Welcome to KC Zine Con #6: A Virtual Zine Fest!
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!
Panel DiscussionsWe'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 CSTZinesters & 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 CSTBIPOC 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.
RaffleIt 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!
KCZC 6 - The PlaylistThis 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-upsAll 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|
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|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 CST||This 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|
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|Successful Comics Collaboration 4pm - 5pm CST|
|Tabling Zinesters Meet-up 5:30 - 6:30pm CST|