13th Annual Richmond Zine Fest

Artist: Ajah


Friday, October 11, 2019 – Programming, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday, October 12, 2019 – Tabling, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St.

Friday Programming | Saturday Exhibitors | Stipend Recipients | Featured Nonprofit & Activist Organizations

Friday Programming

11 am -12:30 pm — Kitchen Witchcraft: an introduction to culinary uses of medicinal herbs w/ Mo Karnage [location: Main Library basement classroom]

An Intro to Culinary Uses of Medicinal Herbs! Level 1 This is an introductory course in how to use medicinal herbs in your cooking and food. This course will have useful content for both folks who cook from scratch and folks who tend to eat packaged and pre-prepared foods. We will talk about medicinal and culinary uses of 10+ herbs in this level 1 course. We will touch on the spiritual beliefs/uses of some of these herbs as well. The goal of this class is for students to come away with a better understanding of different plants and their beneficial uses, and with ideas for how to practically incorporate the magick and medicine of the plants into their lives and food. Mo Karnage has been studying herbalism since childhood, most recently in 1.5 years in the apprenticeship program at Owlcraft Healing Ways in Scottsville Va. Mo lives in Cuckoo, VA at Raven’s Feather Farm. Mo works in construction by day, and juggles family, writing haiku, caring for animals and plants, running, and practicing herbalism by night.

1 pm – 3 pm — Art of the Glitch w/ Nephelle Veerhoff [location: Main Library 2nd floor computer classroom]

This session is in two parts. You can come to one or both.

1 pm – 2 pm — Art of the Glitch
Can you make art from breaking computers?? do u want to know, how to
make glitch art?  come be a part of our first ever workshop. no
computer necessary as we will be using the computer lab.

2 pm – 3 pm — Art of the Glitch: Hack The Planet Edition
For part 2 of Art of The Glitch, we’re going to talk about things more
technically, touching on the hacker movement and what computer system
failures mean as radicals. There may be a live demonstration, as well as
a brief overview of computer security for activists.

1 pm – 2 pm — The Zen of Zines w/ Oura Sananikone [location: Main Library basement classroom]

We will discuss what can and cannot be a zine. We will explore different formats of paper zines and make zines out of unconventional materials such as cardboard, wood, clay, leaves, sticks, etc. Oura has been making zines for over 20 years and remains curious about what exactly makes a zine a zine and if there are or should be limits to what they can be.

2 pm – 3 pm — Brazilian Indigenous Patterns – Kayapó Xikrin do Cateté tribe w/ Luísa Ulhoa [location: Main Library basement classroom]

Learn about the Kayapó-Xikrin do Cateté tribe in the Brazilian Amazon forest and their meaningful patterns in this hands-on workshop. Since my thesis on the Amazon in 2017, I have been researching indigenous patterns in several tribes in Brazil. The Kayapó-Xikrin do Cateté tribe had the most information available in comparison to all other tribes I researched. These patters are now part of my ongoing work.

3 pm – 4:30 pm — The Importance of the QTPOC Storyteller w/ Aída Bogado [location: Main Library basement classroom]

Through this workshop I’d like to facilitate a conversation surrounding the importance of QTPOC storytelling in whichever form it takes. I’d like to discuss and collectively process the decolonization of our narratives and the ways that we contribute to the preservation of not only our own lives but of those around us by uplifting our voices and lived experiences. PELEONA is a multimedia platform for queer trans Latinx artists to share their stories in whatever artistic form they take.

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm — Roots to shoots : Science, sound and society w/ Sarmistha Talukdar [location: Main Library basement classroom]

This workshop will ask and explore the question: How do we integrate our past, present, and future while honoring our cultural roots and creatively express out of the box? Sarmistha Talakdar is a scientist, artist, and an organizer, and they try to share what they know with the world.

