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!
At last, Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 has arrived! Today and tomorrow (Saturday 4/26 and Sunday 4/27) from 11am to 6pm, come see 150 exhibitors (a completely different lineup of 75 each day!) showcasing their self-published magazines on two floors in the gorgeous Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights.
As always, the BZF is free to attend, all ages, and open to everyone.
Today also features a panel talk on Queer & Trans* Zinesters at 4:30pm in the Othmer Library, with Nia King, Sarah Mae Allard, Amos Mac, and moderator Jordan Alam.
Every train running through northern/Downtown Brooklyn stops nearby, so it’s an easy trip from anywhere in the city. Here’s a handy map (click on the map to get directions from Google).
Check out the Exhibitors page to see the full lineup for this weekend. See you today and tomorrow at Brooklyn Historical Society!
This week’s issue of Time Out New York has an excellent two-page spread featuring a bunch of Brooklyn Zine Fest exhibitors whose work you’ll be able to pick up this weekend. Many thanks to Andrew Frisicano for picking out his favorite gems from a pile of zines, and to the whole Time Out team for putting this beautiful piece together.
Here are the writers, artists, and publishers featured in the piece. Each day of BZF 2014 features a different lineup, so come both days to see them all this weekend at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights:
The Coldest Winter of Our Hearts – Harrison Stewart (Clown-Kisses Press)
Guide to Dating Gangsters – Julia Arredondo (Vice Versa Press)
A Source Says – Shana Sadeghi-Ray (SMH Girls)
Cybermall – /Creepythread
Smoke Signal – Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Cats Hate Cops – Research and Destroy New York City
UPDATE: Time Out New York has put up an online supplement to their print piece, featuring 30 zine makers (fully one-fifth of this year’s exhibitors!) and their work. See that excellent, comprehensive slideshow here.