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Philly Zine Fest, November 9, 2014

By Bianca Alu-Marr

This years Philly Zine Fest was held at The Rotunda as always, and put together by the ever hard-working Casey Grabowski. The vendor attendance was lighter than usual, but that didn’t matter at all because everyone who did attend had quality zines and wonderful personalities. I attended this year with my talented friend Meg Eubank who is a prize-winning photographer and all-around creative soul. We made two zines together and had some of our own zines and crafts as well.

10393872_10152570056073661_6018961784423084645_nClick the photo to see more images from the show on the Comicverse Facebook page.

As usual, I was fascinated and envious of all of the creative personal styles of the attendees, from colorful hair to creative outfits, and I wished I was in my 20′s again so I could wear all of them without looking out of my element. A lazy Sunday, the crowd took their time rolling in, but when they did it was magic. I was very happy to sell copies of my poetry chapbook and it seemed like several people were in search of poetry this year. Good news for poets! Meg and I also sold several copies of our collaborative zines which made us very happy.

Steve Peters showed up and added to the happiness of the day, doing interviews (see below) using one of the Ying stuffies made by the uber-talented Evette Makes Things. Dre Grigoropol interviewed me as well for her podcast! Meg and I both loved interacting with the other vendors and getting to know about their motivations and day jobs, and bought ourselves a slew of wonderful zines. Werdy Girl was there and it was great to see her again after meeting her at Locust Moon Comics Festival. Another highlight was seeing Elvis again, who is always so sweet and was draped in colorful garlands. I bought some more chapters of Homos in Herstory for my collection. And of course seeing Corey Bechelli, Sammy Shuster and their baby (who is the chillest baby that ever lived) made my day! Another awesome Zine Fest attended! Daydreaming about my next zine already!

YING’S PHILLY ZINE FEST INTERVIEWS

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Locust Moon Comics Festival, October 25, 2014

By Bianca Alu-Marr

I excitedly met up with Steve Peters to start the day at the 2014 Locust Moon Comics festival not knowing what I would find. To my delight, the room we were placed in was bright, interesting and unique, with an old curly iron chandelier, now housed on the floor almost as if it was an art installation. All around the top of this vast room were shelves decorated with unique objects like cardboard bricks or round found objects artfully grouped together. The silver ribbon braided through my hair twinkled with impending magic.

IMG_8470Bianca and Steve at the show. Click on the photo to see our pics on Facebook.

The day ebbed and flowed with artists, writers and fest go-ers stopping by and taking time to see our comic. Many passers-by carried the massive LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM anthology, proudly showing their purchase and having fun getting all the artists to sign it. I took a break from our table to see the fest myself, and was delighted to chat with Adam McGovern, creator of Nightworld, an intelligent comic filled with witty wordplay and set in a dark universe. I also stopped by to talk comics with Jamar Nicholas, and bought Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun which I’m currently devouring. I also had the privilege of buying The Sirs of Time and a dragon knight print from the uber-talented J.M. Dragunas who was so nice to boot!

Later on I had an amazing Vietnamese vegetarian meatball hoagie from Kung Fu Hoagie. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was, but once I bit into it, I was delighted. I guess I should have figured a food cart with a beautiful dragon painted on it would be da bomb! I also was stoked to be introduced to Eric Battle and Raphael Tiberino, two stand-up talented guys I had heard so much about from Steve. Dean Haspiel also stopped by and had a chat! From the wonderful weather, to the great food and talented vendors, this fest was filled with fun!

Here’s Ying taking a tour of the show (Ying stuffie by Evette Makes Things):

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