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Zine Fest Houston 2024 Brings the Heat

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As one of Houston’s most creative events, this year’s Zine Fest Houston 2024 — now in its 23rd year — promises to bring not only dozens and dozens of vendors, but also a day’s worth of unique programming, food and excitement. The annual event is hosted by volunteer-based organization Zine Fest Houston, run by María-Elisa Heg, Anastasia Kirages and Sarah Welch, prides itself on hosting events year round, ranging from workshops, compilations and comix anthologies to community outreach and fundraising events.


While last year’s fest drew more than 1,000 attendees with 72 vendors, this year proves that Zine Fest is only continuing to grow with more than 110 vendors in their new location at Lawndale Art Center. From 2 to 8 pm on Saturday, you can check out some of the city’s most interesting and varied creatives presenting zines, comics, alternative DIY media and art.


This year’s Zine Fest includes an array of programming, including a conversation centered on Black Lives Matter, DIY publishing and activism, moderated by Ashton P. Woods of Black Lives Matter: Houston featuring Bevin Biggers, Nathaniel Donnett, Dre of Forgotten Arts, and Courtney Wilson; a question and answer session with Paraspace Books founders Sara Balabanlilar and Sarah Rodriguez; a lecture about Scott Gilbert and the comic strip True Artist Tales with Robert Boyd, publisher of EXU Magazine; and a presentation on Wild Dog Archives with Nancy and Tayvis Dunnahoe of Video Sanctum.


In addition to an impressive offering of vendors and programming, the event also features a raffle for Zine Fest goodies and a zine workshop for kids and teens, as well as food trucks and drink vendors outside, including Food Music Life Food Truck, Ed’s Sno Cones, Moon Rooster Food Truck and ThirstTea’s Sweet Tea, not to mention the Tomo Mags bus will be there, too.


Check out Zine Fest 2024: Year of the Ama-zines on Saturday, November 19 from 2 to 8 pm at Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main). Admission is free and open to the public.