7 pm – 9 pm — Friday night event: Southern Gothic Futurist Haiku Slam – Eyes from the Left w/ Raven Mack [location: Electric Nomad Dance Studio @ 123 E. Main Street directly behind the library]

Fifth Episode of the 2019 season of SOVTHERN GOTHIC FVTVRIST HAIKV SLAM at Electric Nomad Dance Studio, held to coincide with RVA Zinefest, bringing a completely free for all communal event built around wild style haiku slam utilizing haiku format (seventeen syllables or less) to have a single-elimination come-one come-all tournament where combatants build and/or destroy through short poetic bursts.
IN THE REGULAR SLAM TOURNAMENT – you will need around 20 or so haiku to compete thru the end, but you may be eliminated quickly only having used 2 or 3 depending on skill levelz. Competitors go head-to-head, single haiku vs. single haiku as a round. Early matches are best out of 3 rounds, final four is best out of 5, and the final is best out of 7.
IN THE OPEN BATTLE ROYAL for those eliminated early as well as willing onlookers who have decided to just dip their toes in the waters, you will only need 3-6 haiku maybe, in a single round format eliminating people one by one until there is a winner. Your host Dirtgod Raven Mack will also defend his claims as Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion of Performative Haiku in a HAIKU LIFE/DEATH MATCH, against an as yet undetermined top creative force, in a Best of 19 showdown. Come kick it with your cousins, those you know and those you don’t, in a safe and sober space, to share our creative expressions in short 17 syllable or less outbursts.

Saturday Exhibitors

Map of 2019 Exhibitors

11 PM records but also zines  (he/him)

I didn’t come here to make friends, I came here to win.

Adam DiGiacomo  He/Him/(She/Her/They)

illustration zines, prints. Creatures, characters.

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.

Adobea Archive  (she/her)

Adobea is an archival project exploring Black history, culture, and fashion.

Aijung Kim  (she/her)

Aijung makes illustrated poetry and personal zines that often celebrate the everyday magical moments in life. She also makes cards, handmade prints, and an oracle deck.

Alexandra Wong  (she/her)

Strange creature art

Alt-Bae Zine (Alternative Blacks are Everywhere)  (she/her)

Alt-Bae Zine showcases the talent and ambitions of alternative Black people and other people of color as well. “Alternative” is up for interpretation and can be many different things, so this zine tries to highlight these attributes and challenge the stereotypes of non-white people.

Amy Lovvik  (she/her)

Amy Lovvik is a cartoonist living in Richmond VA. Her favorite subjects to write and draw about are jungles, lucid dreaming, small animals, swamps, and surreal fairy tales.

Ana Moore  (she/her)

@blackgurlblues zines focus on mental health and wellness, self-care, mindfulness, restorative educational practices & more.

art+food+feminism  (she/her)

main zines=shower thoughts (diary comics), rituals (one off comics), at least one travel zine, other smaller zines also

asmithart  (she/her)

My comics feature anthropomorphic animals navigating their weird wild lives

Autumn Haynes  (she/her)

Autumn’s work varies from fun fantasy stories to autobio comics and informative zines about nature.

Bad Dreamer (she/her)

Bad Dreamer is personal prose and art centered around sexuality, intimacy, the politics of being a woman, mental illness, and dreams! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always with a flair of mysticism.

Barrett Stanley  (he/him)

I create a variety of self-published materials including long-form comics, mini-comics, sketch collections, zine-based games, and prints. My subject matter tends to be drawn from science fiction and fantasy with an emphasis on character, humor, and adventure.

Bizhan Khodabandeh  (he/him)

Bizhan Khodabandeh is an illustrator/designer/cartoonist. At the zine fest you will be able to browse/purchase his award winning indie comics and art prints. His content ranges from social commentary to the whimsical.

Boxerbun  (she/her)

Boxerbun is an illustrator and comic artist. At the zine fest she’ll be debuting her Adopt a Bot zine filled with whimsical little and big robots alike all designed by her. She will also bring comics and prints.

