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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.



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