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The Boston Hassle’s First New England Zine Fest Showcases Local Indie Pubs

The Boston Hassle hosted their first New England Zine Fest at the Cambridge YMCA on Saturday. The YMCA’s theatre played host to over two dozen different artists, screenprinters, and zine makers. The fest also ran a variety of workshops, skill shares, and demonstrations such as Make Your Zine table with Dana Maple and a comic skill share with Brian Connolly who creates Nothing Mattress.

The zines and art ran the gamut of topics, themes, colors, and styles. There were several photo zines, such as Halfling, which is put together by Sylvia Kim. She started it as a way to keep in touch with some of her photographer friends. Nicole Mazzeo created her very first zine for the fest, Pleasure Pie, to talk about and illustrate  issues regarding consent and body positivity. Another artist, Somerville-based Dave Ortega, had several comics and zines that dealt with the Mexican Revolution and Mexican history and one about Mario Kart. Louis Roe, who draws under the name Squishy Sandwich, was selling illustrations that were live-drawn at concerts.

Check out the photos, and keep an eye on the Boston Hassle’s Art Blast for more zine coverage.