With different vendors each day, the fair was an opportunity for more students to show and sell the things they make (from zines to comics to buttons to t-shirts) to their fellow students and the general public who show up each year to check out the work of new talent.
An initiative of the Learning Zone and the OCAD Zine Library, the fair seems to be more popular every year, hence the expansion to two days. Between both days 45 vendors had an opportunity to share their work.
Meet some of the people who made up this year's OCAD U Zine Fair....
Danielle Leigh is in her second year of the fibre program but she has a growing interest in printmaking. Her zines are about magic, girls and magical girls.
Emily studies advertising at OCADU. The two zines they had on display were about bipolar affective disorder and arcade games. The arcade zine was a game in itself, complete with white-out over text that needed to be scratched off to play the game.
Keight MacLean is in her last year of illustration with a minor in drawing and painting. The motivation for her zines is making fun stuff (look at that pizza!) and writing about mental health and addiction. One of her zines is about dying her hair and being raised by a witch.
Jenn Woodall is in her third year of illustration. She had an amazing array of work with her, including comics, pins, prints and stickers. Her work focuses on powerful, magical women and mental health. Her newest work is a comic about anxiety called Marie and Worrywart.
Kai Lumbang is 2nd year graphic design student and a member of the OCADU Zine Collective. He had a packed table which included zines about Kanye West and Cobourg, Ontario.
Jennifer Fryer is a 4th year illustration student. Not only was she tabling her prints, zines and stickers, but she also contributed a mini comic and the design of the endpages for the OCADU Zine Collective's self care zine, Take Heart, which debuted (for free!) at the fair.
The majority of vendors were students, though a few graduates and artists outside the OCADU community also tabled their wares this year, including graduates Eli Howey & Chu Nap and Toronto creators Naomi Moyer, Matthew Daley and Whitney French.