Here is whats going on:
"The 2008 Richmond Zine Fest will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2008, from 11am to 5pm at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, at 1407 Sherwood Ave. The event is free to the public. There will also be free coffee on hand, and (vegan) food will be available for purchase at a small price.
The 2007 Richmond Zine Fest featured 45 vendors from all over Virginia and the US, two workshops, and readings by noted zinesters Ariel Gore and China Martens. Over 250 people attended last years zine fest, which was spread out on two locations on the 1600 block of West Broad Street.
What's a zine fest exactly? A zine fest is a gathering where zine creators, small comic, small press creators and zine distros come together to sell and/or trade their creations (the choice of whether to sell their zine or trade it is up to each individual zinester. Distros generally have to sell zines because they're beholden to other zinesters whose zines they are selling). There are workshops concerning zines and other DIY skills or matters, as well as zinesters reading from their zines or books. Zine fests are also open to the public".