This page is here to document the first zine fest held on May 1st, 2016 at the Grey Eagle.

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!

Photos of our first event. You can add your own if you want to. .

Youtube video walkthrough of part of the show floor.

and a review of the zine fest from Geek Potpourri

Again, Thanks for coming and making 2016 an awesome day!

The following vendors participated in our 2016 event.
2016 Vendors:(Alphabetical order)
 

scan-11Rosa Adams is a Connecticut Yankee transplant that now living in San Francisco, CA. She is currently a student at the Academy of Art and enjoys working on her web comics “Seven@Twelve” and “Hart’s Seven”. As for now, life is grand.
https://sevenattwelve.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

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perPeregrine Angthius was born near the end of the eighties to a pair of weirdos who decided to move to the woods; she is the eldest of three witches. She currently resides in Chicago with her animal friends. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with an illustration focus from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2011.

Zines I Make:
I make mostly low-brow comics that are existential, colourful, and darkly humourous, as well as some fine art books and short, personal zines. (I’m currently working on another volume of shorts, hopefully to be finished before this event).

Website:
http://www.peregrineangthius.com
instagram@peregrine_angthius

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edd87b9d-6667-4a00-8e59-4766673f0ae1Bluetan is a small art collective started in North Carolina in 2005 by Joseph O’Neal and Geoff Henshall that sprung out of a mutual interest in contemporary art and a shared desire to be part of the international conversation. Relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 2007, bluetan has grown to a tight-knit collective of Joseph O’Neal, Geoff Henshall, Brandon Fonville, Steve Chellis, and Joe Strasser. In addition to their own, independent work, the members collaborate as often as possible as a collective on gallery shows, museum events, art festivals, zine publications and group and solo exhibitions that have taken their works around world.

The five members work in an array of mediums through photography, paintings, installation and mixed media works. bluetan consists of five artists with five unique styles and sets of experiences, yet the work flows together with familiar transcendental qualities.

Zines:
In an effort to provide quality work to collectors of all budgets, bluetan began releasing small-run zines and booklets focusing on fine art/photography ideas from it’s members and a curated group of guests such as George Spencer, Lance Rautzhan, Jason Spencer and more. bluetan zines have been featured in collections and events around the world such as Tokyo’s Booklet Library, The NY Art Book Fair, Indie Photobook Library, 8 Ball Zine Fest and more.

http://bluetan.com/

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clinesSteven 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.
http://stevenclineart.com/
http://stevenclineart.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ephemeralityart/

 

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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.
http://www.dbnbooks.com/

 

 

 

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Duet Books is dedicated to publishing well-written, respectful Young Adult titles with characters representing the LGBTQ spectrum.
duetbooks.com

 

 

 

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Evolution 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/

 

 

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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.
https://www.firestorm.coop/

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b3c318db-05b8-452b-aaba-3c31075a0f5fFriends With PUNefits
One sunny Chicago day, two friends named Danny & Leah found a used copy of Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” single on vinyl, drank a pitcher of beer, and made dozens of puns on the phrase “friends with benefits.” After texting more pun(efits) back and forth for months, we realized we had to make a zine. So we called upon all of the finest illustrators in the world to bring our puns to life. This zine is dedicated to friends, especially those whose relationships are fraught with sexual tension—and fraught with sexual puns. Risograph printed in Asheville, NC, by Woolly Press.
Website: http://punefits.tumblr.com

 

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66faa71d-d91b-4042-8c4c-95b3c78d0e08God Bless Generica is a street arts enterprise based in middle Generica dedicated to the subversion of modern culture and outmoded institutions through guerrilla messaging mediums. In addition to an
extensive collection of stickers, patches, and pinback buttons, GBG publishes the zeeens Operations
Manual, Grimm Memes, a few perzines and mini comix, and an Occupy collaboration zine, The Occupy
Voice.
Operations Manual is a collection of found and original images and writings, and could be described as a
cross between Principia Discordia, Anarchist Cookbook, and Highlights children’s magazine.
” Something like AdBusters™ meets an unhappy Louie C.K. …not consistently funny…” – Zine World
godblessgenerica.com

