Written by Neil Greenaway
The Sunday of June 24th, 2018 saw the return of the Denver Zine Fest to the McNichols Building in downtown Denver. Put together by Kelly Shortandqueer and the Denver Zine Library, the Zine Fest is a one-day celebration of 'zines, self published comics, and the local art community. Hosting 90+ different artists and vendors, the Zine Fest's offerings covered an amazing array of topics and genres - superhero parodies, political manifestos, day-in-the-life diaries, and high fantasy. Kelly was set up with all 18 issues of his Shortandqueer 'zine. Adri Norris had her line of Women Behaving Badly books and art on exhibit. Jake Fairly had the vest and glove to match his This Is Heavy Metal books. And Zak Kinsella had his Doodle Fight championship belt proudly displayed.
Lonnie MF Allen (art director at Suspect Press) was there with his award winning mini-comic Delineate. Lonnie also did the poster art for Denver Zine Fest 2018!
J. James McFarland had a table full of his self-published books. I picked up the latest issue of Maize (his 1920's adventure comic), 2 issues of politik (his political 'zine), and a copy of his new Zines About Hoarding poster "Hoarding: How To Be the Best At It!". Of course, I already own every issue of the Zines About Hoarding series.
Daniel Crosier and Elisa Sargent were sharing a table at the Zine Fest. Daniel had his comics and art out for sale, while Elisa was there promoting her upcoming series with artist Laurissa Hughes - When Baked Things Attack! Daniel also has a KickStarter running right now for the second episode of his web series Camp Crash! I picked up one of the promo posters from Elisa and one of the CopSquatch mini-comics (illustrated by Daniel).
Cori Redford had her full display out including her 'zines, her Dungeons After Dark coloring book, her conspiracy chart, and (of course) a selection of her dick art. I picked up both issues of her Denver Deviations zine, her 24 Hour Monster Party mini-comic, and Open At Your Own Risk (her book of dicks).
Neil Ewing had a table with a spread full of self-published comics and bootleg toys. I got 5 new books full of his comedic goodness: The Ballad of Peaceways, Peaceways Returns, The Tomb of the MeatBeast, Solar City 4: Redux, and his newest book Freaky Chili. I was only recently made aware of Neil's work, and I am loving what I have seen so far.