How do I become an exhibitor?
Applications for the 2020 fest will open in the spring of 2020.
I have a lot of zines. Can I apply for a full table?
Full size tables are only available to zine distros. Meaning, you collect/publish zines from multiple authors and distribute them. Applicants who apply for a full table who are clearly an individual zinester will not be accepted.
Can I sell things other than zines?
2/3rds of what you bring to sell should be zines. As long as this criteria is met, feel free to bring other small items like buttons, prints, stickers, etc. We do not allow extra display methods (garment racks, hanging things on the walls, etc), so please keep that in mind if you're considering bringing larger items.
If you're unsure about your ratio of zines to other items, try viewing your table as an attendee. They should think "Cool zines! Oh, they have pins and plushies too!" instead of the other way around.
We appreciate folks who make other forms of art and literature, but applicants who do not make zines will not be accepted.
What if I need to cancel?
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. Table fees will be refunded up to a month before the event (July 31st). Exhibitors who cancel less than a month before the event will not recieve a refund.
How big is a table and how can I decorate it?
Feel free to decorate your table as you wish! Keep in mind that half tables are about 3ft wide, so be mindful of your neighbor. If you need to secure anything please use a gentle tape, such as painter's tape, so we don't damage the tables and chairs generously provided by our venue.
What should I bring to the fest?
Besides your zines, make sure you have everything you need for selling. This means plenty of cash for change and a safe place to keep your money. If you are using a card reader we recommend bringing an external battery to be safe. (The building does have Wifi.) Think about how you want to display your work, including price information.
What can I expect regarding the venue?
Fountain Street Church has wifi, air conditioning, a drinking fountain, gendered bathrooms, and a gender neutral bathroom. The space is ADA accessible. This event has no religious affilitations.
Is any type of zine okay?
We welcome all genres and styles of zines! We are an all-ages event, so if you have mature or graphic material we would appreciate appropriate content warnings.
How much does it cost for a table?
A half table is $15. (3ft long)
Can I share my table with another zinester?
If you make it clear in your application that you're applying as a group, you can definitely share your space. We have room for a maximum of two people at half table and four people at a full table.
Can I choose who I sit next to?
We do our best to seat everyone according to their seating requests on their application form. We cannot guarantee that you'll be able to sit next to someone.
Requests regarding accessibility take first priority.
Will I be able to leave my table to look around the fest?
We will have about half and hour before and after the fest where you can check out other tables and chat with your fellow exhibitors.
When is the 2020 zine fest?
The 2020 zine fest will be on October 10th from 1pm-6pm at Fountain Street Church. GRZF is typically a summer event, but we decided to push the date back due to COVID 19. We care about everyone's safety, especially since our event gets hundreds of attendees! Thank you for your understanding.
I'm from out of town/out of state--can I apply?
Of course! We welcome zinesters regardless of where you live. We enjoy having a mix of artists from Grand Rapids and from out of town.
Is there an age limit for applicants?
We welcome young zinesters, but ask that they apply with an adult. Also, zines with mature content will likely be present at the fest, if that is a concern.
Is there a fee to attend this event?
GRZF is a free event!
What is a zine?
A zine is a self-published magazine. Typically zines are created more out of the desire for self-expression and/or sharing information rather than profit. Usually zines have a small ciriculation, limited printings, and are relatively inexpensive.
How do I buy a zine? How much do they cost?
We encourage you to bring cash if you're interested in buying some zines! Some exhibitors will have card readers if you'd like to pay with credit or debit, but some people will only be accepting cash.
Where can I park?
There is street parking available near Fountain Street Church, as well as parking ramps. Check out all the parking available here.
Is this event appropriate for kids?
GRZF is an all-ages event! Exhibitors with kid-friendly zines will be noted in our exhibitor list.
Does the GRZF have sponsors?
We love and appreciate our sponsors! This year we are sponsored by Lydia VanHoven of The Bandit Zine, Vault of Midnight Grand Rapids, and Issue Press.
What time is the fest open?
The fest is open from 1pm until 6pm.