Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Ottawa Zine Off! (Summer 2014 Edition)

The 5th Ottawa Zine Off is 7pm June 22nd! Make a zine quick, bring copies to trade with others to Pressed at 7:00pm, meet people who don't suck, immeasurably improve your life. Invite cool people, because it'll probably be balls hot out!

You don't have to make a zine to participate... but wouldn't it be cool if you did?

Facebook Event:
Ottawa Zines group:

Here's all you ever wanted to know about this awesome night!

Question: What's a zine?
Answer: As wikipedia says, "a zine (pron.: /ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier". Really though, zines are a way of sharing stories, drawings, information, whatever you want with other individuals. Be creative!

Q: What's the Zine Off?
A: The Ottawa Zine-Off is a self-enforced communal deadline. Basically, participants have a little over a month to create a zine. (Most people procrastinate and do it in the last few days, natch) There is no penalty for not making one, but really, the fun in having the night is seeing how many awesome zinesters exist in Ottawa, so get working!

On Sunday June 22nd, those who have made a zine and anyone who would like to come check them out can come hang out at Pressed for a night of trading, reading and camaraderie. 15 - 25 copies is a good number!

Q: What can my zine be about?
A: Anything! Last time, we had zines featuring comix, poetry, stories, how to read tea leaves, psychologically-manipulative office furnishing tips, travelogues, self-care manuals, drawings...

Q: Who can participate?
A: Everyone! Invite your friends, neighbours, family, coworkers, mailperson, favorite barista, etc.

Q: Is there a cost?
A: No! The meetup event costs nothing, but feel free to support our hosts Pressed by buying a drink or delicious sandwich. Participants can ask for for a donation for their zine, but we encourage trading. At the last few zine offs, zinesters traded copies amongst themselves instead of exchanging money.

Q: Can I be fashionably late?
A: Sure, but there won't be any zines left to trade. We strongly recommend showing up at the listed start time, as seating is limited and people usually start trading long before we tell them they're allowed.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them on the event wall. Poster is coming soon, and we'll make copies available for individuals who would like to promote the Zine-Off at their favourite hang out spots...


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