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Jonny Z Fest Pictures and Yummy News for the Richmond Zine Fest

As promised we have pictures from Saturday’s Jonny Z Fest!

The wind and and rain didn’t prevent our having a good time (although we could’ve won a prize at inventiveness and fastest zine and flyer round up whenever the weather threatened our paper-based goods… see the proof in the pictures: Eros collected rocks for paperweights). The community and music kept our spirits up, and we made the most of the day with a lot of laughter and dancing. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of singer Alison Self, but the other music acts pictured are Josh Small, Photosynthesizers, and No BS! Brass Band. All of the acts had amazing sets that we couldn’t help but jam to at the zine fest table. Also pictured: RZF co-organizer Eros, Click Clack Distro, The Flying Brick Library volunteers, and an amazing dancer/performer who accompanied the Photosynthesizers’ performance. The Jonny Z Fest is an event that the organizers of Richmond Zine Fest look forward to every year. Thanks to everyone who contributed to an amazing local event!

And if that sampling of live music in Richmond wasn’t enough, don’t forget to come out to our benefit show August 31st at Strange Matter! On the last night of the summery months, Long Arms, Black Girls, and Lobo Marino of the local music scene will unite with local zine writers to raise money for our venue space. We love these bands and everyone involved, and we’re incredibly excited and happy that they’ve decided to give us a hand with this show. Who says you can’t party
on a Wednesday? We have the winter and many a school night to stay in. 😉

And now: News for Your Belly 

We can now announce that Lamplighter will be at the Richmond Zine Fest on Oct. 8th again!  We hope that those of you of who enjoyed their coffee, sandwiches, whoopie pies, and other fare last year are pleased. And for those of you who didn’t have the opportunity to do so at the previous zine fest, just you wait. Or don’t wait… Lamplighter is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 116 S. Addison Street, Richmond, VA, 23220.

The Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8th at the GCCR.  Registration for tabling and workshops are still open. Register and pay to confirm your space as soon as possible. Be on the look out for more zine fest events and blog posts with tips for tablers and workshoppers soon.

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Zine Exhibit at VCU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives

International Zine Month is almost over. Not that it will stop us from celebrating and making zines all year round.  VCU Libraries’ Special Collections & Archives (4th Floor of James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Avenue) has a two exhibits showcasing zines from their young collection.  The exhibit will be open for viewing Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the first week of August.  One case displays a small, random selection of zines from the collection, and the other highlights the zines from local artist and zine-maker Oura Sananikone, such as his zine Doodoo Bug (c. 2009).  Oura, who has tabled at Richmond Zine Fest in the past, created the image for our flyer pictured above and is currently designing the poster for this year’s fest–to be held on October 8th, 2011 at the GCCR.

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newsy zine-related promotions & a reminder

Nicole Miesnik Harris, Richmond Zine Fest co-organizer and the owner of Click Clack Distro, will be a featured guest on Zinecore Radio Thursday, June 23rd at 8 p.m. Don’t have time to catch the show live? Visit to listen to this episode and/or other installments of the Blog Talk Radio program about zines and the D.I.Y. community.


Are you looking for new zines or old favorites to read in Richmond this summer? We’re lucky to have three (that I know of) local places that appreciate and collect zines–The Flying Brick, VCU Libraries’ Special Collection & Archives department at James Branch Cabell Library, and now The Wingnut Radical Lending Library.

Last but not least, don’t forget to show Richmond Zine Fest some love and Shop for a Cause at Rumors tomorrow between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 🙂

Richmond Zine Fest will be held Oct. 8, 2011 at the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Check back for more details about the Fest and other related events this summer as we raise funds to keep tabling fees low.  We plan this event because we love zines and the people who make them and read them. ❤