A yellow bird hands a pamphlet to a grey bird. Then a deciduous tree gives a comic book to an evergreen. After a volcano gives a chapbook to a mountain, the Earth turns the Sun on to the main product at the San Francisco Zine Fest. That's the story of Joe Sayers' artwork on the SFZF poster, and it makes the important point: Enjoyment of homemade publications is not limited to yellow birds. This year, the two-day event hosts special guests such as disturbed local death-story collector John Marr of Murder Can Be Fun, and Sayers, the artist responsible for online comic Thingpart. But everyone in the zine world knows it's not about hero worship. It's about trading. The main attraction here is to walk around the exhibitors' tables and maybe look at their stuff while furiously swapping your own publication for copies of other random people's zines. If successful, you could wind up with enough material to keep the TV off for several days.
Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m., 2007