Grand Rapids Zinefest

Focused on a community of self-publishing in the mitten!

Registration is Live!

by drewdamron

Sign up to table at GRZF here!

Two things will be different from last year:

  1. Only distros may register for a full-size table, individuals must register for a half-size.  We’ve made this decision because there were a lot of people with full-size tables -which is great- but we would be able to have a lot more people participate by setting this rule down.
  2. GRZF will be going on at a new place!  The 106 Gallery was a great venue, but they already have something going on that weekend.  We will keep you all posted on the new location!


by drewdamron

HEADS UP EVERYONE! Table Registration for this year’s GR Zine Fest will be live this Friday, April 11th!

2014 Update!

by drewdamron


We’ve begun planning for this year’s Grand Rapids Zine Fest! We will be having a fundraising event near the end of next month, so keep your eyes pealed for more details!

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Our Safer Space Policy, Schedule, and Exhibitor List

by drewdamron

The first annual Grand Rapids Zine Festival celebrating self-publishing with a festival of exhibitors, readings, and workshops. Free and all ages!

-Our Safer Space Policy:

Grand Rapids Zine Fest is organized to create and uphold a space that is not ruled by commercial interests, publishing giants, sexist, racist, ageist, ableist, and/or trans*/homophobic individuals. It is a collectively shared and generative space wherein all peoples involved are respected and cared for. For these, and a number of other reasons, GRZF will not tolerate zinesters, zines, or attendees who promote what we are working against.


The schedule for GRZF August 24th!

9-11: Tablers and Volunteers arrive at the 106 Gallery to set up.

-GRzinefest begins at noon-

12-1: Panel Discussion on a cartoonist’s education with John Porcellino, Drew Damron, and Sam Carbaugh.
1-2: Workshop led by Rachel Foss “Jam Comics: collaborate with others on an improvisational comic.”
2-3: Workshop led by The Bandit Zine
3-4:Workshop led by Karen Heeringa “Scriptwriting 106: flex those writing muscles by writing a script that no one will ever act out”
4-5: Workshop led by Beth Hetland “One Sheet Wonders:
Mini-comics with only ONE piece of paper!”
5-6: Readings by exhibitors (email us at to sign up!)

-GRzinefest ends at 6pm-


The Exhibitor List:

Andy Gabrysiak
Issue Press
Colour Code
have company
SMASH Printing Press
twelveohtwo zine distro
Humble Pie
Love Bunni Press
The Bandit
Rachel McKay
The Creative Notebook
Rachel Foss
Your Secretary, Archiving the Underground
Leslie Perrine
Wasted Potential
Stranger Danger Zine Distro
Fort Foot Comix
Sprout Anarchist Collective
Hooray for Comics
Stranger Two Stranger
Flat Mtn Press
Ben Bertin
Ian McDuffie
Peachy Keen
Yeti Press
Tigers Sniffing Catnip (Sara Chittenden)
Drew Damron
go it alone (together)
Self-Publishers of Chicago (SPOC)
HBC Publishing
Stephanie Emanuele
Humor Cake
Drew Brockington
Wandering Llama
boxcutter distro
Crable Zines
Deep Water Earth First
These Things Happen
Sam Carbaugh
John Porcellino


by drewdamron




Our tables are now filled! The event schedule will be posted shortly and then we will get the programs printed. Please email us at if you would like to do a reading!

by drewdamron


Good Zines, a zine about zines

by insub2

Yesterday, some GR zinesters got together to talk shop. We took the ideas discussed and made a zine. A pretty spiffy zine, if I do say so myself.

2013 Registration Now Open!

by insub2

Coinciding with our ZineFEAST Pancake Fundraiser, we’re opening registration for exhibitors and volunteers.


by insub2

In order to raise some funds for the upcoming Grand Rapids Zine Fest, we are going to have a feast. (See what we did there?) So mark your calendars for Saturday, January 26, 2013. And then, on that day a little before 2:00pm, leave your house and head down to 106 S. Division Ave.

$5 a person to get in. Pancakes, toppings, coffee and juice will be provided buffet style. Please bring dishes and silverware. Some disposables will be provided if you don’t.

Entertainment is pending, and open to suggestion (live music, film screening and games are options).

If you’re into that Facebook thing, RSVP on the event page.

This occasion will also mark the opening of table and workshop registration. We’ll have an internet terminal on site for your convenience.

Meeting #3 Notes

by insub2

We thought that it would be best to hold the zinefest at the 106 Gallery rather than work something out at the library. For the first year, trying to get the amount of vendors to fill the 3rd floor auditorium could lead to disappointment. It would be better to deal with too many people in a smaller venue than not enough people in a huge venue. What do you think?

This would take some pressure off of fund-raising because there isn’t a rental fee for the 106 Gallery. So far, it looks like any raised money will go towards: renting tables, printing, promotion, honorariums, food at the event, paying for the poster, and next year’s zine fest.

Caleb mentioned having a GR Zine Feast to support the GR Zinefest. If we aim to have this near the end of January, it gives us a good preliminary goal to get some things started now. The Zinefeast could be the day we open up registration, and the first big event to spread the word about the Zinefest. So far, we’ve come up with having either a pancake feast or a plated potluck-style dinner. People would come in, pay a $5-$10 dollar fee towards the Zine Fest, eat food, possibly listen to a band, and then register in person for the Zinefest. Other fund-raising event ideas: bake sale, movie night, picnic, art raffle, local business benefit, kickstarter, art raffle, Sunday Soup.Things to sort out for the next meeting on November 3rd:

  • How money will be handled. Will we appoint a treasurer? Some general fund somewhere?
  • Registration: Send a check? What info do we need from the exhibitor? Should we create a questionnaire? Where is the check sent?
  • What is the typical budget for other zinefests? Are we forgetting anything?
  • Forming subcommittees for event planning, fund-raising, promotion, etc.
  • Make Save the Date cards for the Zine Fest. Information to include: Grand Rapids Zinefest, August 17th 2013, 106 Gallery,, save the date!
  • Possibly local sponsors/partnerships
  • Feast planning: what day, what are we making, how is money handled, etc.
  • Coordinating with Calving so that it’s cool to have events there

What do you think?


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