The Brown Paper Zine Fair
Breaking Down the Barriers
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.