Archive of materials from past events:
BROOKLYN ZINE FEST 2014
Photo of BZF 2014 by Sylvie Rosokoff
The Brooklyn Zine Fest is a yearly exposition of self-published magazines in the greatest borough in the greatest city in the world. Expanded to two days, BZF 2014 was held on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 2014 (from 11am to 6pm both days) at Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. This third annual event showcased more than 150 writers, artists, and publishers from New York City and beyond throughout the weekend.
2,763 people attended BZF 2015 over the course of the weekend, per Brooklyn Historical Society’s official count.
In addition to the main exhibition spaces where zine makers offered their publications for sale (typically priced between $1 and $10), the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 featured a series of panel talks in Brooklyn Historical Society’s beautiful Othmer Library.
As always, the BZF was free to attend, all ages, and open to everyone.
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)? Panelists spoke 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.
Featuring: Nia King, Sarah Mae Allard, and Amos Mac
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 discussed the ethics of zine collecting and how collectors go about their work.
Featuring: Jenna Freedman, Robin Enrico, and Kathleen McIntyre
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? In addition to the panelists, audience members shared their own experiences with anonymity.
Featuring: Carnage NYC, Research & Destroy New York City, and Deafula
CART reporting for this panel was provided by Stanley Sakai.
Map of Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights:
TABLE MAP for Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014:
The Brooklyn Zine Fest is organized by Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh (seen here at BZF 2014, photo by Sylvie Rosokoff), editors of the collaborative film zine I Love Bad Movies and other zines. Kseniya co-hosts the femme-centric film podcast Bonnie & Maude.
Many thanks to the staff and volunteers at Brooklyn Historical Society who helped everything run smoothly all weekend, and to our BZF volunteers Maud, Charlie, Tom, Samara, and Larry, all of whom helped immensely with getting this event up and running each day.
Sylvie Rosokoff was the official photographer of BZF 2014.
Additional photography by Tom Scola.
Soundtrack of the zine fest curated by Rachel Kowal.
Promotional printing by our Flyer Production Operator, The Carbon Based Mistake.
The Brooklyn Zine Fest is a space for creative, independent, talented voices from New York City and beyond to connect with an engaged audience. Our exhibitors create all kinds of zines to showcase their writing, illustration, photography, interviews, cooking, and any & everything else they’d like to share with the world.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary, Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights) recently underwent a building-wide, historically conscious restoration, modernizing the space while retaining the building’s original architectural details.
BZF events were held throughout the Historical Society, with exhibitors in several rooms and panel talks in the Othmer Library on the second floor. We look forward to a long and rewarding partnership with this space and the wonderful folks who work there. For more Brooklyn-based programming and information about BHS’ events and exhibits, see brooklynhistory.org.
Saturday and Sunday of the BZF 2014 featured more than 150 writers, artists, and publishers, changing from one day to the next — a completely different lineup of more than 75 exhibitors each day! Many attendees came both days to see everything the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 had to offer.
Most exhibitors also have online stores or websites where you can find/purchase their zines, so be sure to follow up with the zine makers you liked, and discover a few you might have missed:
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
The Bushwick Review
The Worst: Grief & Loss
For the Birds Feminist Collective
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
PSI Cycling Journal
Egoheads Zine Collective
Brighton Beach Coney Island Local
Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing
Dirt Rascal NYC
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
Art Activist Nia
Research and Destroy New York City
Lyra Hill/Brain Frame
1800’s Axl Rose
POSTERS FOR BZF 2014
Art by Kseniya Yarosh, design by Matt Carman:
Back of the BZF 2014 postcards:
Banner for the Brooklyn Zine Fest:
Alternate BZF 2014 poster by Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat VHS:
Here’s a sampling of the zines people brought home from the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014, via Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr:
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
Don 't forget to check out the #brooklynzinefest today. We loved checking out @foodculturist 's #greenzine and works from @nicolereber #zine #brooklynzine #words #art #creative #publishing #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #poetry #guides #shortstories #bacchanalpeppersauce #hotsauce #brooklynevents #brooklynhistoricalsociety
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
— least (@leastt) April 27, 2014
uminotenshi via Tumblr:
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:
BROOKLYN ZINE FEST 2013
On Sunday April 21st, 2013 the Brooklyn Zine Fest returned to Public Assembly in Williamsburg for its second year. Free and all ages, the BZF 2013 featured more than 85 writers and artists showcasing their self-published magazines from right here in New York City, and as far away as Portland, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
Bringing in more than 2,200 attendees from near and far (who at times had to wait on a fast-moving line stretching down the block), this year’s event had a lively, festival atmosphere, like a craft fair but with printed matter. Attendees browsed the tables, flipped through some zines, met the people behind these diverse works, and discovered something new!
Map of Public Assembly:
Steve McFarland was the official photographer for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013.
DJing during the fest by Rachel Kowal of Sonic Smörgåsbord.
Promotional printing by our Flyer Production Operator, The Carbon Based Mistake.
Many thanks to our day-of volunteers: Sarah Carbone, Samara Skolnik, Maud Pryor, Frances Mayo, Emily Fenster, and all those who showed up early to help make this event happen.
Here is the full list of Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013 exhibitors, hailing from Brooklyn, the other boroughs, and beyond. If you’re trying to find someone you spotted at BZF 2013, check the table map below and then click through to browse more of their zines and other works!
