Events & Press
We Zine! Community Building Through Zines is a collection of work by 15 artists who create zines. The exhibit explores how artists build community across distance through a variety of forms, highlighting the zine, a low-fi self-publishing format.
The folks that normally converge through open studios, gigs, parades, and zine festivals pivoted to build community across distance. Lots of communities bridged their distance by creating zines and correspondence art. Adopting low-fi methods like mailing photocopied drawings. Artists, music lovers, punks, took a renewed interest in the accessible, resourceful, and low-fi qualities of zines. People also became increasingly disenchanted by social media and its relation to mental health and mass media. New generations of folks were ushered into the punk tradition of DIY publishing. These people used the zine as a tool for healing and connectivity.
In addition to Abby Neale (Curator), Christina Hasjoy, The Boston Compass, Flight or Visibility, Peter Landy, Tori Holder, Polina Protsenko, Mara Gervais, Emily Cobb, Katie Barry, Celene Chen, Luis Blackaller, Jennifer Turpin, Mandy Waryasz, and Neil Horsky.
Canzine 2021 by Broken Pencil
The Canzine Festival of Zines and Independent Print Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Brampton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Halifax and elsewhere have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine 2021 was part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) and featured hundreds of international artists, spanning styles and subject matter.
San Anto Zine Fest
SAZF is a community zine festival organized by five WoC in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2017, they have made space for local and national creatives to share their art, meet other zinesters, and celebrate DIY culture. In 2020 due to the need for a safe fest during the pandemic, they curated an online "snail mail" catalog instead of an annual in-person event. It is important to continue the DIY tradition of making the best of what you have and overcoming obstacles to continue to create. From the creators: "We are so happy to join the international zine community that has used those guiding principles to adapt to our current circumstances and still find new and creative ways to share zines."
Fort Lauderdale Small Press Fair
SPF’20 was presented virtually with a 3-month online market of exhibitors, and a 6-hour Live Broadcast event. The COVID-safe online market welcomed 60 exhibitors from around the state, country and world. The SPF’20 Live Broadcast featured over 40 artists, collectors, curators. and other creatives from across the country, all working in the fields of prints, books and zines.
The online market highlighted a diverse cross-section of local, national and international artists, writers, independent publishers and regional small presses, and provided a snapshot of the 2020 print, book and zine scene mid-pandemic!