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CZF is excited to participate in Learnapalooza this summer, a free festival for learning new skills and making new connections in Chicago.  We’ll be sharing zine-making knowledge and generally spreading zine love in Wicker Park on August 15th and in Edgewater on September 12th. We hope you can join us!

Keep an eye out for further details on the Learnapalooza website:


Constructive summer

Lest you think we’re snoozing over the summer…  think again!

Saturday June 27th will be the CZF Ice Cream Social, held at Comfort Station in Logan Square (Facebook event here). Swing by and give us $3-5 (sliding scale) and you’ll get a bowl of ice cream and plenty of toppings (sprinkles, anyone??). We’ll have a variety of flavors and vegan options, too. Join us at Comfort Station at 2579 N Milwaukee Ave from 11:30 am-1:30 pm to get your summer started off right and help us make some cash money for CZF 2016!

We’re also excited be a part of the wonderful Printers Ball in West Town that evening (Saturday June 27th)! We’ll be running a zine jam workshop from 5-6 pm and 7-8 pm—stop by the Spudnik Press Printshop and you’ll walk away with your very own zine! It’ll be in the West Town neighborhood at 1821 W Hubbard St. Printers Ball is always a great time; for more information on their extravaganza of artistic & literary events, visit

Save the date for CZF 2016!

We’re very happy to announce the date for Chicago Zine Fest 2016: Saturday April 30th! We heard great feedback about the new venue so we’re glad to be back at Plumbers’ Union Hall in the West Loop neighborhood for CZF2016. Stay tuned for more details about the weekend of CZF2016 and info about upcoming fundraising events!

CZF 2015 Panel Transcript & Photos

If you missed the CZF panel on Friday night (Zines: a Future Craft – a discussion with Julia Eff [Every Thug is a Lady], Jonas [Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!], Ocean Capewell [High on Burning Photographs], and moderated by Jenna Freedman [Lower East Side Librarian]), the transcript is now available. It’s pretty sketchy in places but should give you an idea of what you missed!

On the same note, the photobooth pics from our friends at GlitterGuts are now available! Check ’em out here in all their majesty: There’s also plenty more photos available on our Instagram @chicagozinefest and Twitter @chicagozinefest (or search for #CZF2015). Relive the magic!!

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, & donors for helping make CZF 2015 the best ever. We’re so grateful for your support!

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

Missed out on grabbing a CZF postcard pack? Snatch one up here!

CZF 2015 is here!!

CZF 2015 is underway and we couldn’t be more excited!! For your convenience, here’s all the info on what’s going down May 8th & 9th:

All events during CZF weekend are FREE, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public!

Friday May 8th events take place at Access Living (115 W Chicago Ave):

5-6:30 pm: Panel
Zines: a Future Craft – discussion with Julia Eff (Every Thug is a Lady), Jonas (Cheer the Eff Up, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus!), and Ocean Capewell (High on Burning Photographs). Moderated by Jenna Freedman (Lower East Side Librarian).

7-8 pm: Youth reading

8-9 pm: Exhibitor reading
Readers: Annie Mok (Worst Behavior), Celia Pérez (I Dreamed I Was Assertive, Ofrenda: A Zine Anthology), H. Melt (Second to None: Queer and Trans Chicago Voices, Straight Talk, SIRvival in the Second City: Transqueer Chicago Poems), Martha Grover (Somnambulist), Matt Davis (Perfectly Acceptable Press), and Mimi Thi Nguyen (Slander, Pander Mafia).

Saturday May 9th events take place at Plumber’s Union Hall (1340 W Washington Blvd):

11 am-6 pm: Zine exhibition

    Workshop schedule:

  • 12-1 pm (1st floor): Italian and European Comics Culture
    The International School of Comics in conjunction with Italian artists and creators Marco Cosentino and Annalisa Vicari bring Chicago Italian And European Comics Culture! A discussion of the international comics scene followed by a hands on illustration session in the style of the masters: Moebius, Enki Bilal, Ugo Pratt, Paolo Serpieri, and so on!
  • 1-3 pm (balcony): Make a Button Zine
    *This is a hands-on workshop that you can drop in on throughout the workshop time. Supplies are limited.* Create your very own button zine with Busy Beaver Button Co.! You bring your creativity and drawing skills and we’ll provide all the materials to make a 4-page 4.25×5.5-inch zine with an attached pin-back button. This all-ages workshop is a drop-in event, as long as supplies last. Led by Busy Beaver’s Denise Gibson.
  • 1:15-2:15 pm (1st floor): Bad Bitches
    Bad Bitches is a workshop facilitated discussion with a group of QTPOC/WOC folks about resisting assimilation into white radical culture and honoring our intense survival skills. Facilitated by Nyky Gomez, Ari Perezdiez, and Mimi Thi Nguyen.
  • 2:30-4 pm (1st floor): Horrormones: Performing Coming-of-Age Comics with the Teen Creative Agency
    Share, illustrate, and perform true-life coming-of-age stories at Horrormones, an all-ages workshop led by the Teen Creative Agency from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Lyra Hill, the creator of Brain Frame. Join us for a strange and hilarious experiment in a judgment-free zone.
  • 4:15-5:15 pm (1st floor): Erasing Oppression with Erasure Poetry
    So much of the existing literary canon is built on the erasure of marginalized voices and experiences. In this hands-on workshop and discussion we will use the Erasure technique to create our own new literary canon that breaks away from privileged and oppressive narratives. Bring your own text or use pages from the ones provided. Provided texts will be a range of books, periodicals, and other materials considered to be traditionally oppressive. Facilitated by Danielle Susi of School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

More information about CZF 2015…

The official CZF after party will be held on Saturday May 9th at the International School of Comics (1651 W Hubbard St.) from 9-11 pm. Find more details on the after party Facebook event page.

Current list of exhibitors tabling at Chicago Zine Fest 2015

Directions and adjacent food joints

Spread the word! Join the official CZF Facebook event page, and use hashtag #CZF2015 on all your social media posts!

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