CZF 2014

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 2014 the best ever. We appreciate you & your support! You have our eternal love!

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!

Looking for the transcript from the opening panel? Find it here! Missed out on grabbing a CZF 2014 patch? Snatch one up here!

Quick Links for Your CZF Weekend!

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The Chicago Zine Fest is THIS WEEKEND! March 14 & 15! Here are some links to all of the info you need to know:

Friday and Saturday Events — all of the locations, times, & descriptions of each day’s events! Don’t forget that Friday is the panel, readings, & dance party, while Saturday is exhibition day! All events during CZF weekend are FREE, wheelchair accessible, & open to the public!

2014 Exhibitor List — find out who will be at CZF & where their table will be!

Workshop Schedule — times & descriptions of each of Saturday’s workshops!

Travel & Food — directions & travel info for each day, along with suggestions of places to get some grub!

Still have questions? Email us at!


Workshop Schedule Announced!

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Here’s your line-up of fantastic CZF 2014 workshops!

Make a Button Zine with Busy Beaver
The People’s Library
Zines, Punk, & Reclamation: A Discussion for People of Color
Beyond Poop and Puberty: The Politics of Parenting Zines
Brown and Proud Taking Up Space: We Do It For La Raza
BRAIN FRAME: Explained

Click here to read a complete description of each workshop!

But that’s not it! More workshops, including more hands-on demonstrations, will be announced soon!

And don’t forget — all workshops are on Saturday, March 15th at Columbia College (1104 S. Wabash).

The CZF 2014 Exhibitor List Rules the World

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Want to know who’s going to be at CZF 2014? Want to see the floor plans to find out where your table is, or where the table of your most favorite zinester is? Want to drool over how many awesome folks are exhibiting this year? Well now you can, thanks to our CZF 2014 Exhibitor List!

Important note to all exhibitors — please note that this list is for reference only! Exhibitors will still need to check in at an info table (there will be one on both the 1st and 8th floors) on the day of the zine fest in order to table!


Friday Night Lights, CZF Style

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We’re SUPER PUMPED to announce the line-up for the events taking place on Friday night of CZF weekend (March 14 & 15)! Take a look at this sweet stuff:

A youth reading featuring grade school and high school students reading from their own self-published zines!

Featuring readings by:
Joyce Hatton
Curiouser Jane
Caitlin Constantine
Amelia Hruby
Jason Ludtke
Amber Dearest
Khristina Acosta
Mack Attack
Keiler Roberts
Cindy Crabb

Both readings will feature ASL interpretation.

But that’s not it! Immediately following the readings is:

Featuring DJ stylings of CHIRP Radio
Come hang out, have fun, and dance a little in celebration of FIVE YEARS of Chicago Zine Fest!!

Location of the above events:
Hairpin Arts Center
2800 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL

All events are wheelchair accessible!
All events are FREE and open to the public!

Join the Facebook event here!


Benefit Show! // Benefit Show!

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Friends of CZF are throwing TWO benefit shows for us this February! Mark your calendar for this sweetness:

Saturday, February 1st at 7pm
With Sin Orden, Acidic Tree, Earth Girls (new band featuring members of Libyans, Boilerman, Daylight Robbery), and Cabeza Twins!
At Engine Haus (email us for the address)!
$5-$10 donation, with all money going to CZF!
Also — no booze at this one, & please don’t hang out in front of the house!
Facebook event here!

Friday, February 7th at 7pm
With Daylight Robbery, Tensions, Richard Album, Horace Grant, and Cracked Vessel!
At The Magic Living Room (2509 W. Carmen Ave)
$5-$10 donation, with all money going to CZF!
Facebook event here!

Punk Rock Karaoke & CZF = True Love Forever

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It’s time to start thinking of what punk jam you’ve always dreamed of belting out onstage, as it’s the return of one of our favorite CZF fundraisers: PUNK ROCK KARAOKE!

Details: Thursday, January 9th at 8pm at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave.)! 21+ event (we’re sorry, younger CZF friends!). Hosted by the great Marisa Overton & Tara Anley! $5 donation to support CZF 2014! Tell Facebook you’re going here!

How many Operation Ivy songs can be sung in a single night? Who will lead the singalong to “T.V. Party” this year? How many photobooth strips will you take? Only time will tell! SEE YOU THERE, PUNX.

CZF 2014 is Sold Out // Waiting List Info!

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Tables for CZF 2014 have SOLD OUT in record time — two hours!

But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! Sign up on our waiting list and you could still get a table!

And don’t forget, you don’t have to be an exhibitor at CZF to enjoy the weekend! Here’s what we have in the works — more specific details coming soon!

Friday, March 14th
– An early Friday afternoon panel (time TBA!) entitled In it for the Long Haul: A Discussion on Longevity in Zines with Cindy Crabb (Doris), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad), and Alex Wrekk (Brainscan). Moderated by Quimby’s Bookstore’s own Liz Mason (Caboose)!
-A youth reading featuring awesome kids ages 18 & younger
-An exhibitor reading featuring some of your favorite zinesters
– A fun Friday night event!

Saturday, March 15th
– Exhibition!!! Trade zines, buy zines, meet zinesters and organizations!
– Workshops, reading room, & a kids zine table!


Registration for CZF 2014 Opens Sunday, Dec 15 at 12pm (Central Time)!

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Registration for tabling at CZF 2014 opens on Sunday, December 15th at 12pm (Central Time)! Table space is first come, first served, and it sells out quickly (although we do get some people off the wait list each year, too). The cost for the default table size — one half table at 36” x 30” — is $20. Due to the high demand, we won’t be offering full tables this year. If you want to table next to a friend, you will each need to register for your own half table and then request on your form to sit together. Please note that while we love crafts and artwork, we ask that exhibitors focus their tables towards zines. At least 75% of your table should be zines or directly related to self-publishing. Also, exhibitors will be able to pre-order an Upton’s Naturals vegan sandwich at the cost of $5. Payment must be made at registration, as Upton’s sandwiches won’t be sold on-site. You’ll be able to access the registration form on our main website starting on the 15th!

Buy Badass Buttons and Support CZF!

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It’s time for our December fundraiser for the Chicago Zine Fest & oh my, it’s a good one! Our friends Ramsey Beyer, Neil Brideau, Lilli Carré, Nicole Georges, John Porcellino, and Suzy X have each created a special 1” button design just for CZF!

Want to get your hands on some awesome art by some of your favorite zinesters / comic artists and support CZF 2014 at the same time? It’s easy! Button packs (which are $5 + shipping for a pack of three) are available here!