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Zines and Cereal & DZL 16th Anniversary Party – Wrap Up
01/18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
mISs IS @heatherlinkbergman holding it down at Zines and Cereal 2020!
Here’s the review:
Years: 2018, 19, 20! I’m not sure if this even was held before 2018, I think we might have tabled all of them
Dates: Dead of winter. January 18th in 2020
Entry: The entry process for zines and cereal is super chill. This isn’t a zine fest as much as it’s a get together for the Denver local zine scene. To get in you need to follow the Denver Zine Library facebook or subscribe to their newsletter and email them when the call goes out. It’s first come first serve. A half table cost (the only size available) = $5 – $10 sliding scale. (is paid $10)
Curation: None. You got zines? You got $5-$10? Heva a half-table. Regardless, this is always a solid mini-fest as the people motivated to table are all Denver Zine scene stalwarts.
Organization: Denver Zine Library is super organized, more or less the same crew organizes Denver Zine Fest and DiNK. They’ve got it dialed. Communication is always timely and thorough.
Venue: This event moves around every year, but is always at a coffee shop. Two years ago it was at Europa Coffee House (R.I.P.), last year it was at Roostercat Coffee (which was WAY too small and total pandemonium). 2020 was at Mutiny Information Cafe. Hopefully it’s found a permanent home at Mutiny because they are THE BIGGEST supporters of independent publishing in Denver AND they cave all the vendors Mutiny mugs!
Crowd: S-M – It was slow and steady. The event was in mid January during the afternoon. Last year was packed, XXL but it was also the week before Christmas. I think it should go back to that week as people are really desensitized to buying things that time of year and zines make great stocking stuffers!
Sales: We did $171 in 4 hours or 47.75 an hour ~ about average. The crows was the usual suspects. i.e. all our friends. They mostly all own all our zines, we didn’t have much new stuff, and we mostly just caught up chatting with people (which is a bad sales move as it blocks the table and keeps you from engaging new customers).
City: (Same as DiNK and Denver Zine Fest.) Denver is beautiful even in Winter – which tends to be mild when it’s not storming! Storms usually don;t last more than a day and it’s almost always sunny, even if it’s cold. There’s a lot typically going on in the city, and winter is a great time to check out cultural institutions; The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Denver Art Museum, The Clyfford Still Museum, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art. Denver has lots of direct flights and a $12 train into downtown. There is a lightrail system but oit doesn’t go everywhere you need to go and the busses suck. A lightrail pass combined with long walks or lyft are the way to go. When in Denver check out Mutiny Information Cafe and the surrounding Baker neighborhood and Kilgore Books, Wax Tracks and the surrounding Capitol Hill Neighborhood.
Comic for Denver Zine Library by Jeff W: @ferret250