While most festivals attempt to go big, Autoptic chooses to go small. Since 2012, organizers have masterminded a fun get-together for a variety of independent culture creators. Print artists, zine authors, local musicians, small record labels, alternative publishers, illustrators, and other DIY folks are typically in attendance. In addition to the expo floor, there are often talks, performances, concerts, and other low-key happenings scheduled. This year's event at Aria will expand to two days (August 8-9), and will include zine and comic workshops, plus a kid-friendly area.