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Boston Zine Fest 2015

Boston Zine Fest is a weekend long celebration of zines & DIY culture in the greater Boston area. BZF is committed to providing a safe (and fun) space for zine enthusiasts and creators to come together to share their work, exchange ideas, and promote self-publishing and zine culture. 

Boston Zine Fest will be holding Day 1 activities at Make Shift Boston this Saturday (October 10th)! Stop in for workshops, panel discussions, and zine readings! There will be free pizza and ice cream, thanks to Jumbo's and FOMU! 
Day 2 (Sunday, October 11th) will be at Simmons College for the zine exhibition/tabling portion of BZF! Don't miss out on this awesome event!
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Saturday, October 10 | 12 pm to 6pm @ Make Shift Boston
Sunday, October 11 | 12 pm to 6 pm @ Simmons College


DAY 1: Workshop + Panel + Readings!

Saturday, October 10, 12 PM to 6 PM

Make Shift Boston 
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

An afternoon of WORKSHOPS & PANELS, stick around for ZINE READINGS from your favorite local & out-of-town zinesters!

+ 12 pm to 1:15 pm Punk Home Ec: A crafty how-to workshop presented by Emma Karin of Radical Domesticity & Pretty Dirty Press. (Her first craft will be kid-friendly!)
+ 1:30 pm to 2 pm Lunch: come grab lunch & make some new zine friends while you're at it! 
+ 2p-4p Zines as Radical Resistance: A panel exploring ways we use zines to challenge social norms and enact social change.
+ 4p-6p Zine Readings

About the panelists:
-- Jamezie (they/them) of Gendercraft, a zine discussing mental health, depression, and gender issues, particularly their experience of coming to understand themselves as trans.
-- Lydia Fu (she/her) of Good Bad Sister Sister, A comic about two Asian American sisters and others dealing with issues like culture, identity, sexuality, race, and gender issues.
-- Aus (they/them), Founder of the Wheelhouse, a supportive resource and distro for marginalised individuals to build intersectional and anti-oppressive communities.
-- Sy J. Abdu (she/her), makes art zines that feature archival images culled from the Library of Congress "remixed" or collaged into new works. It is a means for her to explore themes of visibility, African-American identity, and relationships through the lens of historical imagery. 
-- Alyssa Rorke (she/her), writes Letters from Bummer Camp which began as a literary/arts zine but developed into addressing some problems that our immediate underground arts community (New Brunswick, NJ) has been experiencing such as misogyny, racism, and sexual violence.
-- Taryn Hipp (she/her) writes Lady Teeth, a perzine about addiction, recovery & living sober. 
-- Stephanie Crumley (she/her) is a kinky queer feminist who worked in animal rights and food politics for several years. In addition, she has two other genres of zines pertinent to radical resistance: her abandoned series which encourages folks to redefine the constraints of social norms and how we interact with the world around us, Adfam, which draws attention to the cultivated "family femme" image as a commodity in advertising from the 1940s to the contemporary time. She also has a series and Bound: which follows femme objectification for CIS male consumption through "adult literature." 

Reader Schedule
4:00p-4:15p -- Jenna Freedman - Are You There, God? It's Me, Menopause
4:15p-4:30p -- StephGuez - No Te Hagas la Pendeja (Don’t Be a Dumbass)
4:30p-4:45p -- Nicole Mazzeo - Pleasure Pie
5:00p-5:15p -- Mckenzie Mullen - Swearing In Cursive #5
5:15p-5:30p -- Ally Bernstein - The Devil Lives in Massachusetts But the West is Filled With Ghosts
5:30p-5:45p -- Nyxia Grey - Boo’ya Moon
5:45p-6:00p -- Catalina Rufin - Highland Girl

