Grand Rapids Zine Fest

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

Posters & Shirts!

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After a long period of teaching ourselves how to screenprint, our posters and shirts are finally finished!





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Looking for even more Michigan zine fun? Check out Mid-Michigan Zine Fair! October 11, in East Lansing, MI. You can register for this year’s fest at

Registration is now closed

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We have just closed registration for this year’s GRZF, but you can fill sign up for the waiting list if you’d still like to table!  If someone drops out, or if we are able to fit more tables, then we will notify those on the waiting list that they can exhibit the day of the fest.  Everyone who has signed up has until the end of July to pay for their table before they lose their spot.

The link for the waiting list is here.

GRZF Benefit Night @ Cult Pizza & Bartertown

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GRZF Benefit Night @ Cult Pizza & Bartertown


On June 6th from 4-9pm, Bartertown Diner & CVLT PIZZ∆ will be hosting a Friday night fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Zine Fest. An amazing 20% of their sales will go towards renting the WMCAT for this year’s zine fest!

Their food is already phenomenal, so just imagine how it will taste when you know that it is also supporting your city’s Zine Community!

-Click the picture to go to the facebook event page-

Our 2014 Poster!

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Rachel Mckay designed our poster for us this year!  Check out more of her stuff at her tumblr:

Registration is Live!

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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!


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

2014 Update!

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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!

You can also follow our tumblr at

Our Safer Space Policy, Schedule, and Exhibitor List

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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


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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!