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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
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interludeInterlude Press is an award-winning boutique publisher of LGBTQ romantic and general fiction. Veterans in the fields of publishing, technology, and media founded Interlude Press in 2014 to feature original novels, novellas and short fiction. We champion remarkable authors from the world of fan-based fiction not just by publishing their original works, but also by providing the tools, resources, and coaching needed to build careers as professional authors. interludepress.com

 

 

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4882266e-70a4-49f8-958c-4bb2040850c9Emma Anticlimax is a college student, zinester, and aspiring archaeologist. When she’s not reading, writing, or attending zine fests with fellow savage thing & eternal tablemate Kidd Cosmos, you can find her eating her weight in Waffle House or handling human bones while trying not to cry. Her zines, some of which are distributed through Pioneers Press, deal with personal histories, abuse narratives, and mental health, in the hopes that through writing and processing these things together, we can help make our lives & the lives of others a little bit easier and less lonely! She lives & goes to school in Greensboro, North Carolina.
werewolfzines.tumblr.com

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Kidd Cosmos is not their birth name but it is their real name. They love to draw comics, especially ones about ghosts, robots, and abuse of power. Their zines cover these subjects thoroughly, along with ways that they go about coming to terms with their gender, their mental health, and the insistent urge to go back in time and fight everyone who has ever hurt them. When Kidd isn’t thinking about girls or anime, she’s probably drawing your favorite Pokemon. Please say hi to Kidd because her longing for social interaction is desperate and it will probably make her cry.
https://gumroad.com/kiddzines

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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.
www.irharrisbooks.com

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45bb4c67-6e19-4b4e-a85b-186091692eedHaunted Ghost Publications began in 2014 with a thrift store camera and a roll of film. While exploring the strange and hidden areas of Asheville, more and more photos were taken and they needed an outlet. A year and 35 publications later, Haunted Ghost Publications was barreling ahead, showcasing photography work that spanned much of the United States. Run by Logan Halley-Winsett, the zines are primarily photography based with the intention of branching out to visual arts and literature as time continues its journey forward. Examples of the zines can be found on the ever-updating website: http://hauntedghostpublications.tumblr.com/

 

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scottScott Hensel (Monstieur Comics) is a
​guy currently living in Greenville, SC. Since 2008, he has been self releasing comics and music much to his wallet’s chagrin. In 2014, he began to draw daily autobiographical comics and has released them quarterly in zine format under the name “Scottcherties.” He is currently working on the second issue of his comic series “Monstieur.”

www.scottcherties.com     www.monstieur.com

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Dustin Hinson likes long walks in the city, sensible footwear, and making zines about friends and lovers and the time/travel that occurs between.

 

 

 

 

 

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Karla Keffer isn’t as dismissive as her photo would indicate. When she is, it’s usually a defense mechanism. She has been publishing The Real Ramona since 2013, when as a then non-vegan, she foisted “The Real Ramona’s Guide to Vegan Vondaarbaking” on an unsuspecting public. She is humbled by and grateful for the positive response to her work. Karla is also the author of “The Claudia Diaries,” a semi-autobiographical comic about coming of age in the 1990s. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two cats, Lena and Beckett. Visit her online at http://therealramonazine.com

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c9cf52e5-5c70-431a-8d66-c719293ae10cSuzie 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

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ef53d323-7834-44db-959a-994b9a39fa43Mechanical 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

 

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93f4d046-1a4f-45bc-ac59-611143171b00Clara Ortega is a visual artist and musician from Pensacola, Florida. She is currently pursuing a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as visual art. She combines these two passions in her first zine, “Girls Support Girls: Women in Graffiti”. The zine connects graffiti women to parts of thirds wave feminism and also analyzes the status of women in graffiti. Asheville zine fest is the first time she will be exhibiting zines!
Website: https://claraortegaart.wordpress.com/

 

 

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1b4e7bde-5b87-4101-9878-4233c4cb1408Park Reviews
We’re David and Cassie. We don’t write Park Reviews per se, we just kind of collect them to share. It’s pretty pretty much what the title says. People have a lot of time on there hands and feel kind of entitled. To the point that a lot of people have started to review inanimate objects on the internet. Turns out that includes parks. After a long drive from New Jersey to Wisconsin we decided to put out this zine of some of the best reviews we have found. Confused? Intrigued? Come say hi, you’ll see what we’re talking about

 

 

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0852bb07-78bd-4afb-b062-623eed840e9ePioneers 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

 

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b913275b-77d4-45fd-b257-60a8592feb58Caroline 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

 

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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.

traceramsey.com

 

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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.

nathanaelroney.com
Instagram @nathanaelroney

 

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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.

