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The Birmingham Zine Festival featured a wide range of self-published books, comics and magazines, as well as showcasing a selection of artwork from artists connected to the alternative press.
This was their website for several years.
Content is from the site's 2010 -2012 archived pages providing a glimpse of what this festival was all about.

Go to the Birmingham Zine Festival's Facebook page for the most up to date information

 

The aim of the Birmingham Zine Festival is to celebrate all kinds of alternative and independent publishing.

 

Art Book and Zine Fair this Saturday!!

So it’s almost time for our next event,  this time at the amazing New Art Gallery in Walsall and we are really looking forward to it.

As well as the book fair and other happenings at the gallery this Sat, there will be a mini zine fair hosted by us. We will be joined by After Hour Authors who will be selling exclusive screen prints as well as creating a live art piece on one of the gallery walls. Dan Berry will also be speaking about life as a comic author and his creative process. And of course there will be market stalls where you can purchase work from the likes of Simon Peplow, Ben Javens, Lucy McLauchlan, Holly Joanna Fuller, Lizz Lunney, Kat Kon, Rebecca Emery, Emma Richardson, Adam Gale, Carla Smith and myself.

It’s sure to be a great afternoon and there is loads going on so head on down to Walsall between 12 and 4pm. Don’t forget your wallet as there will be tons of great stuff to buy from zines and artwork to Christmas cards, giftware, jewellery and accessories.

We’ll see you there! x

 

2012

 

Birmingham Zine Festival 2012 is now over! Much fun was had by all and we are really looking forward to next year.

Please could you do us a huge favour and just drop us a message using the form below to let us know your age/sex/location and what you thought of BZF this year. We will take every message into consideration and use them to improve on next year’s festival.

About

BZF is a festival of independent events, creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. Our goal is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists and give independent artists a chance to interact and swap skills through community events and workshops.

2012 organisers

lizzzine2  antzine2  meezine

lizz lunney

Lizz is a full time comic illustrator from Birmingham. She is one of the original founders of Birmingham Zine Festival. Clients include: UK Greetings, Threadless, The Brothers McLeod, Zwerchfell Verlag, Top Shelf, Computer Arts, I Dress Myself, 6/8 Kafe, Merino, McKechnies, Pennyfest, Comical Animal, Solipsistic Pop, Paper Science, OFFLIFE, Chicks Dig Jerks, The Web and Mini Comix Thing and many more.

antonio roberts

Antonio is digital artist and performer based in Birmingham. In addition to being one of the original founders of Birmingham Zine Festival he has organised events and exhibitions with fizzPOP, TROVE, GLI.TC/H, Flatpack Festival and Flip Festival.

annelise francis

Annelise is a designer and illustrator based in Birmingham. She graduated with a BA (hons) in animation in 2003 and after a brief stint as a full time multimedia designer she has been freelancing under the title ‘meeno’ ever since. For the past few years Annelise has been working closely with Fused Magazine as a writer, illustrator and selling adverts. Now she is one third of the BZF team and is also the author of ‘Musings Inspired by Losing’ – a semi autobiographical comic about a freelancer and her pet rabbit.

 


 

2012 Timetable

friday 12th october

16:00 – Comic Art Exhibition Opening @6/8 Kafe

17:00 – 19:00 – Screen Print Workshop with GET A GRIP @The Custard Factory

18:00 – Eye Candy launch event @Le Truc

saturday 13th october

12:00 – 18:00 – BZF Independent Publishing Fair @Sidewalk

12:00, 15:00, 17:00 – Jeffrey Lewis Documentary @Sidewalk

12:00 – 18:00 – Footprint Zine in a Day Workshop @Sidewalk

12:00 – 18:00 – Badge making @Sidewalk

13:30 – 14:30 – Brothers McLeod talk & screening @Sidewalk

14:00 – 16:00 – Make It Then Tell Everybody @Patrick Centre

14:00 – 16:00 - Screen Print Workshop @GET A GRIP

15:00 – 18:00 – SKETCH (Inkygoodness & Ammo) @Le Truc

20:00 – 04:00 – BZF afterparty @Eden, featuring Misty’s Big Adventure, Peter James (Wishing and Hoping / Atta Girl), Chromatouch (8bit Lounge) and Henry Homesweet!

sunday 14th october

12pm onwards – Draw Serge Day with
Jonathan Edwards @Le Truc

18:00 – Kino 10 and Kutikuti present The Finnish Line; an evening of Finnish animated shorts @6/8 Kafe

 



 

2011

Birmingham Zine Festival is an annual celebration of alternative publications. The first festival took place in September 2010 and proved to be far more popular than the organisers ever  anticipated. The second festival in July 2011 built on that success and next year the plan is for something much bigger.
For Supersonic 2011, the festival organisers have invited some of their favourite small press publishers to sell  their books, comics and zines, including:

Lizz Lunney with a range of comics and merchandise including patches, badges and prints from a world of characters such as Dullbog the Bulldog, Leaning Rabbit and Depressed Cat.
Alex Zamora will bring Fever Zine, a quarterly lo-fi black and white publication covering a mixture of music, art, fashion, trends, zine culture and more.
Phillipa Rice with her popular webcomic My Cardboard Life as well as goodies such as prints and bags.

