We are happy to announce the location and dates (yes, plural!) for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014. Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights.
In addition to growing into a two-day fest, BZF 2014 will feature panel talks with zine makers in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library on both days. Supporting events and activities will also run before, after, and during the zine fest, and these will be announced as they are confirmed.
As always, the Brooklyn Zine Fest will be free to attend, all ages, and open to the public.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street (at the corner of Clinton St.) in Brooklyn Heights. Close to most subway lines in and around Downtown Brooklyn and fully wheelchair-accessible, the BHS recently celebrated its 150th anniversary with a renovation of its landmark building. Featuring original 19th century woodwork, sculpted terra cotta, and a galleried library with troves of maps and paper records detailing the borough’s ever-changing course, the Brooklyn Historical Society’s handwrought space is a perfect fit for this exposition of self-made publications.
Exhibitor information, including all application details, will be available here in late December 2013. Applications will open in January 2014. Stay tuned for these and other details as they develop, and we’ll see you at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014!
This week we were incredibly surprised and pleased to learn that The Village Voice included the Brooklyn Zine Fest in its “Best of NYC 2013″ issue. According to the Voice, BZF 2013 was the “Best Reassurance That Print Will Survive,” and we’re very happy to have the title. This event is given life by the many writers, artists, and publishers who exhibit their work and the thousands of attendees who revel in it. To us, you’re all the Best of Every Year.
Here are a few snaps of the issue and blurb, but you should pick up a (free!) copy for yourself at one of their red newspaper boxes around the city and flip over to page 96. Or if you’d rather go for irony, point your digital reading device to the online version here.
Your bespectacled organizers,
Matt and Kseniya
Back in April, we gathered dozens of folks together at the Brooklyn Museum to create a crowd-sourced cookbook zine filled with recipes, collaged pages, and food stories. (See photos of the event here.) It was an incredible experience, largely because we also got to work with Malaka and Claire of The Runcible Spoon and Ayun of The East Village Inky. Now you can see the fruits and vegetables of our labor!
Claire and Malaka curated the best pages from the event to create A Very Runcible Brooklyn Cookbook, which you can virtually flip through here. They’ve done an amazing job of putting this all together. Marvel at the colorful cut-and-paste pages! Develop food fantasies based on recipes like Lazy Man’s Salad and Cassava Chunkay! Feel inspired by whimsical food-based collage art!
Organized by categories like “Confessions” and “1-Ingredient 1-ders,” this zine is a valuable food resource for cooks as well as an entertaining read for people who never touch the stove.
Click on the cover to see the full issue:
(Full disclosure: This came out a long time ago, but we dallied on putting the word out. Make up for lost time by reading it over and over again!)
The next Brooklyn Zine Fest won’t be until Spring 2014, but lots of folks are lucky enough to have a zine event in their own town this weekend. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening:
Richmond Zine Fest – Saturday, October 5th
For the first time in four years, we aren’t able to make it to this excellent event which inspired the creation of the BZF. But YOU should go and say hi to the friendliest bunch of zine makers on the east coast.
Be sure to check out beautiful nature-inspired illustrations and poetry by Aijung Kim, the comics of two-time BZF tabler Dre Grigoropol, and food zine The Runcible Spoon, among many other gems.
Albuquerque Zine Fest – Saturday & Sunday, October 5th & 6th
We’ve been to Albuquerque but never the ABQ Zine Fest, which is unfortunate because we’ll be missing Billy da Bunny’s Zine Olympics running all day on Saturday the 5th. Win prizes in events like Speed Stapling, Precision Folding, Proper Assemblage, Creative Cover Design, and the Staple Relay Race.
Tablers will be out on Saturday as well. Pick up a copy of Billy da Bunny’s zines Proof I Exist and Last Night at the Casino, check out the selection at Portland Button Works, and pick up some southwest zines we’d love to get our hands on someday.
San Diego Zine Fest – Sunday, October 6th
This is the first year ever for the SD Zine Fest, so make sure to head over and support independent publishing in your city (if it is, in fact, your city; if it isn’t your city, buy a train ticket and get over there).
Across the sea this Saturday, October 5th, there’s also the:
Happy zine-ing everybody! (And thanks to Alex Wrekk of Stolen Sharpie Revolution for putting together the Zine Event Calendar.)
Check out this 28-minute documentary of the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013, featuring interviews with exhibitors and attendees! If you made it to BZF 2013, relive the magic here. If you weren’t able to attend, see what it was like without leaving your couch.
The video was directed by Kevin Davidson (who sent the links over to us) with interviews by Josh Gilchrist. It aired last month on Brooklyn Public Access, but you can watch it below.
We’ve got a fresh batch of photos from official Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 photographer Steve McFarland, highlighting the great interactions and paper-based joy of this year’s event. We really love how Steve managed to capture the excitement felt by both attendees and exhibitors throughout the day. Looking through these, we’re instantly reminded of the awesome time we had and the amazing people we got to meet. See you next year!
Many more can be found on our Photos page, but here’s a sampling of the day for your enjoyment:
Erich and Ray of FAQNP
Ali from the GLAAD-nominated blog Autostraddle visited the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 and discovered the community-building power of self-published magazines. Read her essay “I Went To Brooklyn Zine Fest, Had Feelings, Found Three More Zines You Should Read“ for detailed profiles of three queer zines and their makers from this year’s BZF, as well as the story of Ali’s long-in-the-making appreciation of the medium:
“I think the way I felt here pretty much summarizes what Brooklyn Zine Fest is all about: the feeling that I have found my people.”
Homos in Herstory by Elvis Bakaitis