Announcing SFZF2016's Special Guests!


Ajuan Mance is a Professor of African American literature at Mills College and a lifelong artist and writer. Ajuan's comics and zines include Gender Studies, an autobiographical comic series that follows her adventures as a Black, genderqueer nerd; The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, a tribute to African American men in the bear community; A Blues for Black Santa, a humorous appeal for recognition from Black Santa himself, told in rhyme; and the 1001 Black Men series, featuring images from the online sketchbook of the same name. Ajuan has participated in solo and group exhibitions as well as comic and zine fests, from the Bay Area to Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including, most recently, Cog, Transition, and Mission at Tenth. Both her scholarly writings and her comics and zines explore the relationship between race, gender, and representation, specifically as it applies to people of African descent in the U.S., she is partly inspired by her teaching and research in the related fields of U.S. Black literature and history. She is the author of two books on the history of African-American writers. They are: Inventing Black Women: African American Women’s Poetry and Self-Representation, 1877-2000; and Before Harlem: An Anthology of African-American Literature from the Long Nineteenth Century, both from the University of Tennessee Press.

MariNaomi has been making memoir comics since 1997. She's the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winning Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominatedDragon's Breath and Other True Stories(2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), critically acclaimedTurning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016), the upcoming I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications and has been featured on numerous websites, such as The Rumpus, The Weeklings, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast, Truth-out, XOJane, Buzzfeed, PEN America and more. Mari's work on the Rumpus won a SPACE Prize and an honorable mention in Houghton Mifflin's Best American Comics 2013.

MariNaomi's comics and paintings have been featured in such institutions as the De Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco's Asian American Museum, and the Japanese American Museums in Los Angeles and San Jose. In 2011, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of theCartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database.

We'll be announcing readings and signings with both our featured artists, as well as a slew of other horribly talented people, as Labor Day Weekend approaches! Stay tuned!

SFZF2016 is only five months away!

Hello from the SF Zine Fest team!

Don't forget: the 15th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest is happening on September 4th 2016 in Golden Gate Park. Exhibitor applications will open on June 1st and close June 21!

Lots of great zine things are happening in the Bay Area and California this month:

The third annual Queer Comics Expo will be held at SOMArts in San Francisco on June 18-19. The Queer Comics Expo is part of the annual National Queer Arts Festival, via the Cartoon Art Museum’s partnership with the Queer Cultural Center. Ticket pre-sales will be happening soon!

The Sacramento Black Book Fair is happening June 3-5! The celebration will include panels, book signings, talks, cultural & food vendors, book discussions, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.

Have you been to The Grand Newsstand, the sidewalk kiosk in downtown San Francisco? The stand specializes in independent publications and is looking for more zines!

News from the SFZF organizing team: our own Avy Jetter will be speaking on the closing panel for Omi Gallery's 'Dear Brother' exhibit, "Decolonizing Comics" -- catch her being smart and cool at Impact Hub Oakland on May 16.

SFZF director Channing Kennedy and SFZF exhibitor Minnie Phan attended this year's Asian American film festival CAAMfest with pen and watercolors in hand - read their illustrated report at Colorlines!

Remember your favorite photo from SFZF 2015? Chances are very, very good it was taken by the incredibly talented Liz Acosta, who's dealing with some unexpected medical bills right now. Please consider donating to her cancer treatment fund

Are you making something cool happen in or around the Bay Area zine scene? Want to tell us about something great? Let us know! Email us or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.

We hope you have a wonderful April, and we will see you in September!
- SF Zine Fest Team