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Announcing the Inaugural Zinecinnati!

Are you hungry for art that celebrates story-telling and diversity?

Do you prefer to support self-published or small press creators?

Do you like publications to be hand cut, slapped with rubber cement, and photocopied?

Do you like an event that is free and family friendly to attend?

Oh, all of those things are appealing? Then have we got the event for you!

Join us June 8th, 2019 at The Mockbee

 

THE MOCKBEE                    2260 Central Pkwy    Cincinnati, OH 45214

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 Zinecinnati welcomes zinesters, alt comix creators, poets, self-publishers, and book/paper artists from all over (and beyond) the Cincinnati area. Zinecinnati is a place intended for these creators and artists to meet one another, experience one another's work, promote their work, and share ideas and stories. Zinecinnati does not promote censorship of any kind, however we do encourage a family-friendly event. 

 

Safer Spaces Policy

(adapted from the Chicago Zine Fest)

Zinecinnati is a safer space, which means that it is intended to be a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance.

The following guidelines will help Zinecinnati be a safer space:

  • Respect peoples’ physical and emotional boundaries.

  • Be responsible for your actions, and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of original intent.

  • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.

  • Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.

The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:

  • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination

  • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe

  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior

  • Sexual harrassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors

  • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse

  • Theft of money or property

Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee before the fest, the Zinecinnati staff will be available to hear these concerns and find a solution that is in the best interests of the community and the event being a safer space. Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee during the fest, the Zinecinnati staff will be available to mediate on-site and attempt to find a solution. The Zinecinnati staff reserves the right to ask any attendees who are violating the safer space policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, or leave the event if needed.

There are a range of solutions to safer spaces policy concerns, and banning is the very last option on that list; it is not something that is done often. Zinecinnati will not always make public statements regarding safer spaces decisions, but any policy-related action taken by Zinecinnati organizers has been precipitated by months, if not years, of serious, measured discussion about the issue within the group and from multiple voices. No safer spaces decision is made hastily or lightly.

What is a Zine?

A zine is a publication that is typically produced without the goal of making a profit. Zines are made out of a need for expression or a desire to communicate ideas. Some zines are poetry or prose, some are cartoons, photographs, or collages. 

Some zines may be professionally printed, while others were run through the photo copier. Either way, they're a beautiful canvas for the expression of the creator.

2019 Exhibitors

  AAC Anime and Comic Club   An Art Academy of Cincinnati student run club devoted to helping students create and sell artwork at conventions, expand their knowledge of business and share tips 'n tricks for promoting their work. We provide a safe space for those who enjoy anime, comics, movies, video games, and animation of all kinds.

AAC Anime and Comic Club

An Art Academy of Cincinnati student run club devoted to helping students create and sell artwork at conventions, expand their knowledge of business and share tips 'n tricks for promoting their work. We provide a safe space for those who enjoy anime, comics, movies, video games, and animation of all kinds.

  ALEX HAND   Alex Hand is a Cincinnati native, graphic artist, painter and avid zinester. Comics and traditional inks are a heavy inspiration in his work.

ALEX HAND

Alex Hand is a Cincinnati native, graphic artist, painter and avid zinester. Comics and traditional inks are a heavy inspiration in his work.

  Little Mushroom   Alex Leeds is a comedian and animator from Cincinnati. He's a regular performer at Go Bananas Comedy Club and has been featured on Buzzfeed and the Local 12 Morning News for his 'dumb celebrity drawings' art project (instagram.com/dumbcelebdrawings)

Little Mushroom

Alex Leeds is a comedian and animator from Cincinnati. He's a regular performer at Go Bananas Comedy Club and has been featured on Buzzfeed and the Local 12 Morning News for his 'dumb celebrity drawings' art project (instagram.com/dumbcelebdrawings)

  BLUE SNAKE ZINES   BSZ is a publishing imprint manned by Arthur-Rose Alistair, a queer teenager determined to undermining the mainstream publishing industry.

BLUE SNAKE ZINES

BSZ is a publishing imprint manned by Arthur-Rose Alistair, a queer teenager determined to undermining the mainstream publishing industry.

