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ZOOMING IN ON ZINES

Komura ‘B&W Zine Fair’ presses for free speech and open exchange of ideas and information

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A collaboration between independent bookstore Kwago and co-working and event space Warehouse Eight, Komura is organizing its first ever “Black and White Zine Fair” on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Warehouse Eight, Makati.

“Black and White Zine Fair” strips down the zine to its most basic, radical format: several pages, printed in black and white, loosely folded, and stapled together. The format is centered on concepts, ideas, and spreading it to social networks, both global and local, without the intervention of digital tools. More than anything else, the radical zine format is a celebration of free speech.

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“Inviting the public to work around this format prods people to ask questions about the zine: What makes a piece of publication a zine? Does it have to be printed? When did it start in the Philippines? What is it good for? Why are people, communities, drawn towards it? Why is it important in the digital age?” Kwago owner and Komura co-founder Czyka Tumaliuan says. “By giving this constraint, we open a discourse.”

Czyka’s fellow co-founder and Warehouse Eight founder Kayla Dionisio acknowledges the zine as a medium for democratizing creation. “Komura has organized three book fairs already since 2017,” she says. “We wanted to focus and put a spotlight on zines because we’ve always been interested in its history and accessibility. We’ve always aimed at organizing gatherings that are inclusive for people both in and out of the publishing, art, and literary communities—it’s a place to connect, learn, discover, and be human.”

The fair will be a space where artists and creators are free to show and discuss their work with anyone interested. “We have a good balance of vendors from a wide variety of backgrounds, a lot of whom are not even working in a creative field,” Kayla says. “There are a lot of experienced zine-makers creating new works specially highlighted in B&W and also vendors that will be releasing their first zine and published works in public.”

Entrance fees to the Komura “Black and White Zine Fair” are P200 each, while students can get in for P150. Contact Miguel Santiago at (+639) 27 121 0706 or email hello.komura@gmail.com

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