Our 2017 event took place at the Refinery Creator Space on May 7th, 2017 from 11-4.

Asheville Zine Fest 2017 took place at the Refinery Creator Space in Asheville, NC.

The Refinery Creator Arts Space is located at 207 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

We were joined by these wonderful folks.

Woolly Press

Established in 2013 by Mica Mead and Colin Sutherland, Woolly Press is a risograph publisher and print shop based in Asheville, North Carolina. Utilizing a Riso RP 3700 digital duplicator. Woolly Press has produced a variety of publications, products, and artist prints of family and friend’s works, as well as regional and nationally based artists. Woolly Press strives to provide an outlet that supports original content, displays high quality creative technique, and an excellence in printing with a commitment to the environment.
Woolly Press




Downtown Books and News 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! They will also be at the fest with a wide selection of zines.



Pioneers Press is a publishing house and small-press distro focusing on survival and sustainability from the farm to the city, in addition to health, gender, sexuality, and a cruelty-free lifestyle. We release titles seasonally and work with domestic printers to use recycled paper and vegan bindings.
Pioneers Press




We’ll Never Have Paris

Andria Alefhi
I’m the editor and creator of We’ll Never Have Paris (WNHP), the only zine dedicated to memoir and nonfiction, since 2007. We give priority to emerging and new to print writers, and all submissions must be true stories on the theme of ‘tales of regret’. I’m in Zinester Trading Cards Series 2
and my website is www.wellneverhavepariszine.com

Dave Cole will also be at the zine fest. Dave is a contributing writer and editor for WNHP.


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

PM Press was founded at the end of 2007 by a small collection of folks with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience. PM Press co-conspirators have published and distributed hundreds of books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs. Members of PM have founded enduring book fairs, spearheaded victorious tenant organizing campaigns, and worked closely with bookstores, academic conferences, and even rock bands to deliver political and challenging ideas to all walks of life. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake.

We seek to create radical and stimulating fiction and nonfiction books, pamphlets, T-shirts, visual and audio materials to entertain, educate, and inspire you. We aim to distribute these through every available channel with every available technology, whether that means you are seeing anarchist classics at our bookfair stalls; reading our latest vegan cookbook at the café; downloading geeky fiction e-books; or digging new music and timely videos from our website


Katie Haegele is a writer, editor, and a longtime zinester from Philadelphia. She’ll be tabling with an assortment of zines, including Cat Party, a teaser for her upcoming full-length collection about cats she’s met. Here is her website: Lala Theory

F.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci-fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Trek and Firefly and is a longtime member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with her husband, three kids, and three cats. Her first two novels in the Broken Moon series, The Star Host and Ghosts & Ashes were published by Duet Books.
Carrie Pack

Never one for following the “rules,” Carrie Pack is a published author of books in multiple genres, including Designs on You, In the Present Tense and the forthcoming Grrrls on the Side (2017). Her novels focus on characters finding themselves in their own time—something she experienced for herself when she came out as bisexual recently. She’s passionate about positive representation in her writing and has been a feminist before she knew what the word meant, thanks to a progressive and civic-minded grandmother. Coincidentally that’s also where she got her love of red lipstick and desserts. Carrie lives in Florida, or as she likes to call it, “America’s Wang.”

links: www.carriepack.com


12f77139-9599-4938-b42a-3efa5b06b5c5I. R. Harris is an indie Dark-Epic Fantasy author, textile designer,and digital mixed media artist who considers Ireland to be her second home. She has recently returned to the mountains of Western North Carolina after receiving her MA in Peace, Conflict and Sustainable Development from the University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland.Harris is constantly drawing upon those experiences abroad throughout her writing process, and her love for the outdoors and for travel has inspired her particular advocacy for the dissemination of knowledge and social justice through various creative processes. She is the author of three dark-epic fantasy series, The Bound Trilogy, The Legion Series and The Dark Hunger Chronicles. Harris has been a participating artist and panelist for the Asheville Comic Expo, Greensboro City Con, Marble City Comic-Con, the Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival, GEEKOUT, the North and South Carolina Comicons, and has participated in the Authors’ Tent at the Baltimore Book Festival as well as the Emerging Authors’ Tent for the Decatur Book Festival. Harris prides herself on utilizing the amazing artistic talent within her North Carolina community and has partnered with local artist Clint Hardin for her current series, The Legion, and comic illustrator David Osborne for The Bound Trilogy. Harris is known for her support of and collaboration with the indie art movement, working closely with musicians, visual artists, and emerging authors, to help bring their voices to the marketplace.

