Riverside DIY Print Fest: Or the Zine Community Owns My Heart

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On May 18th, I tabled at the Riverside DIY Print Fest. I’ve been to a number of zine fests before but this one is probably my favorite. It’s small, intimate, and the organizers are amazing. I love that it’s low-key and there’s not a lot of pressure to like sell your shit (although selling your shit is definitely awesome!), but more about building community and getting to know other people (and seeing friends) doing awesome things.

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Johnny B Baker Stacy Russo Myrium GurbaSkinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Ariel Zitny Brodie Foster Hubbard Amber Garza

The speakers were amazing. I also highly appreciate that their backdrop was Grumpy Cat! From left to right, top row: the sweetest Stacy Russo (librarian, spoken word artist), zinestar Johnnie B. Baker (from Budget Press), and Myrium Gurba (of menudo & Herb, and can I just say, a total poetic genius). Bottom row, left to right: the amazing Ariel Zitny, my dearest Brodie Foster Hubbard (of Fair Dig), and the super fierce Amber Garza (who writes at Geeks OUT! – check out her Waking Dead recaps!).

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest KUCR Los Angeles Queer Resistance Collective Blood Orange Infoshop

The Los Angeles Queer Resistance Collective and KUCR were doing free screenprinting during the fest. Also as you can see, the Blood Orange Infoshop was super festive and punked out.

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Double Fur Press Bitch King Angela Chaos Elisebee Howdie Doodie Cutie

I was able to snap a photo of two of the organizers, Elliot (of Double Fur Press) and the super fox, Angela Chaos (of Bitch King). Also check out those awesome event posters! I got the one on the right and I love it. How adorable is my table-mate, Elisebee (of Howdie Doodie Cutie)? I can’t wait to get to know her more!

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Brodie Foster Hubbard Based Bakery Zineworks

The Zineworks table was bumping the whole time with folks making zines on the spot. And there were yummy baked goods too from Stacy Russo and from Based Bakery – check out those cute little “hamburger” goodies! And there’s Brodie again, looking super stoked about selling and trading zines!

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Queer and Trans Youth Visibility Project MRDR

This is me and my dearest Robyn of the Queer and Trans Youth Visibility Project. And just behind us is Mr. MRDR with his awesome screenprinted wares.

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Ariel Zitny

After I saw Ariel read, we chatted and traded zines. And then she left and I was sad because I really wanted a picture with her fierceness so I swooned her back in to take this. Thanks Brodie for snapping our awesomeness!

Skinned Knees Riverside DIY Print Fest Brodie Foster Hubbard Amber Garza Shakeytown Radio Hour Podcast

Speaking of Brodie, he creates the Shakeytown Radio Hour podcast. Here he is interviewing Amber Garza. He interviewed lots of other rad folks, including yours truly so listen to it here!

Whew! That was a big recap but so worth it! I am so grateful to the organizers and fellow DIY print makers that came out for the 2013 Riverside DIY Print Fest. My heart is with all of you! ♥

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8 Comments

  1. Denise C.

    May 29, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Where exactly was this located? I’d love to be more involved with my local community because Riverside is my hood!

    1. Jen

      May 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

      It’s in the Mission District in the basement of the Life Arts Building. It’s a little venue/space called the Blood Orange Infoshop. :)

  2. Samantha K

    May 30, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Wow! That looks like a lot of fun!
    (PS – Welcome to Social Fabric)

  3. Angela Rhetorica

    May 30, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    And a HUGE thanks to Annie Knight for organizing and MCing the readings! <3

    1. Jen

      September 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Fuck yeah! Annie was awesome!

  4. Anna

    June 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Oh wow! I love zines! It looks like you had fun at the event. I wish a similar event gets hosted here in my country. Oh, and this is my first time in your blog and I like it! Found it through Better Blogger Network. I’m now following you in Blog Lovin :)

    1. Jen

      September 27, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Hi Anna! Welcome! :) What country do you live in? Maybe you could get some people together to organize a similar event. :)

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