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RVA Zine Fest Benefit: Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament, Sept. 23 at Studio Two Three

Join us Monday, September 23, at Studio Three for a Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament and a benefit for the 7th Annual Richmond Zine Fest. Doors open at 7:30 for food and drinks and signing up to compete for a special prize! Donations are suggested

More details about what Raven Mack’s Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournaments entail can be found here: Hand-to-Hand Operations. But the basics are this: participants will arrive armed with haikus (or if you can write them in a mad rush while there, you can attempt to wing it, but some preparation is advised) and we’ll compete in several rounds–best out of seven, five, and so on until there is only one.

Do you have any questions or would you like to help us promote this event on Facebook by sharing it with your friends? Check out the event page here: Hand-to-Hand Haiku Tournament.

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Event! Zined! Screening!

We are putting on a film showing of two short movies on Thursday, April 18th at 8pm! At MovieLoft (304 E. Grace St. Upper) for a suggested donation of $5.

First we’ll be showing ZINED! from 1997. The film explains what zines are and goes into the motivations behind self-publishing. It features interviews of legendary 90s zinesters and some wild editing! The film is becoming increasingly rare, but we have secured our hands on an original VHS copy of it!

Second we’ll be showing Dirty Girls, which is another short documentary shot independently in 1996 about a group of 13-year-old riot grrrls in Los Angeles who were socially ostracized at their school by their peers and upperclassmen.

This is going to be quite a special event to see some rare zine-themed films on a big screen! MovieLoft has tons of comfy couches to watch and relax, so come out and have some fun!

Facebook Event Here:

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Pre-Zine Fest Reading and Pizza Potluck! October 5th at 7PM

There will be a pre-zine fest potluck and zine reading at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Friday October 5th at 7pm

It’s a pizza potluck!

We will provide the dough if you bring toppings and sauces!

Vegan/vegetarian/ or meat/dairy

Bring cheeses, veggies, fruits, sauces etc. Whatever you want to eat on a pizza!

If you would like to read from your zine, and we’d love to hear you, show up or email

Please share this event! We really want zine readers!



We can hardly believe that Richmond Zine Fest is less than a week away. We’re still accepting workshops, and that submission form will remain open until Wednesday evening. Please submit soon! We have more space available for workshops this year, and all zine or non-zine workshop/discussions/meeting ideas are welcome!

Online table registration will remain open until Friday at 6PM. Late registered tablers, however, will not be listed in the program. For as long as space is available, we will allow in-person table registration for the day of the Richmond Zine Fest. Same tabling rate applies–$10 for 1/2 table, $20 for full table, and $35 for two.

Last but not least, we’re very excited about the Zine Crush mailbox. Zine Crush is an anonymously run website and zine about crushes on either the zine-makers or the zines themselves. It’s all about spreading the zine love. You can either arrive prepared with your zine crush submission or pen one while you are there. We’ll be sending the package to the person behind Zine Crush for him or her to share after the fest.

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TONIGHT, TONIGHT … We’re reading zines tonight!

Hooray for nice weather, the weekend, and zines!

It’s a Saturday and a great night to take in one of many shows in Richmond. Most of those don’t start until 9 or 10 PM, which leaves you plenty of time to take in a zine reading at 7 PM for your pre-party–possibly cultural, political, creative and humorous–festivities!

Come on out at 7pm to hang out in the back yard of the Bainbridge Collective on Southside and listen to some local zinesters and zine enthusiasts read from their zines or zines they love.

We are asking for folks to bring a few dollars to donate to the Richmond Zine Fest.

The Bainbridge Collective is located at 1300 Bainbridge St.

Check out the event page for more details: Zine Reading at Bainbridge.

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pictures, updates, and jazz hands all around!

We have a lot of awesome things to share! Let’s take this in chronological order….

First, thank you to everyone who was able to come out this Wednesday for our event at The Camel. And big thank yous to the performers–Neil aka The Sixth Son, Gunboat, and Danger Lights. You all rock in my zine. In fact, ever since that night I’ve had a crick in my neck for attempting to rock like a headbanger. Lesson learned, but fun had. Check out some pictures from Wednesday above.

