Sacramento Zine Symposium

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Zines represent a pure expression of self. Each publication provides individuals with their own medium to share ideas, provide commentary, and express how they see the world. The Sacramento Zine Symposium is for independent creators who seek to share their work and discuss their zine appreciation.     
The symposium is on Sunday, July 21, from 12-4 p.m. at Central Library and is free for all ages.

  • Meet independent publishers and see/swap/buy work from zine makers
  • Hear from zine makers on their process and experience
  • Make zines in the Creation Space for all ages, especially kids

Distribution panel with Doug Biggert
Distribution is a key part of getting your zine out there, and it’s changed a lot over the years. Hear it straight from our distribution panel featuring Doug Biggert, the “patron of zine editors.” Biggert will share how he changed zine culture during his time at Tower Records and Tower Books. Our panelists will share tips of the trade, how they got started, and where it goes from there — from seeking out major publishing houses to using Patreon.

Lightning talks
For some, zines and zine culture saved their lives. It gave some the ability to express their journey with mental illness. It allowed others the freedom to communicate about injustices that had been committed against them without fear of judgment or retaliation. Still, others were able to share their passion for Star Trek: The Next Generation. We are inviting the creators themselves to give five to 10-minute talks about their zine journey.  

Creation Space
How do you make a zine? However your creativity guides you. Get an introduction to zine-making in the Creation Space. There you’ll find all manner of collage supplies and materials ready for you and your kids to learn and define what zines mean to you.
Have Questions?
What is a zine?

A zine is, according to Merriam-Webster, "A noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter."

Are there tabling opportunities?

Yes, and we don’t charge for you to be a vendor at the symposium. Send us an email at and we’ll get you on the list.  

Where can I park?

Street parking is free in downtown Sacramento on Sundays. There is a paid parking garage adjacent to the library accessible from J Street. 

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