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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?
October 24th, 2021 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Is There a Rain Plan?

DC Zinefest “touches paper” and we want to keep your precious zines safe.  If rain delays or cancels the fest, we will let everyone know via social media.  Please monitor our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

Where is DC Zinefest 2021?

DC Zinefest will be held at Brookland Arts Walk, which is at 716 Monroe St NE NE in Washington, D.C. 

How do I get to DC Zinefest 2021?

Public Transport: Brookland Arts Walk is steps away from the Brookland Metro station.  

Driving/Parking: Street parking is available. There are also 25 metered parking spaces at the Metro Station.  Paid parking in a garage is also available for $2-18 dollars.  

Where’s the bathroom, water, food, or coffee?

DC Zinefest will have a “tabler area” with 2 restrooms reserved.  We will also keep water in that area, though we will ask you to bring your own bottle. A Starbucks is located a few steps away.  Brookland Pint is located in the Arts Walk and offers “pub grub” like burgers and quesadillas.  Busboys and Poets, located nearby, also offers vegetarian and vegan food. 

When should I get there?

Zinefest will be open to the public beginning at 11:00 am and will close at 5:00 pm.  Please check in at 10:00 to find your table assignment and set up.  

Can I bring an extra person who I did not mention in my application?
Our tables include 2 chairs. To reduce crowding (and to make it easier for customers to access the artists’ studios nearby), do not bring additional chairs or standing displays.

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 — whether you need someone to cover your table for a bit, or if you need to get 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!

Is DC Zinefest accessible?

Yes! The Brookland metro includes an elevator. 

Someone is harassing me or someone else at the fest. What should I do?

Harassment, intimidation, and other threatening behavior will not be tolerated at DC Zinefest. If you or someone else are being harassed, reach out to your tabler liaison to discuss the incident and determine next steps to stop the harassment. 

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.