Brian McDaniel Zines and Stuff  (he/him)

I make zines inspired by my life, interests, or whatever I’m feeling at the time. These are photo, doodle, and text based.

Bubbles Fanzine  (he/him)

Bubbles is a comic book fanzine in the tradition of ones from the 70s and 80s, interviews with people from across the industry. Along with reviews, articles, and art.

Budget Press  (he/him)

Budget Press has published zines by many different people for a long time. Perzines, poetry, photos, fiction, whatever we want.

Bullock Bits  (she/her)

A slice of life comic about a little bit of this, a little bit of that. A sub strip is also about my journey getting treated for MDS

Buttered Toast x Tomato Soup  (they/them)

Buttered Toast: Coming out, moving to Richmond, and a slice of Buttered Toast; Tomato Soup: A celebration of Time, Space, and the kids inside us all that transcend both

Can’t Surf Quarterly  (he/him)

Can’t Surf Quarterly is journal that pays homage to the many subcultures that enshrouded skateboarding. Our focus is de-compartmentalizing peoples thoughts in respects to how we consume art.

Carlton Nivens  (he/him)

Double Bind is a collection of poems and abstract comics about the struggles of living as an artist, and maintaining financial independence. I will also be reprinting all past zines

Cathelios  (she/her)

I draw a lot of cute girls and cryptids. Also fluffy gay things and pride buttons.

Catherine Page  (she/her)

Catherine Page is a Richmond, VA based graphic designer with a love of images. Her work evokes the feeling of nostalgia you get when searching through a shoebox of old photos. She enjoys bringing her digital work to life through print based mediums.

Chauer  (she/her)

Comics of small stories and character/creature/plant designs for said comics comics.

Chrislin Hearn  (she/her)

The Book of Red Flags is a collection of flag designs inspired by the author’s misadventures while dating. Ghost Town is a collection of illustrations and poetry surrounding the theme of lost love.

Christine Skelly  (she/her)

Flaunt Your Fluff is a body humor about letting all your Fluff grow without shame! (If you’re into cutting it, that’s cool too). The artist also has many other stories focused on myth and folklore.

Clown Kisses Press

A risograph press made up of three VCU alumni. We specialize in zines, comics, prints, and books.

Community High School of Arts and Academics – Zine Club

Community High School of Arts and Academics is a progressive school in Roanoke, Virginia. Founded and driven by students, the students of the CHS Zine Club have published more than 250 student-produced zines Since 2014; this will be their fifth year tabling in Richmond Zine Fest.

CRAPANDEMIC  (they/them)

World’s only goth zine distro. Old-school perzines + fanzines + more by outcasts, for outcasts.

Createmorr  (he/him)

Surreal sci-fi pyschonaut exploration through realities shared by events of high strangeness.

CRUDCITY  (he/him)

Illustration and printmaking

cryptidish  (he/him/his)

A local haunting in your body.

Daniel Torraca  (he/him/his/they/them)

Work about feelings. Feelings about feelings. Feelings about work.

Detritus King Things  (they/them)

Are you into weird poetry, southern oddities, and literal garbage. Cool, me too. Also PLANTS.

Devry Press  (she/her)

Devry produces zines on eduction, horror films, and comics.


Emanata is a student-run publication dedicated to uplifting the comics community at VCU and the greater Richmond area by providing avenues for comics artists to publish their work in an anthology.

Emcarrs  (she/her/they/them)

I’m creating whimsical zines and art to give people something fun and unique to escape to.

Emily Meredith Lewis   (she/her/hers)

My zines use a restricted color palette paired with hints of whimsy and humor to pull audiences into more emotionally complex topics regarding conservation, extinction, and all around animal advocacy. Some new titles since last Richmond Zine Fest include: 10 Tardigrades That Will Definitely Outlive You, Extinct Giants, and Not all Pink Birds are Flamingos.

