The Richmond 'Zine Fest is really just one big group art show, just not at a gallery.
But it's the humor that attracts someone like me.
A girl who worked for nine months in a vegan bakery turned her experiences and the recipes into "Bake and Destroy."
"I Love Bad Movies" came in various versions (sci-fi, romance) from a guy who can't get enough crappy cinema.
His girlfriend did a 'zine about the best and worst things written to her on Craigslist when she was doing online dating there.
Interestingly, that's how she'd met the movie-obsessed boyfriend and, indeed, one of his quotes was in the "best" section.
He allowed for how poorly he had handled the online dating thing, saying, "I can't believe I told girls I made a movie about hot dogs. That's the kind of thing you save for once they know you."
I have to agree with him there.
The artist who wrote "Naked People and Bears in Peculiar Situations" was hard at work on a drawing when I walked up, but stopped and handed me his card.
"Here, have a mustache," he said with a smile.
And there was a black moustache on the back side of his business card. Should I want to be de Fuhrer for Halloween, I'm all set.
"My Every Single Thought" was not, as I expected, about endless ruminations, but about thoughts on the single life.
I could write that 'zine but I won't.
There were more artsy endeavors too, like the photographer who copied a series of pieces of Super 8 film in a 'zine that showed the process of a girl's eyes opening.
Or the guy whose recent gallery show images had been gathered in a glossy publication he labeled. "pretentious art book $20."
I talked to the people at almost every table finding passionate artists and writers who produce publications that told me what was on their minds.
Since I can't draw and even my cut and paste skills leave a lot to be desired, this blog will probably be the closest thing to a 'zine I can manage.
And it's far from my every single thought.