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See us talk zines on WNYC’s stage via webcast!

April 8, 2014


This is exciting — Brooklyn Zine Fest organizers Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh will be live on stage at WNYC’s Gigstock show tomorrow (Wednesday, April 9th), talking with Soundcheck host John Schaefer about the fest, the zine community in New York, and a few of our favorite music zines.  And you can watch the whole thing live via webcast!

We’ve never shared a stage with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart before (cross that one off the bucket list), and we’re excited to bring some of our zine-knowledge to a whole new audience.  And you can watch the entire show live via a free webcast here!  The show starts at 8pm on 4/9, and we’ll go on stage around 8:30pm.

See you then!

UPDATE: Thanks to Soundcheck‘s Mike Katzif for this photo of us on stage with John Schaefer, to Katie Bishop for booking us, and to Oh My Rockness, Parquet Courts, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart for putting on a great show!


Panel topics announced!

April 3, 2014
Photo of the Othmer Library by Leigh Ann / LABabble (

Photo of Othmer Library by Leigh Ann / LABabble

One of the exciting new developments for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 is the series of panel talks we’re hosting during the fest, upstairs in Brooklyn Historical Society’s beautiful Othmer Library.  Our panel coordinator Jordan Alam of The Cowation has finalized the panel topics and schedule, which you can see below.  Stay tuned for more info about the many talented zine makers who will be taking part in these panel talks!


Queer & Trans* Zinesters (Saturday 4/26 at 4:30pm)
For some of us, the first time we connected with queer people was through zines. How do queer zinesters — especially queer people of color — tell their stories? How do zines build queer community (or not)? Listen to these panelists speak on how queer and trans* identities appear (or don’t appear) in their zines and how zine culture figures into the rest of their lives.
Collecting Zines (Libraries, Archives, & Collectives) (Sunday 4/27 at 1pm)
Zines are often thought of as impermanent; most have a very limited distribution and are not expected to be distributed forever. However, there are many large and growing zine libraries, archives, and public collections that are making zines more permanent and lengthening their “shelf life.” On this panel, we will be discussing the ethics of zine collecting and how collectors go about their work.
Anonymity (Sunday 4/27 at 3pm)
What are the benefits/drawbacks of being a “public zinester”? Some zinesters find that the material they put out might change their relationships with other people if it was put under their real name; some just find it to be part of “zine culture” to be mysterious. Do you put your real name on your zine? Come find out what our panelists have to say about and share your own experiences with anonymity.



Teaming Up, Zine-ing Up

April 1, 2014
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This guest post is brought to you by Christine Stoddard of Quail Bell Magazine, Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitor two years running.

The Fairy Punk mantra embraces the fundamental passion behind any punk movement: D.I.Y. But sometimes it takes two to make magic. That’s why The Quail Bell Crew collaborated with Brandylane Publishers for our first books—The Nest: An Anthology of The Unreal and Airborne: An Anthology of The Real. If you’re familiar with and saw our ‘zines at BFZ last year, you know that fellow Quail Bell(e) Kristen Rebelo and I weren’t going to let anyone boss us around. We have our own vision for the imaginary, the nostalgic, and the otherworldly, and wanted someone to help us channel that vision.

What we found in Brandylane was a veteran press with a cooperative imprint known as Belle Isle Books. The cooperative model allows authors more editorial autonomy than traditional publishing. Unlike self-publishing, the author bears no heavy financial burden. While we received no royalty, we shall reap a higher percentage of sales than we would in a traditional agreement. (Something to entertain, ‘zinesters.)

Curious about how the end result? Check out The Nest and Airborne, compilations of the best writings published on from 2010 to 2012. And don’t worry—you’ll still find our ‘zines at BZF this year.

Mixed-Heritage Panel Talk Kicks Off Zine Fest Weekend

March 5, 2014

CBBG panel image

There’s a lot more to the Brooklyn Zine Fest this year, and kicking off four days of self-publishing events is a free panel talk on mixed-heritage zines on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm. Titled “Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage” and programmed by Nayantara Sen of Brooklyn Historical Society’s “Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations” project, this panel features four BZF 2014 exhibitors:

Nia King (editor, MXD: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers)
Daniela Capistrano (founder, POC Zine Project)
Jenna Freedman (Barnard Zine Librarian)
Moderator Anne Hays (founder, Brooklyn-based zine distro Sleeping Creatures)

Among other topics, the panelists will discuss questions like, How can zines create new narratives and representations for mixed-heritage people, LGBTQ communities, and people of color who are stereotyped or ignored in mainstream media? and, What is the role of zines, DIY and self-publishing within marginalized communities?  Join us for this important and enlightening discussion.

Zines from the Borderlands: Storytelling about Mixed-Heritage
April 24th, 2014
Brooklyn Historical Society, Great Hall


Save the Date(s): More Details for BZF 2014

February 5, 2014

Now that the Exhibitor List is up, we can tell you even more about the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014.  This year’s two-day event, running from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, will feature:

- Two days of self-published magazines, with an entirely different roster each day
- 150 writers, artists, and publishers from Brooklyn & beyond (75 per day)
- Panel talks in the regal Othmer Library on Brooklyn Historical Society’s second floor
- A Student Section showcasing the next generation of zine makers
- The return of Brooklyn Brain Frame, a local edition of Chicago’s live comics event
- The Volunteer Library Brigade providing mobile library services and reference help
- And more to be announced!

