10th Annual Richmond Zine Fest

Artist: William Chapman


Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Zine Zone Grand Opening
at Gallery 5, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

Friday, September 30, 2016 – Programming, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 – Tabling, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
& After Party at Gallery 5, 7 p.m. – midnight

Location: Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St.

Friday Programming | Saturday Exhibitors | Stipend Recipients

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Friday Programming

11:00am – 11:50pm: Making the Most Out of Kickstarter (18+)

Adam Casey,  long time comic book merchant has used Kickstarter successfully more than once for his art. This workshop will give a first person account of success with Kickstarter and provide tips for making the most out of a crowdfunding campaign for any creative endeavor.

12:00pm – 12:50pm: Self-Portrait Empowerment (All Ages)

Join us as we create images of ourselves and explore our creativity and agency together. Art supplies will be provided. This workshop will include casual discussion around our experiences of identity and self-definition. Sharing is encouraged, but completely optional. Lead by Brianna Gribben.

1:00pm – 1:50pm: Black Zines/Lives Matter (13+)

Join us we recognize black voices/zines, celebrate the art/writing that has come out of the BLM movement and create something of our own. This workshop will be black, black trans, and black queer centered. Anyone who doesn’t identify as such are welcome to appreciate, learn, and listen, but they are expected to be mindful of how much space they take up. Presented and planned by Celina Williams and Charlie Maria.

2:00pm – 2:50pm: DIY Community Archiving & the SW Virginia Punk History Project (All Ages) [Rescheduled as a Q&A table on Saturday]

The CHS Zine Club is participating in a massive, ongoing DIY local history project focused on the SW VA Punk community. This year they have collected around 60 zines and thousands of DIY flyers, albums, song-sheets, interviews, etc. from a couple dozen contributors, and are now making copies of the materials to distro and donate to regional archives and libraries. Come learn about the project, how to curate a presentation like this for yourself and strategies for cataloguing & cross referencing items, and how to SAFELY disassemble, copy and re-assemble a 35-year-old zine…

3:00pm – 4-15pm: Collages with Meaning (Kid Friendly! All Ages)

Marion Cline is a Junior in high school and will be guiding you in taking things seen as less valuable in magazines or newspapers, and reconstructing them into something beautiful that can inspire. Learn from collage artists such as Romare Bearden, Ellen Gallagher, Hannah Hoch, and more!

4:30pm-5:30pm: Comic Pacing and Character Design (All Ages)

Bizhan Khodabandeh brings you an introduction to understanding comic pacing and character design. This workshop will be part lecture and part execution. Bring writing utensils and a sketchbook or paper.

Saturday Exhibitors

A TON INSU/Christina La Catastrophe

A TON INSU means Without Your Knowledge in French: It is an autobiographical zine with short stories about lovers and pictures taken of them without their knowledge at the time.

Adam Casey

Cartoonist Adam Casey is turning his attention to a graphic novel adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” which was fully funded on Kickstarter. Mix in some mini-comics and that makes for a fine mess of sequential art.

AdHouse Books

AdHouse Books LLC has been a boutique publishing juggernaut since the year of 2002. Over the years, they have won and been nominated for awards within the comic profession (Ignatz, Harvey, Eisner) and the design world (AIGA, Communication Arts, Domtar Paper). Their library of publications is an eclectic mix of sequential and illustrative arts.

Aijung Kim / Firefly Blind Press

Aijung makes illustrated zines of poetry and personal musings about nature, creativity, and everyday moments. She will also be selling her linocuts, screenprints, and cards.

Amanda K Austin or Pink Press

Pink art and zines

Amendment Literary and Art Journal

Student-Run literary and art journal that publishes VCU student-made art and literature that discusses topical social issues.

Anna Gahagan

The zines I’ve created are are all very different but most have a unique illustrated style. They range from zines based on screenshots from online dating sites to an illustrated series called “home” mostly about the places in RVA I’ve inhabited.

Anne Buckwalter

My zine is comprised of autobio comics about gender!

