Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
What was it?
The alternative press fair was part of the International Alternative Press Festival currently happening in London. They couldn’t have crammed more tables housing enthusiastic self-publishers from various countries including Finland and Turkey, in the smallish room at Conway Hall.
As I edged my way around the tables full of pretty, unusual and odd ‘zines and comics I felt almost like I’d entered another world. A world of hippies, cool-nerds and artistic types that all seemed very intense and really into their creations. To be honest, I felt a little out of my comfort zone. I thought I was geeky but this was on another level. That said it was intriguing to browse through the wildly varied pamphlets, t-shirts, badges and posters that had been lovingly handmade. Prices ranged from 50p for unique looking badges, £1 – £10 for comics and ‘zines to more for whole books.
It was interesting delving into the world of the alternative press, if a little unnerving and although I didn’t buy anything it was certainly worth a peek. It’s quite heartening in the age of blogs, Twitter and Facebook that there is still a place for paper.
More info: The fair was part of the International Alternative Press Festival which runs until 13th June 2011 at various venues around London. See Alternative Press Festival for more information.