Mark your calendars now!  Named the “Best Reassurance That Print Will Survive” by The Village Voice, this yearly expo brings the best, weirdest, and most reasonably priced zines from their creators’ poorly lit apartments to the hungry hearts of New York’s print lovers.


Photo by Steve McFarland

The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 exhibitor list is now available!

February 3, 2014

For this weekend-long event, Saturday and Sunday will feature 75 new writers, artists, and publishers, changing from one day to the next — a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT line-up each day, for 150 total exhibitors! Come both days to see the full selection of self-published magazines from Brooklyn and beyond.

More exhibitors will be added to the Exhibitors page as they are confirmed. Check back for links to each exhibitor’s site, as well as short descriptions of their work.

Saturday, April 26th
I Love Bad Movies
the carbon based mistake
Used Gravitrons
James McPherson Zines
Harrison Stewart
Usagi Por Moi
Marta Ryczko
Jess Ruliffson
The East Village Inky
Put A Egg On It / SALT
Big Womyn Press
Lunchmeat Magazine
Rellie Brewer
Horror Boobs
Chris Carfolite
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POC Zine Project
Modern Girl Blitz
The Bushwick Review
Sassyfrass Circus
tsurufoto nudiezine
The Worst: A Compilation on Grief & Loss
For the Birds Feminist Collective Distro
Chris Piascik
Josh LaFayette
Sincerely Analog
Pillow Talk Zine
Homos in Herstory
Quail Bell Magazine
Maya Edelman
Dave Ortega
LI’L PILL-O, Books.
Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK
Fluxxii Mental Health Distro
Keep This Bag Away From Children
Paper Rocket
Big Daddy Bones Press
Jeremy Jusay
So Buttons
Meghan Turbitt
SMH Girls
Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection
FORGE. Art Magazine
Wizard skull
Syndicate Product
So What? Press
Vice Versa Press
Velo Vixen Zine
HQ Press
Egoheads Zine Collective
Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing
Marnie Galloway
Gary Kachadourian
Whim Quarterly Etc.
Sunday, April 27th
Displaced Snail Publications
Crying Frodo
The La-La Theory
Miniature Garden
Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric
Elation Press
Cynthia Ann
The Ken Chronicles
Desert Island
Ramsey Everydaypants
Barnard Zine Library
Lower East Side Librarian
The Cowation
Robin Enrico
Carnage NYC
Jowy Romano
Gutfeelings Zine
Pegacorn Press
Booklyn Art Gallery
The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine
Big Tee Pee
Steve Seck
Fangirl Publications
Standard Issue + Tuesday Bassen
A Voyage to Panjikant
Original Plumbing
Erin Fae
Lovers & Other Strangers
Liz Prince
Brandi Lee
Vinyl Vagabonds
Haiku & Holga
I Love Bad Movies
Pink Mince
Yo, Miss!
Spectacle Theater
The Runcible Spoon
Hirsute Heroines
M. Sweeney Lawless
Brooklyn to Mars
One Page Productions
No Kings Press
The Carbon Based Mistake
On Flora
Take Out
Sleeping Creatures Distro
Rebekka Dunlap
Eleanor C. Whitney/Grow
Brown Rice Magazine
Ray Ray Books
Rad Dad/Tomas Moniz
Art Activist Nia
Research and Destroy New York City
Lyra Hill/Brain Frame
…and more exhibitors TBA
Student Section on Sat. 4/26
1800′s Axl Rose
Hazel Newlevant
Moon Comix
sucker press
Courtney Menard
Hayley Gold
The Juvenilia
Aatmaja Pandya
Kjersti Faret
Laura Lannes
Amanda Scurti
Student Section on Sun. 4/27
Blame Dagger
Awake Zines
The Broke Squad
Twenty-Four Hours
Parsons Illustration
Parsons Alumni
(More to come)

Meet these folks and your fellow zine enthusiasts at Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights on April 26th & 27th, 2014!

Photo by Steve McFarland

Thank you to everyone who applied for BZF 2014!

January 9, 2014

The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 exhibitor application is now closed.  Thank you to the many, many zine makers who applied.  We are finalizing the line-up for this year’s event, and will put up the list of Saturday and Sunday exhibitors soon.

The Brooklyn Zine Fest was created to showcase zines which don’t typically fit into other publishing events in New York City.  Comics artists, small presses, and art book makers are welcome to apply, however preference will be given to zine makers who do not, would not, or could not exhibit at other events throughout the year.

Scrappy is as welcome as sleek, unusual is normal, niche and marginal are our mainstream.  We want this curated event to feature publications that don’t necessarily have a home elsewhere.

For info about past exhibitors and links to their websites and online stores, see the Vault.


Photo by Steve McFarland


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