Date and Venue for the 2012 Zinefest is Confirmed!

Thanks for your patience everyone and sorry about the long silence.  We had a great show last year - our largest yet - and we're getting ready to up the ante again.  The traditional date and place are staying the same:  we will be at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park on saturday and sunday of Labor Day weekend, which is the 1st and 2nd of September. 

We will start taking applications for tables in June, so start saving up and clearing your calendar, and of course  making art.

The show is entirely run by volunteers and we always need more help as the date of the show draws closer, so please email us at if you want to be part of making the show happen. 

We hope to see you all there!

East Bay Alternative Press Book Fair Saturday, Dec. 10

The SFZF's across the bay sister show is coming up on Saturday, December 10th! This is the 2nd annual East Bay Alternative Press Bookfair (whew! That's a long name! But you can just say EBAP!), and w had such a nice time last year that we definitely reccomend you check it out... There's a great lineup of small-press creators and companies, including Rock Paper Scissors, Gnartoons, Endless Canvas, Family Style, Mission MiniComix, Jen Oaks Illustration, Rad Dad, Trackrabbit, Estrus Comics, Brooke Appler (creator of that bad-ass poster!) and many many more. Its a perfect opportunity to pick up DIY gifts and stocking stuffers for all your loved ones, while supporting local artists! And its FREE to get into the show! 100% Awesome!

EBAP Bookfair • Saturday, Dec. 10 • 10am - 4pm • Berkeley City College 2050 Center Street, Berkeley (right by Downtown Berkeley BART Station) • FREE! • RSVP on Facebook

Hamburger Eyes Art Show at the SFZF 2011!

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of one of the most vibrant and influential publications of the last decade, the monumental photo-journal Hamburger Eyes. The loosely-organized Hamburger Eyes collective has been a major force in our contempary culture, simultaneously documenting and influencing the fashion, journalism, art, and music of the first decade of the 21st Century.

The SF Zine Fest is proud to present a free-wheeling, wide-ranging, and certainly non-exhaustive look at this Bay Area collective's impressive body of work. From early work from the archives to their new "Eyeland Editions," this exclusive, two-day showing is a must-visit for fans and a great way for new viewers to get to know Hamburger Eyes. And don't miss the Q + A with Ray Potes and other members of Hamburger Eyes on Saturday at 2:30pm!

SFZF 2011 Workshops + Panels Schedule

Just like always, we've got an awesome assortment of panels, programs, and hands-on workshops for all of our attendeesand exhibitors this weekend! Swing by our Workshops + Panels Room for Q + A's with our Special Guests Hamburger Eyes and Lark Pien, learn how to stitch a booklet or screenprint on a t-shirt, watch movies about biking, gain insights into the lives and work of your favorite indie-cartoonists, and much more! All for free! For a full schedule with descriptions, head over to our Workshops + Panels page!


Bookbinding: Basics and Beyond | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Special Guest Spotlight: 10 Years of Hamburger Eyes | 2:30pm - 3:20pm

Rambling Road Show: Bike Culture | 3:30pm - 4:20pm

Memoir Comics: Life In Ink | 4:00pm - 4:50pm


Intro to Screenprinting | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Special Guest Spotlight: Lark Pien | 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Graphic Journos in Conversation | 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Making Time: An Artistsʼ Forum | 4:00pm - 4:50pm

Danielle de Picciotto Reading + Musical Performance

This Wednesday, Needles & Pens will be hosting Danielle de Picciotto as she reads selections from her Berlin memoir, "The Beauty of Transgression" while her husband, Alexander Hacke of the legendary German Band Einsturzende Neubauten creates live electronic soundscapes. Yes! Sounds fun! Also: SF band Death Cheetah!

Danielle de Picciotto Reading + Musical Performance • Wednesday July 20, 2011 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. • Needles & Pens • 3253 16th Street, San Francisco

Special Guest! Hamburger Eyes!

This year we are honored to host the highly influential Bay Area photography group Hamburger Eyes!

Hamburger Eyes

is a loosely-knit photographers' collective started by Ray Potes in 2001. Now in its tenth year (just like the SFZF!), Hamburger Eyes continues to publish photo zines and books, exhibit photo shows as well as run its own Mission District-based custom print darkroom project space, Photo Epicenter. With the launch of Hamburger Eyeland, they have expanded their print offerings to feature an even wider assortment of cutting-edge urban visual documentarians.



Photo by Alex Martinez


Photo by Ray Potes


Photo by David Potes

As always, we are so delighted to be hosting such amazing creators, testaments to the enduring awesomeness of the small-press community. We will be holding Q+A sessions with all of our Guests at the show!

Special Guest! Lark Pien!

The SF Zine Fest is super proud to announce the first of this year's very Special Guests!

Our first Special Guest is the wonderful Lark Pien! Lark is a stalwart of the San Francisco small-press and comics scene;
she was born in San Francisco in 1972 and has been making minicomics since 1997. A true DIY success, Lark has continued to create small-press comics and hand-crafted art while also pursuing a carreer in the mainstream publishing industry; several of her stories like Long Tail Kitty and Mr. Elephanter have been adapted into children’s books. Lark is also the artist behind this year's SFZF poster art!

As always, we are so delighted to be hosting such amazing creators, testaments to the enduring awesomeness of the small-press community. We will be holding Q+A sessions with all of our Guests at the show!

This Friday! "Stupid Dreams" Release Party and Reading

Former SFZF Special Guest Joey Allison Sayers will be celebrating the release of her newest comics collection, "Stupid Dreams," this Friday at the newish Escapist Comics in Berkeley! Joey will be reading from her new, complete collection of five-minute comic strips, and will be joined by fellow Bay Area comics champs Sophie Yanow, Tessa Brunton, and Kane Lynch! What's not to love!

"Stupid Dreams" Release Party • Friday, June 24th, 7:00pm • The Escapist Comic Bookshop • 3090 Claremont Ave, Berkeley • FREE! • RSVP on Facebook