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UPDATED: Panel Talks at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, April 25th

April 19, 2015

In addition to more than 75 writers, artists, and publishers showcasing their self-published magazines at the Brooklyn Zine Fest  2015 on Saturday, April 25th (a completely different lineup from Sunday, for a total of 150 zine makers all weekend — see the full Exhibitor Lineup here), Day 1 of the fest will also include two panel talks in the downstairs classroom at Brooklyn Historical Society.

1pm – Food and Drink Culture in Zines

Like zines, food and drink are tangible delights made by hand and best enjoyed among friends.  Panelists who write and illustrate food & drink zines will discuss the many ways in which zines explore edible culture, how food is often a jumping off point to a deeper assessment of memories and personal history, and why you should never read a food zine on an empty stomach.  Bonus: hear some of their favorite local haunts!

Hosted by Maud Pryor of vegan food zine Marmalade Umlaut.  Featuring panelists Bill Roundy of Bar Scrawl, Mitchell Kuga of Salt Magazine, and Nicole Taylor of The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine.

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3pm – Black Lives Matter: Zines by POC Writers and Artists

The Black Lives Matter panel provides a space in which we can begin to address the important ways that zines can and have sought to respond not only to recent activism around Black lives and public safety, but also to the more systemic issues that have limited the ways that Black people are perceived.  Moderator and panelists will be announced soon, but we still have one spot open for a participant.  If you are interested in joining, please e-mail us at brooklynzinefest@gmail.com

Statement Regarding Panel Talks at BZF 2015

April 17, 2015

You may have received an e-mail or read a post from Jordan Alam about the Brooklyn Zine Fest.  The claims Jordan makes are upsetting, however several are misleading and some are simply not true.  We did not remove any panels from this year’s lineup.  Jordan’s departure from this year’s fest was due to another event she committed to host, which was scheduled to be held at the same time as this year’s panels.  Please read below for details.

One thing is certain: we have received a strong response from both attendees and exhibitors concerning the value of a Black Lives Matter panel talk at this year’s event.  We have always appreciated feedback from everyone involved in the zine fest — often through responses to our annual surveys, occasionally through direct e-mails — and your responses have made us realize how under-represented POC are in the world of zines and zine fests.  You are right: a Black Lives Matter discussion should and will be held at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015, to create a space for a conversation about race and art in self-publishing.  But to do it, we need your help and your involvement.

Call for panel participants: We need participants who are interested in discussing race, politics, and zines, including the visibility of POC at zine fests and other art and writing events, as well as other topics driven by participants’ experiences and audience questions.  This call is open to all zine makers, including those who are not tabling at BZF 2015.  The panel will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 3pm in the Classroom space at Brooklyn Historical Society.  Please e-mail brooklynzinefest@gmail.com if you would like to participate as a speaker or moderator of this panel.

Our response to Jordan Alam’s message:

Jordan organized our panel talks for last year’s zine fest, developing each topic and securing the panelists.  There were discussions on Anonymity in Zines, Queer & Trans* Zine Makers, and Zine Libraries & Collections.  These were in addition to the panel we co-presented at Brooklyn Historical Society on Mixed-Race Zine Makers a few days before zine fest weekend.  The panels were a success, and we and the attendees were very happy with the turnout and with Jordan’s work developing and leading each talk.

We were looking forward to working with Jordan again for BZF 2015, and secured her to return as the panel organizer.  We had a series of e-mail discussions about panel logistics, laying out the dates and times when panels would take place.  (Our timing for panels is limited this year due to changes in the space at BHS, so all panels have to take place during a short window on Saturday, April 25th.)

Unfortunately, we received an e-mail from Jordan in March that she had scheduled a workshop at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, April 25th, at the same time that the panels would be running (an event for which the Museum initially reached out to us, but we recommended Jordan instead, not knowing she would schedule it to conflict with the zine fest.)  Since Jordan would be unable to make it to the BZF panels, we now knew we would need to find new moderators; however, we were still interested in working with Jordan on panel topics and participants, and e-mailed back with our ideas for what could work in her absence.

Jordan did not reply to our suggestions with alternatives, and a short time later sent us an e-mail that she would not continue to work on the BZF panels.  The tone of the e-mail was aggressive and accusatory, and left no room for discussion.  As a result, we did not reply to Jordan’s final email to us because we found it hurtful, word-twisting, and not conducive to further collaboration.  We had been e-mailing with Jordan about this and other events for several months and had considered her someone with whom we could discuss and work through any issues, and felt blindsided by her message.  If our conversations had continued, we could have learned how important this issue is, not only to Jordan but also to many writers and artists of color who often feel excluded from even niche events.

That said, we would like to address the charges she presented against us regarding Black Lives Matter, a cause we support:

  • A Black Lives Matter panel was NOT removed from the fest. At the time we received Jordan’s final e-mail, no topics had actually been set.  We had discussed more half a dozen different ideas, none of which had actually been fully developed in terms of participants and details.  The Black Lives Matter panel was one of several ideas we were discussing at the time.  We liked the idea, but like all the other potential topics, it was still undeveloped and Jordan hadn’t given us a list of BZF exhibitors who would be participating, so we knew very little about it.
  • Jordan wasn’t available to moderate the panel due to the conflict with her other event, and we did not know enough of what she was planning to continue it in her absence. It was previously framed to us in this way: “I’m interested in talking about black artists and Black Lives Matter through activists who have either done zines about it and/or used the form to resist police violence.” We were interested in hearing more about the idea but felt some hesitation at “police resistance” being part of the discussion, especially since we did not know any more about the panel.  We acknowledged that this deserved further discussion but ultimately, when Jordan was not available, we had to think quickly and focused on the two panel topics we had a clearer sense of, in case we needed to step in and host them ourselves.
  • In lieu of a potentially polarizing, anti-police leaning discussion, we pitched the idea of a Black/POC Zines panel, in which POC artists could talk about their work, lives, and struggles overall.  Black Lives Matter would absolutely have been part of that conversation, but it would allow for a bigger discussion of POC writers and artists.  Jordan seemed less enthusiastic about this idea, but again, it was left for future discussion which never occurred.
  • Again, NO PANEL WAS EVER CUT from the zine fest lineup. The lineup was still in progress when Jordan dropped out late in the process, and when we were left in the lurch, we had to scramble to develop the panel ideas we already had a handle on.  We would have preferred for Jordan to organize all panels and to work together on developing a black artists panel, but this did not happen.
  • We were never concerned about actual violence at the Brooklyn Zine Fest due to any panel topic.  We only voiced concern towards Jordan’s pitch for an anti-police slant during the panels.  This is where we stated that the BZF is an “apolitical” zine fest, in the sense that we welcome people with a variety of political and personal views and do not exclude anyone based on those views, unless they are hurtful towards others.  (Thankfully, we’ve never actually received an application from someone whose work is openly hateful, though they would be immediately turned if anyone did.)  There are many great political zine/book fests and other events throughout the country, which do good work in advancing agendas and specific ideas.  As people who are not activists and have very little experience in that realm, we felt at the time that it would be disingenuous for us to lead or develop such a discussion ourselves.
  • Jordan’s claim that we have “no intentions to give space for black and brown voices” is completely untrue, and does a disservice to the POC who are exhibiting at BZF 2015 and have exhibited in years past.  However, we now realize we have an opportunity to create more of a space for those voices.  In addition to developing a Black Lives Matter panel at this year’s zine fest, we will work harder to make sure traditionally marginalized voices are given more prominence at this and future events.  Please e-mail us if you have suggestions.
  • We incorporate artists with a variety of voices, backgrounds, aesthetic styles, sexual orientations, genders and races into our event. We also keep costs to a minimum, breaking even each year by charging as little as we can for tables, so that the barrier of entry is as low as possible for anyone who wants to participate — including the students for whom we offer below-cost table fees.  Space fees and furniture rentals are expensive in New York, but we want the BZF to be a place where all voices can be heard.  If you have ideas for outreach to artists or groups you feel have been left out of the zine fest, please e-mail us to get a conversation started.
  • We agree with Jordan on this point: “If you are tabling, consider making a sign for your table saying ‘Black Lives Matter at the Brooklyn Zine Fest’”  We weren’t able to collaborate with Jordan to develop the panels for this year’s fest before her departure, but we support the Black Lives Matter movement.  Exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to voice their beliefs and ideas — which is part of what makes the event such a rewarding experience to organize, exhibit at, and attend.

