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Thanks for another great year! Here are all the photos of BZF 2015.

May 8, 2015

Thank you to all the exhibitors, panelists, and attendees who made Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 such a great weekend!  We enjoyed meeting and chatting with so many people, flipping through all of the new zines this year, and seeing the connections made throughout both days.

Here they are — all the photos from both days of Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015, by Sylvie Rosokoff.  Many thanks to Sylvie for covering the fest this year and last.  Thanks also to Stanley Sakai for his CART accessibility services during the panel talks, to all of our volunteers and early-rising exhibitors for helping us get set up each morning, and to the staff and volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society who kept the lights on all weekend.

You can also read recaps by exhibitors, attendees, and other folks over on the Recaps & Press page, and read the transcripts of the Food & Drink Culture in Zines and Black Lives Matter: Zines & Activism panels.  Relive all the experiences of BZF 2015, or see it for the first time if you couldn’t make it this year.

As those who stopped by our table may have noticed, the BZF organizers are expecting a little first edition this summer, and we’re excited for this new chapter in our lives!  Running the Brooklyn Zine Fest is a yearlong commitment on top of our nine-to-five jobs and personal lives, and in order to give our future zine maker all the love and attention he’ll require, we are taking a year off to fold (but probably not staple) diapers instead of pages.

While there won’t be a Brooklyn Zine Fest 2016, we’ve heard exciting rumblings of possible future zine events in New York City, including ones in the Bronx and Greenpoint, and are happy to offer help and assistance by e-mail to anyone starting up a zine event in the city or elsewhere.

We also love (and look forward to carting a tiny attendee to) all the NYC-area zine events that have started in the last four years — Paper Jam Small Press Festival at Silent Barn; Black Lesbian DIY Fest, returning this October 3rd (registration open now!); the 8-Ball Zine Fair; the NYC Feminist Zinefest; and Zinefeast at SUNY Purchase.  These are in addition to Pete’s Mini Zine Fest, the longest-running zine event in New York (since 2010 — predating BZF by two years!), returning on Saturday, July 25th (registration opening soon).  As always, keep an eye on Stolen Sharpie Revolution’s Zine Events page for more zine fest listings here and abroad.

Keep making zines!  Keep reading zines!  Keep encouraging others to make zines and letting them know how to pronounce “zine!”  We’ll see you soon!

Panel Transcript – Food & Drink Culture in Zines

May 5, 2015

The Food & Drink Culture in Zines panel was held at BZF 2015 on Saturday, April 25th at 1pm.

Moderated by Maud Pryor of vegan food zine Marmalade Umlaut.  Featuring panelists Bill Roundy of Bar Scrawl; Mitchell Kuga of SALT Magazine; and Shannon Mustipher of The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine.

Panel description: Like zines, food and drink are tangible delights made by hand and best enjoyed among friends.  Panelists who write and illustrate food & drink zines discussed 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.

Many thanks to Stanley H. Sakai, CCP, CSR for generously providing CART accessibility services during the panel talks.

MAUD:  Welcome to the food and drink zine panel.  I’m Maud Pryor.  I make a food zine called Marmalade Umlaut about vegan food and it has sort of drawings, personal stories, comics and things like that.  It’s a lot of rambling.  And I sort of just throw recipes in there.  It’s anything.  So this is Mitchell Kuga, Shannon Mustipher, and Bill Roundy.  And Shannon does Modern Travelers’ Green Zine and Mitchell is working on SALT, which is all food zines or drink zines. So do you guys just want to talk a little bit?

BILL:  Just sort of introduce ourselves?

MAUD:  Just introduce yourselves and your zines.

BILL:  I’m Bill as mentioned and I do a zine called Bar Scrawl where I go to bars and review them in comic strip form, because I go to bars and I love drawing comics and I figured out that I could monetize that.  And also I am working on a new series of comics about the histories of different cocktails.  I have the first one here about the history of the Florodora cocktail and I’m planning to do different ones.  I think the Brooklyn cocktail will be next. Read more…

Panel Transcript – Black Lives Matter: Zines and Activism

May 5, 2015

The Black Lives Matter: Zines and Activism panel was held at BZF 2015 on Saturday, April 25th at 3pm.

Panel description: The Black Lives Matter panel provided a space in which panelists and attendees could 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.

Moderated by Ajuan Mance of 8-Rock Press and the zine 1001 Black MenTranscript features panelists Nicole Taylor of The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine; and Eric Orr of Rappin’ Max Robot (“The Very First Hip Hop Comic Book”).  Please note, one of the panel participants asked to be omitted from the transcript, but requested that we provide this version online for all to view.

