Welcome to KC Zine Con #6: A Virtual Zine Fest!

The poster for the KC Zine Con #6 event - a mint green rabbit with a body shaped like the number 6 touches the screen of a giant smartphone. The rabbit wears and pink sweater and black glasses. They are surrounded by objects: a mailbox, hashtag, globe, a bird with a letter in its mouth, zines, a coffee mug, and a paper airplane.

2020 was our first-ever virtual festival! Below are all the cool things that happened at the virtual fest, which you can still check out today! (Interested in our next fest? Click here to learn about our plans for KC Zine Con #7.)

While the circumstances that caused us to go digital are truly awful (if you haven’t heard, there’s a worldwide pandemic happening), we are excited by the possibilities this format has opened up for us: we’ve developed a virtual table system that will help people find zines from the comfort and safety of their own homes, our programming is accessible to more people, and we’re able to interact and connect with zinesters WORLDWIDE! It’s been an exciting experiment and we’ve learned so much.

We want to acknowledge that our organization inhabits land stolen from the Kansa, Osage, and Shawnee Nations — the traditional guardians of the land on which we live — and that our nation was built on a legacy of chattel slavery — the brutal enslavement of Black people, whose exploited labor created this nation’s wealth. Black Lives Matter.

Special thanks this year goes to Nika Winn, who created our beautiful poster art! Have fun and happy zine-ing! A raccoon reading a zine.
A raccoon holding a shopping bag.


Panel Discussions

We're excited to be hosting two panels during this year's festival, and you can watch them LIVE right here at 1pm CST! (If you get here at 1pm each day and don't see a video, wait a minute or two and then refresh the page. If you still don't see the video streams, you can try clicking here and watching them on Youtube.) Can't watch the panels live? No worries! We'll be posting the video capture of the discussions here. After the festival, we will be captioning these videos, thanks to our sponsor Moosader.  

Saturday, September 5 • 1pm CST

Zinesters & Astrology, Herbalism, and Witchcraft Panel Ailin Lu (Mamagui Speaks) (She/They) - Ailin (she/they) of Mamagui Speaks is a self-taught Asian American and queer astrologer, interdiscplinarian, artist, and data nerd. In addition to consulting with clients, she acts as VP of programming at the Aquarian Organization of Astrologers. “Mamagui” is a play on words that draws on Ailin's Chinese American experience. Gui <鬼> is the word for ghost. Mama precedes gui to honor the wisdom and guidance of her maternal ancestors. You can find them on IG @mamagui_speaks or visit mamaguispeaks.com to peruse astrology content and book a reading. Neelybat Chestnut (she/her) - author of Mend My Dress, and good witch/badwitch, publisher, Mend My Dress Press, and practicing JeWitch. @neelychestnut Nikki Minor (she/they) - (chicory.) is a zine and line of small-batch herbal goods handmade in New Orleans, Louisiana by Nikki Minor. Nikki's passion is demystifying herbalism making it accessible to marginalized people and using plants as tools for liberation. To learn more follow @chicoryzine on Instagram or visit linktr.ee/chicoryzine. Rayne Klar (they / them / theirs) - nonbinary witch living in the midwest making comics and zines . rayneklar.com

Sunday, September 6 • 1pm CST

BIPOC Zinesters Panel Alexa Lima (She/Her) - I am a Black zinester and musician based out of Atlanta, GA. I primarily make perzines and collage zines with a focus on political and social issues that affect Black people. Carmen Pizarro (She/they) - Hey, I’m Carmen Pizarro, I’m a Latinx Illustrator based in NYC. My work ranges from making illustrations to comics and creating zines and other products in my spare time! Jonas Cannon (They/them (preferred) or he/him) - I've made 45-50 zines, with topics ranging from punk to mental illness to parenting. I live in Chicago and am a founder and organizer of the Midwest Perzine Fest. Kayla Shaggy (She/They) - Kayla Shaggy, a Two-Spirit woman of Dine and Annishinabe descent, is an artist specializing in illustrations and comic books. Her artwork is inspired by personal experiences and stories from her Indigenous heritage. She also tries to bring awareness to Indigenous and LGBTQ issues within her art as well.


