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Zinefest 2016 Registration Open!

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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. 

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Distro @ XXX BooksBooksBooks XXX until Feb 13

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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.

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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.

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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?

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And What’s a Distro?

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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:

Mon-Tue:
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wed:
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Fri-Sat:
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun:
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

Hours:
MON-FRI 10AM-6PM
SAT 10AM-3PM
SUN 7PM-10PM