The first zinefest I ever attended was the 2016 Hamilton Zinefest, so it was great to be back at this year’s event. I managed to sleep in, then got ready in a rush, and somehow arrived half an hour early. Yeah, don’t ask. It was definitely a coffee day.
What I love most about zinefests, and zines in general, is the creative freedom you get. There’s so little monetary investment that there’s less pressure to make something commercially viable, or mainstream, or even necessarily ‘good’. The room was filled with truly diverse expressions of creativity, and a huge range of people.
What really struck me this year was how incredibly nice everyone was. There was no judgement or comparison. The local school zines were as valued as a professional illustrator’s posters which were as valued as the lady next to me who’d just started drawing (Mini V – you can follow her on Instagram). This is what a real celebration of creativity looks like. More of this please, Universe!
I also loved that, compared to other markets, there was very little emphasis on sales. What we were all there for was to share our work, to invite others to share with us, and to make connections through our zines and conversation. Kudos to the zinefest committee who made this such a successful, seamless day – I am already looking forward to the next one!
ALL the links:
- Be in to win one of my DIY Zine Kits – just leave a comment on this interview
- A blog about why I started making zines
- A blog about Auckland Zinefest for NZ Book Festival
- A gallery from the 2016 Hamilton Zinefest
- The Hamilton Zinefest Facebook group, great for people interested in zines in NZ
- An interview with me & other zinesters for Auckland Zinefest on What’s Good
- A blog about the DIY Zine Kit
- Interviews with Bryce Galloway and IZS on SONZA about zines and creativity