Antipoison Press

photographic prints and small handmade books!

APEP Publications

APEP Publications produces inkjet zines, prints and other paper goods in a variety of styles and formats. Subjects range from mythology and science fiction to poetry and satire. APEP zines are printed, stapled, cut, folded, sewn and glued in Chewsville, MD.

Atlantic Desolation

A small press focusing heavily on design and black and white. Paper products and zines.

Bad Dreamer

sad girl poems, angry feminist prose, and explorations in gender and identity within relationships. sometimes funny, sometimes dark; an ongoing practice of staying alive

Bairbre Aine 

An eclectic offering of handmade Zines. Themes ranging from Artisan/Bohemian Lifestyles, Crafting, D.I.Y., Music, Relationships, Sex, Travelogue and Vexing.

Barely There

barely there focuses on archiving the shared experience as a small press and in the future, an artbook store

Barry O’Keefe

A selection of handmade artist books, zines, woodcut, letterpress and risograph prints.

The Bettys

The Bettys is a female art collective from the NYC tri state area, we produce bi monthly zines, events, and limited edition products created by female identified women.


Graphic designer and illustrator born in Richmond, VA. Premiere release of visual anthology “Type B”, a year long self divulged publication.

Brian Baynes

Brian publishes the punk zine Cool Hiss and makes bootleg punk tapes under the name Too Far?? Too Late??

Brooke Inman

Issues, such as the desire for personal connection, fear of loneliness, longing for perfection, and the health of our planet, are balanced between the naiveté of appearance and complexity of thought. Including private thoughts (the personal) with larger questions about humanity (the public) and the health of our planet (the natural), the work reflects my pursuit of understanding.

Burning Flag Press

Anarchist Zine Distro covering all topics, self-care, PUNK stuff, radical politics/feminism/communism/veganism, etc, etc.

Cathryn Virginia

12 risograph printed pages about sleep paralysis, nightmares, and discomforting dreams.

Cheap Dates Press

We make zines about the intersection of lgbtq life and sci-fi/spec fic culture, including minizines about masculinity, transness, and horror movies; a zine discussing the author’s relationship with HP Lovecraft and what weird fiction means for people with othered identities; a zine about language and memory featuring Sappho’s poetry and translations into Láadaon; and several chapbooks of original fiction.

channel 4

all about video games and the impact they’ve had on us, filled with a collaboration of work by local artists. we will also have mini prints of some of the art featured in the zine

Christine Skelly

Flaunt Your Fluff is a body positive zone about body hair that is slightly silly. By utilizing humor and illustration, the zine hopes to show that body hair really should not even be an issue.


RVA comix/zine collective and publisher. CKP produces a plethora of printed matter from comix, art prints, zines and posters. CKP is made up of designer/artist James Mchperson, musician/writer Harrison Stewart, and illustrator/artist Rellie Brewer.

Community High School Zine Club

Community High School of Arts and Academics is a progressive, alternative school in Roanoke, VA. Its Zine Club is student initiated and run. In its first two years, students have made 60 zines about everything from LGBTQ and racial equality to hating exams to fanzines to utter nonsense.


Cramhole is mostly a comic zine about a tired man working in record stores with some irrelevant pop culture writing thrown in. We just finished issue #4.


Local Richmond cultural awareness zine featuring local artist/photographer submissions.

Devil’s Mouth and Parkour

Stories about the Southern Gothic and the Appalachian Uncanny and zines about down and out dishwashers. We’re roommates.

Dirty Consumer Enterprises

Dirty Consumer Enterprises is a self help agenda concerned with auto-consumption, myopia, and solipsism. Screenprints, Zines, Pins, Buttons, Stickers, Etc are for sale.


I make uncomfortably personal perzines and spread straightedge veganarchist propaganda every chance I get. Everything is political and reality is beautiful even when ugly.

