Programming took place on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Watch the entire event on Youtube HERE.
11:00 — Philly Zine Fest
Philly Zine Fest Slideshow: Dive into the Archives
Founded in 2002, The Philly Zine Fest is one of the oldest ongoing DIY publishing festivals around. Take a look back at old videos and photos of past Zine fests, and be inspired by the astounding creativity of our amazing community! The perfect thing to have on in the background while stapling zines!
Philly Zine Fest brings together zine creators and enthusiasts from the local community and beyond in our lovely city of love Philadelphia. We create a physical place hosted by The Rotunda in West Philly. This is a safe space and all who enter are to respect one another and show support.
This is not a flea market, a craft fair, or an art show. This is a zine fest.
Started by Casey Grabowski and Andrea Hallowell, who felt there was little to no outlet for zine culture in the greater Philly area until the Zine Fest. Later it was organized by Casey and Sarah Levitt, and then passed on to Dre G. and Ken R. The Philly Zine Fest is now brought to you by The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library.
Bloomerang: The Soapbox
11:30 — Linnea Carlson deRoche
Zine Making for Tweens and Teens
Learn how to create zines on any subject you like with simple materials. Participants will learn how to fold zines, create easy-to-photocopy booklets and share ideas for new zine topics with one another. Optional: participants will also have the opportunity to trade zines they create with other young people!
Linnea is a zine maker and facilitator of classes and workshops for people of all ages. With a focus on anti-racism and playful self-inquiry, they teach in a variety of settings. They co-founded Staging Journeys to lead worldschooling trips abroad and direct youth theater. They also facilitate workshops for LGBTQIA+ youth, English Language Learners, unschoolers, and other radical groups of all ages and helped start the Philly Teen Zine Collective.
Linnea publishes a monthly non-news newsletter called the Peppermint Alley Press. You can learn more about that and upcoming virtual workshops in Snail Mail, theater and more at www.peppermintalley.com
12:30 — South Street Art Mart
South Street Art Mart- DIY Heaven
Learn all about South Street Art Mart, the artist-run feminist retail shop located just off South Street (530 S. 4th). With DIY roots and punk sensibility, the Art Mart is home to over 100 Philly-area indie artists and makers. Co-owners Nicole & Nicole will talk about the history of the Art Mart, show off zines available at the shop, and explain how Philly-area zinesters can get involved.
South Street Art Mart is owned and operated by Nicole and Nicole. Nicole K. is a stencil artist (@TapedOffTV) who also self-publishes a zine (@TVRotsYourBrains). Nicole W. (@NightOwlDesigns) is a maker who specializes in kitschy, fun, pop-culture inspired jewelry and housewares. They have been together for over 10 years and have been vending events together for almost as long. Both run the Art Mart (and make custom pins if ya need em)!
1:00 — Sequential Philly
Sequential Philly Q & A & D (Question & Answer & Draw)
Sequential Philly hosts a chat with local comic artists and zine makers, where they’ll complete prompt-based sketches while answering questions about their work. Participating artists include:
Christine Larsen @larsenproject
Jamal Stokes @knightsparks
Anna McGlynn @anna.mcglynn
Nicholas Bunch @whiskey_cigarettes
Christian Patchell @monster_comics
Melissa Lomax @melissalomaxart
Alli Katz @allikatz
Derick Jones @skudsink
Dre Grigoropol @dretime
Bianca Fanty @biancabeefanty
Idella Spann @mechanicalpencilgirl
Salvatore Marrone @retrosofa.inc
Sequential Philly is an online directory and informational hub for people in the Philly area who work in the comics scene. It is currently run by Jaz Malone, Rick Chillot, and Sarah Santiago.
2:00 — FORTUNE
This Time, with FORTUNE
FORTUNE, a Philadelphia-based publication project by/for queer Asian publics, will discuss their commitment to the archive as it exists in dynamic forms: shared resource, collective storytelling, cultural tool, live gathering and its documentation. They will share how they continue to engage in modes of printing, archiving, & spacemaking, through times of emergency and uncertain future — grounding ourselves in material resilience, something to hold onto.
