Paul Baribeau singing “Wild Eyes” for the Pink Couch Sessions, 2011.

This Friday, February 8 Paul Baribeau will be performing at the Chicago Zine Fest Benefit Show with Jason Anderson, Krayola, Acidic Tree, and Teen Jaws at Swerp Mansion. 

Facebook event here.

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2013 Chicago Zine Fest recap: POC Zine Project edition + watch us receive Quimby’s Long Arm Stapler Award!

On March 8, 2013, POC Zine Project received the 2013 Long Arm Stapler Award bestowed by Quimby’s Bookstore during Chicago Zine Fest.

[If you watch the video until the very end, you will be rewarded with a geeky surprise <3]

POCZP touring members who attended CZF this year were POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Osa Atoe, Adzua-Gette (who co-produces kWUEEN sHADEZ zine) and Suzy X. We also met up with Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad zine), who participated in our panel at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest

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Quimby’s Bookstore before the Long Arm Stapler Award ceremony: Tomas Moniz, Mimi Thi Nguyen, Osa Atoe, Ashley, Antonio and Donte (who helped organize/supported our #raceriottour event in 2012 at multikulti in Chicago)

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Suzy X and Mimi Thi Nguyen sit with the audience during Osa Atoe’s portion of our presentation at #CZF2013 

Check out more photos in the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

POCZP presented “Lessons from the 2012 ‘Race Riot!’ Tour” at Chicago Zine Fest, which is referenced in this video. You can view the prezi from that event here, which discloses financial information about last year’s tour:

After our presentation we had plenty of time to continue tabling and connecting with other folks supporting #poczines.

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Daniela, Mimi, Osa and Adzua-Gette tabling at #CZF2013

Here are just some of the POC and allies we reconnected with at CZF who we are looking forward to collaborating with this year and beyond:

Marya Errin Jones, zinster/producer of ABQ Zine Fest 

Marya is going to support our 2013 Race Riot! tour date/logistics in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Read her open letter Quentin Tarantino, you won’t regret it.

Ryan J Eilbeckmusician and writer

It was great to see Ryan again. He helped us organize our 2012 Race Riot! tour date in Columbus.

Chaun Webster from Minneapolis, Founder and Director of Free Poet’s Press 

This was our first time meeting Chaun, who told Daniela in a conversation about empowering POC through independent media creation that “zines are the mixtape of the publishing world.”

We look forward to exploring a possible collaboration with Chaun.

COMMUNITY: If you met us at #CZF2013 and would like to further discuss possible collaborations or have any questions, let us know! 


In the slideshow below are a few more snapshots from our time at this year’s Chicago Zine Fest <3 Big thanks & love to all the CZF organizers for inviting us back for the second year in a row and producing such an amazing event.


POC Zine Project held it’s first-ever Race Riot! Tour in 2012, producing 20 events in 14 cities, which included speaking engagements at six universities. 

View photos from the POC Zine Project: 2012 Race Riot! Tour tour finale at Death By Audio in Brooklyn and access all the tour stop recaps here:

We will be taking the Race Riot! tour through 12 more cities in 2013. Stay tuned for updates!

We are a 100% volunteer entity. If everyone in our community gave $1, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for the 2013 poverty zine series and the second leg of our Race Riot! tour. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support.

DONATE link via PayPal:

You can also send well-concealed cash or a check!
Email for details or if you have questions.

Info about the poverty zine series:


Quimby’s Long Arm Stapler Award is an annual honor bestowed upon a group or individual dedicated to self-publishing and the first amendment. Each year’s recipient must show the following qualities:

+ enthusiasm for and commitment to self -publishing, which includes active participation + at some level of self-publishing.
+ cause for inspiration within other self-publishers.
+ a high level of quality in output.


Suzy X is a Florida-bred Latina, radical nanny, cartoonist behind Riot Grrrl Problems and Rookie Mag. Sings in feminist revengecore band Shady Hawkins . She is also the creator of “Malcriada”

Suzy X is a 2013 Chicago Zine Fest Invited Guest. Find Suzy X at Chicago Zine Fest’s Exhibitor Reading, March 8 at 826 CHI from 7 - 9 pm. She will also be tabling at CZF’s Zine Exhibition, March 9 from 11 am - 6 pm at Columbia College Chicago.

She can be found on Twitter.


Maranda Elizabeth is a zinester, writer, and daydreamer, and self-identified weirdo and genderqueer. They especially love writing about mental health, self-care, and creativity, sending letters to friends and strangers, and sharing ridiculously personal stories. Maranda currently resides in Guelph, Ontario.

Maranda is a 2013 Chicago Zine Fest Invited Guest and will be taking part in CZF’s Friday March 8th Panel Writing about Health, Disability, and Accessibility in Zines: A Panel with Kerri Radley, Maranda Elizabeth, and Dave Roche at the Conaway Center, Columbia College from 1 pm - 3 pm. Maranda will also be tabling at Chicago Zine Fest’s Zine Exhibition March 9 at Columbia College Chicago from 11 am - 6 pm. 

Maranda was a participant in Chicago Zine Fest 2011’s Exhibitor Readng. They also donated to CZF 2013’s IndieGoGo campaign. (Thanks so much, Maranda!)

Online you can find Maranda: Website, Facebook, and Etsy


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Jen took this photo of Jaclyn, Heather, and Leslie modeling our Chicago Zine Fest 2013 merch hot off the presses from our friends over at Replica Chicago. We made sure to get BIG tote bags so you can load up on zines and mini-comics at CZF’s Zine Exhibition. (we are not responsible for shoulder strain, okay?!) Feel free to run around all night in our bright yellow tshirts cuz no one’s gonna miss ya wearing this beauty! We love the designs Laura Berger created for CZF 2013.

There will be plenty of totes and tees to go around March 8 & 9.

ALSO as a big thank you, we will be giving volunteers a tote of their very own for helping out. (contact chicagozinefest @ for more info on volunteering)

Thanks to all our BFFs who donated to CZF's Indiegogo campaign

Ramsey Beyer, Jamie Welsh, Brian Steinberg, Jolie Noggle, Chloe Kenning, Cindy Waldeck, Jon Mastantuono, LB, Linda Wienke, Kathleen Wienke, Jim Joyce, Sarah G. Wenzel, Marlee Cook-Parrott, Lisa Quintero, Genevieve Radosti, Tim Pigott, Synthia Nicole, Jeffrey Zwirek, Maranda Elizabeth, Billy White, Marisa Overton, Lily Pepper, Robert Hendricks, Noreen Cook, Portland Button Works, Angela Kott, Melody Twigg, Michael O’Brien, Gillian Reagan, Elisa Arespacochaga, Marnie Galloway, Timothy Gange, Mary, Emilja Frances, Jennifer Wozniak, Jill Sommers, Jill Hives, Dalice Malice, Rebecca Nagle, Andrea Perez, Zachary Baiel, Brian Solem, Neil Brideau, Greg Means, Nancy Perrine, Michele Fila, and our six wonderful anonymous donors!