Zine Not Dead Fest: a comics & small press fair. Saturday, June 15th, Noon - 6pm
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Zine Not Dead is pleased to announce the inaugural Zine Not Dead Fest: A Comics and Small Press Fair.

Zine Not Dead Fest is a one-day comics & small press fair, bringing together cartoonists, artists, publishers, and especially those somewhere to Chicago. A day of vending (featuring over 80 artists & publishers), talks, and workshops concludes with the biggest Zine Not Dead reading of all time in the evening.

Zine Not Dead Fest will be held at Grace Church of Logan Square (3325 W Wrightwood Ave) on June 15th, from noon to 6pm. The Fest will be free and open to the public! The evening's Zine Not Dead is ticketed, with tickets available now here. :)

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Exhibitors

A. T. PrattAlex NallAlexander Laird/FROG FARMAmy LockhartAndrea BellAndy Hoodangela fanche / katie laneAnya DavidsonAtlan Arceo-Witzl / Tenoch PressAudrey HamiltonBeatrix UrkowitzBearBearBeth HetlandBonnie GuerraBraided MagazineBrian UhlBred PressBubbles FanzineCam CollinsCarmen JohnsCold Boy PressComics Blogger Conor StechschulteCRAM booksD.R.Y. Dave OrtegaDerick JonesDOG EYE PRESSE. Joy MehrEileen ChavezEntropy EditionsErnie RoanFieldmouse PressFlannery CashillfscareGabriel Mason HowellGeorge PorteusGina WynbrandtGoodbye PressGrayson BearHarrison & NellHoofprintIona FoxIssue PressJ. Marshall SmithJ.E PaethJasjyot Singh HansJeremy Tinder and his StudentsJetsy MerchblattJT Wilkins / TTRXKaitlin KostusKelly WangKevin HuizengaKing-Cat Comix/Spit and a Half DistroLale WestvindLark Lyra Lou HillLate Night Copies PressLiana FuLily (Basil) MacLachlanliz yerbyLucie Van der Elst, Nick Merlock Jackson, & Robert Zantlucky risographLumpen ComicsMaggie UmberMarnie GallowayMartian PressMath-you Land-voteMax HuffmanMidwest Cuban ComicsMike CentenoMore Human EditionsMost AncientNEOGLYPHIC MEDIAOrgan BankOther World RisoPatrick KylePerfectly Acceptable PressPete FaeckePratima PinnepalliProject OnwardPublic CollectorsRaeann Van ZeeReptile House ComixRobert BaxterRon Regé, Jr.Sage CoffeySam HensleySam SharpeSam SzaboSean MacSecret Room PressShea CahillSLOPSofia Brunwin & Joseph McColganSonnenzimmerSteve SchabergSyd MadiaTalya ModlinTaxonomy PressTeddie BernardTenderly & friendsTOMATO TOMATO TOMATOWork Press & PublicationWormy OrchidsYewon Kwon2dcloud

Exhibitor map & floorplan here.

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Programming

12-6pm
Drop-in Zine Making Workshop
in the Breakout Room.

Ignatz Award-winning, first nationally syndicated non-binary cartoonist Bianca Xunise hosts a day-long, casual zine making workshop. Plenty of supplies provided, but we figure you're the type to bring your own.

12-2:30pm
GlitterGuts Photobooth
in the Breakout Room.

Bring your friends, newly-acquired zines, and pearly-whites and get yer photo taken by our friends at GlitterGuts. Photos will be available online shortly afterward!

1-2pm
Meet the Artists of Project Onward
in the Sanctuary.

Featuring work by Stephon Doby, Louis DeMarco, William Douglas, & Cherylle Booker from our special guest organization, Project Onward.

2:30-3:45pm
Malt Adult Matinee
in the Sanctuary.

