HELLO ZINESTERS, READERS, AND ENTHUSIASTS,
2022 was a pivotal year for Wasted Ink Zine Distro and the Phx Zine Fest! With your generous support and involvement, we distributed over 2,500 zines, led 15 zine workshops with youth and adults, and hosted a 4-day virtual and in person Phx Zine Fest! We settled into our location at Nurture House and opened a collaborative print studio called Paper Jam + Print! We curated six art shows in Raíz Gallery, and distributed zines at the Tucson Zine Fest and Zigote Press’s Queer Print & Zine Fair. We enjoyed reading zines like “TESTIMONY Vol 1,” by Related Records, “The Sixth World Issues 1-4,” by Kayla Shaggy, and “We Are All Living in a Simulation [And That’s Ok],” by Fuzzy Cherry Zine.
We have big goals for 2023, including launching the Wasted Ink Zine Library catalog and offering printing services to WIZD zinesters. None of this would have been possible without your participation in our programming and events and your support of our national and international distribution efforts. Thank you! With Gratitude, Charissa & the WIZD Team
Wasted Ink Zine Distro(WIZD) is a zine store and community space in Phoenix Arizona led by a passionate queer, neurodivergent, disabled zinester named Charissa Lucille. WIZD uplifts QTBIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled and chronically ill, neurodivergent, and AZ creators by distributing their work locally and internationally, and by hosting community events like the Phx Zine Fest, art shows, and workshops.
Originally founded in 2015, WIZD is now part of a community space called Nurture House which includes Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, Wasted Ink Zine Distro, Pachanga Press, and Abalone Mountain Press. In 2022, WIZD expanded by opening a collaborative print studio called Paper Jam + Print, in Phoenix that houses SATURNHEX, Shut Eye Press, and Wasted Ink Publishing, three presses that share a common ethos: to provide accessible, intentional, D.I.T. (Do It Together) printing opportunities. www.wizd-az.com
Wasted Ink Publishing, an expansion of WIZD, is now providing printing and binding services for zine makers, artists, and creators. WIZD has always valued personal narratives and they're here to help bring them to life on some real neat paper.
Equipped with multiple Kyocera laser printers, a Risograph RP 3700 printer, a perfect binder, and longarm staplers, they're a one-stop-shop to design, print, and distribute self-published projects.