We are two people organizing a yearly event with the goal of bringing writers, artists, and small publishers of all kinds together with an audience who wants to experience their work.  We do this in our spare time between two jobs, our own creative projects, and personal changes.

We don’t know everything, and we don’t know how to do everything.  This is why we rely on our amazing volunteers and exhibitors, and the people who provide constructive feedback to us before, during, and after every event.  Thank you for helping us make positive changes to this year’s fest, and we hope the conversation continues into future events.

We are reachable at brooklynzinefest@gmail.com if you would like to contact us directly about any questions we did not answer above, and/or if you would like to participate in the Black Lives Matter panel at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 on Saturday, April 25th at 3pm.

All our best,

Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman
Organizers, Brooklyn Zine Fest

Accordions and Student Section on Sunday, April 26th

April 16, 2015

Sunday, April 26th (Day 2) will feature some special additions at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015.  First, early arrivers will be treated to walk-in music by the Brooklyn Accordion Club, who will be debuting their publication Squeezine! at the fest.  (It’s a natural pairing — a compressed accordion looks kind of like a stack of zines, after all.)  To celebrate, an accordionist from the club will be playing at Brooklyn Historical Society’s entrance to kick things off and welcome attendees to the event.

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Also on Sunday, you’ll browse zines by the many college, high school, and vocational students and teachers exhibiting in the Student Section.  We started this special feature last year, and are excited to see what’s in store from this year’s students, who hail from SVA, Parsons, Barnard, The Center for Cartoon Studies, local high schools, and elsewhere.

Student Section exhibitors:  Aimee Bee Brooks  /  Stephanie Zuppo  /  Barnard Zine Club  /  Weakly Boys  /  CJ’s ZinesLaura Lannes  /  Allyson Sheehan  /  Parsons Illustration  /  Parsons Alumni  /  Raw Fiction  /  Mady G.  /  Annie & Anna  /  J.R. Zuckerberg

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On top of all that, the main exhibition spaces will feature a completely different lineup of 75 writers, artists, and publishers (see full Exhibitor List here) from what you’ll find on Saturday.  We’ll see you all weekend!

Here’s the poster for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015!

April 8, 2015

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Poster art by Kseniya Yarosh.  Design by Matt Carman.

And here’s the back of the postcards we’ll be dropping all around Brooklyn, with most of what you want to know about the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 (April 25th & 26th from 11am to 6pm at Brooklyn Historical Society).  For more, see the Event Info page.

Poster Back for BZF 2015

One-night pop-up zine library at Brooklyn Museum!

March 25, 2015

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who came out to our Pop-Up Zine Library at the Brooklyn Museum to browse this year’s zines and talk self-publishing with us! And an extra-special thanks to our exhibitors who stopped by to see their fellow zine makers’ work, as well as the volunteers who helped us pull this whole thing off.  We had a lot of fun, and hope everyone got a good preview of what they’ll find at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th at Brooklyn Historical Society!

Here are a few photos and an excellent video (by Jannese Rojas of Usagi Por Moi) from the event:

Brooklyn Zine Fest Pop-Up @brooklynmuseum. 📝📒#zine #brooklyn

A photo posted by PJ Gubatina Policarpio (@pjpolicarpio) on

Original post, truncated:

Can’t wait to see what BZF 2015 has in store? Tomorrow (Thursday, March 26th) we’ll be hosting a one-night pop-up zine library at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with their exhibit Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time, and we’d love to see you there.

Peep the wide range of zines you’ll be able to find at this year’s zine fest (April 25th & 26th at Brooklyn Historical Society), pluck a few from the displays to leaf through in a comfy chair, and ask us and other exhibitor-volunteers anything you want about these zines, self-publishing in general, and what to expect at this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest.

Here’s the Full Exhibitor List for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015!

