DIY Cultures features a range of self-published material, media, and art with lots of workshops, talks, and screenings. I was upstairs on the 4th floor where the screenings and workshops were held. It was also the less busy section of the fair, and most people who came to my stall looked relieved to be away from the heaving crowds downstairs, which was weird cuz upstairs felt pretty damned heaving to me.
I'm always worried about attending zine events where my silly little perzines and fanzines might not fit in within a larger crowd of art zines, but it was such an ace day. And regardless of some of the more expensive zines that felt way out of my price range, overall I was so impressed with how genuinely diverse the fair seemed to be. It wasn't just a sea of white people selling or trading zines with other white people. There were also lots of families and kids and lots of newcomers to zines that were very excited to be there, it was just a really nice atmosphere.
|Cool Schmool zine stall ready for action!|
I didn't let the fact that the day started with someone telling me my zines looked "really rustic and authentic looking." Fuck. Off.
As usual I attempt to tell nearly everyone that comes to my table that my Bruce fanines aren't really about Bruce, they are also perzines about obsession, fandom, and class. But the best surprise of the day was meeting a fucktonne of Bruce fans that didn't even need me to make any disclaimers.
|I met another tattooed Bruce fan!|
Also I got have good chats about PCOS with queers and rad fatties who came by to grab a copy of Joining the Dots zine. And a new friend even bought me a sausage and cheese bagel from Brick Lane. Bagels are the best currency you can bring to a zine fair, I highly recommend it.
I met a lot of awesome people and got to have some awesome chats. And here I am talking crap for London Live TVAnd now to cure my zine fatigue... ACCIO PIZZA!