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 –; 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.