I let the "Sorry if you think otherwise." comment slide, but I couldn't ignore this gem: "it's more of an independent publishing fair: those who self publish books/illustrators/freelance artists I guess- but all DIY" But not for those who self publish zines? Birmingham ZINE Fest, without the zines. BZF offered this explaination:
They wanted to change the name, but people already know it as Birmingham Zine Fest. It kinda makes sense I guess. I mean, if I owned 'Bettie's Sweet Shop', but then started selling fish and chips instead of sweets, I'd still call it 'Bettie's Sweet Shop', because that's what people know it as. Oh, wait...
They're going to pay lip service to zines by offering a communal table. So we can be in the same space with the same audience as those wonderful full time illustrators. Thanks, but honestly that's not my target audience. This tweet kinda sums up my feelings about that:
Good call, Lizzy. In the interests of not wanting to appear one-sided, you can see the whole conversation between BZF and me, Lizzy and Tukru on their twitter feed, just scroll down to 5th August.
For a zinester like me, I'd have to sell over 80 zines to break even of the cost of a table. That's just the table, for obvious reasons I don't include any other costs. So this is basically why I won't be attending, and it is why I felt I needed to let you, as a zinester / zine appreciator, know that if you're heading to Birmingham Zine Fest expecting zines, you might well be disappointed.
Just as an FYI, I'm most likely attending Leeds Zine Fair on the 4th November! Tables are £10 if you're interested (anyone wanna share a table?), see you there!