I Love Bad Movies – Essays and illustrations about great-bad films by writers, comedians, artists, and film nerds. Other zines include essays of true game show experiences from contestants & crew; real Craigslist personal ad responses; and bizarre diagrams of the human body.
The East Village Inky – Ayun Halliday’s award winning, long-running, handwritten, illustrated per-zine. Recipes! Travel! Aging Children! Horrible cats! Obscurities Reviewed! A paucity of Negative Space! Other work: Zinester’s Guide to NYC, and Peanut, a graphic novel illustrated by Paul Hoppe.
Alex Wrekk / Portland Button Works & Zine Distro – Since 1997, Brainscan has included stories of travel, reproductive health, love, emotional abuse recovery, zine culture, and even fiction all wrapped up in text and photocopier art. Alex also wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution, now in its 5th printing.
Meet the Lady – Zines of found photos and reclaimed images that had been relegated to the scrap heap. MTL restores these “lost” women to their rightful place in the pantheon of notable persons by immortalizing them in print and on the web.
Lyra Hill – Comics artist and filmmaker living in Chicago. Member of Trubble Club and founder-organizer of Brain Frame (a performative comix reading series). Lyra is interested in the unconscious drives, questionable humor, and the avant-garde.
the carbon based mistake – Blasphemy, photography, writing, and printing by Marc Calvary. He wants you to go out and buy a million-dollar scratch off lottery ticket. Then put it in a frame and hang it on the wall in your studio… unscratched.
Jeremy Jusay – Poetry/comics anthology zine Karass was inspired (and praised) by Kurt Vonnegut. Jeremy has created backgrounds/storyboards for MTV’s Wonder Showzen, Adult Swim’s Superjail, and Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans.
Modern English – Created by James Aviaz and Andrew Guirguis, their flagship zine Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK showcases essays and artwork about modern life. EFEOK’s Hurricane Sandy issue was featured in Brooklyn Magazine.
The Runcible Spoon – Quarterly food zine based in Washington, D.C. Captures the pleasure and playfulness of eating through imaginative, delicious (and sometimes made up!) recipes, illustration, storytelling and collage.
Yumi Sakugawa – Southern CA-based illustrator and comics artist exploring interdimensional travel, reincarnation, the doomed romance of cat soul mates, meditation, the infinite universe and one-eyed blob monsters.
f666 – Photo zine covering extreme metal and punk culture in New York City. Full color photographs, spreads and posters, interviews with up and coming artists, photographer profiles from across the country, live show coverage, and columns.
Whim Quarterly – Humor publication that also moonlights as a monthly Trivia Show (Trivial Matters) and a comedy showcase (Serious Matters). With writers from The Daily Show, Cash Cab, I Love the 1880s, and more.
Rommel Wood – Crowd Fiction includes the story of a 15-year-old girl at a Patsy Cline show in 1963. Rommel also collects photos of exemplary bathrooms under the title Throne Shots.
Deafula – A sassy, informative, and comical exploration of what it’s like to be deaf. Kerri writes about identity, disability politics, everyday annoyances, and whatever else strikes her fancy.
Nowhere Place – Brooklyn-based illustrator Kelsey Short makes art and comics about cats, inky black clouds, weird worm holes and human figures melting into an ashy void.
Barnard Zine Library – An extensive collection of zines written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on women of color. Focusing on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders, with zines on activism, body image, parenting, sexual assault, trans experience, and more.
Lale Westvind – Absurdist/sci-fi comics featuring whackjob dynamos and charismatic vehicles; Humurous mis-adventure in the cosmic grind. Her 2011 book Hot Dog Beach #2 won an Ignatz award at SPX for Promising New Talent.
Homos in Herstory – Themes & characters in USA queer history over the 19th and 20th centuries. Gay United States presidents, “boyettes” of the 1920s, “lavender menace” political actions of the 1970s, and more.
Vinyl Vagabonds – Sara and Eric Gordon write and draw about album quests. Sometimes traditional reviews, but mostly the ups and downs of the hunt for interesting vinyl to inhabit their tiny home in Silver Spring, MD.
The Borough is My Library – Chronicles the work of activist librarians and raises funds for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (a NY-based non-profit working to end illiteracy among incarcerated youth). Edited by Alycia Sellie and published annually.
The Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection will be collecting new works at the BZF. Even if you’re not exhibiting, stop by and drop off a copy of your zine!
For the Birds Collective – New York City-based feminist collective promoting creative interests of gender-oppressed community members. Zine distro covers such topics as DIY feminist organizing, physical, mental, and sexual health, sexual assault support/prevention, & punk/riotgrrl.
Pegacorn Press – Using stencil duplicators and pure elbow grease, Pegacorn prints and releases “queer, feminist and total-art-freaker” publications in the form of zines, comics and small run art books. Run by visual artist & musician Caroline Paquita in Brooklyn, NY.
Lunchmeat Magazine – Celebrates the obscure and esoteric in cinema, with a focus on the wonderful and weird world of the VHS format, reviews of hard-to-find VHS tapes, and interviews & articles featuring actors, directors and other creative personalities.
Jess Ruliffson – Currently working on a long-form graphic novel based on interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These stories are serialized in small batch, handmade zines. Featured in The Cartoon Picayune, Digestate, Oxford American, and The NY Times.
Morgan Pielli – A serial killer stalks himself across realities. God creates the engine of His downfall in man. The animals of the world learn to speak a single terrible word. The long-running series Indestructible Universe weaves fables out of horror and science fiction.