63206ece-f33f-48a9-b546-bfb36d91b8deTrace Ramsey began making zines in 2000. In 2008 Trace finished their first book, an anthology of the first five issues of their zine Quitter. In 2014, this anthology (Quitter: Good Luck Not Dying) was re-released by Pioneers Press (pioneerspress.com) and includes issue number six. Quitter #9 was finished in February of 2015. Quitter is a 1/4 page zine of creative, literary non-fiction. Trace also writes the zines Gravity Kills, Fog Index, and Lasterday. One of Trace’s children, Tennessee, puts together the zine Birds Birds Birds, which is also distributed by Pioneers Press.





Suzie Kelly is a yankee transplant residing in Johnson City, TN. She is an Artist, a Pixel Pusher, and the creator of Girls & Thieves. Issues of her per-art-zines are packed with original artwork, comics, stories and photographs. She is the also the founder of Johnson City Zine Fest.

Website: www.suziekelly.com
IG: suzsketches

Talia Scarpelli began making political zines and comics at the University of Alabama, where she studied Art. Since graduating, Talia has moved to Asheville and focuses on making light-hearted, cute zines to combat negativity and promote creativity.
Website: Talia Scarpelli




991ed807-24a1-4de0-babf-7e391ecc2e20Sad 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.

Aggie Toppins
Using the language of graphic design, The Unofficial Press examines life in late capitalist culture. The work exposes the negotiability of meaning while investigating the intersections of private histories with public rituals. The Unofficial Press takes interest in struggles within structures, in privilege and consumption, and in questions about place and identity within hyperreal life.

Aggie Toppins Website.




Sebastian Matthews is a writer and a collage artist living and teaching in Asheville, NC. He is the author of a memoir and three books of poems, and his collages have shown locally at Asheville Book Works, Filo Bakery and Over Easy Cafe.

Tara Hamilton Comics! arrocomic.com story book about a hairy lady trying to find her place in the world: Other comics! Walked Home
Tara Hamilton is a land locked sea captain turned designer-illustrator. She lives in Chattanooga Tennessee with her dog and dude. She works like a dog and she smells like one too, also, she draws. You can see her art at fffend.com and buy her a drink next time you are in the scenic city. Arrocomic




Gregory Dickens
I’ve worked conventions since 2010, selling my self-published hero comics and offering commissioned sketches and orints. I’ll be at the table by myself. This year I’ll have a trade of my original comic series, the first issue of my subsequent series, and possibly another trade. I also have new pop-culture prints for this year. You can see my stuff at Robot Wonderboy and Hey Gregory I’m a lifelong comic creator now living in Transylvania, NC. My work has appeared in anthologies for Wide Awake, Fluke, Ronin, and 2015’s Dr. Strange fanzine to raise money for the Hero Initiative.

Scott Hensel (Monstieur Comics) draws comics and is currently on the search for the best french fry in Greenville, SC. His series “Monstieur” collects his daily diary comic strip along with other doodles, puzzles, and stories- such as the much beloved “Whaleman.” You can read his daily diary strip everyday on instagram @monstieur or see more at www.monstieur.com



Caroline L. Smith writes Monk Comics, a daily diary comic chronicling the life of a twenty-something graphic designer who spends a lot of time talking to her cats, knitting, and silently judging others. She has zines of collected diary comics and various other doodlings, in addition to pins and stickers.

Comics posted daily at www.carolinelsmith.com



Brian Wingrove selling self published comics and original art. www. bearbuttcomics. com Brian Wingrove is the creator of Intermezzo, a superhero action comedy rich with quirky characters and a bizarre sense of humor, and other things I find funny.
Bear Butt Comics



collective-201507We opened Firestorm Books & Coffee in May of 2008 as a worker-owned and self-managed business. Through the operation of a bookstore and cafe our collective aims to provide community space, critical literature and an alternative economic model based on cooperative, libertarian principles. In 2014, we moved our project from its original location in Downtown Asheville to a larger storefront on Haywood Road in West Asheville.

At 610 Haywood Road you’ll find a unique blend of off-beat, underground and independently published materials. We carry titles by AK Press, PM Press, Chelsea Green Publishing, Feral House, Autonomedia, Pioneers Press and many many others. Additionally, we host a wide range of events, workshops, film screenings, fundraisers and presentations. Our vegan cafe offers an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.

Our co-operative operates without bosses or supervisors, relying instead on well developed team structures. Decision making is achieved “horizontally,” using a formal consensus process in which each participant has equal voice. This collaborative environment creates a more empowering and enjoyable workplace while strengthening the business itself.

