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CZF after party at Cafe Mustache

After party, you ask?? HECK YEAH we’re having an after party! It’ll be at Cafe Mustache (2313 N Milwaukee Ave) from 8:30 pm ’til midnight. DJ Cat Claw will spin records! Alex Nall will lead everyone in Drink n’ Draw! $2 drink specials! RSVP on the Facebook event and then come hang out with your zinester pals after an awesome day at CZF 2016!!

Huge thanks to our pals at Cafe Mustache for hosting what will be a great evening!

Poster with text: Chicago Zine Fest After Party!!! This Saturday April 30th, 8:30pm-12am, come hang with your zinester pals, $2 drink special, Drink 'n' Draw led by Alex Nall, DJ Catclaw spinning records, at Cafe Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee

Sweet poster by Bred Rohloff of Bred Press

Support CZF 2016!

We’re asking for your support! We need to raise $2,000 in order to make CZF 2016 happen—we’re grateful for any amount you can contribute.

Find more details about our financial expenses and donate now at our GoFundMe page.

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Zine Not Dead comics reading

Poster for April 16 2016 event Zine Not Dead

Saturday April 16 join us for CHICAGO ZINE FEST NOT DEAD, a CZF2016 fundraiser presented by our friends Bred Press and Perfectly Acceptable Press at the International School of Comics (1651 W Hubbard St).

You’ll be entertained by an illustrious group of Chicago comics artists:
Keiler Roberts
Kevin Budnik
Jessica Cadwell & Griffin Miller
Paul Reilly
Chloe Graham
and our very own CZF organizer Alex Nall

The evening will be hosted by the ignominious Brad Rohloff and Matt Davis. The show starts at 7 pm—it’s just $5 to help support this year’s zine fest, which gets you admission, a free poster, and the chance to win a prize! 

Find more info and spread the word at the Facebook event. We’ll see you there!

Help out at CZF Volunteer Day

CZF Volunteer Day is coming right up! As the Chicago Zine Fest approaches, we need your help. Have a spare hour or two? Drop in at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave) on Sunday April 17th any time between noon-3pm to have a great time and help us make CZF a success!

We need volunteers to help us make buttons, prepare clip art & blank booklets for our activity table, and collate zines (all easy stuff, we promise!). Or stop by and pick up some promotional flyers and posters that need to be distributed around the city. Invite a friend via our Facebook event and make it even more fun!

ALSO! We’re looking for a few new faces to organize the next Chicago Zine Fest, so here’s your chance to learn how to become more involved with CZF 2017! Ever thought about organizing the zine fest? Not sure what organizing is all about? Come hang with us & find out!

Want to volunteer over zine fest weekend? Get in touch—we’d be glad for your help!


Preorder your CZF tote bag!

CZF 2016 tote bag

Our fabulous design for the 2016 Chicago Zine Fest was created by Erik Rodriguez and we’ve put it on a black tote bag for you stylish folk.

Manufactured by our friends at REP CHI, these 100% cotton totes are super sturdy, using 10 oz. cotton construction, durable gusseted sides, and 22-inch long handles. It measures 10″ wide x 14″ high x 5″ deep. In a super unscientific test, we crammed about 65 zines in there–enough to get you through the longest of road trips!

These are currently only available for pickup at the 2016 zine fest on April 30th. Pre-purchase yours now at our online shop.

Every purchase will support the Chicago Zine Fest this year and into the future–thank you!

Friday night lineup announced

We’re delighted to announce what we’ve got planned for the evening of Friday April 29th!!

Panel discussion, 6:30-8 pm: “Permission Not Granted: Women of Color and the Politics of Zines”: a discussion with Leila Abdelrazaq, Sarah Gonzalez, and Monika Harris; moderated by Monica Trinidad. We’re grateful to have the support of the University of Chicago Library in presenting this panel.

Exhibitor reading, 8-9:30pm: Readings from zinesters near and far, including:
Andi Santagata (Sorry Mom Comix)
JC (Tributaries)
Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up)
Marnie Galloway (In the Sounds and Seas)
Rachel & Sari (Hoax)
Taryn Hipp (Lady Teeth)
Tanuja Jagernauth (Brown & Proud Press Collective)
Vicky Lim (Abstract Door)

All our Friday events will take place at Workshop Chicago (935 W Chestnut St, Suite 530). All events during CZF weekend are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible—please plan on joining us for what’s sure to be an epic evening!

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