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Volunteer: L.A. Zine Fest

The Los Angeles Zine Fest is looking for volunteers for L.A. Zine Fest 2017.

Staff Photographer Willow Sando-Mccall and myself went to the volunteer orientation to get more information on the requirements to be a volunteer. Turns out, there are almost no requirements. No experience required.

Most of the orientation consisted of organizing the Zine Library, a collection of zines from years past. New zines from this year’s tablers will be added to the library on the morning of the fest. All zines will be on display for the entirety of the fest.

Many volunteers took the time to cut out circles of Zine Fest 2017 logos to be punched into buttons for the event.

The orientation went from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Keystone Gallery.

This year’s fest will take place at The California Market Center.

Pastries and beverages were offered for attendees of the orientation.

(See our calendar event for the fest here.)

Approximately 421 zine authors and artists will be tabling at this year’s event.

Want to get involved? Here’s some information on the different roles you can volunteer for at the fest.

  • Setup: Help with general event setup. All the tables will already be set up, courtesy of the venue staff.
    • Shifts: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Exhibitor Check-In: Greet zine exhibitors and help them get to their tables. Distribute maps and give information to exhibitors as they come in.
    • Shifts: 7:30am to 10 a.m.
  • Zine Library Setup: Though the zines have already been organized, the fest needs volunteers to help set up the physical library.
    • Shifts: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Zine Librarian: Some people are going to think the zines are free, or be confused on how the checkout process works. As a zine librarian, your job is to help out attendees in checking out zines from the library, as well as make sure that the library stays tidy.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Info Table: Let attendees know where they can find their favorite booths. Give them information about restrooms, how to exit, and any other information they may need.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Attendee Greeter: Welcome all attendees to the fest! Make sure that people know where they’re going, and make sure the main room doesn’t get too congested. Keep people moving along, but your main job is to act as the smiling face of the fest.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Merch Table: Be in charge of selling merchandise to attendees who may want a t-shirt or poster to remember the event.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Break Room Greeter: The break room is where exhibitors and volunteers can go to escape the crowd. You’ll also act as a source of information and direction for exhibitors who may need it.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Floater: You’ll be in charge of walking around the fest and making sure that everything is running smoothly. Ask exhibitors if they need anything. Make sure that crowd traffic doesn’t get too congested in any specific region.
    • Shifts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Food Setup: Help set up the catered food for people involved in the fest. This does not include food for attendees.
    • Shifts: TBD
  • Clean Up: Once the day is over, all the exhibitors will disassemble their tables. Your job will to be to clean up any leftover trash and help get the venue back to its original condition.
    • Shifts: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is also an optional volunteer setup opportunity on Saturday, March 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will mostly consist of putting up signs around the venue and finishing up button-making.

The volunteer form can be found here.

Catch some of the Fun Nihilist team volunteering on Sunday, March 28.

For more information about the 2017 Los Angeles Zine Fest, check out their website here.

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