UNC students host a table at the Zine Fest in Carrboro, N.C. on Sunday, April 07, 2024. On the table are a variety of different arts including patches, prints, and balaclavas. Photo by The Daily Tar Heel
UNC students host a table at the Zine Fest in Carrboro, N.C. on Sunday, April 07, 2024. On the table are a variety of different arts including patches, prints, and balaclavas. Photo by The Daily Tar Heel

‘It’s really community-based’: Inaugural zine fest celebrates art and accessibility

“The publishing industry is really hard for a lot of people to break into, even indie publishing. So showing people that there are unique ways to have their work seen and appreciated, and that there are people willing to support them directly is so important.”


SamLevi Middleton-Sizemore, founder of the Chapelboro Zinefest, said they were inspired to organize the festival after they started attending other zine festivals and art markets regularly and noticed differences in how the festivals were planned.  

“As someone who is disabled and cares a lot about access, I wanted that to be at the center of the organizing — beyond the art being at the center of it all,” they said.  

Marty Rogers, co-organizer of the festival, said because they had negative experiences at art markets in the past, being on the other side has been empowering. Read more…


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