Queer Zine Film History! June 17 & 18 at Frameline41

We're happy to announce SFZF will be co-presenting the films QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION on June 17 and HOMEGROWN on June 18 at Frameline, the world's largest and longest-running LGBTQ film festival.

That means we'll be on the stage to introduce the films and talk about SFZF17. That's this Saturday and Sunday! Come celebrate radical queer history with us!

QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION Where: Victoria Theater When: Saturday, June 17 @ 9:30 pm What happens when the community you need is not the community you have? Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fan zines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and distribute those movies widely—and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that Queercore tells, from the start of a pseudo-movement in the mid-1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture. Read more...

QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION
Where:
 Victoria Theater
When: Saturday, June 17 @ 9:30 pm

What happens when the community you need is not the community you have? Tell yourself it exists over and over, make fan zines that fabricate hordes of queer punk revolutionaries, create subversive movies, and distribute those movies widely—and slowly, the community you’ve fabricated might become a real and radical heartbeat that spreads internationally. This is the story that Queercore tells, from the start of a pseudo-movement in the mid-1980s, intended to punk the punk scene, to the widespread rise of artists who used radical queer identity to push back equally against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture. Read more...

HOMEGROWN Where: Victoria Theater When: Sunday, June 18 @ 9:00 pm When: Thursday, June 22 @ 9:15 pm Nine fabulously queer shorts with homegrown roots in the San Francisco Bay!  The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to a special gathering in A Rite of Passage. The music video for L|M|T’s Born to Love You explores conflict and connection through modern dance, proving that when opposites attract, the results can be explosive. Play Guitar Hero in a vintage, queer, and sexy way in Guitar Idol. In Cruising Elsewhere, oral histories and spectral pornography resurrect memories of a once legendary Russian River gay beach. In David, in Brief, a filmmaker comes across the Renaissance’s most iconic family jewels silkscreened onto a pair of boxer briefs and puts them to good use. Read more...

HOMEGROWN
Where:
 Victoria Theater
When: Sunday, June 18 @ 9:00 pm
When: Thursday, June 22 @ 9:15 pm

Nine fabulously queer shorts with homegrown roots in the San Francisco Bay! 

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence invite you to a special gathering in A Rite of Passage. The music video for L|M|T’s Born to Love You explores conflict and connection through modern dance, proving that when opposites attract, the results can be explosive. Play Guitar Hero in a vintage, queer, and sexy way in Guitar Idol. In Cruising Elsewhere, oral histories and spectral pornography resurrect memories of a once legendary Russian River gay beach. In David, in Brief, a filmmaker comes across the Renaissance’s most iconic family jewels silkscreened onto a pair of boxer briefs and puts them to good use. Read more...

AND...

SF Zine Fest applications close JUNE 20!

Apply now: sfzinefest.org/apply

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

ok first off:
THANK YOU! WE LOVE YOU!

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! 

and

  • 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!

IT'S AJUAN MANCE AND MARINAOMI!!!!!


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!