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Independent Publishers’ Heyday: Seoul Zine Festival
Written by Grace Jiyoung Lim | Published. 2016.11.15 07:30 | Count : 1686

In a season of rapid development and growth of the independent publishing phenomenon, publishers are putting effort in expanding the community even more by preparing events such as book fairs and celebrations. On October 1st and 2nd, the first annual ‘Seoul Zine Festival’ (SZF2016) was held in Café Gallery We.AN, Hongdae, hosted by two Independent Publishers ‘ZimFree’ and ‘Ihubooks’. The festival was welcome to any authors who are part of, or interested in the independent publishing community, and any readers looking forward to meeting authors and explore more of independent publishing.

This small festival attracted numerous book enthusiasts. The festival was a special opportunity for the authors to encourage the public to have an interest in their works. Outside of the café gallery building, a live stage band performed on the courtyard, providing a welcoming “Indie” ambiance for the participants. In the building, several booths were held by creators to greet readers, sell copies of their books, and promote their own works of literature and art. Many artistic authors also created postcards and hand-crafted notepads designed with themes of their own novel and photography.

As part of the “Indie” culture, independent publishers encourage authors to challenge themselves to create a huge variety of genres. Therefore, this type of publishing heavily relies on creativity and the authors’ individuality and does not limit types and content of print works. It is a better publishing method than traditional publishing in a typical publisher for authors who merely want their content to be distributed to the public as intended. Novels, photo albums, journals, picture books, magazines, no matter what kind of works or creative content they are, independent publishers allow them to be published for the public.

Some of the most inspirational works presented in ‘SZF2016’ included ‘Sister’s Yard’ (a series of magazines showing women’s unique lives other than beauty and fashion - content of typical magazines targeted to women), ‘FISSSH’ (photography albums of marine and sea creatures), seasonal photo books promoting works of new artists, and so much more.

언니네마당 ‘Sister’s Yard.’

Many of the creators sought ‘SZF2016’ as a privilege and a significant event in their independent publishing life. “It is the very first time for most of the creators and me to be part of an independent publishing festival in Seoul,” said the creator of ‘FISSSH.’ “To greet other numerous creators and authors and to share my work that I’ve been working on since last year was a golden opportunity. Also, to be part of the very first annual festival is something quite memorable.”

‘FISSSH’, 마지막 장 ‘Last Page’, 아이스란드간접여행서 ‘Iceland Travel Journal’

As a new author myself participating in the ‘Seoul Zine Festival,’ it was intriguing to see how many people are part of the independent publishing community, and how much they were enthusiastic about their creations. Though unfortunately, I could not participate as a creator and was not able to feel how to present my works, talking with other fellow creators and authors and sharing experiences was fascinating enough. Based on my experience writing a book, I am definite that all participants in the ‘SZF2016’ know how much time and effort it takes to write and assemble a book and finalize it for the public to read, and how much essence there is a single book. The independent publishing communities are hoping for even better growth, seeking future authors who are willing to promote their endless creativity, and enjoy being part of a group of people who once experienced the joy of book publishing.


Grace Jiyoung Lim
Branksome Hall Asia

*관련기사: http://www.heraldtomorrow.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=259

Grace Jiyoung Lim  student_reporter@dherald.com

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기사 댓글 33
  • yura 2016-12-08 10:21:58

    Great ideas on changing the covers to communicate with your readers,
    very cool   삭제

    • Ki Bum 2016-12-03 16:14:02

      I love how you portrait your ideas into words!
      Keep up the good work.   삭제

      • Soo 2016-12-03 15:43:44

        I wish I could publish my own book in the future too. Also I felt participating those kind of festivals could be a great experiences for myself to walk a new path of writing.   삭제

        • David 2016-11-27 22:25:09

          It is a very contemporary article. I found that nowadays we can publish our own books to let other people listen to our own opinion, experience and thoughts, although it may not be read broadly to everybody at the same time! Great!   삭제

          • 조인우 2016-11-27 12:19:53

            출판업계의 새로운 면을 알게 되어 인상깊네요~ 기회가 된다면 저도 다양한 책 출판행사에 참여해보고 싶다는 생각이 듭니다. 많은 사람들에게 책에 대한 관심과 애정을 키워줄 수 있는 좋은 문화인 것 같네요.   삭제

            • 박기석 2016-11-27 11:40:15

              기사 말미에 언급한 것처럼 책 출판의 즐거움을 경험해본 사람들이 하나 둘 씩 늘어나고 이것이 하나의 커뮤니티를 만들어낸다면 출판분야에서도 지금보다 좀 더 다양성이 존중되는 분위기가 확산되지 않을까 생각해봅니다.   삭제

              • 김민수 2016-11-26 22:08:59

                좋은 글이네요. 앞으로도 사람들이 쉽게 접하지 못하는 분야의 기사로써 대중과 세상을 이어주는 소통의 청소년기자가 되어주기를 바랍니다!   삭제

                • 하지연 2016-11-26 21:58:12

                  개인적으로 인디문화행사들을 알아보고 찾아다니는게 취미인데 기사를 통해 도서출판분야에서도 이런문화가 있는 줄은 처음알았네요!! 다음 기회에는 직접 참여해 보구 싶어요~! ^^   삭제

                  • 정진기 2016-11-26 21:51:57

                    글쓰는 실력이 부족하다 생각해서, 비용이 많이 들거라 생각해서 쉽게 도전해 보지 못하는 '나만의 책 출판하기'가 이러한 독립출판행사들을 통해 실현되기를!   삭제

                    • 김성한 2016-11-26 21:42:09

                      출판분야에서도 인디문화가 있다는 걸 기사를 보고 처음 알았네요. 작지만 의미있는 이런 인디 문화축제를 통해 출판업계의 저변이 확대되었으면 합니다.   삭제

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