Chicago Zine Fest is taking place, March 8 and 9 this year!
I'm pleased as punch to be participating in the fest as an invited guest! I'm going to be hosting Zine Lose or Draw, a fun drawing competition on Friday night 10pm (WAY past MY bed time), at Quimby's Bookstore (like I'm not stuck there often enough)! There'll be prizes and gifts to be given, hopefully some sort of refreshment will be handed out (no poison allowed).
I'll also be tabling at the Zine Fest, on Saturday, up on the 8th floor of 1104 S Wabash at table 79 (the year I was born)! I'll have a bunch of my minicomics (which I'll try to sell, but will foolishly give out for free, as I get swept up in the spirit of zine culture), and will also be tabling on behalf of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (aka CAKE, aka that show I organize now)! Come find me/CAKE!
This is the first year I am not organizing the fest. Before all y'all pop-er-azzo's and clam-bake tabloiders get all huffed up on your rumor juice, lemme assure you, my exit from organizing this shindig was entirely voluntary, planned a year in advance, and for no juicy gossip-inspiring reasons. Simply put, organizing an event like the Zine Fest is really hard work! It's a more-than-part-time job you're not getting paid for! Warm fuzzy fealings of a job well done doesn't pay the bills people! The kids who are organizing this year, Leslie, Johnny, Jen, Heather, Jamie, Jaclyn, and Lynne are all stand up folks who deserve a great deal of thanks and congratulations on all the work they put into the festival.
Way to go! I can't wait to have a fun weekend of self publishing excitment! Talk to you soon, suckers!