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Milwaukee Zine Fest hosts over 100 vendors from all over the country

and also provides free activities and experiences throughout the day!

Please see the full schedule below, and pick up a map/brochure on fest day in the main Rotunda of the library (at the Wisconsin Street entrance).

*Food truck service provided this season by Ay! Chihuahua Coffee and MKE Bento. Trucks on 8th Street all day!


WHERE: 1st and 2nd floors (don't miss out on what's upstairs!)

Literally thousands of zines and books and comics and pins and prints for sale by a diverse group of extremely creative, talented artists and writers!

*Some vendors may require masks at their table and will have a sign to alert you. Please respect vendor wishes and pop one on while browsing!

Activities MZF


WHERE: First floor activity tables (ask for help to find one!)

Free activities throughout the day with walk-up access to an expert to help guide you. Make something of your own or just watch a demonstration for inspiration! There are 4 tables with overlapping things afoot!

    Lead by Cedar (they/she/he) and Asher (he/they)
  • ALL DAY -- COMMUNITY ZINE: collaborate to make a zine together!
    Lead by the MPL Makerspace teen interns
  • ALL DAY -- DIY ZINE MAKING: make your own mini zine
    Lead by the MPL Makerspace teen interns
  • 10:30 to 1:00 -- TYPEWRITING
    Lead by Lisa Floading (she/her)
  • 1:30 to 2:30 -- CREATIVE COLLAGE inspired by Howardena Pindell
    Lead by Ladasia Bryant (she/her)
Panels MZF

SCHEDULED PANELS (space is limited)

WHERE: First floor Community Room (ask for help finding it!)

Two free panel discussions with local artisans/makers and moderated by experts from our community. Come learn panelist's experience and stick around for a Q&A with the guests.

PANEL 1  |  Noon to 1pm
>> Redefining Success: How to Keep your Art Making Fun and Fulfilling!

Being a working artist is an everyday struggle for anyone who depends on their creative production to pay the bills. In this panel a group of Milwaukee-based multimedia artists will discuss their strategies to make ends meet while keeping their practice meaningful and fulfilling.


Quinn Blackshere (she/her)


  • Lonesome Bill Walker (he/him/his) is an artist, a professional handyman, and the assistant curator and community outreach specialist for the artist-run community space Tooth + Nail Studio. More at

  • Ladasia Bryant (she/her) is an artist, graphic designer, curator and creator of Braided Magazine. More at

  • Maria Cunningham (she/her) is an artist who creates humorous and provocative toy sculptures under the name Nikster Productions. An avid zine collector, she has started zine collections at three institutions and hosts workshops on zine creation, history, and information literacy. Her artwork can be found at

PANEL 2  |  2:00pm to 3:00pm
>> Collaborations: How to Create Community Through Zines

Zines have historically brought like-minded individuals together around common interests, ideologies and creative pursuits. In this panel, representatives of collaborative publications and clubs will share ideas on how to use zines to foster community.


Moderator: Liz Koetting (she/her)


  • Sai Kilp (she/they) and Nathan Barachy (they/he) are co-creators (with panel moderator Liz Koetting) of the collaborative mag A Zine for Queer Professionals, which features interviews with and art by queer pros. More at @zineforqueerpros on Instagram.

  • Melissa Mursch-Rodriguez (she/her) is founder of Moody, a zine publication made up of artist contributions emphasizing queer and BIPOC creatives. More at

  • Cynthia E. Hanifin (she/her) is the producer of Zine Club Chicago, a monthly meetup for zine enthusiasts sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore, where she is Assistant Manager & Community Outreach/Events Coordinator. More at @zineclubchicago on Instagram.

RARE BOOKS ROOM OPEN HOUSE: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

WHERE: 2nd floor Krug Rare Books Room

Visit with the team that cares for the rarest and most special collections that the Public Library holds!

They will be giving away a zine created about the rare books collection as well as some other fun materials! It’s an opportunity to browse MPL’s collection of zines and learn more about accessing the treasure trove of materials this special department holds.

Rare Books MZF
Workshops MZF

SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS (space is limited)

WHERE: Second floor Arts, Music & Recreation Room (ask for help finding it!)

Two free workshops led by experts from our community! Stop in to learn something new. Space and materials are limited. Please feel free to form an organized line outside the door while waiting to be let in.

Workshop  1  |  1:00pm to 2:00pm
>> Staple it! Enhance your Zines with Creative Stapling.

The humble staple has held many a zine together for decades in a simple single-fold booklet. What else can a staple do? How can creatively folding and stapling your zine make for a more creative structure? Find out in this hands on workshop.


Maria Burke (she/her)

Workshop 2  |  3:00pm to 4:00pm
>> Rubber Stamp Jam!

Join artisan Celeste Contreras to play and create with rubber stamps. How can repetition and patterns enhance your practice? Make a mini zine or small broadside with custom made stamps: all materials provided.



Celeste Contreras (she/her)

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