About the readers:
-- Jenna Freedman (she/her) will be reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Menopause, a zine she created with sister zine maker and perimenopauser Kate Haas to confront the shame and silence around menopause. This essay Jenna will read explores the mental, emotional and physical aspects of The Change that surprised her. You'll want to buy this zine for your mother, but you should also read it yourself.
-- StephGuez (she/her) will be reading from No Te Hagas la Pendeja (Don’t Be a Dumbass), a Spanish language auto-bio comic set in Bronx, NY in which a young Steph tries to get away with going to a classmate’s home after school which is against her mom’s rules. What ensues is a roller coaster of stomach aches and sweat! (will be translated for an English-speaking audience)
-- Nicole Mazzeo (she/her) will be reading from Sex Letters Volume One, a letter she wrote to her teenage self saying everything she wish she knew about sex as a teenager. You can find more of her sex-related work 
CW: sexual assault, intimate partner violence, painful sex
-- Mckenzie Mullen (she/her) will be reading from Swearing in Cursive #5, which opens with Mckenzie working in a high-end yarn and fabric store in Oakland, California. A customer asks her about how to make “flattering” clothes for larger bodies – thus provoking her to make this zine, all about existing as a queer fat femme. F*ck flattering!
-- Ally Bernstein (she/her) will be reading from The Devil Lives in Massachusetts But the West is Filled With Ghosts, a per-zine about droughts, floods, natural disasters, and moving across the country. 
CW: drug mentions, death, sexual harassment
-- Nyxia Grey (she/her) will be reading from Boo’ya Moon, short stories about her childhood, growing up, and death, while drawing connections to the work of Stephen King.
CW: death/dying
-- Catalina Rufin (they/them) will be reading an excerpt from their graphic novel Highland Girl, about two teens, a witch, and fairy (and her dog), who become friends. 
CW: bullying


DAY 2: BZF Zine Exhibit // Tabling

Sunday, October 11, 12 PM to 6 PM

Simmons College 
Paresky Conference Center 
Main College Building
3rd Floor, East Wing
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Purchase/trade/read zines and comics from local, national, and international zine creators! Make new zine friends!

During the tabling in the break out room: 
-:- 12p-3p Child care will be provided
-:- 3p-4p Jamezie (they/them) from Black Cat Prints will be printing the 2015 BZF poster image on clothes so bring yr extra shirts!
-:- 4p-6p Photobooth Photos w/ Joe Difazio (he/him)

Tablers are:
Josh LaFayette
The Wheelhouse
Barnard Zine Library
Lower East Side Librarian
Derek Marks
The Chubby Behemoth // TCB Distro
Jen Tong
Sister Sister Books
pizza pi press
Joel Alter
Chris Piascik
Cathy G. Johnson
"Curing Cancer" comics
Moose Lane
Papercut Zine Library
DJ Frederick
What the Tree Said Books & Zines
Jenna Yenik
Hungry Ghost Press
PM Press
Alyssa Rorke
Oranbeg Press
"To the Front Zine Collection--Simmons College
sponsoring Nyxia Grey and Hadass Ben-Ari"
amadeus magazine
Flywheel Zine Library
Flying Dodo Publications
Anthony Sorge
Basement Babes
OCD throws bows
Do Not Read Comics
Ryan Burns - RUN Comics
Caffeine Sunrise
Cara Bean
Supplemental Material
Catalina Rufin
Claudia E Berger
Dancing Rabbits Publications
Dave Ortega
Dean Sudarsky
Emma Karin//Pretty Dirty
Gentlepersons Gently
The Indigo Octopus
John Carvajal
Fanatic Fan Zines
Like Like Zine
Sweet Cheek Comix
Lydia Fu
Giant Peach Project
Marie Claflin
Marissa Falco
Mark Z-Man Publications
Mike Funk
Nowhere City Comix
Trees and Hills and Colin Tedford
A.E. Green
Mass Love Distro
Brian Connolly of Nothing Mattress
Sophie Argetsinger
ess elle
Nine Lives Zine Distro
Steph Crumley
Sarah Samways
Taryn Hipp / Lady Teeth zine
Anne Thalheimer
Werdy Girl

Street parking is free on Sundays at meters in Boston!

NOTE: Both locations of this year's Boston Zine Fest are wheelchair accessible, sober spaces. All For more about our commitment to accessibility as well as our safer space policy, click here:


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