Zine of the Month – Translates the work of Philadelphia-based painters, illustrators, printers, photographers, sculptors, and new media artists into the zine format. Combines hand-screen-printing, monoprint, and variable editions with traditional zines techniques such as photocopy.
Chris Piascik – New book 1000 Days of Drawing includes three years of illustrations about political issues, music, complaining and more. Chris’ Typostruction zine makes art out of quotes (both classic and pop-cultural).
Horror Boobs – A group of perverts (ladies and gentlemen alike) uncovering the most sensational previously viewed nudes and bargin bin boobs of the home video era with zines (Blood Video) and live shows.
The La-La Theory – Philadelphia-based Katie Haegele has made zines on language, loss, and language loss, among other topics. Her first book, White Elephants, is a memoir published by Microcosm that started life as a zine series.
Tuesday Bassen & Mirror Universe – NYC-based illustrator Bassen and MU’s Jansen Cumbie have teamed up for collaborative tapes and illustrated zines. Also featured: Tuesday’s bi-yearly Velvet Cave and new New York Zitty comics.
Gary Kachadourian – Scale drawings (dumpsters, lamp posts) and cut-and-fold three dimensional objects and scenarios (bus shelters, sno-ball stands, portable toilets) from Baltimore. Xeroxed and laser printed books, booklets, prints, posters, and wall coverings.
Omitted – Tiny notebooks, photocopied with portions omitted. Departing a loved but painful city, romance (or lack thereof), dealing with being queer, and the homesickness of traveling alone. From Philly->Brooklyn.
Dave Ortega – Historical and biographical comics drawing from the Mexican Revolution (Insurrectos) and Ortega’s grandmother’s journey from Mexico to the U.S. (Abuela y Los Dead Mexicans), among other works.
Ben Bertin – Atomic mouthpiece for a photonic entity, a UFO called Oofo. Together they make comics or, as Oofo calls them, “komsk.” Oofo lives in a universe of Pure Light; Ben lives in Chicago, and occasionally makes comics of his own.
James McPherson – Alone on Prom Night, including drawings, musings, and observations both humorous and disturbing, is now in its third issue. Other works include short stories, screenprints, and one of a kind monotypes.
Robyn Jordan – Comics & zines about teaching kids, eating food, driving cars, and being surprised, all printed on quick-to-jam elementary school copiers.
Suzan Choy – Brooklyn-based illustrator creating a collection of short stories based on living in New York.
Swingin’ Meat – C Cassano’s illustrated fable, an amalgam of Greek and Native American mythology, about a Giant and flesh-eating sheep. In limited hand-bound edition.
Dretime – Ongoing comic script Dee’s Dream is about poetic bohemian Dee Fynch and her underdog garage band. Dre’s comics have been featured in The Dirty Diamonds, Dangerous Damsels, and Zine Crush.
Displaced Snail Publications – Beautiful handmade books, zines, and a few records. New works include a fresh issue of Record Collecting and an educational series on Latin roots called Tiny Robot.
Syndicate Product – Contributors write about a specific topic, such as cleaning, comics, television, etc. with a pop culture/personal angle. “The popular is personal,” so to speak. Formerly known as “Low Hug” from 1998-2004.
Secktacular – Steve Seck makes comics about various unsavory anthropomorphic inanimate objects & animals.
Big Tee-Pee – Sara Lindo makes subtly psychedelic all-ages comics.
So What? Press – Headquartered in Brooklyn, run by Dave Kelly & Lara Antal. Publishing A Comic Guide to Brewing, Tales of the Night Watchman, Walking Into Traffic, and two new books in 2013.
FAQNP – Non-ironic publication for queer nerds and their admirers who feel outside the mainstreaming of queer culture. Themes include obsessions, personal computing, travel, science fiction & fantasy, and education.
Tom Roberts – Self-taught illustrator, painter, and shut-in. New illustrated zine “Porn” is a collection of small erotic cartoon drawings.
Eli Brandwein – Combining his love for zines and music, Eli (who makes frenzied and noisy pop music under the name grininning) will showcase four new zines, each with a corresponding download code for a musical composition to “soundtrack” the zine.
Chris Carfolite – Brooklyn-based illustrator who creates works varying from fun mythological alien creatures and goofball doodles to intricate patterns and elaborate hand-lettering.
Martine Workman – D.C.-based artist who started making and collecting zines in the ’90s. Recent projects include The Methow Mill, a series of 12 hand drawn weekly newspapers about living in a rural town, and Prince Food, a zine that lists all the food in Prince’s songs.
Elizabeth Graeber – Talking animals, dancing strangers, and tutorials of various topics are all part of this D.C.-based illustrator’s zines and drawings. Her loyal mascot is Chickpea, a 6-pound terrier mix dog.
Kaori Mitsushima – Cat-people dance, pick mushrooms, paint, and contemplate life in imaginative drawings, collages, & daily doodles. Along with Cats I Know and Question Marks, two new zines: After Hours and Book of House Cats.
ADAMJK – Paper and plastic from Adam J. Kurtz and a handful of friends specilizing in small-run zines, art objects, writing, and miniatures.
Birdsong Micropress – Williamsburg-based publisher of art and writing whose creative practices are informed by commitments to feminism, anti-racism, queer positivity, and DIY cultural production.
Usagi Por Moi – Craft guides in the sweet style of Japanese crafting with fun and easy-to-follow illustrations, photos, and patterns. Plus travel & photo guides to Japan, chock full of neat places to go, see, and eat.