Diva Cup Productions

just two chill gurls making work about identity, sexuality, media, grl pwr, and the everyday. using the motifs of instagram culture to open up a dialogue about identity and different modes of representation

Elbow Room

An inclusive collective aiming to create encouraging spaces for under/misrepresented individuals. Not just for Grlz / All are welcome

Emanata Comics Anthology

We are a student-run comics Anthology from VCU that publishes student work annually. We promote student work and student creators, aiming to create a strong, unified comics community at VCU.

endless bummer

stories real & imagined by a queer southern punk

Erin Bushnell & Stephan Dartevelle

Erin and Stephan are local illustrators debuting a collaborative fanzine, “So Tasty!”, which celebrates food illustration and the Monster Hunter series. Come for the zine, stay for the prints, postcards, and stickers!

Evan McIntyre Illustration

I will be selling hand made and illustrated zines featuring subject matter on video games, films, pop culture, and original narratives. I will also have art prints, lapel pins, sticker packs, and possibly t shirts.

Fahmida Azim

Short comics, illustrations, and full color zines.

Firestorm Books & Coffee and Asheville Anti-Racism

Firestorm is a worker-owned queer / anarchist bookstore and vegan cafe. Our eight year old co-operative provides critical community space and hosts grassroots meetings, workshops, author events, speakers and presentations.
Asheville Anti-Racism (AAR) is a grass roots anti-racist group who focus on education & community awareness of both institutional/interpersonal racism & regional hate groups. We will bring patches, pins, stickers, local/anti-racist/anti-fascist literature, & other merch. All the proceeds from these sales will go to a political/anti-fascist prisoner & legal defense fund.


My work, both sequential and as stand alone illustrations, are a bit whimsical and wicked. I draw a lot of inspiration from folklore and literary puns.

Gardenia Slug

Crosswords, tincture recipes, and randomness from an unfocused, sloppy witch tryin’ to put something out in the universe. Sharing the table with other queer witches tbd.

GenderFail Press

GenderFail is a publishing and creative project focusing on the perspectives of Queer, Trans, and People of Color. Started in the summer of 2015, GenderFail is a small press run by Brett Erich Suemnicht. Suemnicht who is currently an MFA student at VCU, invites artists to create an original zine that challenges heteronormativity, gender, or racism. Publications exhibited in the fair would include various zines; Abortion Services, FxNx, Things Found & Dealt With and Hawking Sexist Chemicals. Other materials would include patches, prints and shirts.

Ghost press

A pair of screen printers, focused on pressure on the body. We make prints, greeting cards and zines.


I’m going to make a really pretty zine. YOU’LL SEE. you’ll all see.

golden rainshowers

A collection of poems from summer 2015. Snippets of journal entries, small haikus, little lines.

Good Time Skateboard Co.

Xeroxed photographic documentation of skateboarding, freight trains, and outsider/folk art(ist).

Greg Steele & Matt Harrison

minicomics and doodle zines from norfolk va. (stoner knight, dick zines, kitties, things like that)
greg: instagram.com/harringtoncomics

matt: rootbeercomics.com

Ha & Maeve & T

Long distance and close distance friends making things and falling in love with each other.

Haiku & Holga

I make the zines Haiku & Holga and Urban Ephemera, as well as someone off zines about various topics. Haiku & Holga includes haiku and holga photographs, mostly about NYC. I am currently working on two new projects. One is about the natural history museum in Paris. The other is a collection of my grandma’s zines. I’d be totally into participating in a panel or a workshop and I’m really looking forward to coming down to VA and checking out the zine scene.

Harolds House Vol1

A photography Zine dedicated to strictly minorities all photographed in Richmond, VA. Photographs will include small inserts from interviews and quotes concerning race, appropriation, violence, women struggles and self reflection

Hot Tag, Dan Nelson

Autobiographical zines focusing on my experiences in being a fan of professional wrestling.


To showcase and sell a collection of bookbinded journals that are crafted by hand. I will also be selling small zines of intimate poems and other related items.


Jacque Chandler

A neat bundle of sketches of the soul of the city. From me to you.

