NYABF 2018 Recap

Phew! It’s been a minute y’all. In my tradition of doing the most, the zine appeared at NY Art Book Fair during the same week its Creative Director (that’s me) took on a new full time job at Sotheby’s.

The last few weeks since the fair have included catching the flu, navigating a new office in midtown, and enjoying a hop over to London for some R&R.

So what happened at the fair? To sum it up quickly; Black folks turned out 😈

Here at the zine we choose events to table with a lot of care, taking into account whether the opportunity will allow us to expose our publication to youth of color interested in new music.

Meeting new punx of color can be hard to do at major art institutions and museums; so we were happy to meet and chat with fans who’d made an effort to visit the fair in support of #Blkgrlswurld and other PoC artists at the event. 💋 We got to meet several of the social media contributors who submitted selfie photos during our open call for the Photo Issue.

The Photo Issue had its debut! An excellent team effort over the summer to dedicate a full color book to women of color changing alternative music. When we were first invited to this NYABF, we knew #Blkgrlswurld needed to bring the community with us into that space. Black goths and brujas in full effect, celebrating heavy ass music and the lives it saves. The book was well received and we nearly sold out. It also inspired a great interest in our “Don’t Touch My Hair” pins.

And just to add even more drama to the mix, we also made time during the fair to chat with Wilbur Cooper, a journalist for Mic and Vice, about the special talents of Zeal and Ardor. Zeal and Ardor are a European metal band that happened be performing in Brooklyn the same week as the fair. You can catch some of our conversation with Wilbur on

Up next we’ll be sharing what happened during our trip to London this October. Was there metal? Of course there was!



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