Quimby’s Bookstore will help kick off the Chicago Zine Fest by hosting a zine reading, Friday, March 12 at 7pm. Reading will be authors who span the range of self-publishing, from minicomics, to fiction, to cultural criticism. Three of the Zine Fest’s special guests, John Porcellino, Anne Elizabeth Moore and Jeffrey Brown will read alongside five zinesters who were selected by random lottery among exhibitors.
John Porcellino draws the minicomic, King Cat, which he has been self-publishing since 1989.
Anne Elizabeth Moore is the author of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing and the Erosion of Integrity. She is the former editor of Punk Planet, and teaches at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
Jeffrey Brown is the award-winning comics artist behind the graphic novels Clumsy, Funny Misshapen Body, and the Incredible Changebots.
Amber Forrester, a long time feminist zinester, writes about small town revolutions and queer (in)visibility.
Monica Anderson writes and draws comics in her personal zine Endless Escalators.
Michelle Aiello is a Chicago-based writer, stationary designer and organizer of the Ephemera Festival.
Anthony Marvullo is a Boston-based poet, author of Various Segments of Industry, a chapbook about power tools.
Sarala Bee is a Montreal-based writer whose zines dealing with depression, love, and sex.
Quimby’s staff will start the event with an opening ceremony, which will include the presentation of the inaugural Quimby’s Long Arm Stapler Award. The award is designed to recognize and encourage an individual or group’s enthusiasm, inspiration, and commitment to self-publishing and the self- publishing community. The award’s recipient has yet to be announced.
For more info about the zine fest: http://www.chicagozinefest.org