With this GoFundMe, we hope to raise funds and support for the future of Wasted Ink Zine Distro at a new location. The funds will provide a financial cushion during this transition and aid with rent and other business costs. Excess funds will be used to rebuild and find a new location.
Operated by queer, disabled zine creator, Charissa Lucille, WIZD houses over 700 local and international zines, representing over 250 artists and provides a hub for creativity and community impact through literary events ranging from zine workshops to the Phoenix Zine Fest.
Detailed Information on Closure by Charissa:
"It's with a heavy heart that I announce this news. I'm closing the storefront of Wasted Ink Zine Distro at The Hive.
I was given less than 24-hour notice that construction would be taking place in my store. I informed the owner I was disabled and needed more time to get help moving items. She assured me I would have a week to move my items but the construction took place the next day which resulted in paint splatter on my furniture, broken furniture items and decor items, and a thick film of dirt and grime on many of my zines. I'm still assessing the damage of my property and merchandise and will be contacting creators.
Additionally, I was told my rent would increase 25% and after nine months of financial difficulty due to the pandemic, that rent increase isn't feasible for me.
I want to thank the community for providing such support in the last 5 years and please know this isn't the end, just a change of plans for Wasted Ink. May we celebrate the wonderful art events, poetry readings, and conversations that took place inside our space at The Hive. Our online store will remain live and we will be looking for a new location when COVID-19 has eased next year."
Read the Article Detailing the Damages
Images of Damage:
Breakdown of Damage Costs:
Damaged Furniture - $135
Broken Decor - $35
Damaged Carpets - $260
Initial Storage Rental - $95
6 Month Storage Rental - $390
Additional or Unknown Costs:
Costs to Address Change on Business Forms
Replacing Merchandise and Damaged Zines
Wasted Ink Zine Distro has been a creative community space for 5 years now. On top of these terrible events, WIZD did not receive assistance through a Covid-19 grant they applied for this year. Please support WIZD and Charissa Lucille! This GoFundMe has been established by Jess Meoni, organizer of The Scranton Zine Fest & Punk Rock Flea Market in Pennsylvania, since 2011.