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2017 Denver Zine Fest

Denver Zine Library 2015 Logologo by John Porcellino

Check out these photos from the 2017 Denver Zine Fest!

DZF PRE-PARTY FEAT. DOODLE FIGHTS2017 Denver Zine Fest Pre-Party
Friday, June 16

Ratio Beerworks
2920 Larimer Street, Denver
Free to Attend

Zine Fest is almost here! We’re super excited to be partnering with our friends at Ratio Beerworks to host a special party celebrating the zine culture of Denver while kicking off the festivities for Denver’s annual Zine Fest. There will be a special edition of Doodle Fights!, zines to read, prizes to win, and the best beer in town. Special prizes donated by our friends at Illegal Pete’s and more.

Explosive things can happen when Denver’s talented cartoonists’ community gets together to jam, and now, you can take a ringside seat and get a taste of the zany action

at Doodle Fights! A friendly elimination competition and comics reading showcasing a crew of local artists, the event will be hosted by Damian Alexander Bur-ford. And if you go, you’ll be more than an innocent bystander: “Doodle fighters” will take subject cues from audience members and work madly behind the scenes while their cohorts read comic excerpts on stage, and winners will be determined by a vote from the crowd. Imagine a mash-up of poetry readings and WWE for the nerdset. There’s a high possibility of inadvertent adult material!

2017 Denver Zine Fest Flyer.JPGDENVER ZINE FEST
Saturday, June 17
Cervantes’ Masterpiece & The Other Side
2635 Welton St, Denver
Free to attend

We have really incredible zinesters and artists who will be joining us this year. Check out the growing list of confirmed exhibitors!

See our fantastic workshop schedule below. Workshops will run from 12-4pm.

We need your help to make this event a success! If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this quick form. We’ll also have a volunteer orientation on Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30-7:30pm at Europa Coffeehouse (76 S. Pennsylvania Street).

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You won’t want to miss the exciting updates! Be sure to check out our website, RSVP and share our Facebook event, and follow us on Twitter.


11am – 12pm

Custom-made t-shirts will be available to commemorate the Denver Zine Fest. Then you can wear your zine pride year-round! It’s only $5 if you bring your own shirt (between 11am-12pm) for screenprinting, and $10 if you want to buy one of ours (available throughout the show). Sizes and colors will be limited.


Zine Making 101
Facilitated Kaitlyn Lafferty, Denver Zine Librarian
Are you excited about the zine fest but aren’t quite sure what zines are? Are you a zine enthusiast and want to give your friends a crash course in why they’re so amazing? This workshop will share examples of zines to demonstrate the wide variety of formatting, binding, sizes, and subject matter. Participants will learn how to make a 8-page mini-zine to take home!

Our Stories: Representation Celebrating Intersectionality
Facilitated by Olivia Hunte, co-publisher of Intersections Zines
This workshop is designed to examine the ways in which various forms of artistic expressions, especially zine making, have been used to create the necessary space to explore the multidimensionality that exists within all of us and the identities we hold. In addition, we will discuss how art is used by members of the QTPoC community to counter the single story narratives. Specifically, we will highlight examples from our zine, Intersections, to demonstrate how some QTPoC use narratives as radical acts of resistance to promote healing. Using the “Where I’m From” poem format, the audience will have the opportunity to create a story, potentially in a form of a mini zine, that depicts them and their identities. The goal of the workshop is to show the importance of having identity affirming spaces that embraces intersectionality and representation.

Podcasting – Zines on Tape
Facilitated by Bruce Otter, producer of Print, Fold, Staple
A workshop designed to explore how and why to start a podcast. How podcasting and RSS have democratized the distribution of DIY audio programming, similar to the way that zines democratized print distribution. Bruce has been involved with several podcast projects since 2013 producing a hundreds of hours of content. Topics discussed will include:

  • Should I even start a podcast?
  • Choosing a podcast topic or theme?
  • How long should each show be?
  • How often should I release episodes?
  • Do I need a co-host or guests?
  • What tools are required to get up and running?

Self-Care for Tough Times
Facilitated by Emilie Luckett, co-owner of Far Out Zine Distr. & local fiber artist
To better help individuals manage the stresses and problems that come up in our worlds, Emilie will be going over the five dimensions of Self-Care and teaching how to incorporate them into our everyday lives. She will also be going over how to create a ‘grounding box’ and how to bring ourselves back to Earth after especially hard days.

Saturday, June 17
Pon Pon
2528 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
21+, free to attend

Don’t want the excitement to end? Our friends at Pollux Zine are throwing an after party at Pon Pon bar with more zines, art, clothes and more! Come hang out, continue those conversations and relax with us! RSVP to the Facebook event to stay in the loop


DINK logo (112x150)Europa Coffee House logo (150x150)From the Hip Photo logo (150x150)




Kilgore Books logo (150x104)



Lowbrow logo (250x81)The Narrators logo

Nerd Nite logo (150x150)   Ratio Beerworks logo (150x150)     Rosehouse

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Zines and CerealZINES AND CEREAL
Thursday, March 30

Cafe Europa
76 Pennsylvania St, Denver

$2 for a bowl of cereal and $1 for a cup of coffee. Vegan milk and gluten-free cereals will be available.

Local zinesters will be selling their zines, so be sure to bring some cash to pick up some awesome reading.

If you bring an unopened box/bag of cereal, you can eat and drink for free!

Zinesters, are you interested in selling your zines at this event? Tables are $7 each and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact us at ASAP. Space is limited!

Confirmed exhibitors include: Cosmic BE-INGis Press, Jeremy Stoll, Perpetual Ambivalence,  PolluxShortandqueer, Way Out Magazine

Stay up to date on our Facebook event.

narrators-logo-2014-whiteTHE NARRATORS PRESENTS: FIRSTS

Tuesday, April 11
Buntport Theater
717 Lipan St, Denver
$5-10 suggested donation
We’re thrilled to announce a special collaboration with The Narrators. Come hear zinesters tell true stories on the theme of Firsts, create your own mini zine, and then have the opportunity to take the stage to share your zine with the audience. Plus, there will be free beer from Renegade Brewing Company and also wine available.

Stay up to date on our Facebook event.

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Thursday, May 18
Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm
Mercury Cafe
2199 California St, Denver
$5-10 suggested donation

Calling all Colorado musicians! Mercury Cafe is hosting a show highlighting first time musical performances to benefit the upcoming Denver Zine Fest.

Never played in front of a crowd? Already in a band but want to play something new with some rad new friends? Now’s your chance! Sign up quick because we’re taking bands on a first come first serve basis. Get in touch With Melissa Black at by May 8th to grab your spot and then come out on May 18th to dance your butts off and support your friends.

We did one of these last year and it was a blast. Don’t be a ding dong and miss out.

2 thoughts on “2017 Denver Zine Fest

    • Yes! There will be another Denver Zine Fest on Sunday, June 23rd 2019! It will take place at the McNichols Civic Center. More information will be available from our social media accounts as the date gets closer.

      And if you are interested in exhibiting, exhibitor applications will be open from January 1st through February 15th!

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