This story was originally written for the Anchorage Press.
November’s First Friday will have events happening all over town, one of which is being held by Anchorage Community Works. ACW is hosting Alaska’s first annual zine fair to re-amp the zine scene in town. This First Friday event will be showcasing a variety of self-published works by various artists.
Local musicians Mixed Feelings, Brux and Nick Carpenter will be performing live throughout the event.
Zine is short for magazine, typically a self-published work that has a small circulation.
Will Kozloff and Ryan Chernikoff saw a void in the community for ziners and wanted to host a zine revival in Anchorage. Kozloff is the current acting president for ACW and was previously vice president and director of artist outreach. November fell on the first month that Kozloff is taking lead of First Friday events, so he thought a zine fair would be a good start.
“There’s evidence that it was more prominent in the 90s [in] particular, but that was like 20 years ago,” Kozloff said.
It was originally Chernikoff’s idea for the zine fair, but Kozloff hopped on board and helped make it happen after a month or two of planning.
Kozloff got into vines from hanging out with “punk kids who did art zines or band reviews in the valley,” and started making art zines more frequently about six years ago after getting into art.
“I always wanted to be a writer, but unfortunately, I’m a better artist,” Kozloff said
Danielle Morgan is one of the artists that will be at the event showcasing her zine. Morgan first heard about the zine fair earlier from Kozloff when he invited her to participate in the collaboration. Morgan is a senior in the fine arts program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, but has been making art as long as she can remember.
“I made a few zines when I was a teenager, but they were usually just personal projects and were never circulated for public consumption. I’ve been collecting zines for a few years, and I like them because they feel very personal,” Morgan said.
Morgan was one of two artists that collaborated to create pieces for their art show “HER.” The show featured sculptures and paintings of the female body in the Hugh McPeck Gallery on UAA’s campus in February of this year. Morgan’s paintings and drawings promote body positivity, she is doing something similar but different for her zine.
“I wanted to do a series of pieces regarding female sexuality that isn’t designed to be for the male gaze. I am focusing on the feelings of self-love and the potential for catharsis from self-pleasure,” Morgan said.
Morgan hopes the event can help Anchorage’s zine scene that Kozloff wishes for.
“I think that zines are a great platform for collaboration between artists, which plays a part in helping to strengthen the local art community,” Morgan said.
The zine fair will be held Nov. 3 from 8 – 11 p.m. at Anchorage Community Works, located at 349 E Ship Creek Avenue. To submit your zine, email firstname.lastname@example.org.