Do you make zines? Do you DIY? Do you run a distro/make art/like to hang out with other folks that do these things? Well this event is for you. The Radical Librarians are pleased to announce the second annual Midwest Zine Festival (MWZF). The Fest take place from 11 AM to 11:30 PM on April 28th at the Independent Media Center (IMC) at 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL 61801. The Fest will be a gathering of zine-makers, authors, speakers, musicians and other rad people for the purpose of celebrating zines and zine-culture. MWZF will include interactive events, food, speakers, music and plenty of zines. The festival is open to the public and admission is free. Organizers are now taking registrations from artists, zine-makers, activists, authors or groups interested in having a table, presenting talks, or purposing interactive events as part of the festival. It will also feature an evening concert sponsored by the C-U Collective.
The Radical Librarians group at the Independent Media Center is headed up by Chris Ritzo, Jeanie Austin and Maggie Taylor, all Graduates of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The IMC has had a zine library since about 2001. The library was originally started in the living room of volunteers interested in sharing zines and other materials. The library is volunteer run and takes donations from the public.
The 2012 MWZF is co-sponsored by Common Ground Food Coop, Weiskamp screenprinting, and an arts grant from the City of Urbana.