This Saturday, the second annual Atlanta Zine Fest descends upon Erickson Clock to celebrate Atlanta’s independent artists and DIYers with workshops, guest speakers and panels — all for the love of zines. We’re planning to stimulate the creative side of our brains with classes like wood blocking, sketchbook making, gel transfer printing and canvas stretching, all whilst mingling with like-minded folks who like to inspire each other and think outside the box. Sounds pretty dreamy, don’t it?
Before e-books and self-publishing, zines were the original form of indie publishing. All that zine-ing requires? A stapler, a photocopier, and something rebellious to say. That’s it! Like so many other nostalgia-related things, zines have a tendency to take our culture by storm every few years or so (unlike scrunchies, which will never come back). Co-founder Amanda Mills saw their steadfast popularity and created the Atlanta Zine Library, currently located at Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery. Together with her partner-in-crime, Tracy Soo-Ming, they raised the funds to promote these photocopied literary treasures through the Atlanta Zine Fest – a day packed with creativity and, well, zines. After a year of fundraisers and sneak peeks, the second fest is finally here (and we’re pretty ecstatic about it).
This year the panelists are ready to tackle issues within the DIY publishing world and activism — from “Zines and Street Art” and “Using Zines to Discuss Death and Dying” to “Support, Community and DIY Publishing” and “Disability and DIY Spaces.” If you are more of a visual learner, stop by for one of the workshops including local artist Ashley Anderson’s Gel Transfer Prints workshop and Edie Gonzalez’ Drawing with Needle and Thread. Pro-tip: Want to participate? Get there early. Only 12 attendees can participate at a time.
After creating something great, walk around and grab some reading material for your summer pool time. More than 60 vendors will be set up around Erikson Clock with literary goodness and zines from local artists and writers. It will be a rare opportunity to interact with Atlanta’s talent and get to know what’s up next in the city. So print out the schedule and spend Saturday over in Castleberry Hill. Afterward, if you’re not done partying, head over to the Big House for the official AZF after party for tunes and tons of dancing.
Scoutmob contributor Muriel Vega is a lifetime resident of ATL and full-time authorian legend, as well as a pie enthusiast. She has a dog that may be a meme and really loves to travel. You can read more of her work at the website that she co-edits, Common Creativ ATL.