When I heard about the Cebu Zine Fest 2017, personally I was disappointed. I wasn’t going to be available on those dates, but I sent long time Zerothreetwo photographer, Scott Pacaldo, to the event. I knew he would be excited to go because we had been talking among ourselves about creating a zine for Zerothreetwo, but we didn’t know where to start. All we had for inspiration was the internet. Scott even went so far as to try printing a few for fun.
If you didn’t hear about the Cebu Zine Fest, here are the details:
The Cebu Zine Fest was held in 856G Gallery at AS Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu on June 3-4, 2017. It is an annual festival dedicated to celebrating and promoting DIY publishing and alternative media. At #cebuzinefest, visitors could view publications directly from a diverse crowd of designers, artists, musicians, studios, presses, bookshops and independent publishers. The Cebu Zine Fest is brought to you by the Tropical Futures Institute whose aim is to continue to decentralize culture in order to champion other perspectives, stories, ideas, futures and voices.
Scott was kind enough to take a few photos, shoot an IG story, and even share his thoughts from Cebu Zine Fest 2017.
What work stood out for you?
Hmmm… It’s difficult to specify one work because they are all different. That’s part of the charm of zines because there really isn’t a template to follow. Each one was unique.
But a few works stood out to us. Inday-inday, a compilation of poems by female writers, really amazed us because they used scented paper to help tell their story. Another piece we liked was Hayahay, a mix of photographs overlayed with graphics and words like a collage.
How did you like the event?
It was really good. It’s only their 2nd year and hopefully they can continue doing it every year. It wasn’t only about zines too, there were lots of other interesting things to look at. Artists were displaying their wares, others were selling stickers, postcards, posters, coin purses, etc.
Hopefully we see this event continue and get even more artists to collaborate.
Props to 856 G Gallery for hosting Cebu Zine Fest. Usually we see these types of events held in malls or schools, there might be more foot traffic in these public areas, but there’s a different vibe when an event attracts a smaller group of dedicated people.
Another point of encouragement is seeing artists interact with people who appreciate their work and in some cases even buying a few zines.
Side story – I follow @roastedstix on Instagram. He was part of the event. I became a fan because I like his style of illustration. So when I saw his work on the table, I tried my best not to act weird and awkward.
I know that you’ve experimented a little bit with zines. Did you learn anything from the experience?
Haha yes. Find a dedicated printer. My experiment was just printed in the mall. I heard from one of the guys from Street Konekt that he looked for a printer in Colon (but his zine wasn’t heavy on graphicss so a normal printer was fine), but if you’d like to create illustrations or photography zines, it’s best to look for a special printer so the prints can be good quality.
On the flipside, you can be “chill” with your zine. One of the zines in the exhibit called “International” was a simple pile of folded bond papers.
Anything else you would like to share?
I would want to see more photography-based zines. There were some, but mostly mixed with illustrations. Hopefully more photographers will join and maybe even get their own table of photography zines in the next one.
Maybe I’ll try to join next year! Haha!
Here are a few photos and the IG story shot by Scott Pacaldo from the event :