Registration info for CZF 2016

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We’ve heard your feedback and we’re trying something new for CZF 2016 Registration! Our tables filled up in under an hour last year which was stressful for everyone, so we’re switching up the process this year with the hope that registration is easier and less anxiety producing for all involved.

2016 Registration Process:

Registration will be open for an entire WEEK this October! This will give you time to fill out the form and create a killer bio. At the end of the registration week we will be drawing names from the list of those who have completed the registration form. Those whose names we draw will be sent an email a few days after the close of registration with details on how to pay for your half table. CZF will continue to allow exhibitors to only purchase half tables. This allows us to have even more exhibitors at each fest. You will have a limited amount of time to pay for your half table (approximately 10 days). If you do not pay for your half table within that time period we’ll assume you’re no longer interested in being an exhibitor and will take you off the list.

Important dates:

Registration opens Friday, October 23rd at noon.

Registration closes, Friday October 30th at noon.

Exhibitors receive congrats or :( email, Monday, November 2nd.

Payment due Friday, November 13th at noon.

Chicago Zine Fest will take place April 29th and 30th, with our Saturday expo taking place at Plumber’s Union Hall (1340 W. Washington).

The Fine Print:

Be sure you fill out the registration form fully and let us know if you have any questions NOW. Please don’t save your questions until registration is nearly over. We’ll do our best to respond promptly but registration is a busy time and we are all volunteers with other responsibilities. We want you to know what’s up, so reach out early.

Once registration is closed we will be drawing exhibitors randomly from those who submitted applications. Please note that exhibitors will only be able to purchase a half table. CZF strives to have a diverse list of exhibitors and, as we have done every year, we will ensure the Fest has a balance of local, new (never tabled at CZF previously), POC, LGBTQI, and genre-encompassing zinesters.

Next Steps:

The next time you hear from us will be on November 2nd when you will receive an email to let you know if you have an exhibitor spot or sadly, if you don’t. At this time you will need to pay for your half table and an extra chair, if you need one. There will be specific instructions for this process in the email you receive. You will have until Friday, November 13th to make your payment. If you have not paid by this time then you will effectively forfeit your spot and we will offer it to the next person on the list.

If you need to change any info on your original registration please email us as soon as possible. For instance, if you are offered an exhibitor spot and have an additional person who will be tabling with you please let us know, so that we can list them in our program and exhibitors list.

If you have more than one person exhibiting at your half table then you will need to purchase an additional chair for that person. You will only be allowed to purchase one extra chair. All of the chairs will be folding chairs this year (there will be no 3 seat banks that were used at last year’s fest). Because each exhibitor is only receiving 3 feet of table (i.e. a half table space) to display their items, and because space behind the tables fills up quickly we are only allowing two exhibitors per half table. If you are a distro or will be selling more than two people’s work please keep this in mind, so that you are being considerate of your neighbor exhibitors.


Thank you for reading!

Registration opens Friday October 23rd at noon. See you then!

Please email us with any questions.

September 4th Benefit Concert

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Oh heck yeah we are so excited to announce this puppy!!

September 4th fundraiser flyer

What? An amazing benefit concert for those 21 and over
Who? Richard Album and The Singles • Sadie and The Stark • Panthatone • The Eagles of Lombard
When? Friday September 4th • doors at 8 pm • bands at 9 pm • ends at midnight
Where? The Auxiliary Arts Center (3012 W Belmont Ave)
Why? It’s only $7, it helps support CZF 2016, and it’ll be a phenomenal show!!

Find the Facebook event here and get ready for excellent times!


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CZF is excited to participate in Learnapalooza this summer, a free festival for learning new skills and making new connections in Chicago.  We’ll be sharing zine-making knowledge and generally spreading zine love in Wicker Park on August 15th and in Edgewater on September 12th. We hope you can join us!

Keep an eye out for further details on the Learnapalooza website:


Constructive summer

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Lest you think we’re snoozing over the summer…  think again!

Saturday June 27th will be the CZF Ice Cream Social, held at Comfort Station in Logan Square (Facebook event here). Swing by and give us $3-5 (sliding scale) and you’ll get a bowl of ice cream and plenty of toppings (sprinkles, anyone??). We’ll have a variety of flavors and vegan options, too. Join us at Comfort Station at 2579 N Milwaukee Ave from 11:30 am-1:30 pm to get your summer started off right and help us make some cash money for CZF 2016!

We’re also excited be a part of the wonderful Printers Ball in West Town that evening (Saturday June 27th)! We’ll be running a zine jam workshop from 5-6 pm and 7-8 pm—stop by the Spudnik Press Printshop and you’ll walk away with your very own zine! It’ll be in the West Town neighborhood at 1821 W Hubbard St. Printers Ball is always a great time; for more information on their extravaganza of artistic & literary events, visit

Save the date for CZF 2016!

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We’re very happy to announce the date for Chicago Zine Fest 2016: Saturday April 30th! We heard great feedback about the new venue so we’re glad to be back at Plumbers’ Union Hall in the West Loop neighborhood for CZF2016. Stay tuned for more details about the weekend of CZF2016 and info about upcoming fundraising events!

CZF 2015 Panel Transcript & Photos

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If you missed the CZF panel on Friday night (Zines: a Future Craft – a discussion with Julia Eff [Every Thug is a Lady], Jonas [Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!], Ocean Capewell [High on Burning Photographs], and moderated by Jenna Freedman [Lower East Side Librarian]), the transcript is now available. It’s pretty sketchy in places but should give you an idea of what you missed!

On the same note, the photobooth pics from our friends at GlitterGuts are now available! Check ’em out here in all their majesty: There’s also plenty more photos available on our Instagram @chicagozinefest and Twitter @chicagozinefest (or search for #CZF2015). Relive the magic!!