The ownership structure we require precludes us from applying for 501(c)3 nonprofit status; however, we are committed to a not-for-profit model and we will reinvest 100% of our earnings in the community once we are able to sustain our labor at the equivalent of a livable wage.

Brett Marcus Cook and Sterlin Hammond We’ll be selling our weird and somewhat funny comics, minicomics, and zines, as well as prints and original artwork.   Brett has been making and self publishing his own comics since 2011, including the graphic novel Other Sleep, the apocalyptic All of This Will Crumble, and the adventures of his alter ego Slimepunk. Sterlin founded Pizza Flag Books in 2011, producing weird zines featuring his own work as well as others from Bristol, VA and the surrounding Tri-Cities area. He’s also the lead singer for the punk band Nerve Endings.

Brett: www.animatedtrigger.com

Sterlin: www. facebook. com/PizzaFlagBooks


Put A Egg On It: Tasty Zine, Sarah Keough and Ralph McGinnis, we make an art zine about food and it comes out twice a year and it’s on green.



Martin Malin…I’ll be selling 2 comics Megabook, a collection of different creators (including myself) and Fritesite, my exclusive work….Both can be previewed at CE Publishing Supersite.com. Born a l-o-o-ng time ago in Brooklyn…currently residing on the island of Long…been drawing comic books about as long as I’ve lived…not much success at either…and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Fritesite got a favorable review in the April edition of COMIC HEROES mag and copped the 2016 “Fred Wertham Comic Book Most Likely to Seduce the Innocent”award.

CE Publishing Supersite.com



The Foundation Spot is a DIY skateable sculpture park built by volunteers. It draws swarms of locals and visitors from around the country. Located behind  the emerging Foundation Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District, the Foundation Spot has become a beacon for grassroots creativity and radical exercise. The Spot is free and open to anyone to come hang out, appreciate the art or ride the terrain. It is a surrounded by an extensive and beautiful collection of murals, created by some of Asheville’s and the region’s most talented artists.

As a fundraiser for The Foundation Spot, The Asheville Skate Foundation will have a curated selection of skateboard zines from around the country for sale and will be releasing our first edition of the Foundation Zine. 100% of the proceeds will go towards our insurance policy and purchasing concrete for future builds at the park.

Steven Cline and Casi Cline create collages, drawings, and written works and also help edit and organize a Surrealist journal & small press called Peculiar Mormyrid. For their zines Steven and Casi utilize combinations of collage, drawing, and written or found text. Steven’s primary zine series is called Rapture (mainly photographic collage and automatic writing) and Casi’s is called Ephemerality (combinations of collage, pen & ink drawings, and found or automatic text). Casi & Steven currently live in Cartersville, Georgia and work as Graphic Designers.


Carla Marie Padvoiskis

Illustrated Poetry Zines, Self Published Poetry Books and Linoleum Prints

Bio:  (CMP) has been living in Western North Carolina for three years. She is a draftswoman, writer and printmaker with a day job farming vegetables and flowers. If she had to live her life as an animal she’d choose to be either a cat, a pika, a whale or a bat.




The Talismanic Potato is M. Jean Smith/ Jess Rosenkoette

A magical blend of the real and the surreal, The Talismanic Potato is a women-made, independent, local, quarterly publication about food and culture. We focus on serious foodie stuff with a tone that is funny, artsy, and sometimes irreverent. We do the glossy stuff: food histories, traditions, regional dishes, chefs, behind-the-scenesters, restaurant reviews AND we use our acerbic wit (and others’!) to tell some pretty damn funny/moving stories about food and the context that surrounds it.


Both editors-in-chief work in the food industry in Asheville, NC. Both have called Asheville their home for about a decade and love this beautiful place. Both realize that while Asheville is a foodie destination for travelers from all over, it also is  a place, like many others, where there is significant food poverty. As such, The Talismanic Potato always plans to donate all profits from the sale of the magazine to a food charity in Asheville. You can track these donations on our website: www.thetalismanicpotato.com

They will also be hosting one of our pre fest events at 3:30 on Saturday May 6th at Downtown Books and News.

 Anne Buckwalter is a comics artist from Indianapolis whose work exists at the intersection of queerness, gender, and zines. Current passions include bartending, risographs, and planning for my life to be stable enough to care for a dog.

