What’s a zine, you might ask? Get with the creative times and find out at the inaugural Spokane Zine Fest, a day-long event filled with more than just ’zines (short for magazine), including small press books, artwork, comics, cards and other handmade goods. Organizers Chelsea Martin and Ian Amberson received a Spokane Arts Grant Award to fund the first-year juried event, selecting about 25 individual artists to showcase and sell their zines and other paper-based products at the event. Most zines are limited release, hand-printed and -bound short collections that can be about anything a creator or group of collaborators desire, from purely artistic expression to commentary on political or social events. In short, most zines are made to advance their creators’ views rather than to make a profit, but this event offers the best of both worlds: get some sweet local zines for your collection, and support local artists doing cool stuff.
Sat, Oct. 14 from 11 am-5 pm • Free admission • All-ages • The Bartlett • 228 W. Sprague • spokanezinefest.com
— Chey Scott