Visit the DePaul zine collection with Chicago Zine Fest!


We’re kicking off #CZF2018 with a special pre-fest event! Take a tour of the extensive zine collection that is part of DePaul University Library’s Special Collections and Archives. We’ll have the opportunity to peruse a selection of zines from this academic collection and talk with librarians who work with the archive.

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17
The John T. Richardson Library @ DePaul University
2350 N. Kenmore Ave., Room 417 (4th floor)
Chicago IL 60614
Free **(EventBrite ticket required)

DePaul has been collecting zines since 1994 with a focus on Midwestern zines. The library has 18 individual zine collections —thousands of zines! — primarily from the 1980s-2010s.  A wide variety of topics are represented including music, politics, incarceration, LGBTQA, personal narratives, comics, fiction, and many more.

**PLEASE NOTE: You must have an EventBrite ticket to attend this free event! Get your ticket through the Facebook event post here or directly from Eventbrite here.

Our capacity for this event is very limited, and tickets are first come, first served. If you’d like to attend, don’t wait to get your ticket — we expect this event to sell out quickly.

Questions? Get in touch with us at chicagozinefest@gmail.com

CZF 2018 Zinemaker Spotlight: Tori Holder

Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: Tori Holder

Your zines: Not New Yorker Stories; Sorry For The Inconvenience; Kidskin; 554

Where you’re from: Los Angeles

Where to find you online: Website – Toriholder.com; Instagram – @thattorih

Tell us about your zines. Comix zines, mostly autobiographical, focusing on the magic in the mundanities of life that links us together in the human condition.

Why do you make zines? Zines are a wonderfully accessible form of self-expression and because of that, there’s such a brilliant and diverse community of zinesters. So to me, not only are zines a way to produce my art in a way where both myself and people interested in it can afford it, it’s also a gateway to meeting so many wonderful creatives and forming friendships and creative partnerships.

Which zines are you really into right now? A lot! I just got Daisy Noemi’s latest photo zine in the mail and it’s phenomenal. Also, comics zines by Julie Fiveash and Hannah Kaplan. Basically anything in my “read” and “to read” piles.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? I haven’t been in years, so I’m really excited about exploring the city, any recommendations?

CZF 2018 Zinemaker Spotlight: johnnie b. baker/Budget Press

Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: johnnie b. baker/Budget Press

Your zines: By me – My Snowglobe Life, let your fingers do the walking; with others – Budget Press Review; by others – Terrible Stories, About last night…, I Belong Here, Large Things, The Villain’s Sidekick, and many more.

Where you’re from: I split time between San Diego and Washington D.C. specifically and wherever else I may be at any given time generally.

Where to find you online: Website – budgetpress.net; Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – @johnniebbaker

Tell us about your zines. Budget Press goes all over the place, not sticking to any particular genre or format or style, with many different writers and artists. Budget Press has published over 60 perzines, lit zines, photo zines, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, made with a black-and-white copier, full color digital printer, risograph, as well as chapbooks, novellas, and of course zines. My own johnnie b. baker zines are mostly about travel in one way or another.

Why do you make zines? Because I can do whatever I want about whatever I want however I want to do it whenever I want. I like to hold things in my hand. I am more of a writer than anything else. I like to travel and leave zines behind wherever I go, like I am leaving a part of me behind, for whoever wants it.

Which zines are you really into right now? Paper and Ink Lit Zine, Drawn Poorly Zine, Leftoverpieces, From Hell to Highwater Zine, Best Intentions/ieffenheartyou distro.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? Going to Quimby’s, always whenever I’m in town.

CZF 2018 Zinemaker Spotlight: Alejandra Trigoso

Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: Alejandra Trigoso

Your zines: “Dog and Pony in: Choose Your Own Adventure!”; “Just Pollies”; “Be Your Cake and Eat it Too”; “Girls! Girls! Girls!”; “…What?

Where you’re from: Chicago, Illinois! 🙂

Where to find you online: Website – agtrigoso.com; Tumblr – trigogo.tumblr.com; Twitter – https://twitter.com/allie_trigoso

Tell us about your zines. My zines are introspective and sort of darkly funny (I hope)! They can get kind of gross and weird, but what would alternative comics and zines be without a little oddity and discomfort — am I right?? Most of them are abstracted extensions of things that go on in my life or ideas that I’m playing with for longer animated projects. My favorite kinds of zines leave me with a concept or an image stuck in my head, so the goal for my zines is to do the same for other people.  Sometimes those things that get stuck in your brain blossom into other ideas that you can turn into other art or zines or whatever, and then look at that! An endless cycle of creation! Cool.

Why do you make zines? Zines are great because there’s not really any constraints to what you can or are required to make. I make zines because sometimes you want to thoroughly process a thought into a finished product without turning it into this big, grand production of a thing. A zine can be as small or messy or polished as you want, and there’s a lot of freedom in that!

Which zines are you really into right now? I’ve been revisiting the zines/minicomics I’ve collected over the past couple years and the ones that have made an impact have been “Our Mother” by Luke Howard, “Big Pussy” by Gina Wynbrandt, “Tiny Rubber Ninja Zine” by Eric Benton, the “Laffy Meal” miniseries by Pranas T. Naujokaitis, “Libby’s Dad” by Eleanor Davis, and “Fridge Zone” by Robert Sims.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? Honestly, just walking. It blows my mind that you can just sort of keep walking for what seems like forever here and the sidewalk doesn’t end? And you can reach anything you could realistically want if you’re persistent enough and keep walking (for potentially hours, I guess). I’m originally from San Antonio and pedestrian culture isn’t really a thing there, so even though that’s probably a basic “favorite thing to do”, there’s so much to see when you’re looking at it all from on foot!

CZF x Blue Ribbon Glee Club on April 2!

Peanut butter and jelly. Denim jackets and patches. Zinesters and long-arm staplers. Some pairings are simply inevitable. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Blue Ribbon Glee Club for an epic night of zines and punk rock a cappella! Join us on Monday, April 2 at Cafe Mustache, 2313 N. Milwaukee Ave. We’ll be hosting a BYOZ (Bring Your Own Zine) swap and zine-making party from 6:30-8 p.m. on the cafe side of the venue. Then we’ll head over to the bar side from 8-10 p.m. for the April edition of the Blue Ribbon Glee Club’s Blue Monday residency, featuring a performance by Chicago’s only punk rock a cappella group and sets by Whisker Du (feline-inspired Husker Du tribute band) and Superfrye (punk rock lounge singer extraordinaire). Admission to the BYOZ event is free and open to all ages; $5 suggested donation to the Blue Monday show, which is 21 and older. Facebook event here.

Join us for BINGO!

Join us for the 7th annual CZF Bingo Fundraiser! The fun starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark St. This year you could win some great prizes from our favorite local independent bookstores and comic shops. Proceeds from your $15 donation (which gets you 10 cards, with three chances to win each game) will support Chicago Zine Fest. Our thanks to Josh Pettinger for designing our poster.

Facebook event here!

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