2015 EVENT INFO
The Brooklyn Zine Fest is an exposition of self-published magazines in the greatest borough in the greatest city in the world. BZF 2015 was held on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 2015 (from 11am to 6pm both days) at Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. This fourth annual event showcased more than 150 writers, artists, and publishers from New York City and beyond throughout the weekend.
As always, the BZF 2015 was free to attend, all ages, and open & welcoming to everyone.
ACCESSIBILITY: Brooklyn Historical Society is a fully accessible venue with elevator access to all spaces and sidewalk-level entrance. CART services were provided at both panels by stenographer Stanley Sakai.
Photo of BZF 2015 by Sylvie Rosokoff
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 2015 featured panel talks open to all attendees.
PANEL TALKS on Saturday, April 25th, 2015:
1pm – Food and Drink Culture in Zines (Read transcript here)
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.
3pm – Black Lives Matter: Zines and Activism (Read transcript here)
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 Men. Featuring panelists Nicole Taylor of The Modern Travelers’ Green Zine; Eric Orr of Rappin’ Max Robot (“The Very First Hip Hop Comic Book”); and educator, Black Lives Matter activist, and zine creator Simone Bailey.
Walk-in music on Sunday 4/26 was played live by accordionists from the Brooklyn Accordion Club, who debuted their publication Squeezine! at the fest.
A member of the Brooklyn Accordion Club at BZF 2015 / Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff
PRE-FEST KICKOFF EVENT:
Friday, April 24th – The Consequences at Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg
Local artists and writers, including Brooklyn Zine Fest 2015 exhibitors, performed their work onstage using projection, puppetry, dance, and more.
Map of Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights:
WHAT’S A ZINE?
According to the Anchor Archive Zine Library, “Zines are self-published magazines made outside of mainstream press and media, by all kinds of people about all kinds of things.” Basically, if you’ve got an interest, someone is probably making a zine about it!
Brain Washing from Phone Towers and Debbie Fong at BZF 2015 / Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff