Category: CZF 2018

CZF 2018 Zinemaker Spotlight: johnnie b. baker/Budget Press

Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: johnnie b. baker/Budget Press

Your zines: By me – My Snowglobe Life, let your fingers do the walking; with others – Budget Press Review; by others – Terrible Stories, About last night…, I Belong Here, Large Things, The Villain’s Sidekick, and many more.

Where you’re from: I split time between San Diego and Washington D.C. specifically and wherever else I may be at any given time generally.

Where to find you online: Website – budgetpress.net; Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – @johnniebbaker

Tell us about your zines. Budget Press goes all over the place, not sticking to any particular genre or format or style, with many different writers and artists. Budget Press has published over 60 perzines, lit zines, photo zines, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, made with a black-and-white copier, full color digital printer, risograph, as well as chapbooks, novellas, and of course zines. My own johnnie b. baker zines are mostly about travel in one way or another.

Why do you make zines? Because I can do whatever I want about whatever I want however I want to do it whenever I want. I like to hold things in my hand. I am more of a writer than anything else. I like to travel and leave zines behind wherever I go, like I am leaving a part of me behind, for whoever wants it.

Which zines are you really into right now? Paper and Ink Lit Zine, Drawn Poorly Zine, Leftoverpieces, From Hell to Highwater Zine, Best Intentions/ieffenheartyou distro.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? Going to Quimby’s, always whenever I’m in town.

CZF 2018 Zinemaker Spotlight: Alejandra Trigoso

Chicago Zine Fest draws scores of creative people from around the country and abroad to our annual festivities. For CZF 2018, we’re shining a spotlight on some of the zinemakers who will be exhibiting their work. Keep an eye on our website now through the start of the fest on May 18-19 for our Zinemaker Spotlight series profiling some of the amazing folks who will be tabling this year.

Your name: Alejandra Trigoso

Your zines: “Dog and Pony in: Choose Your Own Adventure!”; “Just Pollies”; “Be Your Cake and Eat it Too”; “Girls! Girls! Girls!”; “…What?

Where you’re from: Chicago, Illinois! 🙂

Where to find you online: Website – agtrigoso.com; Tumblr – trigogo.tumblr.com; Twitter – https://twitter.com/allie_trigoso

Tell us about your zines. My zines are introspective and sort of darkly funny (I hope)! They can get kind of gross and weird, but what would alternative comics and zines be without a little oddity and discomfort — am I right?? Most of them are abstracted extensions of things that go on in my life or ideas that I’m playing with for longer animated projects. My favorite kinds of zines leave me with a concept or an image stuck in my head, so the goal for my zines is to do the same for other people.  Sometimes those things that get stuck in your brain blossom into other ideas that you can turn into other art or zines or whatever, and then look at that! An endless cycle of creation! Cool.

Why do you make zines? Zines are great because there’s not really any constraints to what you can or are required to make. I make zines because sometimes you want to thoroughly process a thought into a finished product without turning it into this big, grand production of a thing. A zine can be as small or messy or polished as you want, and there’s a lot of freedom in that!

Which zines are you really into right now? I’ve been revisiting the zines/minicomics I’ve collected over the past couple years and the ones that have made an impact have been “Our Mother” by Luke Howard, “Big Pussy” by Gina Wynbrandt, “Tiny Rubber Ninja Zine” by Eric Benton, the “Laffy Meal” miniseries by Pranas T. Naujokaitis, “Libby’s Dad” by Eleanor Davis, and “Fridge Zone” by Robert Sims.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Chicago? Honestly, just walking. It blows my mind that you can just sort of keep walking for what seems like forever here and the sidewalk doesn’t end? And you can reach anything you could realistically want if you’re persistent enough and keep walking (for potentially hours, I guess). I’m originally from San Antonio and pedestrian culture isn’t really a thing there, so even though that’s probably a basic “favorite thing to do”, there’s so much to see when you’re looking at it all from on foot!

Check out the CZF 2018 poster

We’re thrilled to debut the official CZF 2018 poster! This year, our artist is Yewon Kwon, who is a printmaker, sculptor, comics artist, and self-publisher currently residing in Chicago. Yewon is a member of the comix collective xeroxcandybar, and she also curates, edits, and publishes the collective publication series PALLOR PINK. You can see more of Yewon’s work here: litlslaywon.com.

Registration for CZF 2018

Registration for Chicago Zine Fest 2018 will be available on this website at 12 p.m. Central time Sunday January 14 and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will fill up quickly, so please mark your calendars now! We will open a wait list when all available slots are filled. Fees will be on a sliding scale from $30 to $60, with awesome incentives for everyone who pays $40 or more. We’re grateful to those who can pay more towards registration to keep CZF running, and we’ve got some seriously nice gifts for you all!

Save the date for CZF 2018!

We’re excited to announce that the ninth annual Chicago Zine Fest will be held May 18-19 2018!

Please save the date for registration, which will open Sunday January 14 2018.

image with confetti and text: "Chicago Zine Fest: save the dates: CZF 2018, May 18-19; registration January 14"

Help organize CZF 2018!

We’re getting ready for another year of putting together Chicago Zine Fest and we’re looking for new organizers! If you’ve attended, tabled, or heard about CZF and have always wanted to join the ranks of the zine fest community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! We strive to work together as a team to create the best zine fest possible, and you can become an integral part of it.

Qualifications: Be cool. Be local. Be reliable. Be available Sunday nights. No experience necessary!

Please join us for our organizer orientation meeting, Sunday, September 24 from 3-5 pm at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave). RSVP at our Facebook event and bring a friend!

image of Uncle Sam reading a zine with text reading "I want YOU to help organize Chicago Zine Fest. Find out more at our orientation meeting"

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