There will also be zines and an exhibition of artwork from Adam Cadwell, Carla Smith, Catherine Elms, Dina Kelberman, Joe List and many more. The zine celebrations will also be working their way into other aspects of Supersonic. ‘$100 and a t-shirt‘, Joe Biel’s documentary exploring the thoughts and experiences of zine-makers in North America, will be screened. In addition to this, a panel featuring Alex Zamora, Nic Bullen and Charlie Woolley will discuss the history of zines, their inspirations and how this feeds into modern DIY creativity and publishing.

About

The Birmingham Zine Festival returns in July 2011 to celebrate alternative publications! It will feature a varied collection of exhibitors who self-publish books, comics and magazines. Over 30 individual zine-makers and distributors are coming from all over the country to display and sell their work. Members of the public are invited to browse the work on show and take part in our workshops.

The first ever Birmingham Zine Festival took place in September 2010. It is run by volunteers who wish to celebrate and showcase exciting work that is published by independent artists and writers. Building on the success of our previous event, this year’s festival is shaping up to be even bigger and better!

Monday 4th – Sunday 10th July

• Zine Art Exhibition at 6/8 Kafé, featuring artwork from some of our zine fair exhibitors.

Friday 8th – Friday 22nd July 2011

• Gareth Courage Exhibition at We Are Birmingham, featuring artwork for the independent record and publishing label, First Fold.

Saturday 9th July 2011

• The Birmingham Zine Fair takes place at We Are Birmingham, 12 noon to 6pm. Badge-making and drawing workshops will be running throughout the day. Refreshments will also be available.

• T-shirt Printing Workshop hosted by Get A Grip will take place at The Custard Factory, at 12 noon. Space is limited, so early booking is advised.

• BBQ provided by The Jekyll and Hyde pub in their courtyard, 6pm – 9pm.

• Aftershow Party hosted by Sugarfoot Stomp will take place at the Jekyll and Hyde pub, in the Gin Parlour, 8pm – 1.30am.

Sunday 10th July 2011

• Zine Picnic at Cannonhill Park. Meet us in the park at 2pm for an informal gathering. Bring some food and bring some zines!

Saturday 23rd July 2011

• T-shirt Printing Workshops hosted by Get A Grip will take place at The Custard Factory, at 12 noon and 4pm. Again, space is limited, so early booking is advised.

July 2011 TBC

• Film Night featuring contributions from Kino 10. In addition, Rob Horrocks will be hosting a show and tell.

• Book making, book binding and kids lino/block printing workshops.

 



 

Events

Zine Art Exhibition

Monday 4th – Sunday 10th July 2011 (free entry)
@ Six Eight Kafé 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG
Come along and see a selection of artwork from some of our zine fair exhibitors: Bunny Bissoux, Carla Smith, Dina Kelberman, Gareth Courage, Harriet Shephard, Lizz Lunney and Roxie Collins.

Mid-launch takes place at 5pm – 7pm on Friday 8th July.

Gareth Courage Exhibition

Friday 8th – Friday 22nd July 2011 (free entry)
@ We Are Birmingham Kings Parade, Dale End, Birmingham B4 7LN
‘From The Ashes Of Industry We Rise…’ is an exhibition of graphics and illustration developed by Gareth Courage for the independent record and publishing label, First Fold. A zine will be published to coincide with the event, featuring visual work from all the artists involved with the label as well as a flexidisc of short audio pieces.

Launch takes place at 6pm – 8pm on Friday 8th July.

Zine Fair

12 noon – 6pm, Saturday 9th July 2011 (free entry)
@ We Are Birmingham Kings Parade, Dale End, Birmingham B4 7LN
The fair will feature a varied collection of exhibitors who self-publish books, comics and magazines. Individual zine-makers and distributors are coming from all over the country to display and sell their work. Cakes and refreshments will also be available throughout the day.

The Brothers McLeod will be showing their new film, Isle of Spagg! Greg McLeod will be in the downstairs gallery at 3pm discussing the making of their new film and Isle of Spagg will begin at 3.30pm.

