Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2015

There’s a zine fest happening at Flywheel in Easthampton this Saturday, April 11th!  Hampshire College will have some representation at the workshops, so come on out & have some fun!  Check out the information below, and follow the link to their Facebook event.

Get ready for Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2015! Happening in conjunction with the Easthampton Book Fest, this FREE, all-day event will feature even more zines, zinesters, workshops, and crafting!


10AM-3PM Tabling! Come by to browse, buy and trade zines with zinesters around the U.S.

3:00-5:00pm: Workshops! (descriptions below!)

7:30pm-10pm: Special Speakers Vikki Law and Anne Thalheimer, + live performance by Mal Devisa


 Managing and Sustaining Long-Term Collaborative Zine Projects:
A round table discussion about the challenges and rewards of publishing collaborative zines. Hear from old pros including Colin Tedford, who has produced a slew of collaborative comix zines around themes like “water,” “shelter,” seeds,” “woods,” and “time,” under the Trees and Hills imprint, and Victoria Law, the driving force behind Tenacious: Art and Writings by Women in Prison and others. Share your own ideas and experiences!

Extending the Zine Experience
Zines are material objects, made and shared in ways that can cultivate a sense of intimacy between creators and readers. In this workshop, we will explore ways to extend the experience of zines (the materiality, the sense of intimacy) into other spaces. We will talk about how zines can enhance other types of experiences (like performing arts events), how distributing zines in these spaces can bring new participants into our zine worlds, and how zines extend the life of an event in time and space — as they’re saved, mailed, carried around, left for others to find, or collected in zine libraries and archives. We’ll share some examples of zines we’ve made, and projects we’re doing to extend the zine experience, and we’ll develop ideas we can take back to our own communities and try.
Noah D.
Alana Kumbier-Hampshire College

Zine Libraries
The significant growth of the fanzine movement over the past 30 years has resulted in a widening recognition by producers, historians, academics and librarian/archivists of the importance of preserving what some consider to be an ephemeral art form. As a result, zines have made their way into public, academic and community archives/libraries around the country. This panel will discuss the various approaches to zine librarianship and the challenges associated with each. There will be no formal presentations and we will invite participation and discussion from the audience.

Anne Macon- Hampshire College
Iris Parker Pavitt-Flywheel Zine Library/Mt. Holyoke Zine Club
Moderator, Jeremy Smith, Flywheel Zine Library

Organized by the Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library Committee and friends, this all-day event will feature zinesters and organizations from in, around, and beyond the Pioneer Valley. Attendance is free!

This event is partially funded by the Easthampton Cultural Council.