It’s time for Philly Zine Fest again – Sunday, August 28, 12-7pm, at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Soapbox will be there with a selection of member work and updates on our expansion – alongside tables of other zinesters, including many Soapbox members and friends, selling their latest creations.
Philly’s Zine Fest is in its 14th year, and Soapbox members have been tabling since before The Soapbox existed! (We first opened our doors in March 2011.) Here are a few personal highlights:
- Co-Founder Mary Tasillo and inaugural studio member and current Board Secretary Katie Haegele first met at a Philly Zine Fest. Mary was giving away letterpress prints on handmade paper, and Katie, having recently learned letterpress printing herself, recognized the work that went into this broadside and insisted on trading Mary a letterpress poetry broadside she’d created.
- In 2007, PZF received a note from the Inquirer seeking someone to write an editorial on “Why zines?” The note was forwarded to participants, and while in 2007 Mary didn’t feel anything like a spokesperson for the zine community, she did have some thoughts on the topic and was published in the paper discussing the relevance of zines in the digital age.
- The Soapbox got its start before it had a name at PZF 2009. Mary was a couple of months away from meeting co-founder Charlene Kwon and figuring out how it would all shape up, but she had created fliers for the “PSPC: Philadelphia Self-Publishing Center” and took down the names that would become The Soapbox’s inaugural mailing list. Anyone remember this? Say hi! We’ve been at it for a while.
- Current Zine Fest organizer Dre Grigoropol has been a Soapbox Work Exchange Member for the past few years.
- And, of course, tablers include many of our members, instructors, and volunteers!
We hope to see you at this time-honored tradition, whether we’ve never met or whether we catch up at Zine Fest every year!