TCZF bingo night fundraiser

TCZF bingo night fundraiser

Join us for the 2nd Annual Twin Cities Zine Fest bingo night benefit Friday July 14th at Seward Community Cafe! There will be prizes, food, and fun! $1 rounds, $5 blackout rounds. The evening will be hosted by The Fashion Ration‘s Aunt Fancy! All proceeds will benefit this year’s TCZF! Invite your friends at our Facebook event.

Donors for this year’s bingo include:

The Future/Lacey Prpic Hedtke
Tailorbird Tattoo
Rhys Jones/Lowwbones
Boiler Room Coffee
Urban Tails Pet Supply
Boneshaker Books
Smitten Kitten
Angie Toner
Moon Palace Books
Big Mouth Tarot
Seward Community Co-Op
The Fashion Ration
and more to be announced! 

artwork by Sarah Rusch


Exhibitor registration info

Exhibitor registration info

Registration will open on at Sunday May 21 (11 am Central) and close Sunday June 11 (midnight Central).

This year the TCZF organizers will be reviewing applications and selecting participants (as opposed to a first-come, first-served registration). Applicants will be selected on a variety of factors including type of zine and identification as LGBTQIA, person of color, age (encouraging participation by those 21 or under), and newness to zine-making (encouraging new zinesters to participate). This process will ensure that we have a diverse range of zines and zinesters exhibiting.

Full tables (distros): There will be a very limited number of full-sized tables for distros. The price for a full table is $40.

Half tables: The remainder of the tables will be half tables (approximately 3 feet long). All half-table exhibitors can choose their own price: $30 full price or $20 reduced price. There is no difference in the benefits of full vs. reduced price, and it will have no impact on whether you are selected or not for a space. Paying at the full price level will help TCZF remain sustainable. If you are granted a spot but are unable to pay the reduced price, please let us know—no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Sharing half tables is fine, but needs to be indicated at the time of registration. There will only be space for two people behind each half table.

Those who are not initially selected will be added to a wait list. Everyone who completes the registration form will receive an email by Saturday July 1st letting you know whether you have a spot or if you’ve been placed on the wait list. Payment from those who have a spot must be received by Wednesday July 20th; otherwise, the spot will be given to the next person on the wait list.

Payment method: Payment will be via Paypal or personal check/money order.

Questions? Email us!
Registration for TCZF 2017

Registration for TCZF 2017

The registration period for exhibitors for TCZF 2017 will be Sunday May 21 through Sunday June 11. There will be an application review process. More details to be announced in mid-May—stay tuned!

TCZF 2017 date & artwork!

TCZF 2017 date & artwork!

We’re very excited to announce that the 13th annual Twin Cities Zine Fest will be held Saturday September 30th at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts! We’re thrilled to partner with the great folks at MCBA to host an event which will have more space and a new audience to share the love of zines!

And we’re thrilled to reveal our fabulous poster for TCZF 2017 created by Twin Cities artist and zinester Chan Chau! We couldn’t be happier to celebrate the spirit of TCZF with Chan’s wonderful art. Check out more of Chan’s artwork at


Registration for tablers will open in May, so keep your eye on our website and social media for announcements!

Day of fest workshops

Day of fest workshops

We’re so excited to announce our workshop schedule! These events will all take place during the fest, Saturday September 24th at the Walker Community United Methodist Church (3104 16th Ave S in Minneapolis). Please join us in discussing these fascinating topics:

  • noon-1 pm “Building Community with Zines in the Twin Cities”: An informal discussion about creating meaningful connections with others in the zine community and beyond.
  • 1:30-2:30 pm “Fancify Your Zine!”: A skillshare where you can learn about how other zinesters make their zines visually interesting, whether with deluxe bindings or specialized printing or unique folding techniques. Bring your own work and share how you fancy up your own publications!
  • 3-4 pm “The Zine-ification of Roleplaying Games”:  Roleplaying games originated in Midwestern garages but grew into an industry of impenetrable accessories and expensive hardcovers. Today, zinesters are reclaiming the genre with online distribution, minimal production values, and varied genres. Come learn about roleplaying games, browse books, and even play a short game!
Pre-fest zinester readings

Pre-fest zinester readings

Not one, but two zinester readings are happening to get everyone ready for TCZF 2016!

First we’ll celebrate the queer zinester community in the Twin Cities by featuring queer and gender non-conforming folks at our Queer Zine Reading, Friday September 16th from 7-8:30 pm at the Quatrefoil Library (1220 E Lake St, Minneapolis). Readers include Sam Glitterwurst, Leda Zawacki, D. Allen, and Stephanie Ursula Aristizábal. RSVP at our Facebook event and invite your friends for a great evening!

The night before TCZF, we’ll attempt to harness some of that excitement in our TCZF Kickoff Zinester Reading, Friday September 23rd from 7-9 pm at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (1011 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis). Our readers will be James DeWitt, Lacey Prpić HedtkeRoy G. GuzmánRobert Wildwood, M.S. Harkness, and Lizzie Savage. RSVP at our Facebook event and show some love to TCZF exhibitors!

Both events are free, though we’re happy to accept donations for TCZF 2017! Thanks to our partner organizations the Q Library and MCBA for hosting us!

Help us out—volunteer!

Help us out—volunteer!

We’re looking for folks who are willing to give just a few hours to make TCZF 2016 happen! Volunteer shifts include making buttons, folding programs, creating artwork, and helping out on the day of the fest. Please fill out our volunteer form to let us know how you can help us make the fest great!