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sicksadavlSick 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!!!”

 

 

 

 

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487570_526811840695815_1778889986_nSpeak Up is UNC Asheville’s student organization dedicated to fighting rape culture and creating a dialogue of consent on campus and in the broader community. We host events and workshops detailing consent and sexual health, as well as relationship violence and gender based discrimination. We are a part of the Hyannis House, which is a safe space and resource center on UNC Asheville’s campus.
Our zines mostly deal with consent culture and sexuality. All of our zines are made by students who are a part of the club. All proceeds will go to funding the Hyannis Househttps://www.facebook.com/SPEAKUpUNCA/

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unnamed (2)Devin Utah is a collage and video artist hailing from Atlanta, Georgia and currently residing on a sleepy mountain with their two perfect cats. They graduated in 2012 from Agnes Scott College with a focus on graphics and 2D image making. Since college Devin has been contributing to DIY spaces through means of installations and 3D work, exploring video through analog means, and collecting Keanu Reeves VHS. Their interests include screen printing, life as art, and forging stronger creative communities. Zines made thus far have been personal, artistic, and optimistic. They are filled with found images and text, carefully curated and gainfully employed. Devin will be debuting all new printed designs, as well as fresh zines and other goodies.
www.devinutah.com

 

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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.

 

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unnamed (1)Woolly Press is a Risograph design and print shop based out of West Asheville. Establish in 2013 by Mica Mead and Colin Sutherland, Woolly Press has produced a variety of publications, products, and artist prints. We strive to provide an outlet that supports original content and displays high quality creative technique with a commitment to the environment and excellence in printing.

Woolly Press not only offers it’s own line of printed products, but also printing services! We are always interested in meeting new creatives looking for a way to utilize this technology. The Risograph is a good option for artists, designers, and writers who are searching for a cost effective method for producing handmade works.
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Available at Asheville Zine Fest:
Picture books
Chap books
Comics
As wells as an assortment of artist prints
For more information about Woolly Press and Risograph: www.woollypress.com

 

 

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Zinesboro is a roving zine library and smalltime publisher based out of Carrboro, NC. Our goal is to promote and share DIY arts through pop-up events in the Triangle and publish original artzines and chapbooks. Help us build our library by donating your goods! —> zinesboro.tumblr.com

 
And 2016 was sponsored by

We couldn’t do this without support from our wonderful Asheville community.
Please help us say a big THANK YOU to the following supporters of Asheville Zine Fest!

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The Big Crafty


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67 N. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC

 

 

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14 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC

 

 
The first Zine Fest took place at The Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC
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They are also home to an awesome taqueria which will be open and serving delicious food during our event.

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And these other zine related events took place before the zine fest in Asheville.
The Riso Museum
An exhibit exploring the process, culture, and renaissance of the Risograph series of digital duplicators. Organized by Woolly Press, at Asheville Bookworks; opening Friday April 29th, exhibition runs through June 30.

Lean Mean Zine Throwdown with Risograph
Zine Mini Workshop at Asheville Bookworks

Saturday, April 30th
1-4pm
>>We’ll start by adding prompts to the Zinesphere, a custom zine machine designed by AVL artist Margaret Cogswell. Word and Image mix it up in this fast-paced creative sprint. You will learn several handy folds and simple stitches for making a zine. For inspiration, we will choose prompts from the Zinesphere. Stuff to bring – scissors, a glue stick, pen, pencil, old magazines, books and other printed matter to share, to cut and paste. We’ll have a typewriter, a sewing machine, and a variety of rugger stamps and paper. We’ll use a Risograph and a copier to make multiples for distribution and gifting.
$75

Pioneers Press Authors Zine Reading at Firestorm Cafe & Books
Saturday, April 30th
6-8pm
FREE


We aim to be a family friendly event so we ask vendors to label any mature content so parents will know before approaching the table. We reserve the right to remove any problematic material in the interest of providing a safe space for all our attendees.

We also aim to be a safe space event for all. We will not tolerate any forms of discrimination or harrasment including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, etc.