AZF is an annual conference celebrating DIY and handmade media. We feature a wildly diverse selection of panelists, guest speakers, workshops and vendors. In 2013, the first AZF culled more than 300 attendees, 25 vendors, and 21 speakers/workshop facilitators. Last year, we had an even greater turnout, nearly doubling our attendees and vendors, and we were given Creative Loafing‘s Best of 2014 Award!
The Atlanta Zine Fest is a community resource for diverse DIY media and arts. Our events programming is year-round, culminating in an expansive one-day fest exhibition. We support Atlanta independent creators’ communities—including activists, writers, artists, and organizers—and connect them to broader national and international creators. This platform empowers, educates, and transforms the entire community by providing accessible idea-sharing.
The third annual Atlanta Zine Fest, presented by Murmur and the Atlanta Zine Library, took place July 18 at Eyedrum. As we continue this exciting trajectory, we are continuing to center the fest around a common theme. This year’s event highlighted girl/grrl zines. We reserved 50% of the programming to celebrating, challenging, and queering this theme. Programming, included:
- panels on various topics, such as zine archiving and libraries, distros, counterculture and zines, young adults/coming of age, and so on
- vendors exhibiting dynamic handmade art and media, selling merchandise, and networking with other groups and individuals involved in independent media
- invited guest speakers
- “how-to” skillshare workshops focusing on Do-It-Yourself aesthetics
- an interdisciplinary framework that highlights the crossover between artists, filmmakers, authors, independent craft makers, scholars, teachers, blog writers and zinesters
AZF was born through the friendship of Amanda Mills and Tracy Soo-Ming. Amanda created the Atlanta Zine Library in 2010 and runs a cassette label. Tracy co-runs two labels, HOSS and Fan Death, and contributes as a volunteer project manager to CASH, “a non-profit organization that builds open source digital tools for musicians and labels.” Learning of these shared interests, Tracy contacted Amanda online and immediately proposed planning an Atlanta Zine Fest. AZF would come to be the first zine-specific, large-scale festival in Atlanta.
Graphic by AZF Art Director Shae Edman