Video from Thinking Captions 2016!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Thinking Captions, our annual pre-SFZF reading! And for those of you who couldn't be there: now it's like you were! Thanks so much to the San Francisco Public Library for hosting us and for filming!

San Francisco Zine Fest - Queer Anxiety Babiez Distro are two anxious queers based in the Bay Area who make zines focused on gender, queerness, mental health, and chronic/invisible illnesses.
San Francisco Zine Fest - Larry-bob Roberts is a long-time zinester who started publishing Holy Titclamps in 1989 and also produced Queer Zine Explosion. His newest zines are about now-vanished San Francisco social spots and his collection of flyers and ephemera.
San Francisco Zine Fest - Meggie Ramm uses comics as a way of acknowledging and managing various disorders, as well as a platform to reach out to others who share in the same struggle.
San Francisco Zine Fest - Karl Dotter is an Oakland-based cartoonist (also known as Dot) known for his delightful depictions of anthropomorphic toast and pinecones. Karl's latest comics are inspired by (new) parenthood and include myth-busting comics about babies.
San Francisco Zine Fest - Ajuan Mance is an artist and writer whose zines and comics use humor and art to explore the complexities of African life in the U.S. She makes an autobiographical comic series about life as a Black, genderqueer nerd; illustrated zine-poems about Black culture and history; and a vast and amazing ongoing series called "1001 Black Men" that now comprises almost 1001 portraits.

We did it! You did it! Our 15th annual SFZF is done!

ok first off:

your dedicated & extremely handsome SFZF2016 organizing team

Our 15th annual SF Zine Fest was one of our busiest of all time, with over 220 exhibitors and about 3500 attendees (and that's not counting the six different pre-fest events). This was also the first SFZF where we made ASL interpretation available at every single panel and reading throughout the week (thank you Juan Ramirez!), AND the first one where we were able to run a free wheelchair-accessible shuttle all day between the County Fair Building and Civic Center BART. And this was also the first-ever SFZF to have two queer women of color as our guests of honor — long, long overdue on our part, considering who's been doing the most vital work in the Bay Area arts community.

Thanks to ALL OF YOU -- exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, donors, volunteers, organizers, administrative officials, pets -- for making this festival a reality once again.

Oh! Speaking of our guests of honor:

Ajuan Mance, Liz Mayorga, MariNaomi

This year, the State of California honored our fifteen years of work in the Bay Area arts community. San Francisco Zine Fest and our 2016 guests of honor, Ajuan Mance and MariNaomi, were presented with certificates from the California Legislative Assembly in a small ceremony held during the festival SFZF2012-2015 director Liz Mayorga was on hand to accept on out behalf, in representation of all festival organizers past an present.

We wouldn't have been around long enough to gain a fan in state government without all of you. <3

Also, special thanks to our sponsors:

The Intersection for the Arts, our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor!

Patreon, for hosting our first fundraiser reading as an organization with nonprofit status!

issuu, for funding our wheelchair-accessible BART shuttle, a first for SFZF2016!

San Francisco Public Library! Artist & Craftsman Supply! Flax Art & Design! The Cartoon Art Museum! The Asian Art Museum! Mission Comics & Art! 1984 Printing! Mamacitas Cafe! RADAR Productions! Pegasus Books! Lagunitas! People's Choice Printing! Alley Cat Books! And the great folks at the San Francisco Parks & Rec department!

OK that's it for now. Got some news for us to share? Let us know! The zine scene goes year round!

all our best and let's hang out again soon,
the SFZF2016 team

IT'S ALMOST HERE! (SFZF2016, I mean)

Just a couple of final announcements for you:

The table map is up! Hooray!

We have a free BART shuttle this year! Wheelchair-accessible, seatbelts for the little ones, running between Civic Center BART and the front door of the County Fair Building all day on Sunday (including an hour before and after fest times, for exhibitor load-in / load-out convenience). Thanks to the generous folks at issuu for helping make this happen!

Two more pre-fest events! 


  • Saturday, September 3 6:00pm-9pm: SFZF Pre-Party at Mission: Comics (2250 Mission Street). The Asian Art Museum presents artists Andrea Nguyen and Jon Adams, from their new exhibit 'The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe,' followed by a mini-reading by SFZF2016 guest of honor MariNaomi, followed by drinks / snacks / hanging out.

ASL interpretation will be provided at both events, and at our day-of artist Q&As at SFZF itself.

You can now support us on Patreon!

Help us continue to make SFZF as accessible as possible!

OK that's it! See you SOON

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