The Tenth Annual SFZF is Coming! Sept. 3 + 4, 2011

Zine Fest is returning for our tenth annual show! The San Francisco Zine Fest will be back on September 3 + 4 to celebrate small press, zines, comics, and all things DIY at the San Francisco County Fair Building, in Golden Gate Park. As always, the Zine Fest is FREE and open to the public! With an expanded exhibit hall, over 150 small-press and DIY creators will be selling, trading, and otherwise sharing their work with over three thousand attendees.

The Zine Fest serves as a vital annual showcase of the diversity, creativity, and ongoing exuberance of the small-press movement. In the ten years since the Festival's birth in 2001, tremendous changes have rocked the social, technological, and creative fronts, but the impulse to DIY art and small-press has only grown stronger. The SFZF is proud to serve as a venue for the writers, cartoonists, crafters, illustrators, printmakers, and other artists who exhibit each year to share their work with an ever expanding audience. We're planning on celebrating out big tenth anniversary in style, so stay tuned for more info on amazing Special Guests, workshops, events, and much more in the coming months!

Opening Tonight! Futuristic Textures From The Future @ Mission Comics & Art

Another very cool show at Mission Comics and Art opens tonight: Futuristic Textures From The Future, Volume II: Interference Maps by collage artist Michael Mykola Haleta. Looks great!

Futuristic Textures From The Future, Volume II: Interference Maps • Opening Saturday, 3/12 Mission: Comics & Art • 3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco

The Escapist - New Comics Shop in Berkeley! Grand Opening Tuesday Night

We were all very sad to see Comic Relief close after 20+ years of service to the SF Bay Area, the original "comic bookstore" was a major force for indy and mini-comics, and founder RoryRoot and Comic Relief's staff have done a lot for the small-press scene in general (we particularly like former Comic Relief staffer and Sparkplug Comic Books publisher Dylan William's thoughts on the subject).

And now, from the ashes of Comic Relief, Berkeley has a new and exciting comics shop: The Escapist! The folks at Dark Carnival Bookstore have purchased the entire stock from the closed Comic Relief (including the Comic Relief cats!). They are marking their opening with a special nighttime party, with the release of the new Wednesday comics at the stroke of midnight... very fun! There are some special guests expected too... We have some guesses who might be involved, but we won't go out on a limb with predictions. Suffice it to say it sounds like a very fun start to a new era in Bay Area comics culture, and we highly recommend that you drop by!

The Escapist Grand Opening • Tuesday, March 15th at 10pm • 3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA

SF Public Press Release Party - Tonight!

The SF Public Press is one of our favorite developments in the ongoing "fate of journalism" saga: A local website taht also produces a lovely, ink and paper newspaper, Sf Public Press is created by volunteers yet maintains excellent quality standards (just this last Tuesday they won a Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award!), with funding from some interesting and out of the box sources. Some of the SF Public Press folks participated in our rockin' DIY Journalism panel last year, and all together we think this organization has a lot to teach us about the future of journalism, print, and DIY projects in general.

Tonight (Thursday) SF Public Press is celebrating the release of their second issue at the Mechanics' Institute. Join them for drinks and appetizers, pick up a free copy of the fall 2010 edition of the newspaper, and meet the incredible volunteer team that pulled it all together! Tickets are $20 for non-members, and it is FREE for members (basic memberships start at $35), this is a great chance to support the paper.

SF Public Press Release Party • Nov. 11, 5:30pm-8:30pm • The Mechanics' Institute • 57 Post Street, San Francisco

APE + More This Weekend!

The Alternative Press Expo is coming to town this weekend, and tho' we love to joke about SFZF's rivalry with the big gorrilla, we whole-heartedly reccomend checking it out (there's room in this town for plenty of awesomeness)! It's a huge show (newly expanded this year) with tons of indy, small-press, and alternative comics, graphic novels, zines, books, art, and much more. Many SFZF alumni will be in attendance as well, including Susie Cagle, Doctor Popular, Family Style, Global Hobo, Goteblüd, Monkey & Seal, Malachi Ward, Two Fine Chaps, and many, many more...

Also this week are a panaply of APE-related readings, shows, and other events that are well worth your time. Highlights include
Vanessa Davis at Needles & Pens on Friday at 7:00pm,
the Removable Pants art show (including work by Marc Bell), opening at GRSF on Saturday at 6:30pm, a double bill of a Doc Popular video shoot/art instalation and a release party for the SFSF (that's San Francisco Science Fiction, if you didn't know!) comic EGG at Mission: Comics on Saturday (6pm for Doc Pop, 9pm for EGG), and of course the ceremony for the Isotome Mini-Comics Award at Isotope Comics on Saturday at 8pm... who's gonna win? Nobody knows, but with the excellent pedigree of past winners it's sure to be a very talented guy or gal.