Jake Mayday

Per, Photo and DIY PUNK Zines

James Greer:

James Greer is a self-taught artist and illustrator with deep roots in the punk and skateboard communities. His drawings are inspired by both his dreams and the surreal qualities of waking life.


JC writes on the topic of disability and mental health. Her zine Tributaries is about her experience with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. She also edits and compiles Collide, a zine on the intersection of physical and mental illness.

Karnage Creations

Zines on subjects such as anarchism, anarcho redneck, queerness, step parenting, herbal medicine, witchcraft, gender, diy, haiku and more. Also featuring locally made herbal tinctures and possibly other crafts.

Katherine Gottsegen

Holy Data was a collaboration between my friend Molly Hastings and I. We specialize in risograph printed matters; including, illustrated zines and alt comics. In addition, you could swing by our table for tiny sculpey sculptures & pinssss *<:^)

Katie Wood

ONES is a collection of drawings of people experiencing relationships between space and one another in dreamlike interactions. Negotiating between obstruction and attachment, figures engage their surroundings in images that explore relationships between figure and ground, people and place.

KC & Co.

A collection of zines created by queer, poc, and female artists!

Kelli Moore
Kelli Moore is a native rva freelance artist whose work ranges from personal reflections to unconventional humor that anyone can relate to.

Krista Bray

Halloween Fun is a three-part journey thru ecstasy n’ agony, visions n’ nightmares. Will our hero, pure of heart, emerge triumphant in the battle of good vs evil?

Last Syllable Press

Richmond based press focusing on punk/hardcore, straight edge, veganism, and Shakespeare.

Lucky Liu

offerings of poetry and drawings from a tall child lost in a grocery store for 21 years; vulnerable narcissism, is it complex PTSD or is it just u?; love is the warm spot left by the stray cat that took shelter in ur chest for a night

Madi Hall

Zines including ‘Summer Comes With A Vengeance’ along with others and a smaller mini zine that is untitled. ‘Summer Comes With A Vengeance’ is a zine detailing the first day coming home from college in which I narrate my thoughts on death and relate the patterns regulated in my life to larger universal cycles.

Marion Cline

mainly based on personal experiences, coalition of collages and writings like small poems. themes derive from attention to details of surroundings and a lust for beauty, as well as passion and searches for truth.

Me-Party/If I Could Turn Back Time

We are two craft-nasty best friends making things together. Me-Party (bri gribben) and If I Could Turn Back Time (Cody Platt) are two badass perzines exploring themes such as: feminism, sex, queerness, emotions, and personal growth. Our table will also include The BC Show (a collaborative zine), prints, drawings, crafts, and hand-drawn sticker requests.

Meg Has Issues

Mini comics and books ranging from self help to just plain weird.

Mended Arrow

Bizhan Khodabandeh is an award winning comic artist who will be available to sign and sell you his books, prints and more.

Million Dollar Underwear

A slice of life humor zine

Mister Oura

Unique handmade and custom comics and toys for awesome people!

Monocle-Lash Anti-Press

Monocle-Lash Anti-Press publishes avant-garde literature, art, social theory, translations and histories. Its Revenant series focuses on groundbreaking DIY research and previously unpublished translations of 19th Century counter-culture. The press also attempts to explore the connections between the avant-garde and other marginal communities such as Role-Playing, Weird Fiction, Occultism, Noise, Metal, etc. approached from a radical perspective.

New neighbor

New neighbor makes and sells a variety of crafts including zines, embroidery, prints, jewelry, home goods and others. We are available for custom projects such as illustration and graphic design work as well as wood working and architectural detail projects. We have a passion for experimentation and would like to help however we can. Don’t be afraid to knock.

Nicole Killian

Nicole Killian’s work explores how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer, feminist perspective. She is interested in the repetition, looping, and dissemination of content.

Nik & Jake

2 average brothers go for a walk, but their day soon takes a crazy and unexpected turn.