Maps and Fragments – Pocket-sized photo zines full of color photographs taken around Seoul, Yunnan, and places in between. Latest zine includes lovingly photographed home cooked meals and secret family recipes.
SubCulture – Art & culture in the subway, edited by Jowy Romano of Subway Art Blog. “Can It” is about stickers and tags found on trash cans; “”Etches and Scratches”” is about super permanent graffiti markings. Both come with unique tagged envelopes & other extras.
NOXER DOD – “No Love” is the first zine by this notorious graffiti writer. With over 20 years of work behind him, NOXER’s debut zine is packed with 20 pages of illustrations. Each copy comes with inserts like: a photo print, a Noxington dollar bill, & assorted stickers.
Quail Bell – A social and artistic experiment in the imaginary, the nostalgic & the otherworldly; located in the D.C.-Virginia-Maryland area with interests in realms far beyond the region.
The Bushwick Review – Brooklyn-based collaborative publication of short stories, essays, poetry, photography, recipes, paintings, drawings, plays, comics, and more. Each issue features around twenty contributors.
You and Neru – Illustrations, photographs, and designs inspired by grime, the macabre, body horror, and ghouls. Latest zine The Magic Death features dead warriors and magicians conjuring cosmic spells.
SLACKS – A playful exploration of contemporary masculinities. Takes delight in fey boys and fancy Dans; the droll, the antic, the whimsical; fellows both spirited and jaunty. Hopes to reveal the the dimensionality of whatever manhood is.
Sub Rosa – Collection of stories about being depressed, getting divorced, getting sober, & falling the fuck in love by Taryn Hipp, an old tattooed college lady who has been making zines for more than half her life.
Andy Gabrysiak – Absurd humor, American advertising graphics and old-timey showbiz vernacular. Andy is based in Detroit, MI (“The All-Star City”) and has contributed to Corpus Corpus, Pork Magazine, and Black Eye.
Carnage NYC – Exclusive photography and personal commentary on the human and social context in which kids write their names on things, with screen-printed covers, prints, stickers & other handmade extras. Carnage tries to make a graffiti tangible to a broader audience.
SIGNAL! – Daniel Feral’s lo-fi zine of Graffiti and Street Art with pretentions to being an intellectual journal, filled with art, photography, essays, and interviews. Strong focus on NYC, with international contributions from Germany, France and Japan.
Robin Enrico – Comics about punk rock girls (Jam in the Band), pro wrestlers, and sex bloggers (Life of Vice), plus a mini-comic that looks like an old Nintendo game. Robin is currently curating the Ditko! Zine Library in conjunction with the Silent Barn.
Parsons Illustration – Pictorial chapbooks, illustrated pamplets, zines, comics, and artist’s books produced by students in the Illustration program at Parsons the New School for Design.
NOWORK – Anonymous, collaborative projects relating to New York City, focusing on photographic material taken, found and recirculated in public space.
Miniature Garden – A small publishing project that focuses on collaboration.
Jenipher Lyn – Happy go lucky illustrator showcases words of encouragement inspired by unhappy times using hand drawn typography and whimsical illustrations. Her favorite things to ‘doodle’ are Jellyfish, Saves the Day lyrics, and cupcakes.
Against Debt – A drawing, a comic, an essay and a poem that explore the concept of debt in our society in creative and engaging ways. All profits from the sale of this zine will be given to the Rolling Jubilee, a debt forgiveness project.
Students for a Free Cooper Union – Bringing new and creative histories, tutorials, art, and literature about open source solutions to higher education, getting money out of education and more.
Daniel Stettner – A Richmond, VA-based dichotomy of digital art and analog photography.
Cal Folger Day – Based on two years as a professional part-time housecleaner in NYC, “Domestic Labor Manual, A Practical Rhapsody” chronicles one worker’s pride & outrage, and revels in the reality of grime.
MTS – Cruddy junk to freak your eyeballs. Fueled by beer, video games, and kitty cat paws. Bad puns and cool dudes only.
Indulgence – In publication by Eleanor C. Whitney since 1998, featuring non-fiction, personal writing from a feminist perspective that explores life and work in New York City and travels near and far. Incorporates book arts techniques such as hand binding, letterpress, and silkscreen.
Used Gravitrons – A quarterly journal of poetry, art, fiction and non-fiction writing, and music.
Nikki DeSautelle – Small visual diaries of strangers Nikki has looked at. If you’ve ever found yourself accidentally being the worst person, she would like to remind you of what you’ve done.
Booklyn – An experimental exhibition project under the non-profit Booklyn Artists Alliance. Run by head curator, artist, and zine maker Aimee Lusty, the current exhibition series is a platform for self-publishing artists.
Hollis Frampton Comes Alive – Texts, games, and collaborative projects by Ben Sisto. Printed in small editions for the Brooklyn Zine Fest, all works are Public Domain and priced sliding-scale.
Urban Nomad – Comics by Alisa Harris about the quirks of living in NYC, the household exploits of two crazy cats, shuttered music venues, and what the sidewalks of lower Manhattan have seen over the years.
Finite + Flammable – The definitive zine about zines.
Instigator – Limited edition black & white zines of art and photography, with an emphasis on street and public art.
Desert Island – Arty comic book shop in Brooklyn and publisher of comics, books, and the free tabloid comics anthology Smoke Signal. Recent publications include Sad Sex, Kate Beaton’s Sketchbook, and a newspaper by Tony Millionaire.
