day-of events!


11:30am - 12:30pm. Presented by Kane Lynch.

Indoctrinate your children into zine culture with this free open workshop! Instructor Kane Lynch (Delicate LiesLittle Vegan, SFZF table #9) joins us from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, where he teaches kids' comic classes. Your young ones will learn some easy zinemaking tips and tricks, get a brief primer on the no-boundaries philosophy of zines, and will hear about how you used to be able to kick that one copier at Kinko's to get free copies but then they fixed it because they're sellouts. All supplies provided.


Join our guests of honor as they share their first influences, early work, and unreleased gems. ASL translation will be provided for both sessions.



1pm - 2:15pm. Moderated by Justin Hall.

MariNaomi has been making memoir comics since 1997. She's the author and illustrator of the SPACE Prize-winningKiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the Eisner-nominated Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), the critically acclaimed Turning 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 Art 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 the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database.



3pm - 4:15pm. Moderated by Avy Jetter.

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: 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.


This year, for the first time ever, San Francisco Zine Fest is providing free wheelchair-accessible shuttle service between Civic Center BART and the front door of the County Fair Building. It runs all day, including an hour before and after the show floor is open, so that exhibitors can use it to load in and out. Please note that the seats on the shuttle have seatbelts, in case you need to strap in a child seat.

Thanks to the generous folks at issuu for making this possible! DIY is nothing without accessibility!