Estrella Vega  (she/her)

I mostly do illustrated books about nature. I’ve got an ongoing series on prehistoric life.

Ethan Hickerson  (he/him)

Photography and writings

Evan McIntyre Illustration  (he/him)

I draw digitally and traditionally and make zines that vary from pop culture referenced illustrations to narrative comics, to horror short stories. I also can have prints and original art for sale along with stickers and lapel pins.

Fearlessly Happy  (she/her)

Zines that contain haikus and affirmations about Black women and healing.

Fehu Studio  (she/her)

Fehu Studio brings occult fantasy comics, zines, and small treasures for all fantasy/D&D lovers.

Feral Dad  (they/them)

A collection of drawings based on descriptions of angels from Abrahamic texts. They don’t always look like nice people with halos.

Frivalice  (she/her)

I am currently working on a zine that will update the language of flowers. I want to assign modern definitions of what the flowers represent.

Gold Star Art  (they/them)

Gold Star Art self-publishes several zines, including art-photo zines and so-called ‘perzines’, though they’re really for everyone else. Also self-produces some very fun screen printed t-shirts and embroidered patches.

Great Dismal/Richmond Food Clothing Resistance Collective

DIY zine, instruction & personal zines

green thy  (they/them/theirs)

thy is a queer non-binary creative navigating the vietnamese diaspora, trans identity, and the pleasant (& unpleasant) surprises of cat parenthood through zine-making.

Greg Steele  (he/him)

genre minicomix about monsters and drugs. naro movie posters.

Greñuda Zine Haus   (she/her/they/them)

Exploring Queerness mothering and mixed race identities through abstraction, poems and visual graphics

Gumleet/Pineapple Press  (she/her)

Two gals who just want to spread the word about what we’re passionate about: photography and dogs.

Hannah Fisenne  (they/them/she/her)

Hannah Fisenne is a disabled artist who’s zines focus on the disabled body and generational knowledge.

Hannah Huddle  (she/her/they/them)

Queer/sciency/artsy/memey zine-y lady-type multi-media artist/librarian from Richmond.

HUMDRUM  (they/them/she/her)

Poetry, writing, and imagery which highlight and provide alternate perspectives of commonplace phenomena.

Ice cream support group  (she/her)

Ice cream support group is a community organization that has an emphasis on centering QTPOC artists and creatives

Inky Knife  (he/him)

I create linocuts on Japanese paper, zines, patches and t-shirts.

Jacob Eveland  (he/him)

Jacob Eveland is a Richmond, Virginia illustrator with a focus in black and white design. He has created a surreal world with his short stories.

Jake Lahah  (he/him)

I’m working on a zine that is a recipe book about pickling from a queer sustainability standpoint. It will be my RVA zine fest debut. I may also release a second one that is a photo zine of Richmond local drag.

Jamie Douglas  (he/him)

Variety of zines, comics and illustration, ranging from personal narratives to silly low-brow nonsense.

Jelani Ellis  (she/her)

An artist breaking into a new medium. Featuring a zine about people with plants for heads.

Jim and Willa Johns

I have an environmental zine, as well as a zine of drawings that my daughter and I collaborated on.

Jo Gray  (she/her)

Jo Gray creates 3d illustrated zines that tackle complex characters and subjects with dry humor.

JoAnna Wendel  (she/her)

she/herI make science comics to spread the wonder and whimsy of the natural world! Science is often inaccessible to non-scientists, and I’m changing that, one comic at a time!

Jupiter Star Power!  (she/her)

Pessimistic feminist retellings of fairy tales and unironic appreciation of girly pop culture. Plus zines about my cats!

Kate Foray, Zoeybug Studio  (she/her)

Wrestling, feels, and sometimes cats.

Kathryn Murden Illustration  (she/her)

Whimsical, colorful, busy illustration.