No Meat, Yes Beer

No Meat, Yes Beer is a zine for people eating in Richmond who might want to try other restaurants not featured in Style Weekly or other places generally known to be veggie-friendly. Journey with amateur restaurant-reviewer Caito Faceberk as she drinks domestic beer and finds food she can eat at area restaurants.

OCD Throws Bows

A Zine about OCD from someone who has been there. Will also be selling The Pants of Many Mothers, my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/Mad Mad mashup fanfiction zine.


Personal journal turned zine. Topics ranging from personal stories to small drawings

Pattern Language for a Social Fabric

We are connected to people we don’t know, music we’ve never heard, ancestors we’ve never known, lovers we’ve never kissed. A social fabric, tightly bound and seldom acknowledged, a pattern language. We asked for submissions of one-color, abstract, non-representational patterns, designs, scribblings, gestures, meditations, poetics, rages, tears, whims, fears, follies, insights and intuitions. Each individual expression, became layered designs in the form of large-scale collective screenprints and zines.

Paul Dunbar + Spencer Joynt

‘The Other Woman’ is a gorgeous pairing of poetry and illustration. ‘Fear’ is an exploration of all that makes us squirm.

Paul Hostetler Illustration

New works of satire, old works of coffee

Quail Bell Magazine

A socially-minded art and literary ‘zine exploring the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly


Zines, books, and prints–oddities and organic growths to meant to pacify the enormous simple grief of singular existence.

Radiant Pessimist Press

Best known for graphic novel “The Poet and the Flea” about the poet-painter William Blake. From gothic and macabre to quirky and strange. Featuring zines such as “Hello Blob” and “The Ink Drinker.”

Ray Ray Books

RAY RAY BOOKS is a publisher of exceptional up-and-coming artists, cartoonists and writers.


REACH makes educational zines involving nature and mythology as well as mini coloring books. Photographic prints will also be available as well as linocuts and screen prints.

Rebecca Luu

I have a zine about a post apocalyptic flying tram. I’m also working on two autobiographical zines about diaspora and biracial stuff. I’m getting a full table, but I am sharing it with a friend, Christine Fouron.

Red 40: people’s poetry prose art other for you

Red 40 is a poetry & art collective based in Richmond VA committed to self-publishing work from any background/interest/genre/theme, in order to provide an open creative space without the gaze of high-brow ‘literary editors’.

Red Sweater Zine Collective

We create zines about dance, awkward moments, and bizzare history. Our newest zine is an advocacy zine about caring for aging populations. We also have kid-friendly zines and tiny zines meant as small “just because” gifts.

Red Tent

Red Tent is a submission based zine–we accept art, illustrations, cartoons, poetry, fiction, interpretive dance, cultural criticism, political manifestos etc. There is only one requirement: all content must be created during the time that the artist is menstruating (but need not be about menstruating, unless they really want). By providing a space to showcase what we are capable of creating during our periods, we hope to make this a vehicle for celebrating our powers and countering the idea that menstruation is a source of weakness or something we have to hide.

Retrofit Comics / Big Planet Comics

Retrofit Comics / Big Planet Comics are a small press comic publisher teamup putting out awesome comics! We hail from Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC!

Robert Mitchell

I am an indie writer, martial arts expert, and mystic from Richmond, VA who made his first zine in 1980. My works include the novels “Chatters on the Tide.” “Ghilan” and “The 14th Mansion” as well as numerous poems, ‘zines, comic books, and short pieces, including the popular pamphlet “Self-Defense for Activists.”

Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP) seeks to further Reproductive Justice by providing practical and financial support for abortion services in Virginia and surrounding communities. RRFP strives to be a resource to the community by engaging in grassroots advocacy for the full spectrum of reproductive rights, health and justice.

RVA Game Jams

RVA Game Jams is a local group that’s all about collaboration, learning, and making indie games. We’re featuring mini tutorials and video game-related zines!

