CeCe’s Literary Watch: Chicago Zine Fest, The Chicagoan

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Let’s hear it for the ones out there making zines about what they’re passionate about, and celebrate their works at the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest!  Located all over this great city of Chicago, from the loop to Wicker Park, this annual fest takes place March 9th-10th, 2012.

Poster art: Lilli Carre

The fest kicks off at Columbia College from 1-3pm on Friday, March 9th, at Columbia’s 1104 South Wabash building with “SILVER TONGUE PRESENTS Gender, Race, and Sexuality: A Discussion With Women in Self-Publishing (with Cristy Road, Mimi Thi Nguyen, and Anne Elizabeth Moore).  Cristy Road, a Cuban-American artist hailing from Brooklyn, was a publisher of Greenzone for ten years.  Mimi Thi Nguyen has been publishing zines since the early 90’s.  She’s now an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois- C/U.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an activist and author of such works as “Unmarketable” and “Cambodian Grrrl”. Come listen to these ladies speak on their trials and tribulations and get an insight into the life of a female zine publisher’s world.

If you’re a reader of Chicago Pipeline and live in our hood, the fest will be migrating to two local stops, too. On Friday, March 9th, swing by 826CHI, at 1331 N Milwaukee,  for “ZINES: THE NEXT GENERATION” showcasing youth zine writing from 6-7pm.  (Be sure to stick around the ‘hood for the following day’s Clandestine Quest Scavenger Hunt, too). Let’s supporting our future game changers of the literacy world! From 7-9pm on the 9th, Exhibitor is reading, too.  One of the exciting participants will be Chicago IRL, a Chicago contemporary queer culture digest, which is regularly sold at Quimby’s.

Speaking of Quimbys, 1854 W North Ave, it’s hosting the 2012 Spring Zine Olympics! Acclaimed zine writer Billy The Bunny will run the show from 9:30pm-Midnight.  826CHI and Quimby’s are for sure the hot local spots for all things literary in the ‘hood!  On the Tuesday following the Chicago Zine Fest, aka, March 13th, Quimby’s will play host to a reading from Adam Levin’s highly anticipated collection of short stories, “Hot Pink” at 7pm. Levin, who admitted to Chicagoist that he spent two years typing away on his laptop while standing upright due to a busted back (coincidentally, that’s how Alisa, who also suffers from a bad back, produces the Pipeline!) authored the popular novel, The Instructions. He will be joined by fellow wordsmith Tim Kinsella, author of The Karaoke Singers Guide to Self Defense.

The Chicago Zine Fest concludes with an all day festival at Columbia College from 11am-6pm.  With over 150 tables to visit, you can collect your favorite mini comics or discover new zines.  You can also sit in on various panels, improve your craft at a workshop, or have fun with the kiddies with child friendly activities!  I’ll be at the fest hopefully both days, supporting writer and citizens of Chicago like myself.  See you all there!

by Caitlin ‘CeCe’ Carroll

P.S. The Chicagoan, a new Chicago quarterly zine featured in Rick Kogan’s Trib column, is definitely worth checking out!  It documents the culture, arts, and history of our city, as well as fiction pieces and essays.  Like Chicago Pipeline, they publish a print edition only twice yearly, however, the only difference is ours being free, supported by advertising, and hyper-local with very localized content. The Chicagoan is ad-free, uber-slick, thick, full of info and stories that will cost a hefty $20, but it’s totally worth it!  There’s only a few copies of The Chicagoan remaining at Odd Obsessions, 1822 N. Milwaukee.

CeCe Carroll

About Caitlin ‘CeCe’ Carroll: A former magazine journalism student and current babysitting fool/library aide, CeCe, who sums up the six things she could never live without, presumably in order of importance, as, “Coffee, cigarettes, breakfast, whiskey, and air, of coarse,” explores the ‘hood with fresh, wide open eyes, covering a variety of topics that interest her and hopefully you, too.  Got something cool for CeCe to check out? Send her an email. 


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  1. cece, 3 years ago Reply

    I’ve gotten this question on Facebook. The sixth thing I can’t live without is writing! See you all at the zine fest!

    • chicago-pipeline, 3 years ago Reply

      Nice :) Writing and reading are in my top six, too! Have fun at the fest. -alisa

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