Kit Conely  (they/them)

20-something. art, poetry, zines, photo. RVA

Kith & Kin Press  (he/him)

K&K focuses on printed matter that helps us be more literate of each other and engenders empathy through cooperation. The books we produce serve to explore artists’ and writers’ innermost minds and hearts to get at something approaching the truth.

Knowhere Club  (they/he)

The Knowhere Club is a guild of misfits. We will attempt to provide an art platform as well as community online and offline (in Richmond).

Kryscolour  (she/they)

Wut even vol 3&4, New zines “the house” and “hedge witching”

the lainzine and friends  (she/they)

We are a not-for-profit web publication, representing a loose online community and focused on sharing a love of technology and what it means to us. Our core team is a queer (trans, bi, lesbian) and neurodivergent collective that’s also not completely white people.

Last Syllable Press

Last Syllable Press is Mac MacDaniel and Zoa Saberhagen. They publish zines focusing on their shared love of poetry, Shakespeare, veganism, and sobriety. Based in Richmond, Va.

Late Comeback Press  (she/her)

Late Comeback Press’ name derives from the French term l’esprit de l’escalier–thinking of the perfect reply a little too late. As two Asian-American artists, we live within the hyphen, struggling, at times, to convey language that exists in one culture but not in the other.

Lost Reach   (they/them)

Illustrator of the fantastic and macabre. Providing zines for both education and entertainment.

loving plant  (they/them)

a project of cree renee, loving plant focuses on producing artistic content in hopes of creating, curating, and cultivating more loving, lovely, love filled lives.

Luísa Ulhoa  (she/her)

Zine featuring indigenous patterns from Brazil and their meanings + info about tribes and cultures.

M.G. Roach   (they/them)

M. G. Roach is a trans hobby artist and writer interested in themes of mental illness, sexuality, and sadomasochism, and also in iconography, humor, and cuteness. Awful Catholic and un-certified saint enthusiast; absolutely charming bottom-feeder who contributes next to nothing to society.


MACROCK is a DIY music festival that cultivates an environment where musicians, zines, and artists can express their art without corporate influence. MACROCK will be bringing different zines from Harrisonburg to showcase 3 – 4 different zines from the area.`

Madison Hall  (she/her)

Madison Hall is a Richmond, VA based illustrator and print maker raised in South Carolina and is a recent graduate of VCUarts. Her illustrations are often inspired by the experience of living in the American South and outdoor exploration. She favors any medium that lends itself to tactility and historic process and incorporates letterpress, risograph, and silk screen printing into her illustrations of places half-imagined and vignettes of places where only the Loblolly pine grows.

Magpie Zines  (she/her)

Short zines about my life, series of illustrations, and topics I’m passionate about; for example, including nature into your life in small ways.

Marbellsoda  (he/him)

I make doodles based on scribbles based on daydreams based on nightmares based on my dirty scary secrets. I talk alot about anime and death in the least edgy way possible.

Mary Kate Montgomery

she/herI am a graduate of VCU with a degree in communication arts and studying to be an art educator. I have been creating my whole life and have developed several zines that incorporate colorful illustrations combined with poetry and written word. My work centers around my childhood, femme culture, and coming of age.

Mary Metzger Illustration  (she/her)

Mary Metzger is an illustrator based in Richmond, VA. Inspired by the fairytale books of her childhood, she enjoys combining fantastical imagery with the equally magical flora & fauna of Virginia. Be sure to swing by for illustrations, stickers, and her award-winning zine about “invisible” chronic illness.

Matt Harrison

he/himMatt makes comics like Mortal Combat (with a C), Brad Pitt’s Beard, Holy Trinity Action Squad, Karl Mars, and Ninja Turtles with Guns.

Meeting Comics  (he/him)

Meeting Comics is an ongoing funny comic strip collected in minicomic format every two months. Sometimes it’s about butts or robots, and sometimes it’s about how we are all corrupted by our own success under capitalism.

Mellyv123  (she/her)

My art, My life, Me.