Table Map for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013:
Poster for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2013. Art by Kseniya Yarosh, design by Matt Carman.
BROOKLYN ZINE FEST 2012
With more than 1,500 attendees, 60+ tablers, and dozens of local raffle prize donors in April 2012, our first year cemented the Brooklyn Zine Fest as NYC’s premiere zine exhibition.
Held on Sunday April 15, 2012 from 11am to 6pm at Public Assembly (70 North 6th St.) in Williamsburg [Google Map], the first Brooklyn Zine Fest was FREE & open to the public, with more than 60 writers and artists showcasing their self-published works at prices between $1 and $10.
ALL AGES (21 to drink) and open to everyone.
FOOD: Cubana Social sold NYC’s best empanadas, coffee, pastries, and other items to hungry patrons and exhibitors at the Brooklyn Zine Fest.
DRINKS: Special $5 drafts were available from our beer sponsor Brooklyn Brewery. Public Assembly’s fully-stocked bar also offered “White Zine-fandel,” “Marzinis” and all other, less-punny drinks. Soft drinks were available for attendees under 21.
AFTER PARTY: Following the Brooklyn Zine Fest, exhibitors, attendees, and zine fans gathered for an after party at South 4th Bar & Cafe. South 4th reserved their back room for the event, and all zine fans were able to partake in $4 draft and $4 Jameson specials.
The Brooklyn Zine Fest 2012 was organized by Matt Carman and Kseniya Yarosh of I Love Bad Movies and Eric Nelson of 1441 Writers Collective.
DJing by Rachel Kowal. Covered by photographer Anna White. Promotional printing assistance by The Carbon Based Mistake. Day-of assistance by volunteers Sarah Carbone and Ari Kadosh. Promotional support by Brooklyn Craft Central.
2012 EXHIBITORS — Check out the Q&A “Meet Your Zine Maker” segments to learn more about each one!
I Love Bad Movies // Essays and illustrations about great-bad films by writers, comedians, artists, and film nerds. Other zines include collections of Craigslist e-mails; found notes and photographs; true tales of game show auditions & appearances; and bizarre PG-13 stills taken from sex webcams. // Q&A
1441 Writers’ Collective // Essayists, fiction writers, and poets based out of Bushwick. They meet regularly to workshop and foster literary discussion and community, and perform regularly in New York City and across the country. // Q&A
Desert Island // Desert Island is an arty comic book shop and publisher in Brooklyn. They publish an amazing free tabloid comics anthology called Smoke Signal, and will be at the Fest with free copies of the latest issue, as well as rare back issues and other items. // Q&A
Jeremy Jusay // Jeremy’s poetry/comics anthology zine Karass was inspired by the works of Kurt Vonnegut. He has created backgrounds/storyboards for MTV’s Wonder Showzen, Adult Swim’s Superjail, and Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans. // Q&A
Printed Matter // A non-profit bookstore in Chelsea dedicated to the promotion of artists’ books and related things. Carrying nearly 15,000 titles, it is one of the largest gatherings of artist-made publications available to the public in New York or elsewhere.
Lyra Hill // Chicago-based comic and film artist. Lyra writes about dreams, gross things, sex, gross sex dreams, and science fiction. Her comics are painstakingly crafted to be as beautiful and bizarre as possible. // Q&A
Paper Rocket Minicomics // A publishing house for minicomics that can be both read and treasured, run by Robyn Chapman. Titles include This Isn’t Working: Comics About Ex-Boyfriends; Make: Comics About an Intimate Act; and Hey, 4-Eyes! // Q&A
Dre Grigoropol // Comic books with a quirky perspective about anti-glamour lifestyles, ironic pop culture, movie theater etiquette, extreme rock-star idolization, and conflicts with menacing fashionistas. // Q&A
Daniel Stettner // “netscape internet explorer firefox safari opera mosaic chrome”
The La-La Theory // Katie Haegele publishes The La-La Theory (#8 is about handwriting in the digital age); Garden Club, illustrated by comics artist Mardou; Obsolete, poems inspired by dead English words; and Things I’ve Lost/Things I’ve Found. // Q&A
Zine of the Month // Releasing limited edition artist zines since 2009. Each month, a new zine is printed and produced by Mark Price and friends. Year and six-month subscriptions are available. // Q&A
The Borough is My Library // An exploration of the bibliographic undergrowth of New York City through the eyes of those at work in independent libraries, academic institutions, and in the streets. Also tabling for the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection. // Q&A
Three Fingered Naptime Press // Experimental publishing project creating limited edition zines, art books, tapes, and other hand crafted goods. High quality material accessible to all, always affordable and enjoyable. // Q&A
Pickled City // Alfred Planco writes, collages, assembles, prints, binds, and distributes zines. Watertowers Are People Too is a photo story about utilitarian structures. The Edge and I ams are made using an original (found) book and (found) images. // Q&A
Barnard Library Zine Collection // An extensive collection of zines written by women (cis- and transgender) with an emphasis on women of color. The Library focuses on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders. // Q&A
Alone on Prom Night // Drawings, musings, and observations on life that some may find humorous and others may find dark and disturbing. Like trying to keep a smile on your face in this weird world. // Q&A
Firefly Blind Press //Aijung Kim teaches art workshops and makes art, illustrations, and zines. She is inspired by the minutiae of everyday life, nature, her garden, toys, children’s books, and comics. Aijung will tell your fortune with a handmade deck of symbolic cards.// Q&A
ABC No Rio Zine Library // Over 12,000 zines, including independent, underground, and marginal publications on subjects such as music, culture, politics, personal experience, and travel. ABC No Rio is interested in zines addressing political and social issues.
