Alternative Press Festival 2009 – Are you Zine Friendly?

On Thursday, I went to the ‘Are you Zine Friendly?’ at The Foundry, Old Street, where the whole basement was taken up by zinesters. It was a great way to expand the audience for self-made zines as many people, who were not normally exposed to this kind of thing, took interest and made a few purchases.

Talking to Liane Escorze, Dazed & Confused Digital Edition

Talking to Liane Escorza from Dazed & Confused Digital Edition about my comic strip on Falun Gong

People really liked the creativity of the zines..

People really liked the creativity of the zines..

I drew the 'Bawana' on the 'zine wall', which someone then changed it by adding a body underneath. Outrageous.

I drew the 'Bawana' on the 'zine wall', which someone then changed it by adding a body underneath. Outrageous.

There was a communal table where a few passersby put their zines on to sell, a ‘zine wall’ where anyone could draw what they liked and live music later in the evening.

There were good vibes throughout the night and some of the crowd included freelance reporters from the Evening Standard and Dazed & Confused.

One moment that stood out for me was when I drew a ‘Bawana’ on the zine wall, a cute version of a banana, and these two Spanish girls just pointed at it and laughed and said, ‘I wonder who drew that. It’s so funny.’

That made me laugh.

Passersby draw on the zine wall...

Passersby draw on the zine wall...

Evening Standard writer talks to Gareth Brookes about zines

Evening Standard writer talks to Gareth Brookes about zines

Evening Standard writer talks to Jimi Gherkin about zines

Evening Standard writer talks to Jimi Gherkin about zines

Live music later in the evening...

Live music later in the evening...

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