O.K. So I'm not going to start pretending that I'm a totally switched on zine/comics/ illustration geek, which seems to be a prevailing trend right now, but hey, I can appreciate an articulated picture, and well thought out story, no matter how quirky/political/controversial. And with this in mind off I went to the International Alternative Press Festival, at Conway Hall. It's a cute button of a building tucked away in Red Lion Square, marketed as a landmark for London's independent intellectual, cultural and political life - which would explain why I'd never heard of it.
The hall in which the fest was taking place was actually kinda small for the amount of stalls, which meant I knocked into a number of people as I stumbled around, with my rucksack taking people out left, right and center but it gave the whole event a sense of buzz and intimacy, which essentially worked.
I have to admit, I was drawn to the more feminine, pretty-pretty girl zines and illustrators, as demonstrated by my photos, but there was a whole heap of styles and stories, and a broad scale of seriousness and mentalness (a zine which shouted in bold, heavy type from its front cover '101 WAYS DIANA COULD HAVE DIED' was one example of something a bit more insane on offer), which made it interesting stuff. Not to mention an upstairs library, where one could finely contemplate a whole bunch of zines, without the feeling that you were being watched by their protective authors like at the stalls.
It's a zine library. Duh.