Tugboat Press // A long-time zine and minicomics publisher from Portland, Oregon. Titles include Clutch, Invincible Summer, and the underground comics anthology Papercutter. Tugboat occasionally publishes books for kids. // Q&A
Robin Enrico // A decade of comics, including titles about punk rock girls (Jam in the Band), pro wrestlers, and sex bloggers (Life of Vice). Robin is probably best known for making a mini-comic that looks like an old Nintendo game. // Q&A
Hazel Newlevant // Comics about mythology, music, and an oft-dramatic love life. Titles include mini-comics Chili Dog Dad and Hazel Is White, visual poem Ci Vediamo, and faux-children’s book People of Coloring Book. Hazel also does instant portraits. // Q&A
Birdsong Micropress // Williamsburg-based publisher of art and writing whose creative practices are informed by commitments to feminism, anti-racism, queer positivity, and DIY cultural production. // Q&A
Once Upon a Distro // Focusing on stories by people sidelined by other forms of media. Spotlighting personal stories by hosting workshops and publishing zines, and then making them available to a wider public at tabling events and online. // Q&A
Eve Englezos // Eve has been (the better) half of art zine duo Icecreamlandia for eight years. In that time, she has also appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and other publications. Eve prefers her food fancy, her men hairy and her narratives implied. // Q&A
Little Garden Comics // Deeply rooted in the soil of alternative comic strips, and blooming into the fantastical world of webcomics. It’s not magic, however: every cartoon, strip, or comic book is created by chief gardener and founder, the cartoonist Ayo. // Q&A
Homos in Herstory // A queer history comics series produced by Elvis Bakaitis. Can you name the country’s first gay President, or tell which famous lesbian is featured on a US coin? Each issue covers a modern decade of famous queers. // Q&A
Deafula // A humorous, straightforward,and informative resource for hearing folks on how to be a better ally for deaf people. The writer chronicles her hearing loss (at age five from scarlet fever) and her identity as it begins to align with the Deaf community. // Q&A
Go For Broke Collective // Bred out of sagebrush and broken down casinos, Go For Broke is a Reno-based collective promoting zines and independent printing in the “Biggest Little City.” Their zines range in subject from skating to personal stories to art. // Q&A
Squibly Art // Zines and mini-comics by Eric Gordon and Sara Shahlamian. Their flagship zine Vinyl Vagabonds is about records: hunting, reviewing, sharing, praising, shaming, etc. Squibly Art is based in Silver Spring, MD. // Q&A
Lunchmeat // The first and only all-VHS themed magazine celebrating obscure and esoteric films. Including reviews of hard-to-find VHS tapes, interviews with directors, and fun features on the fantastic world of underappreciated cinema. // Q&A
The Carbon Based Mistake // Marc Calvary has been publishing zines of photography, writing, blasphemy, and design since 1991. Marc had considered being either an astronaut or a part-time billionaire… but in the end, the photocopier won out. Doesn’t it always? // Q&A
Put A Egg On It // An irreverent, biannual art and literary magazine about food, cooking, and the communal joys of eating with friends and family. Featuring personal essays, photos of dinner parties, special art projects, illustrations, cooking tips, and recipes. // Q&A
Oilcan Press // Handmade chapbooks, zines, and CDs of art, words & noise. Eye Socket and The Book of Broken Pages feature a broad swath of poetry, letters, collage, recipes, floor plans, prose, art, lyrics & photos. // Q&A
Gigantic Sequins // An independently run, perfect bound, bi-annual literary arts journal bursting with fresh poetry, prose, art, and occasional comics. With staff throughout the US, an overseas design editor, and guest designers every other issue. // Q&A
Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz // The art-damaged virago behind Too Negative, an experiment in coping with mental illness using humor and Hell, and Living In La-La Land, an auto- biographical journal strip about the travails of living in an art collective under siege. // Q&A
Partyka // A collective of five cartoonists/illustrators based in Philadelphia and New York. Their comics and prints have been featured in Best American Comics 2007, 2008 & 2011, Fredericks Freiser Gallery, and the 2011 Desert Island Whitney Zine Party. // Q&A
Gary Kachadourian // Scale drawings (dumpsters, lamp posts) and cut-and-fold three dimensional objects (bus stations, sno-ball stands, portable toilets) from Baltimore. Xeroxed and laser printed books, booklets, prints, posters, and wall coverings. // Q&A
Chris Piascik // Independent illustrator working with hand-lettering. Typostruction makes art out of quotes (both classic and pop-cultural). Daily drawings cover political issues, music, complaining and more. // Q&A
Pegacorn Press // Queer, feminist, “total-art-freaker” publishing house specializing in small-run art books, comics, and zines. Based out of Brooklyn, it’s run by visual artist/musican Caroline Paquita. // Q&A
Jemibook // Jem’s zine topics are all over the place with each issue dedicated to a different topic, such as: Robert Downey Jr., Pandas, Raw Food, Alternative Date Ideas, and Sexy Times Gone Wrong. // Q&A
For the Birds // New York City-based feminist collective promoting creative interests of women-identified community members. Zine distro covers such topics as DIY feminist organizing, sexual health, sexual assault support/prevention, & punk/riotgrrl. // Q&A
Thicker Than Blood // What is closer than family? What binds us together more than the circumstances of our birth? It is said that blood is thicker than water, but what is thicker than blood? A collection of artists explore the idiom in black and white art. // Q&A
