Grand Rapids Zine Fest

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Good Zines, a zine about zines

by insub2

Yesterday, some GR zinesters got together to talk shop. We took the ideas discussed and made a zine. A pretty spiffy zine, if I do say so myself.

2013 Registration Now Open!

by insub2

Coinciding with our ZineFEAST Pancake Fundraiser, we’re opening registration for exhibitors and volunteers.


by insub2

In order to raise some funds for the upcoming Grand Rapids Zine Fest, we are going to have a feast. (See what we did there?) So mark your calendars for Saturday, January 26, 2013. And then, on that day a little before 2:00pm, leave your house and head down to 106 S. Division Ave.

$5 a person to get in. Pancakes, toppings, coffee and juice will be provided buffet style. Please bring dishes and silverware. Some disposables will be provided if you don’t.

Entertainment is pending, and open to suggestion (live music, film screening and games are options).

If you’re into that Facebook thing, RSVP on the event page.

This occasion will also mark the opening of table and workshop registration. We’ll have an internet terminal on site for your convenience.

Meeting #3 Notes

by insub2

We thought that it would be best to hold the zinefest at the 106 Gallery rather than work something out at the library. For the first year, trying to get the amount of vendors to fill the 3rd floor auditorium could lead to disappointment. It would be better to deal with too many people in a smaller venue than not enough people in a huge venue. What do you think?

This would take some pressure off of fund-raising because there isn’t a rental fee for the 106 Gallery. So far, it looks like any raised money will go towards: renting tables, printing, promotion, honorariums, food at the event, paying for the poster, and next year’s zine fest.

Caleb mentioned having a GR Zine Feast to support the GR Zinefest. If we aim to have this near the end of January, it gives us a good preliminary goal to get some things started now. The Zinefeast could be the day we open up registration, and the first big event to spread the word about the Zinefest. So far, we’ve come up with having either a pancake feast or a plated potluck-style dinner. People would come in, pay a $5-$10 dollar fee towards the Zine Fest, eat food, possibly listen to a band, and then register in person for the Zinefest. Other fund-raising event ideas: bake sale, movie night, picnic, art raffle, local business benefit, kickstarter, art raffle, Sunday Soup.Things to sort out for the next meeting on November 3rd:

  • How money will be handled. Will we appoint a treasurer? Some general fund somewhere?
  • Registration: Send a check? What info do we need from the exhibitor? Should we create a questionnaire? Where is the check sent?
  • What is the typical budget for other zinefests? Are we forgetting anything?
  • Forming subcommittees for event planning, fund-raising, promotion, etc.
  • Make Save the Date cards for the Zine Fest. Information to include: Grand Rapids Zinefest, August 17th 2013, 106 Gallery,, save the date!
  • Possibly local sponsors/partnerships
  • Feast planning: what day, what are we making, how is money handled, etc.
  • Coordinating with Calving so that it’s cool to have events there

What do you think?

Meeting #2 (plus potluck)

by insub2

Let’s keep up the momentum! There is still a lot to sort out, and your input is crucial.

Anyone remotely interested is definitely welcome! Also, let’s bring some food and/or liquids this time.

7:00pm, Saturday, September 1, 2012
106 Calvin Gallery

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