Whew! This year's San Francisco Zine Fest was immense amounts of fun! It was great to see so many creators and fans of DIY arts, and it's always illuminating to see what new zines and crafts folks have come up with. We love to see so many smiling (and tired) faces at the end of Zine Fest weekend, but it's bittersweet to watch the event we work so hard to bring to life close for the year.
Between tabling, socializing, perusing everyone's wares, attending workshops, participating in the Perennial Postcard Project, and making your mark on the Exquisite Corpse, it's hard to squeeze everything you want to do at Zine Fest into a single weekend. If you're bummed that you missed that panel you really wanted to see, though, you're in luck! We have videos of each of this year's six panels.
Justin Hall Spotlight: SF Zine Fest organizer Liz Mayorga kicked things off this year, moderating the spotlight panel featuring Justin Hall. Justin talked about his work in a variety of genres, the mainstreaming of queer comics and creators, his curation of the No Straight Lines anthology, and why he wants to see more sex in indie comics.
Send Us Your Sick & Twisted: Community Cataloging Sexually Diverse Zines at the CSC: How do you go about cataloging a zine about gay vampires who engage exclusively in oral sex? The Center for Sex and Culture is here to answer all of our esoteric library cataloging questions through the lens of sexually diverse zines. This panel includes frank discussions about sex and sexuality and may not be safe for work, unless you work at the Center for Sex and Culture.
Marketing for Artists: Our culture tends to break artists down into overnight successes and starving artists, but there are plenty of working artists who make a healthy living doing the thing that they love. "Artrepreneur" and former gallery owner Rick Kitagawa explains how to go about marketing and selling your work—and emphasizes the importance of first figuring out who you are as an artist.
Digital DIY: Creating Art with the Help of Social Media and Crowdfunding: Doctor Popular teaches us how to use social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram as a way to create art and collaborate with followers. He also demystifies the process of crowdfunding your project and how to craft a compelling narrative about your latest work.
Sophia Foster-Dimino Spotlight: Channing Kennedy also moderates our final panel of the weekend, with illustrator, Google Doodler, zine-maker, cartoonist, and animator Sophia Foster-Dimino. She discusses the impact of other cartoonists and video games on her work, and leads us through her creation process through four of her recent comics.
Remember, folks, if you're tabling at San Francisco Zine Fest this coming weekend, you'll need to provide us with your California Seller's Permit number. Need a little help going through the Temporary Seller's Permit application process? Check out our handy guide right here, and you can have your shiny new permit number in just a few minutes.
Video games and cross-stitch have proved a natural fit; after all, the individual stitches are essentially pixels rendered in floss. Cross-Stitch Ninja takes geeky cross-stitch to another level, making not just perfectly colored video game maps and snarky samplers, but also intricate comic book pages and patent illustrations.
Just check out this amazing recreation of a page from The Walking Dead:
This project requires access to a 3D printer and a CNC cutting tool, but with the right equipment and skills, you can print yourself a nice analog camera for about $30. Maker Leo Marius created this 3D-printed analog camera for his design school graduation project, and now he's posted the instructions along with his open-source files on Instructables. It's a neat blend of analog and digital technology—and if a part breaks, you can always print off a new one.
Mental Floss has a great little list of culturally significant books that were originally self-published and went on to massive success. There's certainly a lot of romance to the vision of Walt Whitman helping to set the type for Leaves of Grass, and I think a lot of us can commiserate with Charles Dickens' experience in self-publishing A Christmas Carol—a process that was much more difficult and much more expensive than he anticipated.
5 Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published [Mental Floss]
This video from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (better known as the RSA) reminds us how important it is to find our "element"—the thing in life that makes us tick, that makes us sing, that makes us contribute to the grandeur of human experience—even in the face of self-doubt, naysayers, and those obnoxious people who ask, "How are you get a job doing that?"
Plus, it has cats, which makes it doubly great.
[via Laughing Squid]
If you're a fan of scissors and glue, co-working space SHARED is having a collage party tonight, June 19, from 6:30-9:30pm at 739 Bryant Street.
We’re having a cut & paste party with special guest, Mike Sparkle Hogan. We’ll provide the basics: scissors, various magazines, cardboard backings to collage into, paste sticks, some basic wine and crackers, a little music and YOUR IMAGINATION. Feel free to BYO scissors and magazines too.
We will share unique techniques of collage art, utensil tips, theme ideas, and so on.
The event is open to SHARED members and non-members alike. If you'd like to go, shoot an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collage Party [SHARED]
Now that the Citi Bikes bicycle sharing program has launched in New York, the New York Times has gone predictably bike-crazy. But I'm a big fan of their new interactive map feature, which allows cyclists to post quick tips about riding around different spots in their city. Know a great short cut? A traffic light you should never, ever run?
New York city is developing a healthy map of biking advice, but the Bay Area's is still pretty sparse. Although I have to agree, Milvia Street in Berkeley is crazy fun to feel beneath your tires.