Thank you for yet another wonderful SFZF!

Whoa, what a weekend! Lots of talent, lots of adorable puppies, and smiles all around.  Oh, yeah, this guy was there too! 

(Photograph by Cindy Maram or Dig-In Magazine)

(Photograph by Cindy Maram or Dig-In Magazine)

But seriously, we would all love to thank you for a wonderful SFZF. You guys made this year spectacular, and you have us the drive, the desire, the enthusiasm to make this event even better next year.

Much thanks from the bottom of our hearts,

The SFZF Crew

Letter of Apology

Dear Community,

This letter is in regards to an email from SFZF that is now circling the internet. The email to which I refer was a written response composed by an SFZF organizer who lives outside of the bay area and is unaware of our "on the ground" real-time happenings. This email was sent without the knowledge of local organizers and came as a shock to us.

This organizer was responding to an inquiry by a member of the zine community, about specific table vendors for the SFZF 2014 weekend. The email response sent by this organizer contained factual errors about SFZF's 2014 line up, which we sincerely apologize for. The email also stated personal opinions and viewpoints that were entirely his own. 

The organizers of SFZF would like to state that these opinions do not represent the core beliefs of the team as a whole. We are deeply sorry this happened. As a result, this organizer will no longer be responsible for SFZF correspondence. In addition, he has volunteered to resign from our organizational team.

In our thirteen years running Zine Fest, this was our first incident handling such a delicate topic, and we were not organized with the proper communication protocols to respond properly. For this, we deeply apologize.

We hope that this letter serves to provide greater accountability and transparency in our organizing process. And we hope that in spite of this, you enjoy the multitude of diverse creative talent, and we will work hard to make Zine Fest as fun and interesting as it has been in year's past.



Liz Mayorga

Director of SFZF

SFZF 2014 Q&A Panel with Ryan Sands

Please join us Sunday, August 31st from 2:00 to 3:00 for a talk with our featured guest: RYAN SANDS! 

Ryan Sands is a zinemaker, editor, and translator who lives in San Francisco. Ryan runs the publishing company Youth in Decline, which is based out of a small office / Risograph print shop in the Mission and which focuses on "supporting diverse and unique stories from up-and-coming North American creators, introducing English-speaking audiences to our favorite international cartoonists and writers, and providing an outlet for artistic book objects from established creators we love." Join Ryan and host Channing Kennedy for a slideshow tour of Ryan's influences, favorite projects, and darkest secrets; bring your questions about publishing, distribution, curating, and getting your hair to do that.


Moderator: Channing Kennedy

SFZF 2014 Q&A Panel with Hellen Jo

Please join us this Saturday, August 30th from 12:30 to 1:30 for our Q&A panel with our featured guest, HELLEN JO!

Hellen Jo is an illustrator and cartoonist in Los Angeles, where she works as a storyboard artist on Cartoon Network's first-ever woman-led show, Rebecca Sugar's "Steven Universe." Hellen is also the mastermind behind SFZF favorite Jin & Jam, the gorgeous-grossout watercolor comic adventures of two distinctly nonmagical schoolgirls. In her free time, she enjoys stickers, horror movies, and hoarding. Join Hellen and host Channing Kennedy for a slideshow tour of her influences, works-in-progress and rejects, and bring your questions about the rough-and-tumble storyboarder lifestyle and whether she prefers puffy stickers to scratch-and-sniff or vice

Moderator: Channing Kennedy

SFZF Public Statement

Hi SFZFers,

For SFZF2014, we're introducing a Safer Spaces policy. You can read it here (link); it'll also be posted publicly in the County Fair Building during SFZF itself. 

Having a policy of this sort has been a long time coming -- many of our fellow festivals have had ones for years -- and it's on us, the organizers, for not putting one in place sooner. SFZF is a labor of love, driven entirely by volunteer labor with no paid staff. That doesn't mean it's okay for things to slip through the cracks; rather, it means we owe everyone the event they signed up to be a part of.

Internally, we're discussing other ways that future SFZFs (and we want there to be many more!) can be even better. Our goal is to have a festival that everyone can feel proud to be a part of, and that reflects the values of the community we love. 

If you have any thoughts or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email, or in person this weekend. 

All our best, and see you Saturday!



Liz Mayorga

Director of SFZF

SFZF 2014 Panel: "RADICAL PARENTING" with Tomas Moniz, Artnoose, and Special Guests

Tomas Moniz (of Rad Dad) and Artnoose (of Ker-Bloom) publish stories about the ins and outs, highs and lows of parenting, because stories help make better parents. After all, parents need role models too. 

When life as a young rebel changes with the presence of a child, the rebellious spirit doesn’t die, it just evolves through parenthood. Tomas and Artnoose, and guests are here to talk about their experiences as artists and parents pushing for progress. 

Moderated by Tyler Cohen (of Primazonia). 

This panel takes place Saturday, August 30th from 3:30 to 4:30pm.


We will be making a mini book and an envelope/book from

re-purposed paper. Easy to make.

Monica Lee is the Artist in Residence at Ruth's Table and teaches

workshops using repurposed materials at SCRAP, FabMo, Techshop and other venues in the Bay Area.  She is a professional photographer.

Dorothy Yuki is a Design Consultant and a master educator for Macy's Fashion Incubator, President of Friends of Calligraphy and teaches

arts and Crafts in the Bay Area and Mexico.

This workshop will take place Saturday, August 30th from 11:00 to 12:00pm. 


Zines have been, and continue to be, a vital way for people to pass on information and shared experiences that are often ignored by mainstream culture. Self-publishing is an incredibly empowering act, and therefore it is not surprising that so many female identified people use it as a form to speak out about their own experiences, find communities, and critique social norms and feminism itself as it continues to grow and evolve.

SFZF is excited to welcome three people who are not only responsible for some fantastic zines that but are also invested in creating and maintaining feminist DIY spaces and communities. Elly Blue, Liz Henry, and Abigail Young will talk about collaborative zines, feminist publishing and how to create your own feminist hacker/maker space. 

Our panelists:

Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes and publishes feminist books and zines about bicycling. Her website is She is the founder of the Wheelwomen Switchboard, an online space for the feminist bicycling movement to share resources and support.


Liz Henry is a poet, translator, and editor as well as a computer geek. She has been publishing zines and small books since 1986, some under Riot Grrrl imprints and some under the imprints of Tollbooth Press and Burn This Press. For Aqueduct Press, she edited WisCon Chronicles Volume 3: Carnival of Feminist SF. Her latest book of poetry is called Unruly Islands. She may have some insight into the creation of the Slut Manifesto and the Splendiferous Oath of Riot Grrrlz Outer Space.

Abigail Young is a writer, ukuleleist, and amateur historian living in San Francisco. She edits and publishes Camel Toe, a feminist zine always looking for thoughtful contributions and pictures of proud lady crotches. Her latest zine, The Important Business Ladies’ Guide to Important Business for Ladies, a collaboration with Emily Alden Foster and Jennie Yim, is an honest, sometimes depressing, mostly funny, and insightful look at the relationships between women and work. Find her online at

Moderated by Sarah Godfrey

This panel takes place, Sunday, August 31st from 3:00 to 4:00pm