March 4, 2015

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Here it is — the full lineup for Saturday 4/25 and Sunday 4/26 at the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015!  Each day features a completely different lineup of writers, artists and publishers, all at Brooklyn Historical Society [map] in Brooklyn Heights.  Come both days to meet all 150 exhibitors and see everything this year’s fest has to offer!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
I Love Bad Movies
Kseniya Yarosh
The Carbon Based Mistake
Sleeping Creatures Distro
For the Birds
Alisha Davidson
BASPER01
Sincerely Analog
Dirt Rascal
Breadawg Bakery
Debbie Fong Illustration
Brain Washing From Phone Towers
Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)
Steve Seck
Sara Lindo
Going Places Zine
OCD Throws Bows
Tsurufoto Nudiezine
Morgan Pielli / Indestructible Universe
The Ken Chronicles
Horror Boobs
Le Fatras
So What? Press
LUNCHMEAT
Jess Ruliffson
Girl Pains
So Buttons Comix
ADAMJK
Tiny Splendor
Salt Magazine
Booklyn
Burn Black
Marguerite Dabaie
Vinyl Vagabonds
Hirsute Heroines
Put A Egg On It Tasty Zine
FORGE. Art Magazine
Psycho Moto Zine
The Bushwick Review
No Place for a Vacation
Bill Roundy
8-Rock Press
Justin Corriveau
Holli Mintzer
APROPOS
Hydrochloric
Clown Kisses
Vice Versa Press
Derek Marks
Kelsey Short Illustration
Modern Travelers’ Green Zine
Lovers & Other Strangers
The Magic Of Childhood
ET Russian
(^^^) Sharkbite
Courtney Menard and Tyler Boss
Edison’s Notebook
Check-In
Used Gravitrons
Kat Roberts
Cósmica
Stevie Wilson
Sean Santiago
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Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Deafula
Gary Kachadourian
Research and Destroy New York City
The Word Distribution
Lady Gardens
Samantha Castoro
Ink Brick
Walk Write Up
Janet Sung
Greg Kletsel
The Breaking Shell
Whit Taylor
Barnard Zine Library
Lower East Side Librarian
Whim Quarterly Inc.
A.D. Puchalski / Shock Cinema
Fluxxii Distro
Tuesday Bassen
Dave Ortega
Greg Farrell
Kate Larson
Paper Rocket Minicomics
Got a Girl Crush Magazine
Crying Frodo
Marmalade Umlaut
Ellen Lindner
Purple Pony
Pop Culture Puke
Jowy Romano
Carnage NYC
EKG Labs
Nightly Doodles
STUDIUM/punctum
Displaced Snail Publications
Black Lesbian DIY Fest
Caroline Paquita + Pegacorn Press
Homos in Herstory
Sarah Mae / Big Womyn Press
Ray Ray Books
Heretical Sexts
Coin-Op
643 Collective
Haiku & Holga
Usagi Por Moi
We’ll Never Have Paris
Celeste Fichter
Stranger Than Bushwick
Poor Unfortunate Soul Sisters (P.U.S.S.)
Sleepy Peopl
Original Plumbing
Jeremy Jusay
Triple Lightning
2dudes
Eric Orr
SqueeZine!: Brooklyn Accordion Club
East Village Inky
I Love Bad Movies
Come on Down: True Game Show Tales
The Carbon Based Mistake
Deth P. Sun
Jess Worby
Eli Brandwein
The Insomniac Propagandist
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Student & Teacher Section on Sun. 4/26

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Panel Talks and Workshops
Saturday, April 25th will include a full schedule of panel talks and workshops featuring local writers, artists, and BZF exhibitors. All programs are curated by the BZF organizers and will cover the diverse range of zines and zine makers from New York City & beyond in 2015. Program topics and participants will be announced on this site as they are confirmed. If you have any suggestions for panel topics you’d like to see, please feel free to get in touch!
Aimee Bee Brooks
Stephanie Zuppo
Barnard Zine Club
Weakly Boys
CJ’s Zines
Laura Lannes
Allyson Sheehan
Parsons Illustration
Parsons Alumni
Raw Fiction
Mady G.
Annie & Anna
J.R. Zuckerberg
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Photos by Sylvie Rosokoff

UPDATE: Exhibitor applications for 2015 are now closed.

January 9, 2015

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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.

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