Sad Girl Shoppe

We formed Sad Girl Shoppe a year ago as an outlet to share our artwork and engage in communities we identify with, online and irl– marginalized groups like women, POC, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals, and those suffering from mental or physical health problems. “To-Do When You’re Sad” features the narratives of those that have been affected by depression. We aim to continue producing work that highlights the voices of groups that our society has traditionally ignored/silenced.

sale into the 90s/thelastvcr

a small zine about insignificant historical events from the 1980s and 1990s.

Sarah Thompson Butler

Sarah Thompson Butler is a local illustrator and designer selling her original zines, art prints, buttons, and more.

Scientific Illustrator’s Society

We are a group of illustrators from Richmond, VA offering gorgeous, striking, and creepy scientific illustration prints, editorial illustrations, medical graphic novels, science zines, and everything in between. Come support your local science artists!

Something Something Press/RVA Peer Support/Offender Empowerment Initiative

Something Something Press is a distro and publisher located in Richmond, VA that distributes materials that focus on radical mental health and community empowerment. RVA Peer Support is a grassroots project started in 2010 that holds non-judgmental spaces for frank discussions about mental health, daily struggles and accomplishments, and spreading the idea of intentional peer support outside of meetings. RVA Peer Support holds spaces without the assistance or input from mental health professionals: We are not mental health professionals. Offender Empowerment Initiative is a grassroots radical social movement service organization that brings the ideas of intentional peer support, radical mental health, direct action, and activism together to empower offenders and inmates with mental health concerns to create the change they wish to see in their communities.

the sub-sub-sub group, featuring The Spooklet, and other works

the sub-sub-sub group is a publisher of spooky tales, original works of art and literature, and is most well known for The Spooklet. The Spooklet is a quirkily scary, mildly frightening, eerie, supernatural, but not quite nightmare-inducing zine. Read it, if you dare…..I’m a local Richmond illustrator selling stickers, temporary tattoos, buttons and zines that border on being way too personal!

the sunflower economics

I have been writing poetry for a long time, but have not ever shown anyone, nor have I published art before. This is a collection of my work which scares me the most because I write my exact thoughts – it is extraordinarily deliberate. This zine is fairly selfish but hopefully floral.

Telegraph Art & Comics

Art & Comic shop in Charlottesville Va- we specialize in small press comics and work with illustrators all over the world to make limited edition posters.


Abstract Art as resistance/Transhumanism


Tiles is a collection of illustrations based on poems I have written in the last year. Along with my zine I am including a CD of spoken word of said poems. The subject matter includes my experiences both good and bad as a person who makes art living in the city of Richmond.

Todd Webb

Second House releases comics, pop culture art, and music by Todd Webb

Tristin Miller: artist & friend

Finding A Place & Trusting It For A While is a zine that pulls from the sketchbooks and personal journals of artist Tristin Miller. The title of this zine comes from the John Cage Rules. ” Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for a while.”. – John Cage

Until It Dies

FIRSTS: A zine about first experiences as queer youth. SECONDS: A spiritual successor to Firsts, about coming into our own as queer people. SOLDIERS OF SORROW: A fanzine about giant robots. OWNER OF A LONELY HEART: A zine about dealing with depression.

your holy sweater

humanity, understanding, respect for all, mindful experimentation, personal growth


looking at everyday struggles through the lens of being black, queer and non-binary. i make zines that challenge popular notions of the way we think about inclusivity of intersecting identities, particularly black identities, in white dominated spaces.


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 around the Triangle and publish original artzines and chapbooks.


A collaborative project that arose out of our desire to do more than simply meet, write and discuss in a writer’s group.

Zoe Brzezinski

Zoe has a collection of zines and printed media spanning over the course of the past 4 years of my life. She is also the drummer of Fetish Gear and local heavy music merch girl. 🙂

Stipend Recipients

Jess Izen

Kit Conely

Harold Claros


Lucia Liu

M. Osborn

C. Pickrodt

Wayne P. Tate, Jr.

Kaleb Gay


Carlton Nivens

Do you have other images and things we can add to our archive for 2016? Email us at zine.fest@richmondzinefest.info with subject line: RZF Archive ❤