Des Moines Distro Hiatus

The Des Moines location of the Roach Motel at the Des Moines Social Club is taking a short hiatus, should be back in action by the end of the summer if not sooner. The Ames location at the Iowa Music Store is still open, no fears, we aren’t going anywhere. And I just dropped off about 50+ zines that should be out for sale by mid next week. All new stuff from midwest zine makers and some national favorites.

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


Roach Social Zinefest 2014 – Sign up Today!

facebookbannerroachsocialThe Roach Motel and Art Beacon Des Moines are partnering up with the Des Moines Social Club to present the first ever Roach Social Zinefest!

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10am – 5pm!

Des Moines Social Club in the Viaduct Gallery
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Roach Social Zinefest Schedule

10am – 12:30pm: Two demo workshops with local artists
12:30pm – 2pm: Lunch break
2pm – 5pm: Zine tabling – sell your zines. Free and open to the public to shop.

Registration Deadline Midnight August 17 – click here to register for tabling and demos

1/2 table spots are $10
Morning Demo Workshops are $10
Sign up for a 1/2 table spot AND the morning demo workshops for $15
The Zine Sale from 2 – 5pm is free to attend!

Sell Zines at the Zine Sale (aka tabling) 2-5pm

Do you make a zine or maybe a whole bunch? Sign up for a half table space – approximately 3 feet x 30 inches – to sell your zines during the Zine Sale. There are only 20 half table spaces available, so sign up asap to secure your spot. Registration for tabling is $10, or if you sign up for tabling and the demo workshops in the morning, it’s just $15 for both!

If tabling (selling zines), additional information about your zine will be requested. Tabling spots limited, so sign up early to reserve your place. All tabling Zine Makers will have their zines featured on the Roach Social Zinefest page.

Learn new things at Demo Workshops with Local Zine Makers 10am – 12:30pm

This is a great way to spend your late morning. Each session is approximately an hour long. You start out the morning in one, then finish up with the other. When you sign up, you don’t have to choose which to go to, just $10 gets you into both skill building sessions. Or, if you are tabling, it’s only $15 to table and attend the demos!

Session 1: Collage with Deb Anders Bond
Session 2: Making Zines with Robert Stephens


Want to help out at the Roach Social Zinefest? That would be great! There are a ton of things that need doing. We need help with set-up and tear down, staffing the info table, hanging with folks while they draw portraits and make zines, table sitting for folks who need a break, and a bunch of other stuff. Email to get a volunteer listing.

Spread the Word

We want as many people as possible to learn about and enjoy zines! It only takes a minute to help spread the word. Post, tweet, share anything about the fest – are you signed up for the demos? selling your zine? heading over for the sale? You can also print off fliers and posters and hang them in your favorite local shops. Just head over to for web banners, poster and flier pdf, and details about the fest.


Des Moines Location Now Open!

desmoines-distro I’m excited to announce the Roach Motel now has a second larger location! In partnership with the Des Moines Social Club and the Viaduct Gallery, the Roach Motel Zine Distro has it’s own bookshelf sized niche carved out in Des Moines. Depending on how things go over the next few months we may even be able to upgrade to a larger bookshelf location! In the meantime, go check out the offerings. We even have a mash of free zines on the bottom shelf. Think of it as a take one leave one policy.

We are also looking for local zines to consign. There are forms you can download here on the website, or you can pick one up at the Des Moines distro location.

Here are the facts:

Des Moines Location/Hours
Roach Motel Distro in Des Moines Social Club, Street Level
900 Mulberry Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Mon–Fri 10–6, Sat 10–5, Sun 12–6
The distro is located in the Viaduct Gallery’s lounge area, you can pay for zines at the piano at the front entrance. There is metered parking and free street parking around the building’s block.

And for those of you in Ames:

Ames Location/Hours
Roach Motel Distro in Where It’s At
330 Main Street #20

Ames, Iowa 50010
Thurs 2-7, Fri 1-5, and Sat 10-5
Free parking in the back, enter through the back door, shop is on the left through the glass door on the ground level. 

Central Iowa Zine Distro Open!

Over the past decade there’s been massive cultural growth in Central Iowa, and yet, we still fail to have the one thing that would complete the picture — a place to browse and purchase zines!
By partnering up with Where It’s At (330 Main Street #20, Ames, Iowa), Roach Motel Zine Distro has carved out a brick and mortar space in the world. Now Open in an Ames, Iowa near you!
Looking for Zinesters!
We work on consignment, taking a 25% cut of all sells and sending the rest to you via check in the mail.
We favor Iowa authors OR topics on: slice of life, poetry, craft, creativity, comic style, diy, and homesteading. But we are open to whatever you are making, so send you some pictures, a pdf version, or a physical sample.
Where do we sell?
We’ll sell your zines in our online shop if you choose, at zine fests by tabling, and at our local indie boutique partner Where It’s At (330 Main Street #20, Ames, Iowa – free parking in the back, enter through the back door, shop is on the left through the glass door on the ground level).