The Brown Pa­per Zine Fair

Break­ing Down the Bar­ri­ers

Broken Pencil - - Table Of Contents - (Jonathan Val­ley)

As zine cul­ture spreads and surges across the world, it can some­times feel like there are dozens of zine fairs ev­ery week. But al­though zine fairs hap­pen in so many dif­fer­ent ge­o­graphic con­texts, we’re also see­ing the emer­gence and re-emer­gence of zine and small fairs that cen­ter around the iden­ti­ties and sub­ject mat­ters of the creators. At the end of Jan­uary, Devin N Mor­ris threw Brown Pa­per Zine and Small Press Fair at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary African Di­as­po­ran Art (MOCADA) in Brook­lyn, a zine fair where all of the ex­hibitors were black folks and peo­ple of colour. Mor­ris, who is the cre­ator behind 3 Dot Zine, said it was an easy enough — even ob­vi­ous — widea to come up with. “I’ve never been to a zine fair that was half POC and half white,” he says. “It’s more like 89 per cent white and 11 per cent Poc…really, I just wanted the money to go to a black or brown or POC per­son.”

Mor­ris was awed by the amount of sup­port the fair re­ceived. He says zine fair or­ga­niz­ers need to work harder if they’re seek­ing to cre­ate a wel­come space for marginal­ized zinesters. “If peo­ple come to your zine fair and they’re not feel­ing the vibe, that’s your fault,” he says. “It’s your job as the host to pro­vide the vibe for your zine fair, so if you go in there and its all white folks, and its not your vibe, then you need to work harder to get that.” Mor­ris is plan­ning the next in­stall­ment of the Brown Pa­per Zine Fair in Baltimore this May. Info: 3dotzine.com.

Photo by Elliot Jerome Brown Jr.

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