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!
SF Zine Fest applications close JUNE 20!
Apply now: sfzinefest.org/apply
Exhibitor applications for San Francisco Zine Fest 2017 will open May 20 and close June 20. Watch this space (or join our mailing list) for reminders! We can't wait to see you!
The 16th annual San Francisco Zine Fest will be held at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park on Labor Day Weekend, September 2017.
Exhibitor applications will open May 2017; sign up for our newsletter to get a reminder!
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
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!
- Friday, September 2 7:30pm-9pm: Fat Fury, Fat Love: Claiming Fat Space in Activist Communities at Pegasus Books Downtown (2349 Shattuck Ave). Featuring Caleb Luna, Kendal Blum, Anna Anthropy, & Na'amen Tilahun. Moderated by Virgie Tovar; co-hosted by RADAR Productions.
- 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
THE OFFICIAL SFZF2016 POSTER
DESIGNED BY OUR 2016 GUEST OF HONOR AJUAN MANCE
CREATOR OF 1001 BLACK MEN and GENDER STUDIES
OH MY GOSH
CAN YOU HANDLE IT
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On Sunday, September 4 from 11am-5pm at the County Fair Building, the San Francisco Zine Fest celebrates its 15th year by bringing together guests of honor MariNaomi and Ajuan Mance, 220+ artists and creators from the Bay Area and beyond, the SFZF Zine Library, workshops, panels, food, a dedicated kid-friendly section, and the natural beauty of Golden Gate Park for you weirdos who like going outside!
It's also your only chance to pick up the official SFZF2016 t-shirt, designed by MariNaomi:
And even more events!
As you hopefully know, the 15th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest is happening on September 4th 2016 in Golden Gate Park. (and psst, exhibitors, if you got accepted but haven't paid yet, you've got until 11:59pm on August 1 before your spot goes to someone on the waitlist)
BUT DID YOU KNOW
there are SIX DIFFERENT PRE-FEST SFZF EVENTS THIS YEAR?? ALL OF WHICH ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC??
- 8/6 @ SFPL: 2nd Annual Zine Picnic & Volunteer Info Session
- 8/12 @ Patreon HQ: MONSTERS OF ZINES Interview Battle & SFZF Fundraiser, featuring Ajuan Mance, Minnie Phan, Liz Mayorga & Amy Burek (free with registration)
- 8/27 @ Alley Cat Books: Live Zines & Comics Marathon, an SFZF fundraiser!
- 9/1 @ SFPL: 'Thinking Captions' Reading, co-presented with the Cartoon Art Museum
- 9/2, 7:30pm @ Pegasus Books Berkeley: 'Fat Activism in Zines' Panel (title TBD), co-presented with RADAR and Virgie Tovar (you're the first to hear about this! Thanks for reading!)
- 9/3 @ Mission: Comics: SFZF Pre-Party & MariNaomi reading
And! And! Lots of other great zine things are happening in the Bay Area and California this month:
- 8/6 + 8/7: one of our all-time favorite tests, the Latino Comics Expo, takes over the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach!
- 8/18: Alphabet Anthology reading at Dog Eared Books Castro, featuring multiple SFZF exhibitors and Ajuan Mance!
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 it happen in or around the Bay Area zine scene? Want to tell us about something great? Let us know! Reply to this email, or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.
We hope you have a wonderful week, and we will see you in (August and) September!
- SF Zine Fest Team
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!