Animation screening & Q&A with works by Rebecca Aklim, Jackson Ammenheuser, Megan Jedrysiak & Hector Padilla, Grayson Bear, Margaret Bialis, Jacob Ciocci, Charles Curren, Dd Bentl, Dan Forke, Jacob Huffcutt, Alexander Laird, Amy Lockhart, J. Paik. Jesse Patience. Hosted by Sarah Schmidt and Ian Ballantyne of Malt Adult.

4:30-5:30pm
If Your Comic Collection Vanished... What Would You Buy Back First?
in the Sanctuary.

Cartoonists Kevin Huizenga, Ron Regé, Jr., and Patrick Kyle each pick 5 comics that they would restart their comic collection if their library vanished. Comics that mean a lot to them, provide inspiration, are a guiding light on a project they're currently working on now or maybe are needed to prop their couch up correctly. On this game show like conversation, the cartoonists aren't aware of what the other ones have picked. So as we reveal the special picks, artists will explain their pick while the other two react. It'll be a fun insightful conversation on the love of comics.Moderated by Brian Baynes of Bubbles Fanzine.

Zine Not Dead #23 poster
8-11pm
Zine Not Dead #23
off-site, at Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N Milwaukee Ave.).

After the vending portion of the day concludes, join us for the grand finale of Zine Not Dead Fest. The biggest Zine Not Dead Ever. Featuring readings by: PATRICK KYLE, RON REGÉ, JR., LALE WESTVIND, LARK LYRA LOU HILL, A.T. PRATT, ALEX LAIRD. STEPHON DOBY. Doors @ 8pm, show @ 9pm. $20. Tickets available online, at the info table @ ZNDF, and at the door (while supplies last)!.

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Special Guests

Ron Rege Jr

Ron Regé, Jr.

Ron Regé, Jr. began self-publishing his own minicomics in the early 1990's. He has gone on to publish a dozen books, primarily with Drawn & Quarterly, and Fantagraphics Books. Ron lives in Los Angeles. His latest book, Shell Collection is out in April from FU Press.

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Lale Westvind

Lale Westvind

Lale Westvind makes comics, animations, paintings and sculptures. She is the author of Grip, Hot Dog Beach and many other small, special books. They currently split their time between central Pennsylvania and their hometown, New York City. A new issue of Void Packer will debut this summer at ZNDF in addition to another new book if she's lucky!

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Patrick Kyle

Patrick Kyle

Patrick Kyle lives in Toronto, Canada and works as a cartoonist, visual artist, commercial illustrator and educator. His most recent book, Baby was published by Breakdown Press in 2023.

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Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga

Kevin Huizenga splits his time between Chicago and Minneapolis. He is the cartoonist of Curses, The River at Night, Gloriana, and The Wild Kingdom. His character Glenn Ganges is based on his brother-in-law and the name is a reference to two separate towns that appear on the same sign on the interstate.

Website - Instagram

Project Onward
Stephon Doby

Project Onward & Stephon Doby

Project Onward is a nonprofit organization that provide artists with disabilities and mental illnesses the opportunity to create their work in a safe, supportive studio environment. This includes access to work space, materials, and professional guidance without being encumbered by cost. The studio treats art as a powerful tool for understanding and valuing the real and potential contributions of our national population with disabilities.

Stephon Doby (b. 1989) makes comics, drawings, and paintings exploring adolescence, through a pop culture filter. His stories are packed with the cliques, hijinks, and romances of teen dramas. Doby will be reading from the just-printed Issue #1 of AlterGender, his big-hearted comedy sci-fi epic, following the teens of Texas Valley through unexpected gender transformations.

Website - Instagram - Stephon Doby via Project Onward

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Zine Not Dead and Zine Not Dead Fest are collaborations of Perfectly Acceptable Press and Bred Press. Zine Not Dead Fest is also brought to you by the generosity of the Chicago DCASE grant. This year's artwork is by Margot Ferrick

Zine Not Dead is a performative comics reading series in Chicago, running quarterly since 2015. Zine Not Dead encourages cartoonists & performers to find new ways to embody their work in front of live audiences.

Zine Not Dead Fest poster