By: Marquis Goodwin
The 6th Annual DC Zinefest kicks off this Saturday in the District. For those unfamiliar a zine is short for a fanzine. The dictionary definition is a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter. The magazines are usually written by nonprofessional writers, mass-produced via photocopier and focused on a singular subject; i.e., a feminist zine. Without the need to please advertisers these magazines are often more individualized and often focus on the arts (music, cartoons, poetry, etc.).
The District's Zinefest features self-published zinesters from DC and beyond. The event is free and open to all ages. Although it is free, Zinefest goers are encouraged to bring cash to buy zines at the fest's tables.
Aside from the tables of zines, #DCZF16 will have two panel discussions. The first at 1 p.m. called "Zinesters of Color," followed by "Mental Health and Zines" at 3 p.m. Zinesters will get into a deep thought-provoking discussion of their experience concerning these topics.
So be sure to be there Saturday, July 23 at St. Stephen's for the nations's capital annual celebration of independent publishing. This is not one to miss. For more information visit the DC Zinefest Facebook page or their blog.