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30 zines to pick up at the Brooklyn Zine Fest

Printed matter lives large at the eclectic DIY-mag fair

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Life of Vice
The first in Robin Enrico’s short-comic series telling the story of a classic hippie-rocker chick as told through an illustrated interview happening in real time. robinenrico.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Created a year and a half ago with the simple goal of sharing work from underrepresented artists making an impact in their field, FORGE. Art Magazine showcases the silly right along with the sophisticated. forgeartmag.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Haiku & Holga
Michelle Spadafore adapts the ancient nature-based art of the haiku to offer thoughts on life in Manhattan, with each poem accompanied by a design or a photograph. etsy.com/shop/haikuandholga

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Like Rorschach prints come to life, Daniel Zender creates abstract shapes and faces that defy real definition. danielzender.com

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Through essays and occasional artworks, this zine invites contributors to share their thoughts and experiences with physical & mental illness in the hopes of breaking taboos and expanding awareness on highly misunderstood issues. etsy.com/listing/157397936/collide-zine-on-physical-and-mental

Photograph: Laura Gallant

The Bushwick Review
Started by Kristen Felicetti as a way to gain exposure for her friends’ work, this zine has recently undergone a glossy makeover and plans to host in-person events in the near future. bushwickreview.tumblr.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Dave Ortega
Dave Ortega’s comics are published on newsprint, making them stand out immediately. The personal stories they tell of individuals during the Mexican Revolution—a relatively unexplored area in pop culture—make them stand out even more. vivaortegacy.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Secret Bully
Looking like something cool you’d dig up in the basement of your local library, Cynthia Ann uses her highly personal zine to encourage others to publically bare their souls. cynthiaschemmer.com

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Everything is Fucked, Everything is OK
Anything goes in this serial collection of photographs, hand-drawn maps, essays, recipes, and quotes that contemplates the state of the modern world. efeok.storenvy.com

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Displaced Snail Publications
Joseph Carlough will share this Collection of Retired Zines--an anthology of the first five years of his zine career--along with a brand new tome of stories, myths, and comics, all about the moon. josephcarlough.com

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Quail Bell
The creators of this Virginia-based mag are self-proclaimed “fairy punks” who use the tagline “imaginary. nostalgic. otherworldly.” Their essay “A Bro’s Perspective on Mermaids” probably says it all. quailbellmagazine.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

You Smell Perfect/ Katie Haegele
Highly personal poetry and prose from writer and zine-workshop leader, Katie Haegele. thelalatheory.com

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Rad Dad
The “rad” of the title refers to a radical shift in the way we view fatherhood--this anthology zine focuses on challenging patriarchy and raising kids consciously and conscientiously. raddadzine.blogspot.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Used Gravitrons
This quarterly zine is made up of reader-submitted art and short literature, edited by Michael Kuntz. usedgravitrons.com

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Fat Grrrlz
Tackling body-image issues head on, Brandi Lee uses totally candid drawings, essays, and interviews to redefine notions of “fat” and “beauty”. wemakezines.ning.com/profile/brandilee

Photograph: Laura Gallant

So Buttons
Jonathan Baylis tells his tale of a life spent entrenched in the comic-book world, with the help of a variety of artists working in all kinds of graphic styles. sobuttons.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Instant Rabbit
Three illustrator friends who hail from Korea and met at SVA use their uniquely arresting silkscreen prints to meditate on space food, military rations, and the act of moving. instantrabbit.tumblr.com

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tsurufoto nudiezine
Take back the night with this photo and short story zine that blurs the lines between art and erotica—all in the name of liberation. etsy.com/shop/tsurufoto

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Brooklyn to Mars
Markus Almond’s handcrafted booklets (apparently endorsed by Gerard Way) are full of musings on life and charmingly nostalgic illustrations. brooklyntomars.com

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Truer Than True Tales of Strange Romance
Liz Prince uses her endearing comic figures to share her all-too-relatable tale of the ups and downs of love—and just not having a clue what to do about it. lizprincepower.com

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Jeremy Jusay will be displaying this anthology of poetry, prose, and graphic stories along with his new series of pulp-style comics, Jusay Pulp. jusay.com

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Carnage NYC
Ray Mock’s knack for catching the vibe of an urban landscape in a single snapshot—usually through graffiti—makes for a thoroughly engrossing zine experience. Carnagenyc.com

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We all love to love food, but none so much as Meghan Turbitt, whose series of short comics about ordering food get very physical, very quickly. meghanturbitt.storenvy.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Guide to Dating Gangsters
Vice Versa Press’s Julia Arredondo gives practical advice on how to court various social scofflaws, including greasers, inmates and experimental musicians. viceversapress.com

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Wolverine Studies
Delve deep into the imagined psyche of everyone’s favorite mutant with this series by Esther S. White—professional printmaker and co-founder of HQ Press. estherswhite.net

Photograph: Laura Gallant

Some Notes on Film
Tim Nicholas uses movies as a springboard for larger discussions on art and experience in his essays that thoughtfully merge text and image. somenotesonfilm.tumblr.com


Cats Hate Cops
Who knew kitties had such a distaste for authority? NYC zine collective Research and Destroy digs up more than 200 years of news clippings documenting feline transgression. researchdestroy.com


The risograph-printed booklet envisions the in-flight periodical of the dystopian future, with products like home-protection droids, mini-chain-saw launchers and the iEyeball ocular enhancement.


Smoke Signal
Gabe Fowler, proprietor of Williamsburg comic shop Desert Island, edits this quarterly free newsprint periodical, which features top doodlers such as Drew Friedman, Kamagurka & Herr Seele and Chris Ware. desertislandbrooklyn.com/smokes


The Coldest Winter of Our Hearts
Three Richmond-based college students create artfully retro zines as Clown Kisses Press; this booklet by Harrison Stewart was illustrated with MS Paint. clownkissespress.tumblr.com


Winona Rider/Winona Rydehair
Film junkie and podcaster Kseniya Yarosh highlights Wynona Ryder’s most iconic roles and their accompanying hairdos. kseniyayarosh.com

When we put out a call for zine makers to submit their work for a story on the Brooklyn Zine Fest, we frankly didn't know if anyone would respond. Printed matter is supposedly on the way out, right? Instead, our mailbox was flooded with more than 50 packages—each of which typically included a few printed booklets, a handwritten note and other assorted goodies. It was properly heartwarming—and an affirmation that despite a flagging magazine industry, the zine scene is alive and well.

In three short years, the Brooklyn Zine Fest has established itself as a publishing expo par excellence, and one of the best places to check in with zine makers from the five boroughs and around the world. The fest takes over the Brooklyn Historical Society this weekend, splitting its 154 creators over two days. Here’s a selection of what you can expect.