When we put out a call for zine makers to submit their work for a story on the Brooklyn Zine Fest, we frankly didn't know if anyone would respond. Printed matter is supposedly on the way out, right? Instead, our mailbox was flooded with more than 50 packages—each of which typically included a few printed booklets, a handwritten note and other assorted goodies. It was properly heartwarming—and an affirmation that despite a flagging magazine industry, the zine scene is alive and well.
In three short years, the Brooklyn Zine Fest has established itself as a publishing expo par excellence, and one of the best places to check in with zine makers from the five boroughs and around the world. The fest takes over the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend, splitting its 154 creators over two days. Here’s a selection of what you can expect.