Staple goods: Brooklyn Zine Fest draws thousands to B’Heights • Brooklyn Paper

Staple goods: Brooklyn Zine Fest draws thousands to B’Heights

Letting the dogs out: Alisha Davidson came from Toronto to show off her zine “Street Dogs” at the Zine Fest.
Photo by Jason Speakman

They look good on paper.

More than 3,700 lovers of homemade books, magazines, and comics came out to the fourth annual Brooklyn Zine Fest this weekend to peruse the best of the borough’s do-it-yourself literary scene.

The festival, which was held at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights, showcased 150 zine makers — 75 on Saturday and a completely different lineup of 75 on Sunday — with titles including “I Love Bad Movies,” “Heretical Sexts,” and “We’ll Never Have Paris.” The switch allowed audiences to interact with twice as many artists, said an organizer.

“That way we can bring in twice as many people and give visitors a reason to come both days,” said Brooklyn Zine Fest co-founder and organizer Matt Carman.

High art: Kristen Felicetti and Tim Vienckowski with their zine, “Bushwick Review.”
Photo by Jason Speakman

Carman and his wife Kseniya Yarosh first started the bazaar in 2011 because they could not find anywhere in the borough to sell their own zines.

“If you do not make comic or art books, there are not a lot of places to buy or sell,” said Carman.

The fest has helped staple together a close community of Brooklyn zinesters, writers, and artists, said one participant.

“I have a lot of friends who I knew were working on things, but they were reluctant to show it to people or they needed an end goal motivation to finish it,” said Kristen Felicetti, the founder and editor of “Bushwick Review,” which features poetry, art, and essays from neighborhood residents. “So I made ‘Bushwick Review’ to bring everyone together and make them feel less alone.”

You saw it here first: The Brooklyn Paper’s own Bill Roundy with his comic zine “Bar Scrawl,” which also appears in our newspaper.
Photo by Jason Speakman

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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