Santa Rosa ZINE Fest 2020

Submitted by edawson on October 17, 2020 - 11:48am
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What: Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2020
When: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 2pm - 5pm
Where: Virtual (Zoom) / Sonoma County Library

Sonoma County Library and the volunteer collective SRZF are excited to announce Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2020 (#SRZF2020), a free online event for all ages happening on Zoom on November 7, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa Rosa Zine Fest will feature an interactive artist conversation between Amanda Ayala and RJ Simon, a discussion between authors Maia Kobabe and Tessa Hulls, a workshop by Yael Levy, and a digital artists’ alley in celebration of zines, mini-comics and local talent.

If you haven't received your Zoom log-in by 1pm, email

Attendance is limited to 100 participants per session, and sessions will be recorded and made available on YouTube after the event.

Spanish interpretation will be available for all sessions.

Schedule of Events - Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • Session 1, 2:00 - 3:00pm
    RJ Simon (he, him, they, them) & Amanda Ayala (she, her) in Conversation
    RJ and Amanda will be hosting a workshop and discuss their different processes when creating art! They will go over what kinds of art they make and how they go from idea to finished art piece.
  • Session 2, 3:00 - 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion with Maia Kobabe (e, em, eir) & Tessa Hulls (she, her)
    Both Maia and Tessa have been creating powerful political art during this tumultuous time. But how do personal projects and self care fit into the art of protest? This discussion will be moderated by an SRZF organizer. If you would like to ask Maia or Tessa questions during this discussion, please submit them via the Q&A. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can.
  • Session 3, 4:00 - 5:00pm
    Zine Demo by Leah Yael Levy (she, her)
    Yael will be hosting an all ages zine demo. Whether you’ve been drawing comics for years or you’ve never drawn in your life, Yael’s enthusiastic and expressive teaching is sure to inspire you. Grab some pens and paper and get creative!

See one of Yael’s zines here.

Digital Artists’ Alley

This artists’ showcase will be available on YouTube in late October.

Celebrate local talent in a pre-recorded artists’ showcase!

What are Zines?

Zines (rhymes with greens) are small do-it-yourself publications that can be about anything—how-to guides, comics, a collection of poetry, an art book, etc. These DIY publications are generally reproduced and distributed in small batches.

The history of zinemaking is closely tied to social and political movements because as the Milwaukee Zine Fest organizers state, “Zines provide a safe, independent platform of expression for underrepresented and marginalized voices: Black, Indigenous & People of Color, young people, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ(+) community, persecuted religious groups, and people with limited economic resources” (

You Are Invited To Create A Zine!

DIY zine starter kits will be available for individuals aged 12 to 18 in limited quantities for curbside pick-up at the Central Santa Rosa, Guerneville Regional, Northwest Santa Rosa, Roseland Regional, Rohnert Park-Cotati, Sebastopol Regional, and Windsor Regional Library branches.

Please call your nearest branch to reserve a kit.

Each kit includes:

  • Zine template (Feel free to use or create your own!)
  • Paper
  • Sharpie
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Official Santa Rosa Zine Fest 2020 sticker
  • Zine donation form
  • A stamped envelope to submit your zine to the archive

Share and Archive Your Zine!

The Library wants to preserve your zines! You may submit your SRZF creation to be archived in the library’s special collections.

Submitted zines will be made into a collective zine of 2020 memories!

You may submit in two ways:

  • Scan your zine or save a digital copy of your zine and upload to the Sonoma Responds portal.
  • Sign the Zine donation form and send your zine through the mail to:
    SR Zine Fest
    PO Box 9635
    Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Digital and physical submissions agree to the Sonoma Responds Terms and Conditions.

Email the Sonoma Responds team with questions about archiving your zines,


Here are some staff curated resources about zines! Want more resources? Use the library’s What to Read Next service!

Books about Zines

Zine Scene: The Do It Yourself Guide to Zines

Zine Scene
The Do It Yourself Guide to Zines

by Francesca Lia Block
(Available as
a print book)

Make a Zine! When Words and Graphics Collide

Make a Zine!
When Words and Graphics Collide

by Bill Brent
(Available as
an ebook)

The Riot Grrrl Collection

The Riot Grrrl Collection
Edited by Lisa Darms
(Available as
a print book)

Sick: A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness

A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness

by Ben Holtzman
(Available as
an ebook)


by Pagan Kennedy
(Available as
an ebook)

Moxie : A Novel

Moxie: A Novel
by Jennifer Mathieu
(Available as
a print book)

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? : The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics

Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?
The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics

by Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson
(Available as
a print book)



D.I.Y. Until We Die: Support These Zines Made by BIPOC Artists by Mary Elizabeth

In zines, LGBTQ creators find a place to tell their own stories by Dorothy Hastings

9 Zines by Black and PoC Artists That You Need to Read Right Now by Antwaun Sargent

What Do We Do About Whiteness and the ZINE Scene? by Rabeea Syed

Need Inspiration? Explore these zine libraries:


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