUST Magazine in New York, stopped by and introduced me to his close friend R. Anthony Harris creator of RVA Magazine. I had the pleasure of reencountering Dirk A. Keaton and Ariana Stone, two organizers of the DC Zine Fest. They showed me their cute and quirky “Zine Dance”, which features moves such as “The Paper Cutter”, “The Stapler”, “The Bone Folder”. I also got the chance to catch up with Rusty ChuChu Rowley and King of Bethesda Joe Mochove who I met at the Small Press Expo, in Bethesda Maryland.

    I had many cool visitors at my table. People tended to pick up my zines that matched their outfits. The pair of ladies shown in one of the photos above are worthy of receiving the “Dretime Award for Best Dressed 2013”. Everyone loves the sailor look with giant bows.  It is so Kawaii.

    There were a few demonstrations going on like papermaking, bookmaking, and printing.  Panel and discussions were held.  There was a pamphlet that the organizers of the fest put together with all the information clear stated in it.  Mo Carnage a fest organizer, also of Wingnut Anarchist Collective, was involved with a bee keeping workshop.  Did you know without bees there is no food? I wonder why people are so afraid of bees when they make all the food. Anyway, bees are getting messed up all over the world and that risks so many things that people take for granted.

    When the show was over people headed over to Lamplighter. The establishment is a huge Zine Fest supporter (they were the official refreshment vendor at the fest, and they picked up Blueberry Boy of Asbury Park for their cafe) for free sandwiches for zinesters. We passed by the spot of the yard sale and they had the rest of the unsold stuff out for free. I picked up some cassette tapes including prodigies like Phil Collins, Quiet Riot, and Jon Bon Jovi. Ever since I visited my friend Joey Gantner and his cassette label SLUDGE PEOPLE at the NYC Cassette Fair, I have been using my Walkman again. Walkmans are so cool, and mine is particularly cool because it has a built in speaker.

    I got home at a reasonable hour and I got really good sleep, important because I went to my day job the next day. The moral is that sleep is very important, and I had good sleep on two nights in which the chances of sleeping well should have been super slim. I must have had good “sleep karma” for letting my neighbor on the bus use my shoulder as a pillow. 

    I had a very pleasant time in Richmond and at the zine fest. So many interesting and cool people were there tabling and in attendance. I wish I could write about more people there, but I have been writing this post for a while and just want to post it. I have a bunch of zines to read, and reminiscing when I read. I’m thinking about doing the Richmond Zine Fest next year and returning to Richmond sooner for another visit.

    Fun times…


    This was such a pleasure to read, thanks so much for coming and having a great time!

    (Source: dretimecomics)

  4. everydaypants:

    See you at Richmond Zine Fest tomorrow! I’ve never tabled it before. I’m excited to finally check it out.

    We always welcome with open arms

  5. agnimai:

    Come to the Richmond Zine festival this Saturday and check out what Brian, Caitlin, and I made! :)


  6. bryanbaines:


    What Is A Zine? (September 2013)

    What is a zine?!!?!? Made this for RVA zinefest, happening THIS SATURDAY!!!

    Brian is right! ZINE FEST IS SO SOON!!

    We made this zine to spread the word about zines and their greatness. So everyone can come to Richmond Zine Fest and have so much fun.

  7. rrfpva:

    coming SOON

    to a table near you

    Great banner

  9. Hand to Hand Haiku Tournament at Studio Two Three!

    Last night we held a fundraiser with our friend Raven Mack, it was a Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament. Now what is that exactly? We didn’t even fully know until Raven’s booming voice explained it to us! We just all came ready with dozens of Haikus. 

    The event was a single elimination haiku off. Two competitors would go head to head, and the judges voted on best haiku, each round was a best of three poems. Throughout the night we heard bashings, hilarious ones, political ones, sincere ones, beautiful ones, and one about Kim Kardashian’s butt! The winner was Paul Robertson who was given a hand made by Raven haiku rail road spike.

    So the night was a total success!! A ton of fun, you all helped us raise $185.85! We are all so thankful for everyone who spent their Monday night with us, especially to Raven and the competitors whose poems rocked.

    The event will be in Richmond again October 22nd at Balliceaux with the theme of “Personal Demons” for Halloween. And we’ll be back at Studio Two Three again on First Friday (Oct. 4th) for their Summer Themed Arts Exhibition, Sweaty Armpits & Swimming Pools!


  10. Richmond Zine Fest Safer Spaces Policy

    Richmond Zine Fest Safer Spaces Policy

    The Richmond Zine Fest is a safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance.

    The Richmond Zine Fest is a sober, all ages event.

    Service animals are welcome, but other animals are not.

    The following guidelines will help RZF be a safer space:

    • Respect peoples’ physical and emotional boundaries.

    • Always ask before taking pictures, video or audio recording of people at the Richmond Zine Fest or sponsored events.

    • Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.

    • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.

    • Be responsible for your actions, and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of original intent.

    The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:

    • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination

    • Theft of money or stuff

    • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse

    • Sexual harrassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors

    • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior

    • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe

    The RZF staff reserves the right to ask any attendees who are violating the safer space policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, or leave the event if needed.

    The Zine Fest Organizers are only responsible for what happens at our events. We are not liable for or able to mediate outside issues.

    Should an issue arise at Richmond Zine Fest or a RZF sponsored event, we encourage you to approach any Zine Fest Organizer to address the issue. We will do our best to deal with any issues as they arise, immediately or at a later time depending on the situation. You are also welcome to get in touch with us at a later time if that makes you more comfortable. We can be emailed at: richmondzinefest@yahoo.com

    We hope everyone has a great time at the Richmond Zine Fest and all RZF sponsored events. We do our best to organize an inclusive, positive, DIY, zine-tastic event and to build that culture all year long.