By POCZP volunteer Kaos Bac
Brooklyn Zine Fest went well based on the day, Saturday, April 26, that I helped table for POC Zine Project. I arrived at the Brooklyn Historical Society a little after 10am. All the tables on the main floor were snatched up, so I found a table downstairs.
I made my way over to an available space, set up the table cloth and waited for the other POCZP tablers to arrive.
I noticed other tables had elaborate signage and tons of zines, while I had a sign up sheet, a few copies of my zine Basic Blac and my laptop open to the POC Zine Project Tumblr.
I felt like I stood out a little — like a sore thumb: a Queer, Black Male in a majority Female and White setting.
Things turned around when Vikki Law arrived with her zine Tenacious and a few copies of her books.
Not only did the POCZP table now have something more to offer, but I had somebody to chat with.
Vikki is a ray of sunshine and her zine work presenting women in prison offered me insight into a world that I have no concept of.
The traffic to the table was slow at first; I think most of the early crowd were mostly into comic zines and art zines. As Shawn, of Lesbian Herstory Archives, arrived with the zines she was presenting featuring work of Black lesbian’s from archives, the foot traffic picked up (as did the nature of the attendees).
[DESCRIPTION: Shawn and Vikki]
It appeared to be more of a socially conscious crowd later in the day, as some of the other tables with artsy zines didn’t seem as busy (in my opinion).
By the end of the day, I was at ease. I wasn’t as tense presenting my work while representing a POC zine resource in a majority white space. Vikki and Shawn deserve major shout outs for tabling along with me.
I also want to give thanks to Daniela Capistrano, founder of POC Zine Project, for having a free/sponsored table for POC available to share zines like the ones we presented at Brooklyn Zine Fest. Not everyone can afford the cost to table at an event like this and there is a lot of competition to secure a table there, so thanks a bunch.
[DESCRIPTION: Left to right: Kaos Blac, Shawn and Vikki. From Animal New York’s recap by Marina Galperina]
Editor’s Note: Kaos Blac was modest and didn’t send us a solo selfie, so here’s a cute photo of him:
Kaos Blac, thanks so much for supporting POCZP’s sponsored table initiative! <3 You rock so much, we’re sharing this AIDS Walk 2014 promo video of you right now:
Donate to Team Rocket #8817. The Team’s page is here.
…stay tuned for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 Part 2: Vikki and Shawn’s recap!
Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 was held on Saturday, April 26th & Sunday, April 27th at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. By BHS’ official count, this year 2,763 zine fest attendees browsed self-published magazines and chatted with their makers throughout the weekend.
… and POC Zine Project was there!
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