FORTUNE in the Year of the Pig 2019 was a Philadelphia-based publication project, assembled by and for queer Asian publics, and edited by Andrienne Palchick, Heidi Ratanavanich, and Connie Yu. Each of 13 monthly issues used letterpress and risograph printing, featured multiple contributors, and was released through community gathering of varied scale. Looking forward, FORTUNE is committed to hosting archival inquiries, print-based skill-shares, more public collaborations, and many meals with you. We think of printing and self-publishing as a practice of learning, gathering, remembering, and making multiple. As such, FORTUNE will always be a public project, tended to collectively.
2:30 — Li Sumpter
Escape Artist Mixtape: The Zine and The Art of Survival
Li Sumpter will dig into her personal archive of “art of survival” zines with a focus on the Boom 4 Real: Escape Artist Mixtape Series. Designed as an image-rich collage of life-saving tips and tactics from artists, experts and everyday people, the Escape Artist Mixtape zine is a work of art itself with the goals to inspire creativity and action towards personal and collective wellness and resilience in an uncertain world.
Li Sumpter, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and multidisciplinary artist living and working in Philly. She applies afrofuturism, myth and eco-design toward building better, more resilient communities of the future. Her art and social justice projects employ immersive storytelling and D.I.Y media to raise awareness of existential threats to self, community and humanity. The “zine” has become a signature tool of creative resistance and collective healing in the liberatory practice she calls the “art of survival.”
3:00 — Metropolarity
Ras & Monk of METROPOLARITY present: DESIRE HOPE DESPAIR Storycast – special Live from the 215 edition
Philly storytellers in conversation on the topics of biopolitics and media messaging, sickness, stars, and prophesying under capitalist empire.
Ras Cutlass is a Philly-based sci-fi writer, mental health worker, and founder of Deep Space Mind 215, an incubator for the creation of community-grown wellness technologies. They are a co-founding member of Metropolarity sci-fi collective. Their work can be found at cutlasstheory.com, deepspacemind215.com, and metropolarity.net
CashApp: $bippityboppityoop (put ‘cutlass’ in the note)
M Téllez is a heavily cyborg storyteller and sloganeer from the 215. They are co-founder of METROPOLARITY collective and author of the ALL THAT’S LEFT series. Find their current offering of short stories, spells, book reviews, and their DESIRE HOPE DESPAIR newsletter & audio series at CYBORGMEMOIRS.COM
4:00 — Pam Newman
My Momma Ain’t Raise no Starving Artist
Pam Newman talks about her latest zine series focused on Newborns and Neighbors, a pilot program she’s helping to shape that will support new mommies in their first few weeks of parenthood.
Pam Newman is a superhero: mommy, artist and community organizer. She has organized around Black liberation for a long time and has been making art even longer. She’s a recent Leeway foundation grantee, a consultant to the Philly Health Department and a fan of 4:20pm. Her first publicly distributed zine, Let’s Get Free, Y’all: A Black Mental Health Resource Directory started circulating in 2017. Pam likes to travel, eat ice cream, and reminisce about being in a rock band.
4:30 — Diasporan Savant Press
of self-blessing: creating grassroots wellness tools for our communities
Learn about making zine workbooks for personal growth/mental health, particularly for QTBIPOC and other multiple marginalized people whose perspectives are often missing, pathologized, or excluded from traditional self-help workbooks. This session will lead participants through some basic ideation exercises when creating reflective tools for the community. Participants will leave with new exercises to begin realizing their own workbooks/zines!
Diasporan Savant Press centers multidisciplinary works highlighting marginalized members of the African diaspora through printmaking, art books, zines, textile art, and more. The inspiration behind the work comes from the richness, resilience, and incredible diversity of the African Diaspora and the fertile multiversal blackness cradling our planet from which all life sprang. Anti-Blackness is understood, in this context, as anti-life and entirely antithetical to creative energy and the potential for healing. Themes of self care, mental health, and justice are central.