It just wouldn't be a zinefest without a raffle, now would it? This year's raffle features some incredible prizes from KCZC sponsors, and there will be FOUR WINNERS! Wow! You can enter as many times as you want, and we will be announcing the winners next week on our social media. 75% of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to local causes that KC Zine Con cares about: Black Rainbow, KC Tenants, and Stand Up KC. The remaining 25% will go on to support future KC Zine Con programming and events. Raffle tickets are $5 each and you can enter as many times as you want. To purchase raffle tickets, click on the Paypal button:
You could win: 3-3-3 Prize Pack from Neither/nor Zine Distro: Enough zine swag for the whole family! This prize pack includes 3 glow-in-the-dark Neither/nor Zine Distro T-shirts, 3 Neither/nor tote bags (also glow-in-the-dark) and a 3-month zine subscription! Allow Jess to curate three-months worth of zines just for you, from the over 200 zines they have in stock! Custom Buttons (or Magnets! or Mirrors!) from Portland Button Works: If you've ever wished you could design your own button, then this is the prize pack for you! The winner of this prize will get a $50 digital voucher to the PBW online store that they can use on custom buttons, magnets, or mirrors. PBW even has a handy Design-o-matic that you can use to create the art. Catalog Shopping Spree from Portland Button Works: Go on a shopping spree at Portland Button Works! The winner of this raffle prize will receive a $50 digital voucher for the PBW online catalog that they can use to purchase zines, books, and comics. Zine Fest Lovers Prize Pack from KC Zine Con: The winner of this prize pack will recieve tons of KCZC merch! You'll get this year's shirt and poster, as well as stickers, pins, posters and shirts from years past! A zine-fest-lover's dream!  
15”x 16” Tote Bags with glow in the dark ink screen printed locally in Kansas City Missouri by Oddities Prints. Lightweight economy tote bag made from 100% cotton, with 20 ½” matching canvas handles with 9 ½” drop
Receive a lovingly curated array of unique zines, buttons, stickers, pamphlets, newspapers etc. delivered to your door each month or in quarterly installments! Subscriptions are mailed out the 1st Monday of the month.
A light yellow shirt featuring the art from the poster for the KC Zine Con #6 event - a rabbit with a body shaped like the number 6 touches the screen of a giant smartphone. The rabbit wears and sweater and glasses. They are surrounded by objects: a mailbox, hashtag, globe, a bird with a letter in its mouth, zines, a coffee mug, and a paper airplane. The entire design is printed in shades of navy and orange.

KCZC 6 - The Playlist

This year's playlist is once again made up of suggestions from our community! We posted a survey link a while back, and asked YOU for recommendations. Here's the stuff y'all chose — happy listening!

Workshops & Meet-ups

All of the workshops listed below will take place over Zoom, and require pre-registration in order to participate. Registration has closed for Saturday's workshops. To attend Sunday's workshops, please register before 6pm CST on Saturday, September 4. Click here to register for the workshops you are interested in attending. We will send those who registers access information.
  Collage: The Art of Self-Creation 12pm - 1pm CST  Quarantine Zines at The Ohio State University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library 12pm - 12:45pm CST
Register to attend
  Panel Discussion: Zinesters & Astrology, Herbalism, and Witchcraft 1pm - 2pm CST This panel will be livestreamed to our website.  Panel Discussion: BIPOC Zinesters 1pm - 2pm CST
  1-sheet, 8-page books 1:30 - 2pm CSTThis panel will be livestreamed to our website.
  Inclusive Digital Spaces for Women-Identified and LGBTQIA Creators 2:30 - 3:30pm CST  Political Comics That Spark Conversation 2:30 - 3:30pm CST
Register to attend
  Successful Comics Collaboration 4pm - 5pm CST
  Tabling Zinesters Meet-up 5:30 - 6:30pm CST

