The zine is mightier than the web

Zines, those small, independently published papers beloved by DIY folks and punk rockers the world over, exemplify the best ideals of our tech-crazy connected world. And they've done so since long before the advent of tweets, texts or Snapchats. Modern tools like Blogger, Facebook, and YouTube are free to use, but they're full of ads, and require giving your personal information to private corporations. Zines, by contrast, are unapologetically noncommercial. Anyone with paper and a little bit of ink can make a zine. Some dedicated zinesters even cite Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" as an early example of the form. And while it's hard to say if any of today's zines will make history, it's a fair bet that the best of the current crop will be on display at the San Francisco Zine Fest. This year features more than 140 creators, and special guests Justin Hall, Roman Muradov, and Sophia Foster-Dimino. The always popular Reading Room and Zine Library will be open all weekend, and there are workshops in zine production for any potential pamphleteers out there.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2013
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