Mike Basia   (they/them)

Uproot white anarchism: its about confronting whiteness within the anarchist spaces.

milo  (he/him)

I currently have a zine that combines strawberries and sheep.

The MiX

The MiX is a free inclusive creative space for people 13-18 in the Science Museum of Virginia. We’ll be bringing creative projects and zines made by our members as well as information about our space for people to check out.

Moon Toons Art  (she/her)

A zine about femme-oriented situation audio dramas. An immersive type of audio fiction that makes the listener part of the scenario.

Morgan Kendric Sawyer  (he/him)

All my zines are a combination of short comics and sketchbooks.

MUTT PRESS  (she/they)

MUTT PRESS is the publishing initiative of Rey Carlson, a queer mixed chinese designer. MUTT PRESS was made for reclamation, exploration, and above all, self expression.

MYCO Collective  (she/her)

MYCO is a creative collective based in Richmond, VA dedicated to the accessibility of resources and skillsharing.

Natalie Woodlock  (she/her)

Natalie is an Australian artist who recently completed her MFA in Printmaking at the University of New Orleans. Using the moniker “Love Letters Anonymous”, for many years she collected love letters from friends and strangers, publishing selections from her archive in zine format. She also makes zines that focus on popular culture and queer subjectivity.

Objects Of Ridicule  (he/him)

Dead Ends, and Decaying Friends

OURA  (he/him)

Weird art, strange toys, and kooky comix!

Peculiar Hi  (he/him/they)

Creating complex simplistic vibes every step of the way.

PELEONA  (he/they)

PELEONA is a project/zine that focuses on the amplification of the voices and work of queer, trans Latinx artists. Intersectionality, sex positivity, mental health and consent are at the forefront of the conversations that PELEONA promotes.

plastic thank you bag  (they/them)

A qtpoc artist and designer with a focus on radicalism and anti oppression.

Pomegranate Press  (he/him)

Pomegranate Press is an independent publishing house based out of Richmond, VA. Since 2015, we have specialized in showcasing contemporary photography, writing, and other mediums of visual art through the release of limited edition, affordable publications.

Pomelo Publishing  (she/her)

We are a student run design collective dedicated to interdisciplinary research. Richmond based and are using zines and various ephemera to share humor and a contemplation of self.

Potato the destroyer  (she/her)

A kid eats a super powered potato. She now fights crime,and watches anime

practical witch supply  (she/her & they/them)

Two witches in conversation with + about intention, action, transformation, and magic through a queer anti-capitalist lens. Astrology + tarot zines thoughtfully created & bound with intuition, research, practice, and tenderness.

Puppers-Kyodai  (they/them)

We’re two artists with fan art zines as well as zines of our original comics!

RAH Comics   (she/her)

RAH focuses on Sequential Art and Viking/Scandinavian culture and history. She’s a freelance children’s book illustrator and is currently developing her own picture book, which promotes forest protection using Scandinavian folklore.

ratsh*t  (they/them)

I would be selling 2 short illustrated narrative zines along with prints of original illustrations, ranging in subjects. This includes nature illustration, character design, and occult themes.

Retrofit Comics / Big Planet Comics  (they/them)

Retrofit Comics / Big Planet Comics publish cool comics from around the world.

rum//mage  (she/her/he/him)

rum//mage is a community of writers of all levels, backgrounds and interests. We believe the value of writing comes from how someone experiences it as an individual, not how gatekeepers dictate it.

See Nothing  (they/them)

See Nothing is a film photography zine by Erik Phillips focused on live music. Heavy, but not exclusive, emphasis on punk and hardcore.

Shannon Prints  (she/her)

Daily comics of everyday existence, suffering, and joy.
Monsters and epics in woodcut and ink.

Shu Zines  (they/them/theirs)

I just like writing zines about harm reduction, activism, and what it’s like being “outside” and arts community (where I live) that is exclusive and harmful, so letting people know that they are valid and there should be space for them even if their community is not very good. Especially those of us that are queer and trans.