Max Dowdle

After the requisite BA in painting and art history from the College of Charleston I attended the classical atelier of Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. It was my pleasure to learn the methods and minds of the masters of portraiture while I lived the ocher and cerulean lifestyle of an American in Italy, resulting in a gelato addiction. Desiring the ability to tell more of a story than a single static painting could provide, I’ve gradually found myself here, presenting to you a series of sequential static pictures that should result in something cohesive. An equal love of writing and drawing has conspired to create this desire to weave graphic tales, and a latent need for validation causes me to set it out there for others to see. Speaking of, if you’re in the mood for some paintings, they’re here: http://www.MaxDowdle.com

 Gabe Dunston is just some guy. He makes comics, kids books, and board games. His current comic series is called Purgatory Pub. “Where your glass is always half-something. ”







Dennis and Jerri Warren, together with their beloved dachshund Flippy, are known as “The Flippy Family”. Dennis Warren is a writer, artist, musician, and entertainer, also known as Dionysis Metalcult and/or The Spectacular Stache. As the drummer/vocalist for Virginia heavy metal group Cult of Dionysis, he has produced several comic books about his semi-
autobiographical, psychedelic, science-fiction adventures with the band. Since January 2011 he has written, illustrated, and independently published seven issues and two specials for “Metalcult Comix”, “The World’s Greatest Heavy Metal comic Book”. He also created the children’s comic book, activity, and coloring book series “Flippy The Dachshund” along with his wife Jerri Warren in 2016. The series is based on the true life comedic adventures of their very own dachshund, Flippy. Jerri wrote the book with Dennis illustrating it. Flippy and her family have appeared at comic book conventions, toy shows, and other events throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, delighting audiences of all ages with their unique form of entertainment featuring independently produced comics, music, and art.

facebook.com/metalcult and flippydog.com

Glen Paul Richardson is a teacher, storyteller and illustrator who happens to own several cats. He’s a beach bum and has an peculiar fascination with mythology. Follow him at





/HYUN GI/ makes zines on poetry and herbalism. The zines/books are scattered thoughts on emotional/physical closures and poems of the melancholy. They make handmade journals out of wood and plexiglass, binded together with a coptic stitch.


Camelot Collective consists of two artists, Alex and Carolyn, trying to make understated but still emotionally evocative work. Alex is a burned-out software developer influenced by GeoCities sites, byzantine icons, and 1960s era advertisements for kitchen implements. Carolyn just completed her PHD in Evolutionary Biology and runs a dog photography/daycare business. She is inspired by native insects and Rhombicosidodecahedrons.




Stephen Kane is yankeepope, a comic about ducks, small talk, and occasionally the alienation of labor. He has drawn President Lincoln’s portrait approximately 8 times in the past year.





Jaz Michel

The Bearded Lady Zine is a zine written by a Muslim dame of color and rascal” The Bearded Lady Zine aims to curate a safe space for the gilded folks of marginalization.





Buño is a small publisher founded in 2016, by Ulises Farinas and Storme Smith. We publish graphic novels and comic books by new talented artists. We look for fresh and unexpected work, and believe in diverse and dynamic projects and creators.




Lauren Devora has been writing ever since she knew how to use a pencil. Children of Lilith was first imagined during a particularly rough session of math homework when Lauren was 15. That night the story gained 25 pages and a cast of characters. Her math homework was never finished. And now after 10 years, she is beyond giddy to witness her book go off into the world. Lauren currently lives in Asheville, NC with her giant gentleman dog Odin in their cozy little bungalow in the mountains. She can be found at local breweries, coffee houses, and any house party with a bonfire and red wine. She can also be summoned by looking into a mirror and saying “decaf is evil” three times. She’s busy working on the second installment of the Children of Lilith series, as well as several other projects.




MindFull Collaborations creates space for exploring wellness through making contributor-based zine publications, organizing events, and utilizing art to foster a dialogue about mental health, its stigmas, and the complex role it plays in our societyWe encourage the act of creating in any form as we believe expression is both an effective coping strategy and an important tool in sharing our unique experiences and connecting with others. Ultimately, MindFull Collaborations is a platform that brings individuals together through creative expression with the intention of establishing a sustainable community of support, encouragement, and empowerment.


Brett Garret  -Mini comics, sequential prints, prints and maybe stickers or shirts

9b3ea095-9807-43c8-a5e4-a450f826235fNathanael Roney is an artist and pedestrian holding home and studio in Asheville, NC. The majority of his work begins with something to do, and a black line drawing. He predominately uses the pen, paper, prints shops and paint. He also writes language of his own.

He’s produced numerous small books, zines, papers and pamphlets, most of which collect the drawings, comics and original prose he produces daily.

Instagram @nathanaelroney

We had two events for Saturday, May 6th,
both FREE at Downtown Books & News:

3:30 – 5:00pm: Zine Making workshop with the Talismanic Potato

5:00pm: Zine readings by our vendors

Join us for an afternoon of zine love!

(Downtown Books & News is located at 67 N. Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville.)

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