Kill Zinesters Tour
The Kill Zinesters Tour was an idea hatched by Bunnyhop publisher Noel Tolentino and Darby Romeo, publisher of Ben Is Dead. The tour developed as a means of ``trying to strengthen the zine community, Tolentino said back in Summer of 1996. The tour included Tolentino and Romeo, Seth Robson (co-publisher of Bunnyhop), Dishwasher Pete and Larry from Genetic Disorder, with a few other zines joining the tour for legs of the trip. The plan was simple, rent a Winnebago and tour the States hyping zines, relying on local zinesters in each city to organize, host and promote an event.
Months before the tour took place a lot of contraversy sprung up throughout the zine community, especially on alt.zines, the dominant forum for all things zine-related throughout the 1990s. But in the end, most of the prominent zine publishers in each city of the tour helped organize their leg of the event and hundreds, if not thousands, of zine participated in the 18 different zine conventions and events.
Complete tour dates and locations: 6/28/96 Los Angeles Golden Apple ZIne Fest 7/4-7/96 San Diego Comic Convention 7/07/96 Los Angeles Amok Books (with Drag-A-Zine) 7/12/96 Austin, TX Emo's 7/14/96 Memphis, TN Barrister's 7/18/96 New York City Luna Lounge/Pink Pony/Max Fish 7/20/96 Boston, MA Jacques (Queens & Zines) 7/21/96 Providence, RI TBA 7/26/96 Philadelphia Urban Outfitters 7/27/96 Washington DC Go Records 7/28/96 Baltimore, MD Atomic Books 7/31/96 Chicago, IL Quimby's 8/02/96 Milwaukee, WI Fuel Cafe 8/03/96 Minneapolis, MN Dreamhaven 8/10/96 Seattle, WA Vox Populi/Crocodile 8/11/96 Portland, OR Reading Frenzy 8/12/96 Eugene, OR Green Noise 8/17/96 San Francisco Epicenter