SF Zine Fest talks with Sara Diamond and Courtney Riddle

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

Our work aims to be fun, accessible, honest, heartfelt, and whimsical - no pressure! Two dear friends with compatible aesthetics excited to work together and be a part of the local and creative community, inspiring others as well as each other. Crafting as much as possible!

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

Sara learned about zines from her friend Jenna who was living in Seattle and writing about her experiences there. Sara was inspired to make her own while living in Boston and in the punk diy scene to spread info about shows and events. Courtney originally saw zines at Needles and Pens, but it was Sara who inspired her to make them and showed her how accessible they are to make.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Most things in our lives revolve around creating, or at least gathering inspiration or supplies for future projects. We both love exploring, going out for dumplings and work/coffee dates.

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

Aside from being a part of an amazing community of makers and thinkers, Courtney's mom has gotten into zines and learned to make kombucha from one. To bring it full circle, she's started giving out successful kombucha mothers to Courtney's friends; one even found its way back to Sara!

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Write what you know and don't worry about it too much. Make make make!

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

We're working on projects dealing with experiences from the past, present and future: personal zines, art zines, silly zines and then some!

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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 takingthelane.com. She is the founder of the Wheelwomen Switchboard, an online space for the feminist bicycling movement to share resources and support. wheelwomen.switchboardhq.com


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 abbyoung.com.

Moderated by Sarah Godfrey

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


Come print a limited-edition Zine Fest poster at the super fabulous screen printing workshop by co-owner of The Lords of Print, Rick Kitagawa! 

Rick will go over the basics of screen printing on paper, including burning and reclaiming screens, registration, and resources if you want to start up your own printing studio. The workshop will also briefly cover printing on fabric (ie. t-shirts), making transparencies, and different ink types. 


This workshop takes place Sunday, August 31st from 11:00 - 12:00pm.


San Francisco Zine Fest organizes workshops and panels to offer an opportunity to learn new DIY crafts and talk to artists. We make an effort to ensure that these workshops and panels engage and inspire our community.  

One of our panels for SFZF 2014 is "Race, Gender, and the Future of Zines." And this is what it's about: 

Zines are a big idea: a medium for everyone, with no gatekeepers, no startup costs, and no divide between makers and readers. So why, in the Bay Area in 2014, do our zine collections still look so different from our communities — and how do we bridge the divides of social capital, unpaid work, and real accessibility? In this panel, we talk to folks building new things with old ideals, and we explore the future of zine culture by going back to its roots.


Anna Anthropy — videogame designer, cultural critic, author of Rise of the Videogame Zinesters and ZZT, and maintainer of the game history archive annarchive.comauntiepixelante.com

Anna Anthropy

Pendarvis Harshaw — Oakland-based writer and photojournalist behind street-interview blogOG Told Me, and a recent graduate of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Pen has worked with NPR, the Huffington Post, and the San Quentin News, one of the world's only inmate-run prison newspapers. ogtoldme.com

Pendarvis Harshaw

Nia King — host of the podcast We Want The Airwaves and author of the forthcoming book of interviews Queer and Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Livesartactivistnia.com


Moderated by Channing Kennedy. 

This workshop takes place Saturday, August 30th, from 2:00 to 3:00pm.