Riverside DIY Print Fest: Or the Zine Community Owns My Heart
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.
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!).
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!
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!
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!
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! ♥