  BOOKSPACE COLUMBUS   I have been selling books and zines for three years, and have been making zines for seven years. I make available as many local zinesters' work as I can, as there's really no one else in Columbus distributing zines. I'd like to sell my own zines as well as all others I carry, which range widely, but especially sex ed, self-help, perzines, useful skills, politics, poetry, etc.

BOOKSPACE COLUMBUS

I have been selling books and zines for three years, and have been making zines for seven years. I make available as many local zinesters' work as I can, as there's really no one else in Columbus distributing zines. I'd like to sell my own zines as well as all others I carry, which range widely, but especially sex ed, self-help, perzines, useful skills, politics, poetry, etc.

  PIG QUEST   Local Cartoonist looking for first convention table experience!

PIG QUEST

Local Cartoonist looking for first convention table experience!

  WHEN THE HEART BETRAYS THE BLOOD   Mat Calvert is a writer/artist working in experimental comics. He recently published the fith book in his long running When the Heart Betrays the Blood series "Testimony and the Prosecution's Witness."

WHEN THE HEART BETRAYS THE BLOOD

Mat Calvert is a writer/artist working in experimental comics. He recently published the fith book in his long running When the Heart Betrays the Blood series "Testimony and the Prosecution's Witness."

  ERIC T. VOIGT   I draw adorable and/or horrible creatures, write flash fiction and/or prose poetry, and party hard.

ERIC T. VOIGT

I draw adorable and/or horrible creatures, write flash fiction and/or prose poetry, and party hard.

  SHAM COMICS   Tim Fuller began self-publishing his cartoons in Hooha Comics in 1978. He contributed the series “The Blue Beagle,” to Fantagraphics’ Critters and “Cap’n Catnip” to Charlton Bullseye. Tim created countless strips and cartoons for various fanzines, mini comics and magazines, including The Comic Buyers Guide and Starlog. In 2006, after a self-imposed exile from making comics, Tim began actively creating and publishing his cartoons again. His ongoing projects include The New Adventures of Cap’n Catnip, SHAM Comics, his rewritten golden age stories, and “Zombie Marge.” His work can be seen at hoohacomics.com and IndyPlanet.us

SHAM COMICS

Tim Fuller began self-publishing his cartoons in Hooha Comics in 1978. He contributed the series “The Blue Beagle,” to Fantagraphics’ Critters and “Cap’n Catnip” to Charlton Bullseye. Tim created countless strips and cartoons for various fanzines, mini comics and magazines, including The Comic Buyers Guide and Starlog. In 2006, after a self-imposed exile from making comics, Tim began actively creating and publishing his cartoons again. His ongoing projects include The New Adventures of Cap’n Catnip, SHAM Comics, his rewritten golden age stories, and “Zombie Marge.” His work can be seen at hoohacomics.com and IndyPlanet.us

  KO GAINE, HYPER BOOSTMAN, SOPHISTICATED MONSTER   I primarily write comics, make multimedia zines and do toy photography.

KO GAINE, HYPER BOOSTMAN, SOPHISTICATED MONSTER

I primarily write comics, make multimedia zines and do toy photography.

  GREAT BEAR COMICS   Jaromir is a queer comics creator and scholar based in Columbus, Ohio. His comics explore the ineffable in life, with stories about dogs, bears, retired heroes, and even some embarrassingly autobiographical tales of finding meaning in an increasingly chaotic world. Stoll also researches comics and community in India through the lens of folklore and teaches on the history of comics practice.

GREAT BEAR COMICS

Jaromir is a queer comics creator and scholar based in Columbus, Ohio. His comics explore the ineffable in life, with stories about dogs, bears, retired heroes, and even some embarrassingly autobiographical tales of finding meaning in an increasingly chaotic world. Stoll also researches comics and community in India through the lens of folklore and teaches on the history of comics practice.

  KAT KLOCKOW   Kat Klockow is an indie comic creator and writer located in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s been creating comics nearly her entire life, her current series is the post-apocalyptic monster comic Spiritus Maximus.

KAT KLOCKOW

Kat Klockow is an indie comic creator and writer located in Cincinnati, Ohio. She’s been creating comics nearly her entire life, her current series is the post-apocalyptic monster comic Spiritus Maximus.

