Sometimes zinesters socialize. Sometimes they organize to socialize publicly, which is great, because it allows us to greedily absorb one facet of NYC’s artistic subculture, while being reminded that zines are a medium that is alive and well.
What is a zine? In short, zines are independently published small magazines that are often produced by artists, political activists, and advocates of D.I.Y. culture. Anyone and everyone can make a zine, and the possibilities of zine content are endless, though the peak of their popularity might be traced back to the punk scene of the early 1990s.
Many local makers of zines met this past April at the 2nd annual Brooklyn Zine Fest, an event that featured more than 85 artists, writers, and publishers, and attracted an estimated 2,200 attendees. The event was started to showcase the many talented, independent voices of the NYC zine scene and beyond, and this year it created a space where exhibitors could share their writing, illustration, photography, opinions, and anything else they wanted to – in zine form. The Brooklyn Zine Fest is organized by Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh, editors of the hilarious and thoughtful film zine I Love Bad Movies.
Other zines that were part of the event include f666, a photo zine that documents extreme metal and punk culture in NYC, and The East Village Inky, an award-winning publication that covers obscure topics and is 52 issues strong. Check out all of the amazing zines that were showcased at the Brooklyn Zine Fest this year.