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Thank you! Post fest survey!

The CZF organizers would like to say THANK YOU all of the coordinators, volunteers, exhibitors, attendees, panel members, readers, sponsors, and donors for helping make CZF 2017 the best ever! Thank you for your support!!

Now that CZF is over, we’d love to hear your opinion about the 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!

After party / karaoke party!

flyer with drawn images of squiggly people. Text reads: "Chicago Zine Fest karaoke after party, May 6th, 8-11 pm, Learning Machine, 3145 S Morgan St."

You know we love our karaoke here at CZF!! Please plan on joining us at The Learning Machine (3145 S Morgan St in  Bridgeport) on Saturday after the fest from 8-11 pm to celebrate another fest in the bag. RSVP at the Facebook event and join us for fun times!!

Volunteers needed

To make the CZF magic happen, we need YOUR HELP! Can you help distribute posters and postcards to areas around the city before the fest? Would you be willing to volunteer for a few hours on Saturday May 6th to make sure the fest runs smoothly? If so, please let us know by emailing us at, including the word “volunteer” in the subject line. All volunteers get a free poster of this year’s fabulous artwork by Mike Centeno (beautifully printed by our friends at Perfectly Acceptable Press).

Saturday workshops announced!

We’ve got a lot of great stuff lined up during our Saturday May 6th zine exhibition! It’ll be open from 11 am-6 pm at Plumbers Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd) but we’ve got special events lined up during the day. Check it out:

Workshops throughout the day on Saturday:

  • 12:15-1:15 pm: Ever Evolving Bastion of Freakdom: a Retrospection of Quimby’s Bookstore. Owner, manager, workers, and customers all chatting about Quimby’s twenty-five-year history. Emceed by CZF organizer and youth educator Alex Nall.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Zines: the Next Generation. Join the youngest members of the zine community while they show us all up with their zine skills. Bring your work to share and sign up to read at 1:30 p.m. Emceed by CZF organizer and youth educator Alex Nall.
  • 2:45-3:45 pm: Experimental Drawing Techniques with Mackenzie M-B. Ever wanted to use different modes of drawing in your zines? Like, something that is still highly observed but is more “show” and less “tell”? This workshop will teach you how to incorporate some experimental drawing techniques to deepen and strengthen your drawing practice. We will use keystone techniques in the workshop and share ideas around how to take these techniques back into the studio. Let your drawing puppy off that leash! Please bring a sketchbook and something to draw with.
  • 4:00-5:00 pm: Press-less Patch Printing with Fata Morgana Press. Workshop participants will learn cheap and easy methods for printing patches at home including vegan gelatin printing, ink slab transfer, cyanotype, xerox transfer, and pochoir stenciling. Led by Mary Clare Butler and Amy Leners.

There will also be all-ages activities all day Saturday, including:

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm: LetterpressSpudnik Press will be showing off their new portable letterpress at the activity table. Make some analog magnetic poetry to keep on a card forever or send to a friend!
  • 1:00-3:00 pm: Button making. Join Busy Beaver Button Co. at the activity table to make custom buttons.
  • 3:00-6:00 pm: Sticker-making & arts and crafts. Everyone is invited to join staff from The WasteShed, Chicago’s Creative Reuse Resource, for mini-zines and sticker making.
  • all day: Photos. Get your glamour on in the GlitterGuts photo booth.

Fabulous Friday night readers!

We’ve got a fantastic list of small press creators ready to entertain you from Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Toronto, San Antonio, and right here in Chicago! These zinesters and comics artists will be sharing their work Friday May 5th at Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St in Bridgeport) starting at 8 pm:

Please RSVP at our Facebook event and tell your friends—you won’t want to miss out on this great evening!

List of 2017 exhibitors is here!

We are so excited about the fabulous exhibitors, sponsors, and invited guests that will be joining us for CZF 2017! Check them out here!

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