  KATIE ARMENTROUT   Katie Armentrout is a Chicago based cartoonist who specializes in comics and art about self deprication, body positivity, kitschy trash, and anxiety. Katie loves comics more than anything and she especially hopes her work makes you laugh, relate, and/or reminds you of how fabulous you truly are.

KATIE ARMENTROUT

Katie Armentrout is a Chicago based cartoonist who specializes in comics and art about self deprication, body positivity, kitschy trash, and anxiety. Katie loves comics more than anything and she especially hopes her work makes you laugh, relate, and/or reminds you of how fabulous you truly are.

  KIMCHI BABE   Kimchi Babe (Ren Boeing) is a zinester and expert playlist maker.

KIMCHI BABE

Kimchi Babe (Ren Boeing) is a zinester and expert playlist maker.

  MeSseD COMICS   MeSseD is the nickname of the Metropolitan Sewer District and features sewer worker Lilliput. She is our tour guide to the weird, wild and wet world beneath our feet. MeSseD is by Cincinnati based writer Jay B. Kalagayan and illustrator Dylan Speeg.

MeSseD COMICS

MeSseD is the nickname of the Metropolitan Sewer District and features sewer worker Lilliput. She is our tour guide to the weird, wild and wet world beneath our feet. MeSseD is by Cincinnati based writer Jay B. Kalagayan and illustrator Dylan Speeg.

  MULLET TURTLE COMICS   Steve Steiner is the man behind Mullet Turtle Comics – a publisher of weird humor zines and comics. mulletturtle.com

MULLET TURTLE COMICS

Steve Steiner is the man behind Mullet Turtle Comics – a publisher of weird humor zines and comics. mulletturtle.com

  NATURALIZED PUBLISHING   Naturalized Publishing is an independent publishing company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to open your mind in the most human way possible: through sharing our memories, deepest thoughts, and hopes for the future. We dream of creating a more perfect world through natural expression and empathy. We publish zines full of poetry, artwork, and some short fiction. But mostly poetry.

NATURALIZED PUBLISHING

Naturalized Publishing is an independent publishing company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to open your mind in the most human way possible: through sharing our memories, deepest thoughts, and hopes for the future. We dream of creating a more perfect world through natural expression and empathy. We publish zines full of poetry, artwork, and some short fiction. But mostly poetry.

  NEW HEARTS NEW BONES, MOLESTED, HYPERNORMALISATION, HADDONFIELD   We are a sociopolitical organization based in Marxist ideas working to create equitable, safe (not censored) spaces in our community. We create art that disturbs and promotes reflection on the current state of American society.

NEW HEARTS NEW BONES, MOLESTED, HYPERNORMALISATION, HADDONFIELD

We are a sociopolitical organization based in Marxist ideas working to create equitable, safe (not censored) spaces in our community. We create art that disturbs and promotes reflection on the current state of American society.

  WORRY WART, TREADING WATER, SATYR PARTY, ETC.   Graduate of DAAP and proud plant lady, Nola Lee has been making zines since 2015. Her work tackles the mythological to the mundane with quirky narratives as their driving force.

WORRY WART, TREADING WATER, SATYR PARTY, ETC.

Graduate of DAAP and proud plant lady, Nola Lee has been making zines since 2015. Her work tackles the mythological to the mundane with quirky narratives as their driving force.

  OZ VEA

OZ VEA

  ORAL ZINE   Oral is a voice, as it is. Oral is a community of creators who bring their voices together to tackle subjects through multifaceted art, style and emotion.

ORAL ZINE

Oral is a voice, as it is. Oral is a community of creators who bring their voices together to tackle subjects through multifaceted art, style and emotion.

  SLEEPER: THE COMIC   peteR is a writer, illustrator, and game designer

SLEEPER: THE COMIC

peteR is a writer, illustrator, and game designer

  Kith and Kin Press   K&K focuses on printed matter that helps us be more literate of each other and engenders empathy through cooperation. The books we produce serve to explore artists’ and writers’ innermost minds and hearts to get at something approaching the truth.

Kith and Kin Press

K&K focuses on printed matter that helps us be more literate of each other and engenders empathy through cooperation. The books we produce serve to explore artists’ and writers’ innermost minds and hearts to get at something approaching the truth.