Alternative Press Expo • Saturday, 10/16 11:00am - 7:00pm + Sunday, 10/17 11:00am - 6:00pm • The Concourse
(635 8th Street San Francisco) • $10/one day $15/both days

Vanessa Davis Reading • Friday, 10/15 7:00pm • Needles & Pens (3253 16th Street, SF)
Removable Pants Art Opening • Saturday, 10/16 6:30pm • Giant Robot (

618 Shrader Street, SF)

Doctor Popular Video Shoot + Art Instalation • Saturday, 10/16 6:00pm • Mission: Comics (3520 20th St. Suite B, SF)
EGG Release Party • Saturday, 10/16 9:00pm • Mission: Comics (3520 20th St. Suite B, SF)
Isotope Excellence in Mini-Comics Award Ceremony • Saturday, 10/16 8:00pm •Isotope Comics (326 Fell Street, SF)

Cartoonists in The Mist Reading Tonight! Comics Relief in Berkeley

APE weekend gets started a bit early with a crackerjack reading over in the East Bay at Comics Relief! Cartoonists in the Mist (Get it? APE... Gorrillas... Sigh) features seven indy darlings reading from their work, from auto-bio comics to science fiction: Tessa Brunton (In The Tall Grass), Susie Cagle (Nine Gallons), Justin Hall (True Travel Tales), Kane Lynch (The Relics), Jason Martin (Laterborn), MariNaomi (Estrus Comics) and Julia Wertz (Fart Party, and her new book, Drinking at the Movies). Sure to be a fun time, and gauranteed to get you in the mode for the big ol' APE this weekend!

Cartoonists in the Mist Reading • Thursday, 10/14 8:00pm • Comics Relief (2026 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley)

Help Pirate Cat Go Legal!

Pirate Cat Radio has a very rare chance to aquire a broadcasting liscence from the FCC! This would secure Pirate Cat's ability to keep broadcasting for years to come, and legally, too... but they only have until October 21st to raise the hefty $60,000 needed to pay for the license! If you wouold like to help, please consider going to Kickstarter to help wth their pledge drive... This is a pretty worthy cause, and we are happy to back them on it! If you have ever enjoyed PCR's very cool programing, musical sessions, or even that interview the SFZF did with them last year, please consider chipping in... there are cool prizes, too!

Pirate Cat Radio Kickstarter Campaign • Until 10/21/10

Knock Knock at Needles & Pens - Opening Saturday, 10/9

The fine folks at Needles & Pens are finishing up their international cultural exchange with the Swedish Galleri KRETS by hosting a KRETS-curated art show here in San Francisco! The selection looks great, with dozens of artists both foreign and domestic, and music at the opening by Death Cheetah. Go and check out the vibes of international cooperation and creation!

Knock Knock Art Opening • Saturday, 10/9, 6:00 - 9:30pm • Needles & Pens, 3253 16th Street

Lit Crawl - Saturday, 10/9

As you may know, the SF's massive, multi-venue literary festival Lit Quake is going on all this week, with tons of great events for you to check out. But if we were to choose just one event to attend, it would have to be the infamous Lit Crawl, taking place all throughout the Mission this Saturday! This huge event takes place in three phases and in tons of venues. Click on the links for full schedules starting with Phase I (6:00-7:00pm), which includes the ZYZZYVA Lit Quiz (Elixir, 3200 16th St.) and the "Questionable Behavior " reading from the folks at Instant City (Dalva, 3121 16th St.), moving on to Phase II (7:15-8:15pm), including the "Mystery & Mayhem" crime fiction reading at the Mission Police Station (!!!), the "Read on the Brat" punk reading at Amnesia (853 Valencia St.), and Susie Cagle, Jamaica Dyer, & Geoff Vasile reading at Mission Comics (3520 20th St.), and finally Phase III (8:30 - 9:30pm) icluding the Indie Fiction Extravaganza (Casa Bonampak, 1051 Valencia St.).

There's seriously something for everyone, from poetry to erotica, comics to comedians. Plus the whole damn thing is free! Definitely check it out!

Lit Crawl • Saturday, 10/9, 7:00pm - 9:30pm • Various Venues across the Mission • Free