April 25, 2014
Brooklyn Zine Fest celebrates D.I.Y. culture
by Christopher King
Most of the discussion surrounding self-publishing these days concerns Amazon ebooks or print-on-demand services, but many writers and artists still prefer to do things the old-fashioned way—with staples and glue.
Now in its third year, the Brooklyn Zine Fest puts to rest any doubt that D.I.Y. culture is alive and kicking. As it moves to a larger venue, with 150 exhibitors spread across two days, the festival is poised to supplant the NY Art Book Fair as the main event for New York’s independently-minded zinesters.
At a recent event hosted by Soundcheck’s John Schaefer, festival organizers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh (editors of the collaborative film zine I Love Bad Movies) highlighted some of their favorite titles, including Deafula, chronicling the experiences of an anonymous deaf woman; f666, which collects photography of the metal scene; and Jungleland, all about Bruce Springsteen.
And for the first time, this year’s festival includes panel discussions about queer and trans* zines, how zines are archived for library collections, and the role of anonymity in zine culture.
The 2014 Brooklyn Zine Fest takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 6 at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights.
Christopher King is the former Art Director of Melville House.