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.
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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” (https://www.binderymke.com/what-is-a-zine).
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!)
- Glue stick
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some staff curated resources about zines! Want more resources? Use the library’s What to Read Next service!
Books about Zines
The Do It Yourself Guide to Zines
by Francesca Lia Block
a print book)
Make a Zine!
When Words and Graphics Collide
by Bill Brent
The Riot Grrrl Collection
Edited by Lisa Darms
a print book)
Notes from Underground Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
by Stephen Duncombe
A Compilation Zine on Physical Illness
by Ben Holtzman
by Pagan Kennedy
Constant Rider Omnibus
The Public Transportation Front
by Kate Lopresti
The Zine-Book for Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others
by China Martens
From Girls to Grrlz
A History of Women's Comics from Teens to Zines
by Trina Robbins
a print book)
Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?
The Art of Making Zines and Mini Comics
by Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson
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:
- Zines on the Internet Archive
- Zines on Calisphere
- Queer Zine Archive Project
- Zine gallery at San Francisco Public Library
- The People’s Zine Library
- POC Zine Project
- Printed Matter: Free Protest PDFs: ZINES and Pamphlets