Every city should have one of these. Even if graphic novels aren’t “your thing,” there is a large, talent pool of writers and illustrators that frequent festivals of this sort. They are smart, creative, and innovative, and part of one of the fastest growing book genres since the mid-90s.
By night they are comic book and graphic novel artists; by day, you will easily meet them in almost any profession. Since this is originally a grassroots, DIY approach to publishing – it’s no surprise that many of them take on the printing and distribution themselves, as their talents have not been discovered by the major book publishers YET.
In the end, I ended up purchasing a few zines myself, some fun swag, and walked away knowing I’ll be back in 2010. www.zinefest.org