  LET’S GET WEIRD, VOLUMES 1-3   PZA CLUB brings together students interested in the studies of printmaking and zine-making. We hold meetings, demos, workshops, and discussions, all concerning our interests. Our group is a safe space for experimental print-and-zine-making endeavors and fun, new ways of sharing ideas.

LET’S GET WEIRD, VOLUMES 1-3

PZA CLUB brings together students interested in the studies of printmaking and zine-making. We hold meetings, demos, workshops, and discussions, all concerning our interests. Our group is a safe space for experimental print-and-zine-making endeavors and fun, new ways of sharing ideas.

  REBEL DOLL ZINE, INDPLS ZINE FEST, ASTROGIRL, EXCESS COMIC AND MANY MORE   Hi! I’m Jane, an Indianapolis based artist, illustrator and self-publisher with a focus on astronomical art and space travel. I’m all about empowering others through art, music, DIY/Zine culture, and comics! I hope to encourage others to be curious, explore the world around them, and embrace science. When I’m not making art and zines, I enjoy reading, urban sketching, going on adventures with Vyvyan (the wonder pup) and playing bass/singing in a few punk bands.

REBEL DOLL ZINE, INDPLS ZINE FEST, ASTROGIRL, EXCESS COMIC AND MANY MORE

Hi! I’m Jane, an Indianapolis based artist, illustrator and self-publisher with a focus on astronomical art and space travel. I’m all about empowering others through art, music, DIY/Zine culture, and comics! I hope to encourage others to be curious, explore the world around them, and embrace science. When I’m not making art and zines, I enjoy reading, urban sketching, going on adventures with Vyvyan (the wonder pup) and playing bass/singing in a few punk bands.

  SEA O. DAX   I’m a fat trans artist from the country, who is a nerd for astrology and who loves to sing and make art about bodies. My pronouns are they them.

SEA O. DAX

I’m a fat trans artist from the country, who is a nerd for astrology and who loves to sing and make art about bodies. My pronouns are they them.

  THE ADVENTURES OF CHOCO AND COCOA, SUPERBALL!   Writer/artist for funny and kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) The Adventures of Choco and Cocoa and Superball! as well as Faith and Honor, Grim!, and other comics.

THE ADVENTURES OF CHOCO AND COCOA, SUPERBALL!

Writer/artist for funny and kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) The Adventures of Choco and Cocoa and Superball! as well as Faith and Honor, Grim!, and other comics.

  MALLED: A 24 HOUR COMIC, DUST BUNNIES, INDOOR CAT, SITTING IN THE SHOWER   Thomas graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He has an irrational hatred for Michael McDonald and lives in Bellevue, Kentucky with the love of his life and their pets.

MALLED: A 24 HOUR COMIC, DUST BUNNIES, INDOOR CAT, SITTING IN THE SHOWER

Thomas graduated from Columbia College Chicago. He has an irrational hatred for Michael McDonald and lives in Bellevue, Kentucky with the love of his life and their pets.

  VERY VERY SMALL PRESS   Very very small press specializes in handmade books and printed art and poetry zines. We are a completely DIY operation, using low cost materials and inputs in order to create affordable finished products.

VERY VERY SMALL PRESS

Very very small press specializes in handmade books and printed art and poetry zines. We are a completely DIY operation, using low cost materials and inputs in order to create affordable finished products.

  WORK PRESS & PUBLICATION   Work Press & Publication is an independent print and publishing house founded in 2013 by Will Arnold and Tate Foley. Work Press started because of a mutual interest in small-press, short-run, desktop publishing and Risograph printing. We are interested in creative projects that situate themselves in a mezzanine between fine artist’s books and efficiently produced zines. While a lot of Work Press’s books and prints contain various printing and production processes, Risograph printing is at the heart of our shop.

WORK PRESS & PUBLICATION

Work Press & Publication is an independent print and publishing house founded in 2013 by Will Arnold and Tate Foley. Work Press started because of a mutual interest in small-press, short-run, desktop publishing and Risograph printing. We are interested in creative projects that situate themselves in a mezzanine between fine artist’s books and efficiently produced zines. While a lot of Work Press’s books and prints contain various printing and production processes, Risograph printing is at the heart of our shop.

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