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.”

Interested in some SPOC Hangouts?

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Are you coming to our open meeting? We hope so! If you are, you can go to the weekly meeting of SPOC (Self Publishers of Chicago), which is taking place right after ours. SPOC will be meeting up at Township (2200 N California by the California Blue Line Stop) at 4:30 pm and they’d love to see you there.

Have something to say? We wanna hear it!

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Have any thoughts about CZF 2013? How about feedback on CZF 2012? Just wanna hear what we’re up to? This is your chance!

CZF will be having its Open Meeting this Saturday, November 17th at 2pm. We will be gathering at the Logan Square Branch of the Chicago Public Library, located at 3030 W. Fullerton in Chicago. Facebook it here.

Hope to see you there!

(As always, if you have something to say and aren’t in Chicago or can’t make the meeting, feel free to email us at chicagozinefest @

A small price to pay for punk rock glory

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Hey folks! One of CZF’s favorite fundraisers is coming up THIS THURSDAY, November 15th at 8pm. As usual, we will be rocking out at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave. – 21+) and there will be a $5 cover. The Reader is excited about it, too!

Leave your work clothes on the floor and morph into the anarchist, Mohawked, drug-afflicted punk rock god you’ve always wanted to be. Punk Rock Karaoke benefits the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest. The playlist features songs from the likes of the Ramones, the Dead Kennedys, the Pixies, Bikini Kill, and the Clash, all performed by you, of course.

Jami Sailor and Johnny Misfit will be your hosts, which will certainly be a great time. Jaclyn Miller is to thank for the rad artwork.

If you’re into Facebook, you can find the event here.

Do you want to table? You should read this.

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Registration Date Announced!

Mark your calendar—registration for CZF 2013 opens on December 10, 2012! Registration will be available on the website. More information (regarding specific info on price, tables, etc.) will be available in early December.

New Site!

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Artwork Unveiled!

The amazing new artwork for CZF 2013 was done by Laura Berger & we couldn’t be more happy with it. Laura’s art will grace our t-shirts & buttons, along with a new item for 2013—tote bags!

New Website!

We’re very excited to show off this brand new website! Thanks to Caro Griffin for her work in the redesign. Take a minute to check it out!

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