A Weekend of Zines, Comics and Local Bands
all the bands had an immediate interest,” Bublitz says. “We’re hoping this
gives people attending from out of town a sense of what
A “zine” is typically a photocopied, self-assembled, small-run publication. The topics run from personal reflections to political screeds, comics, music and anything else under the sun. The fest runs from Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20. It will feature zine vendors, workshops, readings, films, demonstrations and group discussions.
will also be a gallery preview for World
War 3 Illustrated,
All these activities will take place on the fourth floor of the Golda Meir Library at UW-Milwaukee.
zine scene and the punk-rock scene have walked hand in hand since Punk fanzine first rolled off the press
in 1976 to report on the
Many of the bands playing Zine Fest feature current or former zine creators. Matt Chicorel is the author of Night Light Comics, a comic zine that stars a down-to-earth superhero called Trenchcoat. He also plays guitar in Dinosaur Pills, a punk band performing the first show Friday at punk house Nowhere Central.
“Both (zines and music) are just creative outlets for the do-it-yourself culture,” Chicorel says. “It’s a great combo, like barbecue sauce and pizza.”
Pills shares the bill with hardcore band Prohibition, Acne Attack!, Crappy
Dracula and longtime
The largest show will take place Saturday at The Vault with performances by Dallas/Marie, Irock A, The Candliers, Gerald Prokop, Truthdealer, Kid Millions, Mutiny Amongst Friends, The Porches and Bromance.
The weekend wraps up with a Sunday night show at The Fish Tank with Number 9 Hard, Kickin It Poolside, Jack Moves and Brief Candles.
The festival will be a great display of local writers, artists and musicians, Bublitz says.
“It’s people doing it themselves,” she states. “They feel they have something to say and don’t have or want a mainstream media outlet for it.”
For more information and a schedule of events, visit midwestzines.org or myspace.com/milwaukeezinefest.