Kentucky Fried Zine Fest Announces 2015 Schedule & Programming
The Kentucky Fried Zine Fest will take place at the Plantory (501 W. Sixth Street) on Saturday September 19 from noon-6pm. Now in its third year in Lexington, The Kentucky Fried Zine Fest (KFZ) will showcase zines (independent magazines), comics, small press books, and other literary-focused arts.
Originally called Ephemera Fest, the name was changed in 2014 to encompass the Kentucky and regional zine community. Free, all ages, and open to the public, the purpose of KFZ is to provide creators and writers with the opportunity to show and sell their work, and to educate others about the world of self-publishing.
Each year, turnout and participation has grown, with attendees from all over the region, including North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. This year, 40+ vendors and 500+ attendees are expected over the course of the day. KFZ will feature the following speakers, plus additional, more diverse programming TBA:
What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced ZEEN) is most commonly a small circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. They are informed by a DIY ethos and profit is not the primary intent of publication. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text. Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single-topic obsession, or sexual content far outside of the mainstream enough to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. Small circulation zines are often not explicitly copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed.
For more information call 773-317-3733 or visit kfzines.org