Getting to the fest: The address for the County Fair Building, aka the SFZF venue, is 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco CA 94122-2370, at the corner of Lincoln Way. Here's a Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/c5uD8LsUxg92
Thanks to issuu, we'll be running a free, wheelchair-accessible shuttle, transporting people two and from the County Fair Building from 16th Street BART. Look for the SFZF volunteer on the sidewalk holding a sign, and queue up with them. The shuttle seats 24 people per trip on a first-come basis (with priority given to people with mobility needs); the seats have seatbelts that can accommodate a child seat. Please note there is not a posted schedule due to the unpredictability of traffic.
For folks taking public transit from East Oakland and South Bay: please note that BART is reporting that Lake Merritt BART will be closed on Sunday, with no trains running between Lake Merritt and Fruitvale. They are providing alternate transportation for this leg. Contact them or check their website for more info: https://www.bart.gov/schedules/advisories
Street parking at the venue is limited.
The fest opens to the public at 11am and closes at 6pm.
Table map and exhibitor list: right here! http://www.sfzinefest.org/2017-exhibitors/
Please note Mamacitas Cafe and the issuu photo booth in the courtyard, as well as the SFZF archive library room (a quiet space) and the browsing stage where you can look at new 2017 zines without the person who made it sitting two feet away from you.
Workshops schedule (all events in the Workshops room):
12pm - 1pm -- Drop-in session: Let's Make A Mini! Simple mini-zines you can create using just one sheet of paper. All ages are welcome! Led by Leah Yael Levy.
1pm - 2pm -- Alternative Exposure Info Session. Come ask questions about Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure arts grant program, which gives awards of up to $5000 to Bay Area artists and collectives. This is a grant specifically for folks who do NOT have nonprofit status. ASL interpretation provided.
2:30pm - 4pm -- Guest of Honor Q&A: Trinidad Escobar. Trinidad Escobar is a Philippines-born, Bay Area-raised poet, illustrator and educator; she's been a guest artist and speaker at the San Jose Museum of Art, Pilipino Komix Expo, LitQuake, and The Cartoon Art Museum, and she's got a deep CV of work published in literary magazines, in her own zines, and on walls. Trinidad teaches Comics & Race at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, and her graphic memoir CRUSHED will be published in 2018 by Rosarium. Moderated by Nayantara Sen of Art/Work Practice, LLC. ASL interpretation provided.
Find an Organizer: SF Zine Fest organizers will be wearing official SFZF name tags. There will be at least one SFZF organizer stationed at all times both at the check-in table at the entrance, and at the Power Donut in Room B. SFZF volunteers will be stationed in the Reading Room, the Panels/Workshops Room, at the entry table (check-in) and at the Information Desk (Power Donut).
Accessibility: All entrances, exits and bathrooms are ADA-compliant. The stage also has a wheelchair lift. SFZF strives to be a low-scent space; please help us out by refraining from wearing strong perfumes etc.
Bathrooms: One thing that we WISH was different, but which is unchanged, is that we do not have gender-neutral restrooms at the County Fair Building for SFZF. As in 2015 and 2016, we approached the Parks Department with our request to make the bathrooms gender-neutral for the duration of our event and were denied (based on their pre-existing policy, to be clear; every single Parks staffer we talked to was sympathetic and apologetic). Since we canâ€™t guarantee or enforce the restrooms as a gender-neutral space, we cannot in good conscience label them as such. Therefore: we ask y'all to mind your own business and respect everyone's bathroom needs; please note that this respect should extend to parents with young children. Shouldn't be difficult.
Safer Spaces: As an exhibitor of SF Zine Fest, you have agreed to comply with our Safer Space Policy (SSP; re-read the policy here: http://www.sfzinefest.org/safe-spaces-policy/). Behavior in violation of this policy will not be tolerated. Exhibitors or attendees violating the SSP may be warned or ejected from the event; table fees will not be refunded.
If you want to report any behavior that violates our SSP, please contact SFZF organizers Avy or Lindsey (they will have large name tags on), or tell any organizer or volunteer that you wish to speak with them. We hope that SF Zine Fest is an environment in which you can voice concerns about incidents when they happen, but we welcome reports of incidents after the event at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can't wait to see you!