Stachesquatch Design  (he/him)

I’ll be printing a few small comics, mostly humorous.

Sleepy Dyke Club Zines  (she/her/hers)

We are a queer couple living in Richmond making zines and prints about love, nature, and the experience of growing up gay in the Bible Belt.

Smallest Slug  (they/them)

A collection of zines about sad stuff, bugs, yelling in Spanish, art block and more!

SOFT WEB studio collective

SOFT WEB studio collective prioritizes multi-disciplinary creative space for queer + transgender people of color. We are Paige, Mars, Ha, Ellie/Eli & Maeve. Our zines & works are a collaborative combo of personal-political queerdo dreams of the future and exorcisms of personal and ancestral ghosts.

Southern Exposure  (he/him)

Southern Exposure is a quarterly zine series that explores sexual and racial identity, the reclamation of histories, and the places where those spheres intersect. The series plays with imagery that’s both complicit and critical of the history that gives them power.

Southern Gothic Futurist  (he/him)

Southern Gothic Futurist zine is Raven Mack’s latest blossom of nonsense gibberish. Southern gothic futurism is about resisting the shine, basically sticking middle fingers in every crack in the system and wiggling them around until it breaks more, while also creating semi-autonomous communities which care for each other.

Still Around Illustrations, llc  (she/her)

That feeling when you meet your best friend.

surrounded by prose  (she/her)

Found and Curated Inspiration & Ideation

Strange Haus  (she/her)

We are a small collective of writers and artists interested in queerness, cryptids, plants, and whatever creative rabbit holes we go down next!

Studio Stag  (he/him/his)

A solo artist exploring personal and political subjects through zines and various art prints

Stuff by Ezra  (he/him)

A group of drawn doodles and handmade clothing pieces.

Take It Slow Press  (she/they)

Take It Slow Press is a partnership between Kamille Jackson and Janet George, rooted in the pursuit of an unhurried and uninhibited approach to their art practices.

Theodore Taylor III  (he/him)

Art zines and comics by illustrator Theodore Taylor III.

thos bois collective

Two bois on a mission to make cool gay stuff for the cool gay youth!

Tofu Press Zines  (she/her)

Tofu Press is a zine publication duo based in NC, USA with a focus on mental health, career, and lifestyle. Our goal is to explore difficult topics and share experiences through zinemaking!

Vim Shye  (he/him/they/them)

Vim Shye is a trans multimedia artist located in Richmond, Virginia. Aside from academic illustrations and works, most of his art centers around self identity/expression as well as the LGBT+ community.

Yonic Youth Zine  (she/her)

Yonic Youth is a zine dedicated to showcasing the works of women, POC, and the LGBTQIA community in arts, activism, and attitude.

Zazu Zine

Zazu Zine is creating an anthology that we plan to launch at the Richmond Zine Fest in October! As a graphic novel and comics publisher, we want to make the way for new artists in the comics industry and give the public more content in many genres. Our artists will feature their work in an anthology which included many different styles.

Zine Bean Collective  (they/them/theirs)

The ZBC is a collaborative project of zinesters in NC, using art to rise up, disrupt, and educate. Our zines examine identity and social issues in unique and fun ways, with particular focus on LGBTQ+ and POC experiences.

Stipend Recipients

Angel Flowers

Michael Basillas

Krys Colour

Late Comeback Press

Mouna Toure

Justina Hall

Nadeea Harvin

Maria Teresa Carmier

Julia Blend

Hannah Fisenne

Great Dismal RVA

Rae Legine Rodriguez

Natalie Woodlock

Hermie Jackson

Featured Nonprofit & Activist Organizations

Queer Appalachia

From their website: “Electric Dirt seeks to celebrate queer voices from Appalachia and the South. Our desire to claim our own labels, re-imagine our childhood myths, share our own stories, and create a better, safer world for all manifests itself in-between art and activism. The art we share and show is political; the way we show up and resist in spite of all that seeks to invalidate or erase our existence is art.

