Asheville Zine Fest 2017 will take place at the, Refinery Creator Space, on Sunday May 7th, 2017 between 11-4pm. The event will once again be free to attend.
Our new location gives us more space for more zinesters and the building houses many working artist studios which will add to the festivities of the day. The Refinery Creator Space is located in the South Slope area of downtown Asheville with nearby breweries, stores and eateries.
Details on getting a table for the fest will be available in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to see everyone in May.
The first edition of the zine fest went off amazingly. We had people shopping from open to close and the vendors were superb! Below are some photos and a brief video walkthrough of the first Asheville Zine Fest. Thank you to everyone who came. We are already working on 2017!
The Hop Ice Creamery will be serving up delicious ice cream during the zine fest.
More about them from their website:
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has been proudly serving Asheville, NC since 1978 with premium quality homemade Dairy & Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, Fair trade Coffee and Espresso, unique specialty desserts and more. In addition we host a variety of Birthday Parties, Free Family Friendly Entertainment, and special events at each of our three Asheville locations. The Hop
“Sick Sad Asheville is a local D.I.Y punk zine that focuses on anti oppressive topics, consensual sexual awareness, harm reduction, herbal medicine, horoscopes, show reviews, album reviews, show calendars, pet adoption, political cartoons,etc. We will also be distributing prison abolition zines, harm reduction zines, and punk rock comics!!!”
A whole new force in the independent comic book market has emerged. In this modern age of superhero domination, there is a hunger for alternative stories. So out of necessity, numerous independent creators have come together to launch “EVOLUTION COMICS INC.” http://www.evolutioncomicsinc.com/
Mechanical Eye Microcinema:
Mechanical Eye Microcinema is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the subversive and creative possibilities of the moving image through screenings of independent, experimental, avant-garde, and documentary films and videos, cultivating an adventurous community of filmmakers and film lovers by providing equitable community access to media arts workshops, resources, and discussions. We will have a collection of film zines, made by filmmakers about filmmaking for everyone! To see what else we do, please check out our website: www.mechanicaleyemicrocinema.org
Sad Girl Shoppe is run by Janet George and Kamille Jackson, who founded it in 2015 with the idea of creating an outlet to share ideas and artwork with our community in Richmond, Virginia in an accessible, affordable way. Much of our focus centers around spreading awareness and normalizing discussion and perceptions of mental illness—we aim to create images and objects that acknowledge a complete spectrum of emotions, and have fallen in love with the ways we can use zines to accomplish this.
To-Do When You’re Sad is a recent project of Janet’s that stems from a desire to give back after personally dealing with depression (and coming to terms with the fact that battling sadness is an ongoing struggle). To-Do When You’re Sad is a zine that highlights the stories of real people who have shared accounts of their own experiences with depression. Janet is currently accepting submissions for Volume 2 of this zine—if you are interested in contributing, the info can be found here. Website.
We would like to thank Downtown Books and News for coming on board as a sponsor of the zine fest. Located at 67 NORTH LEXINGTON AVENUE, in downtown Asheville they are a fixture of the Asheville Zine scene and we couldn’t be more excited to have them as a sponsor. Please visit them next time your downtown and thank them for sponsoring our fest! http://www.dbnbooks.com/