4 Reasons You Need to Attend Canzine West


Canzine 2014: Festival of zine culture and independent arts is Saturday, November 8th, 1-7 pm, at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Vancouver. brokenpencil.com/canzine

1) Meet some cool people
With over 200 zinemakers, comic book artists and small presses represented, the Giant Zine and Small Press Fair is the place to talk to a variety of artists and writers from around the world about DIY. The booths will be open from 1-7 pm, so you have plenty of time to chat with local zinesters. If you need a break, check out cartoonist Mimi Pond at 4 pm.

A writer for The Simpsons with over three decades of cartooning under her belt, Mimi Pond has a lot of wisdom to share. Her new book and New York Times bestseller, Over Easy, is a memoir-ish account of working as a dishwasher in coke-addled, disco era Oakland. It has been called, “As funny and warm-hearted as a memoir about a bunch of punks, drug dealers, hippies, and art school dropouts screwing in the 1970s can get.” Stop by for a chat with a comic industry legend.

2) Improve your craft

Mimeograph machine on the fritz? Stop by the panel “From Print to Pixel: Zines as Political Tools in the Digital Age” at 2 pm. Three zine makers and bloggers—Melissa Fong, Ho Tam and fiona fruitfly—talk about what it means to go digital, and how the medium they choose affects the message they try to convey.

Or relax into the Radical Reading Series at 5 pm with Leanne Prain and Meredith Quartermain. Leanne Prain writes about textiles, yarnbombing, and art. Meredith Quartermain writes fiction about Canadian issues. Both are represented by independent presses, and will read from their newest books.

3) Be humiliated in public
Think you have the next great book lurking inside you? Save yourself hours in front of a word processor and find out if you can get it published. The 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at 3pm is like Dragon’s Den for books. You have two minutes to present your book idea to a panel of judges. If they like it, you can win bragging rights, a Broken Pencil Prize Pack worth $200, plus the chance to submit your manuscript. If they don’t like it, they’ll rip your inner muse to shreds in front of a live audience.

4) Pick up awesome stuff

Your $5 ticket does more than get you the latest issue of Broken Pencil magazine and admission to all the fun events. It also gives you access to the best pop-up zine distro in Vancouver. Get hot-off-the-presses chapbooks, hand-illustrated posters, unique buttons, stickers, and more. Here’s what $10 got one shopper at Canzine Toronto:

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Don’t Miss Canzine West 
Saturday November 8, 2014, 1-7pm
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings St.
Admission: $5 (includes the latest issue of Broken Pencil magazine)

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