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October 16, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Don’t know what a Zine is? Come find out! Artists and writers will share their work and you can learn more about this popular artform. Zines will be available for sale. For teens and adults.

The event will feature special zine guest artists who will not only participate in a panel discussion about their craft, but also display and sell their works, offer tips and ideas, and chat with attendees.

The schedule will include:
1:00-1:20 Presentation about the basics of zines
1:30-2:30 Zinester guest panel
2:40-4:00 Create your own zine and/or travel booth-to-booth to view (and, in some cases purchase) other artists’ and writers’ zines.

Like all programs at BPL, this event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be provided.

Guest artists include:
John Porcellino, an accomplished Chicago area zine artist who has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for more than 30 years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics, begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. (https://www.king-cat.net/catalog/)

Liz Mason, a self-published artist for more than 20 years who has had work published in The Chicago Tribune, Broken Pencil, Punk Planet, The Zine Yearbook, Third Coast Review, and more. (https://lizmasonisawesome.com/)

Aim Ren, a trans visual storyteller from Chicago whose work has been displayed at events such as North of the 45th, Culture of Cult, LOCUS, and published in South Side Weekly. He also was a 2018 recipient of the The Wiregrid Microgrant for his work in sequential illustration. (https://www.aimren.com/zines-1)

Edward Witt, a contributor for Northside Comic Artists in Chicago – a collective of Chicago-based comic creators. https://northsidecomics.org/

Don’t know what a zine is? Taken straight from Wiki: “It’s a small-circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, usually (but not always!) reproduced via a copy machine. Zines are the product of either a single person or of a very small group, and are popularly photocopied into physical prints for circulation.”

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October 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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