Thank You! Post Fest Survey!

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The CZF organizers would like to say THANK YOU all of the coordinators, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, panel members, readers, sponsors, & donors for helping make CZF 2015 the best ever. We’re so grateful for your support!

Now that CZF is over, we’d love to hear your opinion about the zine fest. You can give us your thoughts on our anonymous post-fest survey, or you can email us at Your feedback will help us make next year’s zine fest even better!

Missed out on grabbing a CZF postcard pack? Snatch one up here!

CZF 2015 is here!!

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CZF 2015 is underway and we couldn’t be more excited!! For your convenience, here’s all the info on what’s going down May 8th & 9th:

All events during CZF weekend are FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public!

Friday May 8th events take place at Access Living (115 W Chicago Ave):

5-6:30 pm: Panel
Zines: a Future Craft – discussion with Julia Eff (Every Thug is a Lady), Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!), and Ocean Capewell (High on Burning Photographs). Moderated by Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian).

7-8 pm: Youth reading

8-9 pm: Exhibitor reading
Readers: Annie Mok (Worst Behavior), Celia Pérez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive, Ofrenda: A Zine Anthology), H. Melt (Second to None: Queer and Trans Chicago Voices, Straight Talk, SIRvival in the Second City: Transqueer Chicago Poems), Martha Grover (Somnambulist), Matt Davis (Perfectly Acceptable Press), and Mimi Thi Nguyen (Slander, Pander Mafia).

Saturday May 9th events take place at Plumber’s Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd):

11 am-6 pm: Zine exhibition

    Workshop schedule:

  • 12-1 pm (1st floor): Italian and European Comics Culture
    The International School of Comics in conjunction with Italian artists and creators Marco Cosentino and Annalisa Vicari bring Chicago Italian And European Comics Culture! A discussion of the international comics scene followed by a hands on illustration session in the style of the masters: Moebius, Enki Bilal, Ugo Pratt, Paolo Serpieri, and so on!
  • 1-3 pm (balcony): Make a Button Zine
    *This is a hands-on workshop that you can drop in on throughout the workshop time. Supplies are limited.* Create your very own button zine with Busy Beaver Button Co.! You bring your creativity and drawing skills and we’ll provide all the materials to make a 4-page 4.25×5.5-inch zine with an attached pin-back button. This all-ages workshop is a drop-in event, as long as supplies last. Led by Busy Beaver’s Denise Gibson.
  • 1:15-2:15 pm (1st floor): Bad Bitches
    Bad Bitches is a workshop facilitated discussion with a group of QTPOC/WOC folks about resisting assimilation into white radical culture and honoring our intense survival skills. Facilitated by Nyky Gomez, Ari Perezdiez, and Mimi Thi Nguyen.
  • 2:30-4 pm (1st floor): Horrormones: Performing Coming-of-Age Comics with the Teen Creative Agency
    Share, illustrate, and perform true-life coming-of-age stories at Horrormones, an all-ages workshop led by the Teen Creative Agency from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Lyra Hill, the creator of Brain Frame. Join us for a strange and hilarious experiment in a judgment-free zone.
  • 4:15-5:15 pm (1st floor): Erasing Oppression with Erasure Poetry
    So much of the existing literary canon is built on the erasure of marginalized voices and experiences. In this hands-on workshop and discussion we will use the Erasure technique to create our own new literary canon that breaks away from privileged and oppressive narratives. Bring your own text or use pages from the ones provided. Provided texts will be a range of books, periodicals, and other materials considered to be traditionally oppressive. Facilitated by Danielle Susi of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

More information about CZF 2015…

The official CZF after party will be held on Saturday May 9th at the International School of Comics (1651 W Hubbard St.) from 9-11 pm. Find more details on the after party Facebook event page.

Current list of exhibitors tabling at Chicago Zine Fest 2015

Directions and adjacent food joints

Spread the word! Join the official CZF Facebook event page, and use hashtag #CZF2015 on all your social media posts!

CZF 2015 after party: Dance ‘n’ Draw!

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Chicago Zine Fest closes the 2015 festival weekend with an official after party at the International School of Comics located at 1651 W Hubbard St. from 9-11 pm.

The Dance: Get up and move to a DJ mix provided courtesy of CZF organizers from responses we’ve heard from the community.

The Draw: CZF organizer Alex Nall brings his signature Saturday Night Drink ‘n’ Draw activities to the crowd. Join in on a collective jam comic or bring your own work and have a good time. All drawing supplies provided by our hosts at the ISoC.

The Drink: There will be a limited open bar. Plus it’s BYOB. Snacks will be on hand while they last.

The event is free to the public. It is all ages. It’ll be a bunch of fun, y’all, we hope you’ll join us! Facebook event here.

Volunteer for CZF 2015!

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CZF is a few weeks away & we need your help!

Poster Promo!

We’ve printed hundreds of gorgeous zine fest posters to hang up around Chicago! Want to help us out by hanging some up in the libraries / coffee shops / stores in your neighborhood? If so, let us know at!!

Volunteer at CZF!

We’re filling volunteer roles for Chicago Zine Fest weekend! Each year nearly fifty volunteers help with staffing the info table, monitoring the workshops, doing set-up & tear-down, and much more. Volunteer duties are simple and most shifts are just two hours. If you are a big-hearted soul who has some time to spare on Saturday May 9th, email us at for a complete list of roles and shifts!

Oh, and if free stuff sways you, all volunteers get a free CZF poster & postcard pack! Designed by Corinne Mucha, risograph printed by Perfectly Acceptable Press, loved by all!


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