RECAP: BROOKLYN ZINE FEST

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On Sunday we crammed ourselves into the already over-crowded Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to check out the 2013 Brooklyn Zine Fest. It being our first time making it out to the annual event, we didn’t quite know what to expect. What we found were tables upon tables of talented writers, artists, publishers and other vendors and their incredibly interesting – and at times hilarious – zines. What were some of the zines that caught our attention? M. A. Kawinzi’s Slacks Magazine: A Playful Exploration of Contemporary Masculinities, and its companion piece ‘Ghosts’, Paul Weston’s Instigator, which was described to us as a zine for the bathroom, the Miniature Garden collection, a collaborative zine effort which takes on the form of ‘Exene’, ‘Book of Houseplants’, and ‘Tokyo, I Miss You’, Wizard Skull’s Sexy Men featuring erotic illustrations of Freddy Krueger, Bill Clinton and Ronald McDonald, and editor-in-chief Tommy Pico’s Birdsong who shared a table with our friend Adam J. Kurtz. After letting ourselves get lost in the festival for the afternoon, we left with a handful of great zines, and a new found appreciation for the self-published medium.

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