“The concept of Queer Appalachia grew and evolved over the past year, a new name for the project materialized. As the group of contributors to this work expanded, we found ourselves no longer contained to just Appalachia, but the region of the South as well. These two areas, while having so many distinct differences, also contain many socio-cultural similarities, especially in regards to queer community. Whether in the coalfields of West Virginia or the forests of the long-leaf pine, the earth beneath us queers committed to collective liberation buzzes. We find ourselves both energized and grounded by that electric dirt.”

This fall, Richmond Zine Fest will be one of their stops on their Harm Reduction Tour, throughout which they will make available the following: narcan, home HIV tests, fentanyl test strips, Plan B, needles, sharp containers, shooting kits, cookers, condoms, lube, tampons, pads, female condoms, and so much more 100% FREE and without judgement and only with the intention of keeping our communities safe. They are teaming up with Oates to include indigenous communities along the route. If you would like to support them on this mission, please contribute to their fundraising by sending money to their venmo @queer-appalachia or their paypal account at queerappalachia@gmail.com.

Richmond Doula Project

Via their website: “The Richmond Doula Project is a collective of full-spectrum doulas in Richmond, VA.” Their mission is “To offer support and education to people through all pregnancy outcomes, centering POC, LGBTQI, and other underserved communities.” Their vision is “Safe, inclusive, accessible reproductive health support for every member of our community.” Please stop by their table, learn more about their services, and more! Please support this incredible local collective in any way that you can because their impact cannot be measured but it will be felt in our underserved communities for all generations. Donations can be made here: https://doulaprojectrva.org/support

Santos En Virginia

“The many intersections of the criminal justice system and immigration policy create fishhooks and bear traps that offer people who are immigrants no way out. Collaboration between law enforcement agencies is largely responsible for the detentions and deportations of parents, grandparents, children, friends and neighbors nationwide. SANTOS en Virginia will administer a state-wide bail and legal defense fund for incarcerated people who are immigrants; release toolkits to change local and state policies regarding cooperation with ICE; offer language justice/interpretation services to groups who share our vision; and provide political education for the grassroots and grasstops, incorporating a historical, legislative, and power analysis. We are committed to keeping funds and services accessible, not creating gate-keeping processes. Keeping someone out of ICE’s hands requires a timely triage.

“We will work to amplify existing voices of true immigrant leadership while holding accountable ALL entities that call themselves Friends and Allies to the Immigrant, Refugee or Asylum Seeker in these, Indian Lands, while at the same time interacting with local communities and international efforts to provide Sanctuary for All, Everywhere.” Please help them reach their fundraising goals for an immigrant bond and legal defense fund at thesantos.org.

Never Again Action – Mid-Atlantic
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of a large and growing movement is based out of Richmond, VA.  Via their Facebook: “Jews and our allies are shutting down ICE because when we say never again, we mean it. As Jews and Allies, we’ve been taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again. Now, with children detained in unacceptable conditions, ICE terrorizing immigrants in every corner of the country, and people dying at the border while seeking safety in the US, we are seeing the signs of a mass atrocity. We refuse to wait and see what happens next. Goals of Never Again Actions leverage our unique position as Jews (And Jewish Allies) to redirect the conversation away from semantics and refocus on the crisis. Re-frame the narrative that the immigration crisis isn’t just a crisis at the border — it’s everywhere. Move people to take action in cities across the country targeting detention centers and the Democratic establishment who enables Trump’s reign of terror.” If you would like to get involved and see how you can use your privilege to support communities and individuals who are directly impacted by ICE and other anti-immigrant policies and attitudes, meet them at Richmond Zine Fest this year!

Do you have other images and things we can add to our archive for 2019? Email us at zine.fest@richmondzinefest.info with subject line: RZF Archive ❤