Zinefest coming to Hamilton
Self-published pamphlets, comics, poetry journals and photo essays and their creators from all over the North Island will be showcased at Hamilton Zinefest on May 8 at The Meteor. Established in 2014, the Zinefest features dozens of poets, comics creators, fringe politicos, collagists, illustrators, writers and artists who will bring their work for swapping or selling. Originally, zine comes from the word fanzine which was a term invented in the 1940s to describe amateur science fiction fan-magazines. Zinefest co-organiser Bryce Galloway says: “One of the great things about zines is that their shortrun amateur status allows their creators to explore the weird, the unusual, the idiosyncratic, without having to worry that the oddity will be too much for advertisers or a broad market of paying customers.” Hamilton contemporary visual artist Craig Mcclure will be among the creatives behind one of the stalls. He says: “My zines are often just a smash up of artworks I have made for exhibitions over the last year or two, or tests.” The Zinefest market will be open from 10am until 3pm.