PGH Zine Fair is on the Hunt for Vendors
The sixth annual Pittsbugh Zine Fair is hitting the Burgh again this October with an afternoon of art, literature, and activities; and this month, organizers are on the hunt for vendors!
The PZF defines a “zine” as “a self-published, non-commercial piece of work that fosters individual or small community expression.” Zines can be comic books, fiction, poetry booklets, mixed media – you name it.
According to Pittsburgh cartoonist and illustrator Jim Rugg, PZF offers an easy entry into the world of zines, “whether you want to make your own zines, find something new and unique to read, or just want to see a different side of the local arts and literary scene.”
In lieu of the first-come first-serve system that selected vendors in the past, interested photographers, writers, cartoonists, journalists, and collectives will be given the opportunity to apply through a new application process put into place for this year. PZF will then select vendors that reflect a wide array of artists, writers and collectives of all ages.
Last year, PZF welcomed a diverse group of local artists who ranged from independent publishers to GIF-creators. Carnegie Mellon grad Christina Lee debuted a Kim Kardashian coloring book; illustrator Brian Gonnella created a series of colorful images to depict post-apocalyptic scenes; and feminist press collective Hyacinth Girl Press presented hand-bound poetry chapbooks – just to name a few.
This year’s Zine Fair is free and open to the public, and will take place on Sunday, October 16, from 2-8PM.
Artists are encouraged to get weird, get colorful and get their creative juices flowing for this summer’s submissions.
Interested vendors can apply online from June 21 to August 12 and will be notified by August 16 with a final decision.
Full tables run at $20 for presses and collectives, and half tables are $10 for individual artists.