Badge Making

Saturday 9th July 2011 (20p per badge)
@ We Are Birmingham Kings Parade, Dale End, Birmingham B4 7LN

Drawing Workshop

Saturday 9th July 2011 (free)
@ We Are Birmingham Kings Parade, Dale End, Birmingham B4 7LN
A chance for creators and the public to unwind with pencil and paper. We Are Words + Pictures host an informal session that artists of all abilities can join in. We’ll have material to help you get started, and a few people on hand to guide you and answer your questions.

T-shirt Printing

12 noon – 2pm, Saturday 9th July 2011 (£25) FULLY BOOKED
12 noon – 2pm, Saturday 23rd July 2011 (£25)
4pm – 6pm, Saturday 23rd July 2011 (£25)
@ Get A Grip The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham B9 4AA
Kay and Sam from Get A Grip will guide you through the process of making your very own totally unique t-shirt. T-shirt, equipment, inks, images and expertise supplied for £25 per person. Payment for the workshop will need to be in advance due to the limited number of spaces available

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After Show Party

8pm – 1.30am, Saturday 9th July 2011 (£1.50 entry)
@ The Jekyll and Hyde 28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ
We’ve booked out the upstairs Gin Parlour for our party! The Sugarfoot Stomp DJs will be playing tracks from the 1920s to the 1960s. Birmingham Zine Festival goody bags will be available.

BBQ in the courtyard from 6pm to 9pm serving beef, chicken, ostrich and veggie gourmet burgers!

Zine Picnic

1pm – 4pm, Sunday 10th July 2011 (free to attend)
@ Cannon Hill Park 2 Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8RD
Join us for an informal and relaxed picnic in the park. This is a free event with nothing for sale. Bring food and drink and bring your zines!

 



 

FAQ

What’s a zine?

We are using the broad term of the word ‘zine’ to include self-published books, comics and magazines. Zines are usually produced on a low budget and people who self-publish are often referred to as ‘the alternative press’. For a more detailed description, have a look at Wikipedia

How much do the events cost?

Most of the events will be free to attend or have a small entry fee. We’d much rather you spent your money on zines! We ask you to support the creators as best you can, but if you just want to come along to have a browse, that’s fine too and there’ll be plenty of freebies on offer!

How do I find the venues?

Our venues can be found on Google Maps If you need specific directions or advice on travel, please feel free to contact us!

How do I book a table at the zine fair?

All of our exhibitor tables are now booked out. For those who missed out on one, or for those who only have a handful of zines to sell, we’ll be running a communal table filled with an eclectic mix of different publications. We sell the zines, you take all the money from any sales your publications make!

 

 

Posts 2011

BZF SUPERSONIC NEWS!

Posted onOctober 19, 2011 by lizzlizz

Only a couple of days until Supersonic 2011!!
Birmingham Zine Festival will be based in the Custard Factory Gallery during these times:

4pm-11pm Saturday 22nd October
2pm-10.30pm Sunday 23rd October

Especially for the weekend we have a big stack of free bookmarks to give out created for us by Philippa Rice of My Cardboard Life! They feature this comic-

2011 10 19 zine 300x122 BZF SUPERSONIC NEWS!

Here are some photos of the flyers too-

image 300x225 BZF SUPERSONIC NEWS! 

We will be selling LOTS of zines! Including:

Appearing on the day:
Brash by Alana
Fever Zine
Lizz Lunney

On the Communal table:
Catherine Elms – ‘Here. In My Head’
Collemoki – ‘Crowds’, ‘Marsupials’ and ‘Marsupial Animals’
Dina Kelberman - ‘Important Comics’ and ‘The Regular Man’
Fake Magazine- “FAKE”
Joe List – “Skimpy Jim”
Kooky Koala – “Koala on the keys” and “Where the Lion is Drawn”
Kristyna Baczynski – ‘Ladder’ and ‘Gags’
Philippa Rice – “Cardboard Colin and the Wasps”
and “Blanket House”
Sean Azzopardi- ‘Nine Months of Beige’, ‘Built of Blood and Bricks’ and ‘B.A.S.T.A.R.D.S’
Various Artists- “Garden Funnies Issue 2″

…and more!

We’ll also have BZF badges and stickers for sale and an exhibition of zines and zine artwork.

See you there!

Andrew, Antonio and Lizz

Birmingham Zine Festival at Supersonic Festival 2011

Posted on October 5, 2011 by hellocatfood

We are excited to announce that Birmingham Zine Festival will be part of Supersonic Festival 2011!

supersonic Birmingham Zine Festival at Supersonic Festival 2011

For Supersonic 2011, we’ve invited some of our favourite small press publishers to sell their books, comics and zines:

Lizz Lunney will be selling a range of comics and merchandise including patches, badges and prints from a world of characters such as Dullbog the Bulldog, Leaning Rabbit and Depressed Cat!

