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Zinefest 2016 Registration Open!


Sign up for Zinefest Tabling, Skill Sessions & the Zine Rock Opera Now OPEN! >>> Click Here <<<

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 10am – 8pm

Vaudville Mews, Des Moines, IA

2016 Roach Social Zinefest Schedule

10am – 11:10am:  Skill Session 1: Ramona Muse
11:20am – 12:30pm: Skill Session 2: Cat Rocketship
12:30pm – 2pm: Lunch break & Tabling Set Up
2pm – 6pm: Zine Sale + Open Mic Zine Reading! Free and open to the public to browse and shop and listen.
6pm – 7pm: Pizza!
7pm: Zine Rock Opera Presented by Good Kid Rob

List of 2016 Tablers Coming Soon

Artists from all over Iowa and beyond will be showcasing their independently published, handmade books at the Vaudville Mews. 


Join local zine making legends Rachel Buse, Kristin M Roach, and Rob Stephens and lose yourself in an all day ZINE making spectacular – July 31 at Little Woods: Herbs & Teas!


Learn all the unearthly zine arts & expose your unconscious mind. Why be a prisoner to the corporate media, when you can create dark arcane books yourself?

Rob Stephens Talks Culture/History @ 11:30am
Kristin M Roach Shows How @ 12:30pm
Rachel Buse Inspires Content @ 1:30pm

Suggested donations of give what you can, all proceeds go to pay for gas money to Rachel and Rob and the rest goes towards renting tables for the August Roach Motel ZineFest!!!!!!

RSVP on facebook here or email kristinmroach [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know you are coming so we have all the supplies and chairs.

Sunday, July 31, 2016
11am – 4pm
Little Woods: Herbs & Teas
136 Main Street
Ames, Iowa 50010


Roach Motel Distro@ ICE CREAM in Iowa City


We are piling our zines into the car and going on a road trip to Iowa City! Come visit the Roach Motel Distro’s table at this year’s ICE CREAM indie comic/book fest! and another ! for good measure.

I’ll also have info and sign up sheets for our own Roach Motel Zine Fest that taking place in Des Moines this August.

Want to sell your zines at the roach motel distro here in Ames? I’ll have a pile of consignment forms and be collecting drop offs of zines for the distro. Just bring 2-5 copies and fill out the form.


Distro @ XXX BooksBooksBooks XXX until Feb 13


This weekend was the opening for one of the finest exhibits I’ve been to in Ames, Iowa in awhile. The environment was exultant and it seemed like the whole of central Iowa came out to see what the XXX was all about.


photo credit Tibi Chelcea

Well. It was books, art books, books on art, art on books, and zines!

photo credit Tibi Chelcea

photo credit Tibi Chelcea

As part of the project the I set up a full-on distro, complete with funky old chairs from my house, farmer’s market shelves from Little Woods, shelves from my studio, and even the coffee table that normally finds a home in our living room (which tonight Jason just said, “umm, Kristin, where’s the coffee table”). Umm, we’ll get it back in just 2 short weeks. A small price to pay for art and zines.


Knowing I wouldn’t be able to answer everyone’s questions while also facilitating zine sales. So I decided to answer the two most pressing questions I knew I would get as soon as they saw the banner and this waiting room style art exhibit oddity: What’s a Zine?


And What’s a Distro?


I was able to meet up with quite a few zine makers and artists I hadn’t seen in ages and meet quite a few I had never met before. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

The exhibit and temporary distro will be up until February 13 at the ISU Design On Main Gallery located at: 203 Main St, Ames, Iowa 50010. The gallery is open:

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

or by appointment, email info [at] amescart [dot] org to coordinate a time for your group to come in for a tour. We all have day jobs and kids, but if possible we will work something out.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the amazing people behind all these unique works. You can see the full exhibit write up on the Ames Cart websiteTiberiu Chelcea did a superb job coordinating, promoting, and documenting the XXX BooksBooksBooks XXX. Give him a virtual high-five if you can. 

:: Kristin M Roach ::

Roach Motel at the Iowa Music Store

roach-moteldotcom-iowa-distroThe Roach Motel Zine Distro has found a permanent home at the Iowa Music Store in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa Music Store features local music, art, and – thanks to the Roach Motel – ZINES! Check out the Iowa Music Store website for all the great events they host.

Roach Motel Zine Distro @ the Iowa Music Store
300 MAIN STREET (2nd Floor), Ames, IA 50010