Frequently Asked Questions

DC Zinefest Basics
Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration
Registration Process
Where can I find zines besides the DC Zinefest?


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.

When is DC Zinefest 2020?
Due to the pandemic, we’ve cancelled our in-person 2020 DC Zinefest, but we are now hosting a virtual event called Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration on Saturday, July 18th. Each zinester will get a virtual “table” and we will have panels and workshops.

Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration

Where and when is Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration?
Our zinester tables will be up starting 11am on Saturday, July 18th and close down on Saturday, July 25th. Panels and workshops are scheduled for 11:30am – 6:00pm on Saturday, July 18th. Go to the homepage for more info.

Tables will be accessible through the homepage and workshops and panels will be hosted in one Zoom room. Register to get the link!

Do you have to pay for a ticket to attend the panels and workshops at Zirtual Zummer Zine Zelebration ?
They are free! Just make sure you register to receive the Zoom room

I’m new to Zoom. How do I join a Zoom room?
When you registered you should have received a confirmation e-mail with the room details and a link to join. Click on the link “Click Here to Join” and it will bring you to the meeting.

Check out this tutorial for additional help.

I registered for the panels and workshops, but I get a warning that the room is full. What should I do?
Unfortunately, we can’t have more than 100 people attending a workshop/panel at a time. In the unlikely scenario that this happens, please let us know by e-mailing us (dczinefest@gmail.com) — one of the organizers may be able to jump off and give you their spot. In addition, the majority of panels/workshops will be recorded for folks who can’t attend, so you’ll still be able to enjoy them later.

How much do zines typically cost at a zinefest?
In past years, zinesters have generally charged $3 to $6 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.

Registration Process

When is registration open for DC Zinefest?
Registration is no longer open for DC Zinefest 2020. Registration for the 2021 fest will open up in March or April of 2021.

Where can I find zines besides DC Zinefest?

Local to DC:
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Fantom Comics
Big Planet Comics
Joint Custody
Smash!
D.C. Punk and Indie Fanzine collection (DCPIFC)

Localish: 
Velocity Comics (Richmond, VA)
Small Friend Records & Books (Richmond, VA)
Atomic Books (Baltimore, MD)

Online:
Many zinesters have zines for sale on personal websites or you can contact them through social media.
You can also try searching for zines on platforms like: Etsy

Other Zine Fests:
Broken Pencil is a magazine on zine culture and independent arts. They have an extensive list of zine fests. https://brokenpencil.com/zine-festivals-and-small-press-fairs/

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.