A zine festival is a market where independent publishers showcase their zine. Zine is short for magazine. They can be printed materials of any size or shape, printed by individuals or collectives. They serve many purposes. The most popular genres are "perzines" (personal narratives), "info zines" (how to's or informational), "chapbooks" (poetry and prose collections) and comic books. Independent markets like zine fests are a place where creators can share their work with the community and connect with other artists and writers.