ZINE (“ZEEN”): A self-published or independently published work, usually a book or magazine. They can be made by anyone, about anything, for mass distribution or for personal collection.
Zines have always been an outlet and a safe space – a way of building community and finding validation in shared experiences. They are an accessible way of documenting real experiences without the regulation of censors or publishers, and have therefore been a key part of queer cultures around the world. We believe queer zine creators (also known as “zinesters”) in Singapore deserve a space to be recognised and to network. We believe there is power in bringing many queer zinesters together in one space to interact, teach and learn.
Queer Zinefest SG (QZF) will be the first of its kind – the only platform in Singapore for queer creators to showcase their work, and an unprecedented opportunity to bring both the LGBTQA+ and zine circles closer together. At the heart of QZF are over twenty zinesters from Singapore and Southeast Asia who will be showcasing and selling their lovingly produced work. We’re also working with Squelch Zines to set up a pop-up zine library for everyone to browse.
Aside from the zine booths, we are proud to be hosting a number of exciting panels and workshops by collectives and individuals such as The Local Rebel and Stephanie Dogfoot. Throughout the duration of the zinefest, queer musicians will be performing. We are honoured to have Jean Seizure, Aeriqah, Chris Hong and Empatlines in our lineup this year. And of course, what’s a festival without food? This year’s inaugural QZF is being hosted by the lovely people at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, who specialise in hearty comfort foods right off the grill.
The focus of the event will be, of course, the zines! Individuals and collectives can apply for and run booths to sell and talk about their zines and other works. As much as possible, we won’t curate the zinesters that get to set up a booth. We want to create a platform for queer zinesters regardless of experience, so unless there are serious issues with the material they are planning to bring, we’re open to anyone from the LGBTQA+ community setting up a booth! While the focus will be on local zinesters, we also want to connect with queer zinesters across Southeast Asia and invite them to be a part of this inaugural queer zinefest.
There will be a series of panels and talks about art, queer issues and other fun things. Also on the lineup are workshops! We’ll be reaching out to a variety of professionals to offer zine-making workshops, hands-on art experiences and writing labs. Queer musicians and spoken word artists will perform throughout the duration of the zine fest, as a way to showcase local talent and really encourage queer writers to network with queer musicians. Think of the possible collaborations! The event won’t be ticketed as we want to make sure it’s as accessible as possible, to people of all incomes.
Gabbi Wenyi Ayane | @gabbiwenyiayane (she/they/he) makes zines, art and poetry. She currently co-organises destination:INK, a monthly spoken word event. In her spare time she likes reading graphic novels, pole dancing and referring to herself in the third person.
Stephanie Dogfoot | @stephdogfoot (she/they) is a performance poet, stand up comic and educator who has been making poetry zines since 2012. She spends a lot of time organisng live events and was a part of the 1st ever London Queer Zine Fest.
Joy Ho | @feever_dreem (she/her) is an illustrator and cartoonist who loves adding on to her scratchy dog zine universe, and her latest narrative iteration an homage to the train mascots of Singapore. She has participated in comics festivals and zine fests in North America and is super stoked to be on the organising end for QZF.
Akansha Aether | @noobshaa (she/he/they) is a passionate arts enthusiast and feminist who is currently pursuing her Arts Management degree at LASALLE College of the Arts in hopes of creating more opportunities for art to be showcased and for her to also learn about different crafts along the way.
We are working on them as we speak, and more updates are to come!
Sticker & Pin Design
Our pins are 5.8cm in diameter, and stickers are about 6.5cm in diameter!
Tee shirt design (option to not have the back design)
*When we first launched the campaign, we said the T-shirts and other merchandise would be festival-exclusive. However, we have grown to realise that they are REALLY, REALLY CUTE and in celebration of how cute they are, we will still be selling them after the festival should you wish to purchase them then. We can't change the text on the backer tier so please take note of this fact!
Sample of 4x6 inch luv is luv illustration commission of you and your s/o
All money raised will go toward the event and feeding/hydrating our volunteers (DM us if you'd like to volunteer!) or expenses the event might incur that we had not accounted for. Any surplus made during and after the event from merchandise will go towards the next iteration of Singapore's super-awesome QZF.
Risks and challenges
Queer Zinefest SG is run by a team of passionate, dedicated individuals. Between us, we've successfully crowdfunded previous artistic projects and have experience creating merchandise for sale.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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