The East Village Inky // A handwritten, illustrated, long running, award winning time lapse age progression in an extremely slow motion paper format. Ayun Halliday also writes books, including No Touch Monkey! and The Zinester’s Guide to NYC. // Q&A
Get it Together // Brooklyn-based artist Lauren Denitzio illustrates this zine based on interviews and submitted phrases from friends and colleagues regarding self-motivation, mantras, creative identity, and self-employment. // Q&A
The Worst // A compilation zine on grief and loss curated by Kathleen McIntyre. “An honest take on the death of loved ones in a world that attempts to capitalize on our sorrow. Opens a dialogue about death, recovery, and the need for community support.” -Stranger Danger // Q&A
Slice Harvester // Described as “a pizza-obsessed Lenny Bruce,” Colin Hagendorf turns pizza reviews into critiques of capitalism and gender, soliloquies about teen drug use, and earnest attempts to find hope & meaning. Basically, he writes about anything but pizza. Q&A
Meet the Lady // A large archive of found photos and reclaimed images that had been relegated to the scrap heap. MTL restores these “lost” women to their rightful place in the pantheon of notable persons by immortalizing them in print. // Q&A
FOUND Magazine // Love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles. FOUND puts it all together so everyone can check out the strange, hilarious, and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed along. // Q&A
The Bushwick Review // A literary and art magazine, as well as a growing community of creative people. Many of the contributors create things together. They drink and party together. The Bushwick Review brings their work together and shares it with others.
Pendulous Breasts Quarterly // Non-profit literary magazine for the discerning breasts enthusiast. All profits go to the 826 National tutoring program. Contributors include writers for The Daily Show, The Onion, 30 Rock, Vanity Fair, The Colbert Report, and New Yorker cartoonists.
Instigator // Limited edition black & white zines of art and photography, with an emphasis on street and public art.
Table map for the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2012:
RAFFLE: At the Brooklyn Zine Fest 2012, we raffled off over $1,700 in prizes donated from local Brooklyn businesses, artists, and writers! Please show our awesome donors a little love by clicking through to check out their wares.
One Year Subscription to Zine of the Month (10 limited edition art zines), delivered to the winner’s mailbox just about every month. Started in 2009 by Mark Price is a Factory and friends, Zine of the Month focuses on artists working in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and elsewhere. Issues are available individually or as part of a year subscription. Various titles can also be found at finer zine outlets the world over. ($75 value)
Cleansers Delight Gift Set from Australian Scent: Kelp n’ Honey Scrub (exfoliates and cleans), Cleansing Stream (cleanser and make up remover), Clay de Magdalene (detox mud mask), and an exfoliating loofah in a window tin. Australian Scent specializes in 100% organically crafted, small batch, cold processed formulas that maximize the nutritional and healing properties of the raw materials utilized. Founded in Australia, perfected in Brooklyn, and now based in Hudson Valley. ($130 value)
Classic Specs + Spectacle Theater: What a spectacle! This prize pack includes one complete set of eyeglasses from Brooklyn-based Classic Specs. It’s the full spectrum: your choice of frame from their carefully crafted stock, prescription lenses, anti-reflective coating, and an at-home try-on option with free shipping (an $89 value)! PLUS, you’ll get four passes to a film screening of your choice at Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg. ($109 total value)
Classic Specs + Hey, 4-Eyes! : The generous folks at Classic Specs in Williamsburg are giving away a second complete set of eyeglasses! Just like above: choice of frame created from high quality Italian acetate and crafted in their Brooklyn Lab, Rx lenses, anti-reflective, try on at home or in their North 3rd Street showroom (an $89 value). PLUS, this pair is paired with the entire three-volume set of Hey, 4-Eyes!, the entertaining and well-crafted collaborative zine about eyeglasses and the people who wear them. ($116 total value)
Forbidden Planet Variety Pack : Bundle of books, mini-comics, and zines, plus a T-shirt and tote bag, from Forbidden Planet, one of the largest sellers of comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, toys, and associated collectibles in the world. Check out their expansive Union Square location, or better yet, stop by the Brooklyn Zine Fest—a few Forbidden Planet staffers will be exhibiting their own projects! ($75 value)
3rd Ward One Year Basic Membership: Granting access to the photo studios, wood shop, metal shop, and jewelry shop, plus discounts on classes at 3rd Ward, the multidisciplinary workspace and education center in East Williamsburg. Other members-only perks include free workshops, office services, and events throughout the year. 3rd Ward offers tools, space, and know-how to artists and craftspeople, giving them the power to learn, create, and do. ($129 value)
Ugly Americans Superpack (a.k.a. Augenblick Augenpack): From Augenblick Studios, animator of Ugly Americans : Season 1 DVD set, “Coming to America” poster, and “Embrace Diversity” poster, all signed; pink “Callie” t-shirt (Large) and blue “Grimes” t-shirt (Small). PLUS a Golden Age DVD and Augenblick Studios demo reel DVD, both signed; and a copy of the zine Number Foundation signed by two contributors: animation directorAaron Augenblickand illustrator Jeremy Jusay. ($100 value)
AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS & COMICS
Autographed copy of Earth: The Book, signed by Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Wyatt Cenac, and the Emmy-winning writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. ($50 value)
East Village Inky: One year subscription to the seminal New York City zine, PLUS an autographed copy of The Zinester’s Guide to NYC by Ayun Halliday. ($25 value)
Comedy Pack: One year subscription (4 issues) to comedy magazine Whim Quarterly, PLUS Issue #1 of Shame Itself, Marvel Comics’ collaboration with comedians, signed by contributor and Emmy-winning Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan. ($25 value)
Signed copy of The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex , a guide to love and lovemaking, autographed by authors Rich Blomquist (The Daily Show) and Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, Bob’s Burgers). ($30 value)
Essential Reading : A selection of staff picks from independent bookstore Book Thug Nation, including Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, An Isaac Bashevis Singer Reader, and the comic They Found the Car by Gipi. ($65 total value)
FILM & MUSIC
Paracinema, “The Film Magazine for People Who Love Genre Movies”: One year subscription (4 issues), PLUS a For All You Boppers Out There T-shirt (inspired by The Warriors, choice of size), PLUS one copy of Paracinema #14 . ($44 value)
Essential Listening Pack: A selection of choice records and undiscovered gems curated by Vinyl Vagabonds, accompanied by all three issues of the Vinyl Vagabonds zine. PLUS the Soundtrack of the Brooklyn Zine Fest: A mix CD of the music played at the fest by Rachel Kowal of Sonic Smörgåsbord. ($30 value)
Demolition Man = Bad?: Two tickets to the Friday, April 20th screening of the delightfully entertaining Demolition Man on 35mm at 92YTribeca in honor of Wesley Snipes and Tax Day; also starring Sylvester Stallone and Dame Sandra Bullock. PLUS a copy of I Love Bad Movies #3, featuring an essay on the film. ($29 total value)
EXPERIENCES // FOOD & DRINK
Adventuring with Gear to Go: $40 gift certificate toward equipment rental (tents, packs, cooking, everything you’d need for the outdoors) from Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope. Go camping or hiking on your own, or use your rental gear on an outing with one of Gear to Go’s experienced guides. ($40 value)
Beer Tastings: From our beer sponsor Brooklyn Brewery, two winners will receive $50 gift certificates, each good for 10 free beers at any of BB’s open house tastings in Williamsburg: Mon-Thurs during reservation-only Small Batch Tours; Fri 6-11pm; Sat 12-8pm; and Sun 12-6pm. ($50 value X 2)
Brooklyn Lyceum Co-Work: Five free days of Co-Work access at the Brooklyn Lyceum, providing a comfortable, quiet place for freelancers to work during the day. OR, use your voucher for one hour in the Lyceum’s batting cage. Your choice. ($50 value)
Coffee Break: $10 gift card and a T-shirt from Postmark Cafe in Park Slope. ($25 total value)
Pizza Party: All five issues of Slice Harvester, chronicling one man’s journey to eat at every pizza place in Manhattan, PLUS a pizza dinner for the winner and a guest including slices and drinks at Colin’s favorite: New York Pizza Suprema. ($30 value)
Bounty of Typostructive T-shirts from Chris Piascik, whose lively illustrated typography turns any phrase into a mantra worth wearing. Three prizes in all; each winner gets their choice of shirt design, like “I Love My Bike” and “Everyday I Am Hustlin’.” ($75 total value)
ART, PRINTS, and PAPER GOODS
Richmond Artist Pack: Three prints and three zines by three BZF tablers coming from Richmond (the third largest city in Virginia)! James McPherson: Alone on Prom Night 18″x24″ lithograph print and zine of the same name; Gabriel Kendra: Untitled 16″x20″ photo print and Gabriel Kendra VOL. 1 zine; Daniel Stettner: Untitled 11″x17″ print and Nu Rites zine. ($65 value)
Intelligent novelties from the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, based in DUMBO. Pack includes “Femin-Its” and “Freudian Slips” sticky notes; the Oz, Utopia, and Pangaea Passports; writer-themed greeting cards including Woolf and Joyce; and a set of Moustache Magnets. ($48 total value)
Sprout Head Art Pack #1: One linocut print and four zines, including Let’s Go to the Park and Minutiae No. 1: Rose City Summer, from Richmond-based artist, writer, and art teacher Aijung Kim. ($32 value)
“A Shadow Over Anaheim”: Silk screen 11″x17″ print on neon paper by Josh Freydkis of Three Fingered Naptime Press. ($25 value)
Sprout Head Art Pack #2: A generous second batch of four zines, including Minutiae No. 2: Wandering Sweet Pea and the travelogue/introspective study In-Between, PLUS one linocut print from writer/illustrator Aijung Kim. ($32 value)
Zine of the Month Multi-Pack: A collection of six limited edition art-filled zines from the Philadelphia-based Zine of the Month. ($60 value)
Dirty Photos and Clean Stories: From FOUND Magazine, a copy of their adult-themed Dirty FOUND, PLUS a copy of founder Davy Rothbart’s short story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. ($22 value)
BZF Co-Organizer Zine Pack: Taken for a Ride: My Night in the Cash Cab (new zine), Heartwarming & Pathetic, and Memory // Boundary by Matt Carman; Oh My / Oh No, Bitter, Sweet, and SexFace by Kseniya Yarosh; 1441 by Eric Nelson. ($28 value)
I Love Bad Movies: Issues #1 through #5 of this biyearly collection of essays, illustrations, and comics about great-bad films. I Love Bad Movies is published by BZF co-organizers Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman. ($25 value)