Frequently Asked Questions

DC Zinefest Basics for Visitors
Guide for Tablers at Zinefest
Registration Process

DC Zinefest: What, Where, When, and How?

What is DC Zinefest?
The DC Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community.

Who can come to DC Zinefest?
You! Bring your friends too! DC Zinefest is all-ages and open to the public. All zinesters and visitors should comply with our safer spaces policy.

What are the hours for DC Zinefest 2017?
Zinefest will be on Saturday, July 15 from 10am to 4:30pm. If you have a table, you will want to arrive closer to 9:15/9:30am to get set up.

Is there an admission fee to attend?
No! We do not charge an admission fee. However, we collect donations for We are Family / Positive Force, a great local organization that helps support DC’s senior citizens with services, advocacy, and companionship.

You should also remember to bring cash to exchange for zines and other delightful things! Most zinesters do not take cards. (If you forget cash, there are several ATMs near the Columbia Heights Metro station.)

How do I get to DC Zinefest 2017?
Our venue, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, is located at 1525 Newton St NW, and is accessible by public transportation. The venue is less than half a mile walk from the Columbia Heights Metro station (Green/Yellow line). On Metrobus, the S2 and S4 buses drop off near the venue on 16th Street; several other buses drop off nearby, including the 52/53/54, the H2/H4/H8, and the 42.

Is there parking at DC Zinefest?
If you drive, street parking can be hard to find in the neighborhood, and may be time-limited for non-residents. Be sure to check the street signs to avoid getting a parking ticket! There is a paid parking garage at the DCUSA shopping center, near the Columbia Heights Metro station.

Note: We recommend that you NOT LEAVE THINGS in your car, particularly valuables. One out-of-town visitor reported a computer stolen from their car in 2015. For peace of mind, we recommend leaving nothing visible in your parked car.

Is DC Zinefest accessible?
Yes! There are ramps at the entrance on Newton Street, which leads you through the Sanctuary and into the Auditorium (where the Fest is held). There are stairs with a handrail at the 16th Street entrance. We will have clear signs to direct visitors to the accessible entrance.

How much do zines typically cost at DC Zinefest?
In past years, zinesters have generally charged $3 to $5 dollars per zine, on average. However, zines with full-color pages, cloth covers, or other special finishes typically cost more. There have generally been few items priced over $15.

Tablers at Zinefest

Getting Ready for the Fest

I need to copy/print/staple/assemble my zines. Where can I go?
There is a UPS Store nearby (1380 Monroe St NW), as well as a FedEx across from the DCUSA indoor mall (3111 13th St NW). In addition, the Mount Pleasant Public Library is a few blocks south on 16th St (3160 16th St NW) and Basecamp (1929 18th St NW) is not too far either. Please check the websites or call to confirm hours. Also, note that DC Zinefest organizers will have at least one longarm stapler on hand on the day of Zinefest.

How much do zines typically cost at DC Zinefest?
In past years, zinesters have generally charged $3 to $5 dollars per zine, on average. However, zines with full-color pages, cloth covers, or other special finishes typically cost more. There have generally been few items priced over $15.

I’m coming from afar and need a place to stay before/after Zinefest. Who has a couch I can crash on?
Email the organizers at dczinefest@gmail.com if you need lodging or can provide lodging.

Morning of the Fest

When should I arrive to set up my table?
Please plan to arrive around 9:15/9:30am to set up. Volunteers can help you unload your vehicle, and organizers will help you check in and find your table. Your Tabler Liaisons will introduce themselves as you set up. (Note: If you plan on arriving late, please let us know. We will only be able to hold your table until 11am.)

I have lots of zines in my car. Where can I unload them on the morning of the fest?
There is a small parking lot on Newton Street next to St. Stephen’s. You can briefly enter here to unload your wares, though you will not be able to park here for the day. Please flag down Zinefest organizers or volunteers if you need help unloading quickly.

Can I bring an extra person to my table whom I did not mention in my application
Please let us know as soon as possible. Half tables can typically accommodate 2 chairs. Quarter tables cannot, so you and your guest may have to sit “in shifts”.

During the Fest

How will people pay for my zines?
Most visitors will bring cash. In the past, several zinesters have happily used Square or PayPal Here to accept credit/debit card payments—which charge fees on payments—but this is purely optional. We strongly recommend you bring $5 and $1 bills to be able to make change if visitors pay with larger bills!

I need to leave my table to use the bathroom or visit a panel. What do I do?
There will be “tabler liaisons” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters. Your liaison can help you with things big and small — finding a volunteer to cover your table for a bit, or if you have run out of small bills. Your liaisons will introduce themselves on the day of the fest, and will be available throughout the day.

What if I see an unoccupied table on the day of the fest?
Please remain in your designated table area. Because of our earlier start this year, not all tablers may arrive at the same time.  When in doubt, ask a tabler liason for advice!

You didn’t answer my question — who do I talk to?!
Feel free to contact us in advance of Zinefest with any questions or concerns at dczinefest@gmail.com. For those tabling, on the day of the fest, there will be a “tabler liaison” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters.

 

 

Registration Process

How do I register for a table at DC Zinefest 2017?
Mail-in registration has closed. Our online registration is still open, but our wait list has over 70 zinesters on it as of late May. At this point, if you would not be able to accept an table invitation on short notice (say, 1-2 weeks before the Fest), it may not be a good idea to apply.

How much will it cost me to have a table?
Rates for tables for 2017 are $6 for a quarter table and $13 for a half table.

When will I find out whether my registration is accepted? And what happens after that?
We will be reviewing registrations as we receive them, so please be patient! If you’re in, we will be requesting prompt payment to reserve your table.

If I am added to the wait list, will I be able to get a table?
There is a lot of demand for tables at DC Zinefest! The length of the wait list varies from year to year. Don’t lose hope; we sometimes have tables that become available as Zinefest approaches.

Is there any way to participate if I don’t get a table?
We will be running a “day-of distribution” table at the Zinefest. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest, and pick up the proceeds and any leftover zines at the end of the day.

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