Browse through stacks on stacks of independent mags at Orlando Zine Fest this weekend


Lemon Press at OZF '16 - PHOTO BY LIV JONSE
  • Photo by Liv Jonse
  • Lemon Press at OZF '16
At the risk of compromising journalistic integrity, we can opine that last year’s Orlando Zine Fest was an absolute blast – a well-attended showcase of local DIY print creativity. But we can say with absolute objective certainty that this year’s fest builds on last year’s success exponentially and puts OZF in the big leagues of Florida zine events. Hosting 52 separate zine creators from all over the state – and some from outside – the place is going to be bursting at the seams with idiosyncratic talent (keep an eye peeled for Bonk!, Heat Trash, Street Type and Lemon Press). Zines are pretty much the last physical medium of expression that hasn’t been commodified or monetized or hierarchized to death. A quick cut-and-paste collage zine is every bit as valid and enjoyable as a glossy perfect-bound tome – and the immediacy of publication allows voices that increasingly get crowded out of mainstream discourse their say. Bring plenty of pocket money; there will be prime holiday gift fodder here; and with Florida Is Loud happening in the same building, it’s going to be a DIY hive.

5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 | Will’s Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | | free