Madison Zine Fest
The Madison Zine Fest (MZF) is an annual zine event held at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival.
The Madison Zine Fest was founded in 2004 by University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Library and Information Studies graduate student, Alycia Sellie. Sellie directed the first two years of the fest, 2004 and 2005 with tremendous success. The first MZF was held on October 7-10, 2004. Over 500 people attended the events at the first MZF, and over 30 exhibitors were able to sell and trade their creations. The second MZF was held on October 14-16, 2005. Over 900 people attended the events during the second MZF, and over 35 exhibitors sold and traded their works.
The Madison Zine Fest's published mission is "to expand networks of zine communities and, at the same time, increase individual and institutional awareness of zines. It encourages the creation of independent media and alternative publishing. Ultimately, the MZF celebrates self-expression and freedom of speech, while it brings together people who appreciate the medium of zines and want to share work and ideas."
The event includes workshops, panel discussions, tabling, and readings. Admission to the fest is free and open to the public.