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CZF bingo 2013It’s that time again – CZF Bingo Time!!!

Bingo is one of CZF’s favorite fundraisers, and we’re hoping you can join us this time around. On Friday, January 18th, $5 gets you one bingo card. There may be more available for an additional donation.

Jim Joyce will be hosting the event, although Dave Roche’s performance last year will be a hard act to follow. We’ll have a bunch of local prizes, so bring your game face…or some blind luck.

We’ll be hanging out at 826CHI, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave., from 7pm – 9pm.

Want a rad zine?

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Zine Feast comp zineWell, it’ll cost you.


Only $20, though. AND you get a special CZF BFF button. Pretty sweet, eh?

We only have 3 days left until our Indiegogo campaign ends and we could sure use your help to get to our goal. Support self publishing and CZF if you can!

Start 2013 right! Support self publishing!

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screen printed poster - webHave you thought about how you would like 2013 to be different for 2012? CZF has. We are working to make this year’s fest better than ever. Now, here’s where you come in…
We are still looking for donations to support Chicago Zine Fest 2013. Any amount helps and you can just toss $5 our way and we’ll be incredibly grateful. Plus, you’ll be supporting self publishing and CZF, not to mention all the folks we’ve asked to participate.

We only have 4 days left in our campaign, so the time to hesitate is through. Be a CZF BFF! And tell your friends!

Want to lead a workshop at the Chicago Zine Fest?

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Chicago Zine Fest is now accepting workshop proposals for this year’s fest! These workshops will take place on Saturday, March 9 during tabling hours at the Conaway Center. You can submit your proposal by clicking here and filling out the form. Proposals will be accepted until January 26th, 2013, and workshop leaders will be notified about whether their proposal was accepted at the end of January.

We’re excited to hear your ideas for this year!!

CZF 2013 Programming Lineup!

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We’re really excited to announce the lineup of events for Chicago Zine Fest 2013!

Friday, March 8, 2013:

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche at the Conaway Center, Columbia College

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Youth Reading at 826 CHI

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Exhibitor Reading at 826 CHI

9:30 pm – 12:00 am: Zine, Lose, or Draw!:  A game show hosted by Neil Brideau at Quimby’s Bookstore

Saturday, March 9, 2013

11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Zine Exhibition featuring over 200 tablers, workshops, and panels at the Conaway Center, Columbia College

Registration full? Whomp.

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Tables for CZF 2013 may be sold out already, but that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Sign up on our waiting list and you could still get a table!

But even if that doesn’t work out, CZF 2013 is still a great time. Check out this intentionally-vague list of events that you don’t need to be tabling to enjoy!

Friday, March 8th
– A panel discussing writing about health, disability, and accessibility
– An exhibitor reading featuring some of your favorite zinesters
– Our fun evening event: Zine, Lose, or Draw!

Saturday, March 9th
– Exhibition!!! Trade zines, buy zines, meet zinesters and organizations!
– Workshops of all sorts!

Tabler or not, we can’t wait to see you in March!


The moment you’ve been waiting for is over

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Registration is full!!! Boo hoo!!!

Registration is live!!! Woo hoo!!!

Go here to register for the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest, which takes place March 8-9, 2013. You’ll also be able to buy 2013 merch, as well as some t-shirts and posters from previous years’ fests.

We can’t wait to see you! Only 89 days until you’ll be seated at your table!!!

IMPORTANT: Please note that if you filled out the registration form, paid through our Big Cartel page and received confirmation of your payment from that site before we sold out, then your table spot IS confirmed and you don’t need to worry. We sold out in a record amount of time this year, which is amazing — thank you all so much for being so excited! Please be patient with us as we catch up, sort out all of your information, and get in touch with you as exhibitors.

Wanna buy some zines, hear some tunes, and drink some booze?

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This coming Sunday, December 9 The Empty Bottle will be hosting the Pop-Up Book Fair hosted by Curbside Splendor, Chicago Writers House, and The Chicagoan. CZF will be selling some zines (and might even have a few to give away), so stop by if you can. Quimby’s will also be in attendance.

The Empty Bottle is located at 1035 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Cash bar.

We need BFFs!

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Have you ever thought that CZF would make a pretty rad best friend? Are you too busy to volunteer, but want to contribute some cash? Are you an out-of-towner who would like to give CZF a bit of help? Do you just want some cool stuff?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then do we have the fundraiser for you!

December is the month CZF asks for online donations.  This year, we decided to class it up with a video and some excellent thank-you prizes including tote bags, prints from our gracious friends, exclusive buttons, and zines. We are also including some extra special thank you gifts such as a half table among our sponsors at Saturday’s exhibition, a package of goodies from the artists who have created CZF’s distinctive art each year, and a tattoo from the talented Alana Robbie when she makes her yearly pilgrimage to Chicago Zine Fest!

Mosey on over over to our fundraising campaign to watch the video made by Jaclyn Miller, Leslie Perrine, and Heather Colby which features this year’s artwork designed by Laura Berger.

Thanks in advance, possible future best friend!

SpuDnik like a potato, not SpuTnik like the Soviet Union.

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The AnnexOur newest sponsor, Spudnik Press Cooperative, has invited the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest organizers to use their new community space, The Annex, on December 3, 2012. CZF organizers will be utilizing The Annex to create a special limited edition zine.

So, why don’t you stop by to see the CZF 2013 organizers in action and to check out The Annex? We will be cutting, pasting, copying, and stapling from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Spudnik is located at 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302, Chicago.

Here you go, Facebookers.

About The Annex:
“The Spudnik Press Annex hosts a gallery and classroom, independent studios, and shared work space for writers, bookmakers, artists, students, and others. A reference library of small press and experimental book projects is under development.”

About Spudnik Press Cooperative:
Spudnik Press Cooperative aims “to provide facilities and services available to artists who need a place to create or exhibit their original artwork, especially those who cannot obtain access to traditional printmaking facilities and exhibition spaces because of financial or other limitations. To provide education in printmaking practices though uniting professional artists with a diverse community of emerging artists, established artists, youth, and adults.”