Slogan: “Zinesters Do It On The Photocopier”, free sticker from the Queer Zine Archive Project, whee!
I had an amazing time at Queer Zine Fest London 2012 yesterday. I woke up today intending to have hot chocolate for breakfast, get really excited filling in my spreadsheet of what I traded/sold and write-up the zine fest, and I did have a hot chocolate, and I totally got excited filling in my spreadsheet, but then I spent all day reading zines; and not even the ones I swapped/bought. I’ve been online all day, ostensibly writing this up, but actually just clicking links and reading the entire internet, practically.
Oh, where does the time go?
Anyway, here’s some rambling, yay!
I was really ill-prepared for this festival because I procrastinated loads over re-printing/photocopying my zine – my layout kind of makes it a pain – so I didn’t do that until the preceding Thursday, and then I was working for 12 hours on the Friday and suddenly it’s Saturday already.
So, I spent a lot of time sewing pages together at the fair. Which was pretty cool. I forgot that I like doing crafty things at the table. Next time I hope I remember to bring knitting or some such. (Because I intend to be much better prepared next time).
Also, it was quite a small festival, but I was there from 11.30am until 7pm and I still didn’t get to all the tables or eat any vegan cake. Wtf?! So, yeah, packed full of queers and their zines. Happy happy me.
I’m pretty introverted most of the time, except at things like that, so I was super-bouncy and squeeing a lot.
I am really bad at initiating things; thankfully, I scribbled a note – “I DO SWAPS TOO. =)” – and a bunch of people came over and asked if we could swaps zines, and I said yes. Amazeballs!
Here are links to people with whom I traded zines:
- Sarah Tea-Rex: Graduating into Unemployment (Yorkshire/Sussex, 2011) & I Am Not The Rain (I’m totally fangirling you Sarah and I’m not even a girl. Hurray for the Mutual Appreciation Society!)
- A-K Pirata (Princess Pirata): Spellbook for Reckless Children & Drifting Clouds (2012)
- Sergi Jimenéz: Who is John Trouble (London, 2012)
- Jason (I think, but we didn’t introduce ourselves to each other and I have a terrible memory for faces, gah!): Mark ’n’ Jason Summer Annual 2001
- Sophie Mayer: Binders Full of Women (2012)
- Stephanie Chan: Foreigner Go Home With Me (2012)
- Pilar Awa Owl: Myth Story of a Healing Journey (2011)
- Yas Lorentz: Terrible Triad (London, 2012)
- Chella Quint: Adventures in Menstruating #6 (Sheffield, 2011)
…and I didn’t actually just buy any zines. Which is a first for me, I think. Whoa. Sabba was right when she said that swapping is the way to go. Which reminds me, Sabba, I totally owe you an email.
Pilar and I shared a table with Sophie Mayer (co-editor of Binders Full of Women), which was awesome – thanks for being fab tablees peeps!
I met/bumped into a bunch of awesome people (including all the above). It was all pretty awesome.
I’m tired, but inspired and invigorated, and I’m looking forward to when some of the seasonal-busy-ness is over and
I can curl up on a sofa with a mug of hot chocolate (er, yes, there’s a theme) and a pile of zines.
Some other people I saw/met briefly and wished I’d had more time:
- Charlotte Richardson Andrews; you did a totes awesome job organising!
- I met manouk at the end of the day, who had a stunningly beautiful stall - riotmade with love
- I saw and meant to go back to a stall that had The Most Positive & Uplifiting & Empowering messages on it, and now I can’t remember who/what it was (gah! same side of the room as Princesa Pirata, and on the same table as Cartoon Kate)
- I meant to trade for Morgenmuffel issues 2-12, but I was too slow and it sold out before I got back. *Clicks link* OMG it’s online, INSTANT JOY!
- I caught sight of Will of Z is for Zines a few times. But I was too shy to say hello. (Doh!)
- Stumbling around links to zinesters today, I wish I’d met Mister Briscoe
- Following links online, I’ve just spent ages reading Kate Evans (cartoon Kate)’s thefoodoflove.org blog; I love it! Kate gave me a couple of awesome photos, including this one:
Caption: “Dear Pete, yes. …I am a clit-lickin lesbo and PROUD”, a free photo of a subvert (subverted advertisement); thanks Kate!