Alex Zamora will be supplying copies of Fever Zine, a quarterly lo-fi black and white publication covering a mixture of music, art, fashion, trends, zine culture and more!

Phillipa Rice will be selloing publications of her popular webcomic My Cardboard Life as well as goodies such as prints and bags! We’ll also have zines and an exhibition of artwork from Adam Cadwell, Carla Smith, Catherine Elms, Dina Kelberman, Joe List and many more!

The zine celebrations will also be working their way into other aspects of Supersonic. ‘$100 and a t-shirt’, Joe Biel’s documentary exploring the thoughts and experiences of zine-makers in North America, will be screened.

In addition to this, a panel featuring Alex Zamora, Nic Bullen and Charlie Woolley will discuss the history of zines, their inspirations and how this feeds into modern DIY creativity and publishing in a discussion entitled “From A to Zine.

If you haven’t done so already be sure to get your ticket for Supersonic Festival!

Thank You!

Posted on July 14, 2011 by lizzlizz

Visitors 3 Thank You!
A big thanks to everyone who attended, exhibited and helped out with Birmingham Zine Festival this year!

Visitors 2 Thank You!  Visitors 1 Thank You!

We are starting to round up all the photos and reviews we have found. Here are the ones we have so far-

Created In Birmingham slideshow of photos by hellocatfood!

6/8 Kafe photos of exhibition!

Reviews by ZEENE, No Guts No Glory and review of the GET A GRIP screen printing workshop! (photos below borrowed from their Facebook group)

Zeene Thank You!   zeene shirt Thank You!

If anyone has a review or photos do let us know so we can link them here! Any feedback you have is really appreciated as we have already started discussing improvements and possible venues for next time. If you missed out on this years Festival here is a film we showed on the day for you to enjoy and we hope to see you next year!

Read and Destroy- the books of Mark Pawson by Sara Jackson

Luke Pearson Interview!

Posted on July 8, 2011 by lizzlizz

Luke is a cartoonist and freelance illustrator. He’s contributed work to anthologies such as Solipsistic Pop and Paper Science and has self published a couple of his own comics. He’s the creator of Hildafolk and Everything We Miss, both published by Nobrow Press. http://lukepearson.com/

nobrow profile1 300x300 Luke Pearson Interview!

If numbers were certain colours what would you choose for 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5? And what personalities would they have?

1 is probably blue, or red. He’s laid back but has strong opinions which he’s not afraid to give when he has to but he won’t get all up in your face about it. 2 is red. He’s really romantic. 3 is definitely yellow. I’ve never met him so I can’t tell you what he’s like. 4 is a nice warm red and I get on really well with him. I just feel really comfortable around him you know, like he never comes out with anything that makes me uncomfortable or intimidated and we share a lot of views. 5 wants to be like 4 but he’s kind of obnoxious. He’s red too but a less pleasant red. Poster paint red, straight out of the bottle. He’s fun to be around though, he enjoys fist pumping and giving high fives and he’s really enthusiastic about everything. Yes, they’re all men. 6-10 are the ladies.

If you could be best friends with one of the following who would you choose: Harry, Hermione or Ron?

Hermione, I want to dance awkwardly around a tent with her.

EWM poster 212x300 Luke Pearson Interview!

How many days do you think you’d be able to last in the Sahara desert?

About as long as it took me to die.


What happened to Pat Pride?

You should ask John Allison about that.

How would it make you feel if every time you ate your favourite food you heard the theme music from Tales of the Unexpected?

My favourite food is the buttons of a cassette player with a ‘Music from and inspired by Tales of the Unexpected’ cassette inside it, so I wouldn’t feel particularly surprised.

budzfriend Luke Pearson Interview!

 



 

2010

 

“The 1st Annual Birmingham Zine Fest kicks off at Continental Bakery Downtown with a night of reading and performances from zine makers, poets, performers and more from Alabama, Tennessee and beyond!

Bring zines of your own creation and/or your favorites from your personal library and we can all play show and tell. Read a passage or the whole thing! It all works.

Dinner starts at 5pm and reading begins at 6:30 sharp!

The fun won’t stop on Friday night.

Here is the rest of the Bham Zine Fest schedule:
Saturday 10-4 All day zine making at Seasick Records (supplies included, also bring your own supplies)
Saturday 1-3 How To DIY? – A worskhop in binding, stitching, and folding many types of zines at Paperworkers Local ($20 registration)
Saturday 5:30-7 – Make-A-Zine-In-An-Hour-Contest at Seasick Records – Surprise theme of zines TBA at event
$5 entry fee with cash prize for winner!

Proceeds from events will fund the AL Zine Library, a public collection, curated by Andy Harris, that will find a permanent home following the Festival.

 

 

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