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday, September 5

Collage: The Art of Self-Creation Presented by Trish (she/her, they/them) + An Sasala (they/them, ze/zir) Collage, the process of piecing together bodies, identities, and art, has long been a part of trans and nonbinary creative and self-making practices. Join us and learn about the history of trans artistic and zine making practices, make a self-portrait, and tell your story. Tools needed: Good attitude, glue, tape, magazines, scissors, paper, pens and markers (the usual zine-making and collage supplies) This workshop is for All Ages One-sheet, eight-page books Presented by Matthew Friedrichs (any pronouns) I love to read. I love works on paper. I love personal and quirky storytelling. I teach English. I used to edit. Rural. Both coasts. There are awesome people everywhere. Every kid can be a self-published author. All they need is one sheet of paper, using photos, collage, text, drawings, a simple cut, and three folds. Tools needed: One sheet of paper This workshop is for All Ages Inclusive Digital Spaces for Women-Identified and LGBTQIA Creators Presented by Annie Brown (they/them) Social media sucks, especially if you are woman-identified or a member of the LGBTQIA community. 73% of LGBTQ content online is flagged as inappropriate, and persons highlighting inequalities of sexuality, gender and race are removed from mainstream platforms by the thousands each day. In a socially-distanced world, this makes it incredibly hard for marginalized creators to thrive online. A better (digital) world is possible! We’ll share Lips’ 10+ years of research into mental health and inclusive digital spaces, and what you can do to make the Internet a better place for all of us. We’ll also have an interactive co-design session, where creators can give their say on what a more equal sharing platform looks like! For more info, click here. Tools needed: Web browser! Ability to open a link for codesign session. This workshop is for Teens, Adults Successful Comics Collaboration Presented by Michael Sweater (he/him), Rachel Dukes Michael Sweater and Rachel Dukes met at the Center for Cartoon Studies and are working together to create The Wizerd! For Oni Press. They will discuss how to start and keep a successful comics collaboration going through multiple books. From finding potential collaborators to different methods of collaboration this talk will discuss the ins and outs of team based comics projects. For more information about their work, visit www.mixtapecomics.com, @MichaelSweater, and @MixtapeComics This workshop is for Adults

Sunday, September 6

Quarantine Zines at The Ohio State University’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library Presented by Jolie Braun (she/her) When COVID-19 caused the world to go into lockdown, many found solace in creating quarantine zines documenting their lives during the pandemic. This spring, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBML) began seeking out these publications, and now has a collection of more than 50 zines from the United States, Canada, England, France, and Australia. This talk will discuss how and why RBML is building a quarantine zine collection, including the process of finding and acquiring zines, highlighting items from the collection, and reflecting on some common themes and experiences. Jolie Braun is the Curator of Modern Literature and Manuscripts in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at The Ohio State University, where she oversees the modern literature and history collections and provides special collections-based instruction. She is building the unit’s zine collections. Her research interests include women publishers and booksellers, zines, and self-publishing. Learn more about her at https://hcommons.org/members/joliebraun/ and https://twitter.com/joliebraun. This discussion is for Teens, Adults Political Comics That Spark Conversation Presented by Nhatt Nichols (she/her) Do you want to create a comic that sparks real conversations and change in your community, but you're not sure where to start? We'll look at how to find a subject, and how to use language and visuals to that will inspire community engagement. Nhatt Nichols is a editorial cartoonist for the Port Townsend Leader. Every week she researches the issues in her community and distills them down to be easy to comprehend, and conversation provoking. Nhatt has a masters degree in drawing from the Royal Drawing School in London, and is the author of Boats, Bears, and Bad Life Choices: The Race to Alaska. You can find more of her work at nhattnichols.com. Instagram @nhatt_attack Tools needed: A general idea of what is happening in your community, paper, and a pencil with a good erasure. This workshop is for Teens, Adults