If you thought that printed media was getting harder and harder to find, think back to what happened with vinyl. Just as record stores were going the way of the dinosaur, suddenly there was a renewed interest in records. Not to say that all papers and magazines will make a comeback, but there might be some new windows opening for the DIY publishing community here in Buffalo.
On Saturday, November 14, Sugar City invites you to come explore over 200 self-published titles that will be on display at their Niagara Street headquarters. On that day, there will be a wide array of zines to scope out (donated by area collectors and visiting publishers), ranging from subversive, underground, comic books, and just about anything that you can wrap your mind around.
“A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. Most zines are photocopied, but they can also be printed offset, like a magazine or newspaper. Zines range from handwritten and sloppy to cut-and-paste (text pasted on top of background images) to artsy with handmade touches to produced on a computer with a professional looking layout. Zines may incorporate screenprinting, linoleum cuts, and hand-stitched bindings. Most zines have print runs of a couple dozen to a few hundred copies.
In a zine, you might find typos, improper grammar, and brilliant or radical or just plain honest ideas that you don’t normally see in Time, Newsweek, or People. A zine can be about whatever subject its creator decides upon, or it may contain a variety of subjects and writing styles within the same issue. Zines can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft or do-it-yourself advice, articles about music or movies, comics, poetry, reviews – anything under the sun, really. Zines are personal and idiosyncratic. The best thing about zines is this: There are no rules.” -Description from Grand Rapids Zine Fest https://grzinefest.wordpress.com/
The zines are all self published. Not only are they self published, but they are hand crafted, each telling stories that reflect the author’s personality, skill set, sentiments, humor, angst, wit and reflection.
Starting at 1PM, Sugar City will host a one page zine making workshop. Kids are encouraged to attend.
Sugar City is still seeking vendors. Calling all writers, illustrators, comic creators, photographers, printmakers looking to sell, trade and share your work. It’s only $10 for whole table or $5 for a half. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org Vendor list and more event info TBA.
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Sugar City presents Buffalo Zine Fair | Saturday, November 14, 2015 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sugar City | 1239 Niagara St, Buffalo, New York 14213