Second, we’re teaming up with Liberate RVA for their event on Friday, July 20th. It’s such an amazing cause. The night will include a discussion at 8 p.m. on the “True Roots of Human Violence” and after party at 9:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Anarchy Garden. Zines, like any creative activity and project, can be useful tools in spreading information about violence and prevention/care and in providing children and other survivors a safe, self-directed space to communicate and share their histories and healing. I’ll be there with information about zines, the Richmond Zine Fest, and conversation. For more information, please check out the event page and attend: Bomb in the Brain Freedom Gathering.

Last but not least, WE’VE GOT A SPACE! After much deliberation and looking at venues and space policies inside and outside the event-planning box, we decided to approach the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) again since they’re still operating in the building we love so much. For at least another year, we’re excited to be back at the GCCR again! With its accessible layout, free parking, spaciousness, and disco ball… the GCCR is our happy place. Thank you to Cindy Bray of the GCCR and Richmond Zine Fest co-organizer Mo Karnage for diligently following up to get this shindig confirmed.

Richmond Zine Fest 2012 will be Saturday Oct. 6th 11 am – 6 pm. Our event page is already up, so show us some love and tell us what zines you’ve been working on: Richmond Zine Fest 2012 on Facebook.

Expect an announcement with links to the registration pages for tablers and workshops this upcoming week.

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EVENT: Benefit Show at The Camel with Danger Lights, Gunboat, and Flowers by the Door performing

Join us Wednesday, July 11th at 9 pm! There will be good eats, good drinks, and good music at one of our favorite local spots The Camel.

This is an event to raise funds for Richmond Zine Fest 2012’s venue space… while listening to some awesome bands.

Here’s small sample with Danger Lights’ newest music video for “Fighting Words.”




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EVENT: Movie Night at The Flying Brick, June 19th


Join us for a night of short documentaries, popcorn, and cupcakes!


We will sell small bags of popcorn and cupcakes made with care by Becca (one of our newest Richmond Zine Fest organizers and creator of the food zine “‘A Monsterous Appetite for Cake”).


At dusk, we’ll view Grrlyshow by Kara Herold and Occupy America by Mark Strandquist.

  • Grrlyshow is “an 18 minute explosion of fringe feminism and print media, “Grrlyshow” is a powerful and rebellious message from new voices often left unheard. Filmmaker Kara Herold examines the girly Zine revolution and culture in such a way that the film intellectually and stylistically addresses anyone’s question concerning whether or not feminism has reached its 3rd wave: the postmodern. By interweaving head-shot interviews, clips from the zines and 1950’s television-esque vignettes, Herold clearly illustrates feminism’s ability to exist within a system that generally doesn’t give women their own voice. “Grrlyshow” successfully brings to the surface alternative voices and projects that are vital to the continuation and expansion of feminism.” (
  • Occupy America is about the difficulty the Occupy Movement faced in articulating its message and motivations to Americans, who are detached from and confused by the protests in NYC, DC, and other areas.

Since this is a fundraiser for Richmond Zine Fest 2012, the suggested donation is $3.

All funds will go toward the cost of a venue and other fees involved with planning and publicizing a non-profit event for independent, alternative publishing.

Thank you for supporting Richmond Zine Fest!

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Richmond Zine Fest fundraiser at Secretly Y’all Presents: Work – Boss Stories

Secretly Y’all is back with another storytelling event on Monday May 7th at 7:30, with the proceeds going to support the Richmond Zine Fest!

Join us at Balliceaux to hear work-related stories about bosses and perhaps even share your own!

203 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220

From the event page:

As Nicki Minaj so eloquently puts it “I do anything that you say, anything cause you da Boss…you da Boss Man.”

Come give and receive stories. Once again at Balliceaux we will be sharing tales – this time about horrible bosses, or work, or inspiring types who are entitled the name…Boss.

Door opens at 6:30, stories start ’round 7:30. Fill your bellies and get a taste of life with Secretly Y’all.

Lainie, Colin, and Kathleen

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Zine Fest Interest Meeting – March 5th at 6:30PM


Date/Time: March 5, 2012, 6:30 PM

Location: 919 West Franklin Street

Do you love the Richmond Zine Fest? Do you want to make sure it keeps on happening? Are there programming ideas that you’d like to see happen? Get involved in the planning of this annual event! The organizers of Richmond Zine Fest are holding an interest meeting for anyone who likes zines and zine events and would like to help us bring a little more of both to RVA. Click here for the Facebook event page.