Many thanks to Stanley H. Sakai, CCP, CSR for generously providing CART accessibility services during the panel talks.

AJUAN:  Welcome to the panel.  Thank you all for being a part of this.  My name is Ajuan Mance and I’m a professor in Oakland, California by day and and I’m a zine maker by night and weekends.  I’m very pleased to be here today.  My zines are Blues for Black Santa that tells the story of Santa Claus by rhyme, one is the Little Book of Big Black Bears, nursery rhymes, tributes to gay Black bears, and Gender Studies, an autobiographical zine, and also 1001 Black Men.  And I would like our panel to please introduce yourselves, and what your zines are, and what they’re about.

NICOLE:  My name is Nicole Taylor and my zine is called The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine.  It is inspired by Mr. Victor Green, who created the Green Book and it was a travel guide for African-Americans or Black people all over the country and internationally.  It gave them places that were safe to travel, to eat, to lodge, to get gas.  So I’m totally inspired by him in doing the two zines.  My first edition, which I put out last year here at the Brooklyn Zine Fest, it was all about Philly, and the latest edition is all about New York City fried chicken.  I think we have one left.

AJUAN:  The first question I’d like to ask is how you got started with zines. Read more…

Photos: Zine hauls from BZF 2015

April 28, 2015

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…mega-thanks to @brooklynzinefest @bklynzinefest for a great weekend of zines and friends two weeks ago at the #brooklynhistoricalsociety ✨📙✨ my haul included in clockwise order: the classic DIY zine-making zine #stolensharpierevolution by @alexwrekk distributed by | buttons and card by #gregkletsel @sortofbutnotreally | NY and CT graff #absolutetrashmag | NYC #etchgraff focussed #corrodedzine by @thedirtrascal | west coast graff zine @zipgunforlife from @carnagenyc | #mappingbrooklyn @brooklynhistory | personal, literary, and beautiful zine by #racheldavies #janemorgan @popculturepuke | literary zine #theinsomniacpropagandist @theinsompropa | subway-art-focussed zine #subculturemag by @jowy @subwayart | an all-black pencil-drawn mini-zine #secretsandlies by #celestefichter | a zine of band flyers for #sheepandthepizzapunks by @king_sheep | reprint of #maxthehiphoprobot comic from 1986 by legendary #keithharring collaborator and #internationalgraffititimes contributor #ericorr @orrdesigns |

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My Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 haul.

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Got some beautiful #art at #BrooklynZineFest

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A few photos from Day Two of BZF 2015

April 27, 2015

Here are a few snaps from Day Two (Sunday) of Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015, courtesy fest photographer Sylvie Rosokoff.  We’ll have tons more photos from Sylvie going up up in a few days; until then, enjoy the many zines you picked up at the fest and keep showing off your zine hauls on Internetphotoapp!

Thank you again to all of our panelists, helpers, exhibitors, attendees who made this happen, and to Brooklyn Historical Society’s amazing staff and volunteers who kept the lights on and the walls standing all weekend.

Some photos from Day One of BZF 2015

April 26, 2015

Thanks to photographer Sylvie Rosokoff for capturing these moments on Saturday, April 25th (Day One) at Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015.  We’ll see you TODAY for Day Two — Sunday, April 26th, featuring a completely different lineup of 75 writers and artists!  More photos from both days coming soon.

Sunday, April 26th is Day Two of BZF 2015! All new exhibitor lineup.

April 25, 2015


Zine fest weekend continues on Sunday, April 26th from 11am to 6pm at Brooklyn Historical Society (Map: 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights), near the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, D, F, G, Q, and R trains.  BHS is a fully accessible space, with elevator access on all floors and sidewalk-level entrance.

Thank you to everyone who came to Day One.  You can see a few photos here, and we’ll have many more from both days after the weekend.

Sunday features a completely different lineup of 75 writers and artists from what you found on Saturday, including the Student & Teacher Section downstairs.  Plus, there will be walk-in music for early arrivers from the Brooklyn Accordion Club, who are debuting their publication Squeezine! at the fest.  Here’s the full lineup:

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
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
Displaced Snail Publications
Black Lesbian DIY Fest
Caroline Paquita + Pegacorn Press
Homos in Herstory
Sarah Mae / Big Womyn Press
Ray Ray Books
Heretical Sexts
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
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
Smoke Signal

Student & Teacher Section
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

Table maps for both floors on Sunday, April 26th:

BZF 2015 Map 3

BZF 2015 Map 4