Save the Dates!

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The 2014 Chicago Zine Fest will be on March 14 & 15! Save the date! Mark your calendar! Spread the word! As in years past, Friday will include a panel event, youth reading, exhibitor reading, and late night event, while Saturday is exhibition day at Columbia College.

Registration for CZF 2014 will be on Sunday, December 15 at 12pm (Central Time). Half tables are $20 (due to the high demand, we won’t be offering full tables this year). Complete registration details will be coming in early December!

Bingo Night is Back!

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Gather up your good luck charms, because it’s the return of one of our favorite fundraisers — Bingo Night!

For a $10 suggested donation (with all proceeds going to CZF 2014), you’ll be playing round after round of bingo, with prizes from Chicago Vegan Foods, Handlebar, Intelligentsia Coffee, Johnathan Breitung Salon and Luxury Spa, Kozie Prery, Laura Berger, Laurie’s Planet of Sound, Quimby’s, Sarah Tritt Photography, Second City, Starshaped Press, Uncharted Books, Uncle Fun, Wonder Wheel, & Wormhole Coffee!

The always awesome Rachel Foss is this year’s host, and the action is going down Friday, November 22nd from 7-9pm, at 826CHI (1331 N. Milwaukee). Join the Facebook event here! See you soon!

The Return of Hallowzine!

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Candy, zines, and screams, oh my! We’re holding our second annual Hallowzine reading fundraiser on Friday October 25, 8pm at Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) at 858 N. Ashland!

The spooktacular lineup includes Liz Mason (Caboose), Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up), LB (Truckface), Gas Mask Horse (Start Your Own Haunted House), and Jaclyn Miller (Fort Foot Comix). Plus, a live shadow puppet show performed by experimental shadow puppet group Pup House!

This event is all ages and open to the public. $5 suggested donation, with all proceeds benefiting CZF 2014. Wanna join the Facebook event for Hallowzine? You can! We hope to see you there!

CZF Won a Propeller Fund Grant!

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We’re super excited to announce that CZF was awarded a $2,000 Propeller Fund Grant! It’s a honor to be among this year’s recipients, and we appreciate that CZF is supported by the Chicago arts community. We’re pumped to see the projects created by everyone who received these grants and happy to put our own grant funds to good use creating a fun filled and memorable zine fest this upcoming spring. Visit the Propeller Fund website for a list of the award winners and their innovative & inspiring projects taking place in Chicago!

CZF Open Meeting: Gearin’ Up for 2014!

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It’s the stuff dreams are made of: sit around with a bunch of cool zine folks and voice your opinions/ideas/concerns about the impending 2014 Chicago Zine Fest! These meetings are crucial to us organizers, and every community member who is able to attend and has ideas about how to make CZF’s fifth year better than ever is MEGA APPRECIATED ♥

Meet us at the Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC, 858 N Ashland Ave) at 1pm on Saturday, September 7th. It is highly likely that there will be snacks. Also, stick around after the meeting for a bit if you’d like to find out more about getting involved with CZF 2014! Facebook event here! See you there!

Get Involved: CZF is looking for organizers!

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Chicago Zine Fest is looking for a couple of new organizers for the 2014 organizing season! Interested in becoming part of the crew and helping to pull off one of the biggest zine fests in the US? Email us at by May 14th for details!

Keeping Up With The CZFians

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CZF may have just happened, but there’s still so much going on in Chicago and elsewhere, and so many zine-related things to talk about! Curious about post-fest survey responses or other zine-related events? Head on over to our official CZF tumblr to keep up with the discussion!

We will also be holding a post-fest Open Meeting for anyone in the community to come and share their thoughts about CZF 2013 with us while it’s still fresh, and talk about possibilities for next year’s fest. It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering or being involved in a larger capacity (even organizing) to come talk with us about it!

The open meeting is on Sunday, April 28th, 2013 from 1-3pm at the newly established Chicago Publishers Resource Center (ChiPRC) at 858 N. Ashland. See you there!

Want to see what you missed or relive what you didn’t?

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We have a couple of things that you might find interesting. First off is the full transcript from this year’s panel, Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche, hosted by Jami Sailor. It isn’t pretty, but it is interesting. Also, enjoy the (bleep)s.

Second, we have a Prezi from the wonderful Jenna Brager, who led a In The Gutter: A Super-Quick Intro To Writing/Drawing Comics this year.

If you have anything you presented that you would like to share with us or if you know of something posted online from this year’s fest, please let us know!

Thank you and a post-CZF survey

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All of us over here at CZF wanted to say thank you to all of the volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, panel members, readers, sponsors, donors, places to make copies, and anyone else that had anything at all to do with making CZF 2013 an amazing time. We will never be able to tell you how much it means to us!

The only way for us to make sure CZF keeps getting better is to hear what you liked and didn’t like about this year’s fest. We’d also love to hear any new ideas you have. We’ll be having an open meeting soon (more on that to come at a later date) and our email address is always being checked – But, while we’ve got your attention, here’s our survey.

Posting anything CZF-related on social media?

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Well, we want to see it, too!!! Just add a #chicagozinefest tag to any of your posts or tweet or pictures* so that we can check them out and other CZF-loving folkd can, too. We want to know what you think and what you’re finding awesome/interesting.

*Make sure you have someone’s permission before taking pictures. We sure you know that, but we wanted to mention it.