Logo for Quaranzinefest 2020, April 4-5, shows an exploding headed figure reaching up for a zine

Hi there zinesters! We heard about a really nifty event that happened earlier in April and is still unfolding online this very as we speak. Organizers wanted to do something about all the cancelled zine fests in this era of social distancing. From the organizer’s website:

“Quaranzine Fest is a (cough…) viral concept to connect zine makers and patrons in this turbulent time of social distancing. In the face of Federal Government ineptitude, callousness, and lack of empathy, the DIY community has come together to… not come together. As we work in solidarity to honor the social contract and flatten the curve, many of us in the international zine, art book, and DIY community have been dramatically impacted by the closures of the art book fairs and zine fests where we connect with each other, discover exciting new work, and (for us vendors) make part of our living.

Quaranzine Fest is simple. Post your work on the platform of your choice April 4th and 5th with the hashtag #quaranzinefest – no submission process, no selection process, no fees, no leaders, no volunteers, no building, no table, no limit on vendors, no fire code restrictions, no peanut butter fingers touching your zines.”

Did you miss it? No problem! That’s the beauty of asynchronous events! You can still post your zine (either a digital zine or info about a paper zine you’ll mail to folks) on any platform with #quaranzine. Here are a few places to look at zines that have come out of the event:

Did you Make a Zine?

We’ve heard from some of you that you made a zine for Quaranzinefest – we’re eager to catalog these once we get back in the Library and have all our tools at the ready.

If you made a zine but haven’t shared it yet, send it our way! We can catalog digital zines as such or download and print a PDF to make a paper zine, whatever your vision.

< Illustration by Chandler Dolan @chandlerbreeart, © Chandler Dolan >
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