BZF 2012

BZF 2012 happened from 12-15th October and, as with the previous two years, it was a great success!

BZF - artwork by Ben Javens

BZF – artwork by Ben Javens

On October 13th, the day of the main fair, over 500 people came through the doors of Sidewalk to indulge in zines, comics and illustrations from over 40 exhibitors, as well as films and presentations from the likes of The Brothers McLeod and Jeffrey Lewis

BZF Independent Publishing Fair

BZF Independent Publishing Fair

This was my last year as part of the BZF team, and I enjoyed it just as much as the previous two! Good luck to the remaining BZF team, Lizz and Annelisefa, for next year and future events!

More photos from myself and others are available on Flickr

BZF 2012

BZF (formerly Birmingham Zine Festival) is back for its third annual festival from 12th-15th October and once again – though for the final time – I’m happy to be part of the team organising it!

BZF 2012

All of the events are still being planned, but as usual there’ll be the Independent Publishing Fair which has over 30 exhibitors!. All other events and information can be found on the main website. If you’re a social media use why not “Like” and “Follow” BZF on Facebook and Twitter.

Birmingham Zine Festival at Supersonic 2011

In addition to whatever else I do with the time instead of sleeping/eating I also help to organise Birmingham Zine Festival. It started in 2010 as the result of people who make – or in my case, read – zines coming together with a few ideas. We had our second festival in June 2011, which was really well attended and was great fun all around!

Birmingham Zine Festival Zine Fair

Supersonic Festival has invited Birmingham Zine Festival to hold an exhibition and stalls of zines and artwork at their festival this year. For this we invited some of our favourite small press publishers from the previous festivals including Adam Cadwell, Carla Smith, Lizz Lunney, Catherine Elms, Dina Kelberman, Joe List and many more.

There’ll also be a screening of ‘$100 and a t-shirt’, Joe Biel’s documentary exploring the thoughts and experiences of zine-makers in North America, and a panel discussion – from A to Zine – Featuring Alex Zamora of Fever Zine, Nic Bullen, formerly of Napalm Death and Charlie Woolley. The panel will discuss the history of zines, their inspirations and the resurgence of zine culture.

If you haven’t done so already, get your tickets for the festival! We’ll be there on Friday and Saturday all day. Come and say hi! Bring cake 😛

Birmingham Zine Festival

For the last few months I’ve been lending a helping hand to organising of the very first Birmingham Zine Festival!

The main events of the festival kick off on September 10th with the Film Night at The Edge and continue until September 12th with events such as zine printing workshop and a picnic in the park.

We’re also having ongoing exhibitions at Urban Outfitters (which opened tonight) and a Postcard Exhibition at The Framers, which opens tomorrow (September 3rd) at 7pm.

You should all go and support the local independent publishing scene and perhaps even start your very own zine!