Make a zine by the day of the event, bring a bunch of copies (15-25) to swap with other makers, eat sandwiches, meet rad people. You can totally come see what's up if you don't make a zine... but wouldn't be cool if you did?
What's a zine?
As wikipedia says, "a zine (pron.: /ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier". Really though, zines are a way of sharing stories, drawings, information, whatever you want with other individuals. Be creative!
What's a zine off?
The Ottawa Zine Off was founded in 2012 by Maxx & Neil in their backyard. It was an open call to make a zine by a given deadline to help spark people to do something creative. There have been six or seven since then, growing to accommodate 40-60 people per night. That's a lot of zines!
What's the space?
Pressed, a coffee shop off Bronson & Gladstone that supports a lot of great local art, from a zine rack to a new wall of local/indie vinyl records. They have good food and drinks, and are an accessible space. It is worth noting that the event is usually pretty crowded though, so if you need any special accommodations please get in touch with the organizers (JM, or Lidija at Pressed).
As a bonus, in May the first ever Ottawa Zine Fair is going down! There's no better time to get to know the local scene and make some zines to share at that event, which is going to be huge for the community. It's been an age since the last Zine Off; can't wait to welcome all of you back.
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