UPDATE 1/14: The Exhibitor Application for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 is now CLOSED. Thank you to the many hundreds of zine makers who applied. We will notify you of your application status by February 2nd.
The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 Exhibitor Application is now open, and will be open until Wednesday, January 14th at 12pm EST. All applications received during this time will be equally considered as we curate the line-up for BZF 2015, so make sure to have all the information required — including photos of your zines and a clear description of your work. When you’re ready, apply via the link on our EXHIBITORS page.
Attention zine makers interested in tabling at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015: Exhibitor applications for BZF 2015 will open on Friday, January 9th, and will remain open until 12pm EST on Wednesday, January 14th. As always, BZF 2015 is a curated event and we’ll need to get a good sense of each applicant’s work in order to put together a diverse and well-rounded fest, so be sure to have a clear description (and some photos, if possible) of your work ready for submission.
BZF 2015 will feature more than 150 writers, artists, and self-publishers showcasing their zines, as well as workshops, panel talks, and other exciting events. If you’d like to follow along with the latest details, sign up for our mailing list here, or stay tuned to the website, Twitter, or Facebook.
Mark your calendars! The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 will be held on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at Brooklyn Historical Society, featuring two days of zine exhibitors, panels, and workshops. Exhibitor applications will open in January 2015, and all details will be posted here as they develop. To keep yourself in the loop, sign up for the mailing list via the link on the sidebar.
The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 spanned two days at the beautiful Brooklyn Historical Society, and photographer Sylvie Rosokoff was there the whole weekend to capture it all. It was the biggest and most well-attended Brooklyn Zine Fest in our three-year history, and we couldn’t have been happier with the entire event. From the gorgeous rooms at Brooklyn Historical Society to the amazing variety of zines to the energetic and engaged crowds (and a few adorable pups who pulled their owners into the space), everything was lovely and we had an amazing time.
Below are just a few of our favorites; see all the photos from Sylvie, as well as collections from Tom Scola, Kirsten White, Twitter, Instagram, Animal New York, and several recaps on our PHOTOS page.
After putting together an awesome two-page spread about this year’s event for their print edition, Time Out New York‘s Andrew Frisicano headed to Brooklyn Historical Society to check out all the Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitors in person. The recap he put up on TONY‘s site today is equal parts strange and poetic, a fitting encapsulation of this yearly celebration of the self-printed page. Here’s a taste of his scent-based review (see it here in full):
“Print has a weight, a texture and a smell. You can read it, tack it on your wall, hand it to a friend, and you can admire its unique fragrance.”
“…the floral aroma of the risograph-printed CybrMall. Sweet, certainly memorable. Street-art zine Carnage comes in a sealed bag to lock in the perfume (fresh paint and pretzels). AlexZine‘s photocopied pages carry an earthy, herbal fragrance. Next time you find yourself with a Kindle in your hand, take a breath and consider just what you might be missing.”
We love the idea of experiencing zines in a new way. So go ahead — open up the envelopes or shoeboxes where you keep them, or just lay down next to the pile of printed matter strewn across your floor, and give it a whiff. You just might appreciate zines in a way you hadn’t thought of before.
One of the biggest reasons we started the Brooklyn Zine Fest three years ago was that we wanted to see all the best zines from Brooklyn and beyond in one place, and chat with their makers. Luckily, lots of other people agreed with us.
Here’s a small sample of the zines people brought home from the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014, via Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr (see all our collected zine hauls on the VAULT page):
loot from day two of @bklynzinefest ! I got to meet my hero of zines / author of first zine from @bluestockings I ever read while on a date with @deemy0416, the beautiful @miss_fae !!! it was awesome!! special shout to @cnamor & @8evebev for such sick girl gang fun times & loot swappin' … till 2015! #bkzinefest #zines #iheartzines #strumpet #sadgirl #parsonspublishing #missfae
Zine scores from brooklyn zine fest! Practice Missing by Caroline Tompkins and @sjogrenjack, satellites by Suzi Sadler, Cats Hate Cops by Research and Destroy, Quitting by Maya Edelman, farm Fresh by Phoebe Little, and Packet by Packet Bi – Weekly ++++ an awesome new from my new BFF @tuesdaybassen :^]
— Anna Jo Beck (@annajobeck) April 29, 2014
— Nia (@ArtActivistNia) April 27, 2014
— Julia Lipscomb (@mint_ju_lips) April 27, 2014
Jeremy Jusay via Facebook:
From Mindy Indy:
Studium/Punctum Day 1 via Tumblr:
Studium/Punctum Day 2 via Tumblr:
AND FINALLY, the Brooklyn Zine Fest Organizers’ haul, in two parts:
Yesterday we kicked off zine fest weekend with some amazing zines and lots of attendees and readers (see photos below to find out what you missed/saw). Today the self-published fun continues at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights) with 75 NEW exhibitors (a completely different line-up!) and two panel talks.
The zine fest runs from 11am to 6pm today, with panel talks in the Othmer Library on Zine Collectives, Archives, and Libraries at 1pm, and onAnonymity in Zine Making at 3pm. Zine exhibitors will be sprawling over two floors (half in the Great Hall on the ground floor and half downstairs), so be sure to check them all out! Here’s how to get to Brooklyn Historical Society:
See you today for a full day of zines!