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
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
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.
I Love Bad Movies
the carbon based mistake
James McPherson Zines
Usagi Por Moi
The East Village Inky
Put A Egg On It / SALT
Big Womyn Press
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POC Zine Project
Modern Girl Blitz
The Bushwick Review
The Worst: A Compilation on Grief & Loss
For the Birds Feminist Collective Distro
Pillow Talk Zine
Homos in Herstory
Quail Bell Magazine
LI’L PILL-O, Books.
Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK
Fluxxii Mental Health Distro
Keep This Bag Away From Children
Big Daddy Bones Press
Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection
FORGE. Art Magazine
So What? Press
Vice Versa Press
Velo Vixen Zine
Egoheads Zine Collective
Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing
Whim Quarterly Etc.
Displaced Snail Publications
The La-La Theory
Tazewell’s Favorite Eccentric
The Ken Chronicles
Barnard Zine Library
Lower East Side Librarian
Booklyn Art Gallery
The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine
Big Tee Pee
Standard Issue + Tuesday Bassen
A Voyage to Panjikant
Lovers & Other Strangers
Haiku & Holga
I Love Bad Movies
The Runcible Spoon
M. Sweeney Lawless
Brooklyn to Mars
One Page Productions
No Kings Press
The Carbon Based Mistake
Sleeping Creatures Distro
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
1800′s Axl Rose
Meet these folks and your fellow zine enthusiasts at Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights on April 26th & 27th, 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
The TV show Psych (we’ve never watched it, but apparently it’s been airing for eight years) has a commercial for an upcoming musical episode, featuring a pull quote from a fake zine.
This is a “…new musical that doesn’t ‘suck-it!’” according to a quote attributed to “Shawn’s self-published ‘zine.” IMDb tells us that Shawn is a character on the show, and though we were excited for a second that he might actually be Psych‘s resident zine maker, it seems the made-up zine is only mentioned in this tongue-in-cheek commercial.
So while we’re still awaiting a landmark television show brave enough to feature a zine maker in a starring role, console yourself with the knowledge that someone at USA Network is aware of the existence of zines. Hey, maybe someday we’ll even get a terrible reality show about self-publishing! We can only dream.
See the full ad here.
Special thanks to the confused viewer who saw this commercial for a television show, thought the Brooklyn Zine Fest was somehow involved, got upset that her young children had to see the phrase “suck-it” onscreen in a commercial aired during the children’s program Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and then e-mailed us repeatedly to complain!
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 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 Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library. 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.
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, 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, 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