Sep 21st 2021

This month, we’ve got a lot to celebrate! We’re incredibly excited to welcome two special guests, Jonas and Red of Midwest Perzine Fest, to discuss one of the most compelling and enduring genres in self-publishing: Perzines.

In a world where too many voices still go unheard, perzines (short for personal zines) thrive at the intersection of the personal and the political, where our individual stories can inspire connection, hope, and revolutionary action. Jonas and Red will be joining us to talk about their own deeply personal zines, their favorite perzines, and the fest they’re organizing to bring together perzine makers and fans from across the region. Everyone is invited to bring your own most-loved perzines to share, too!

We’ll also be breaking out our finest fizzy beverages and snacks to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the best zine shop on the planet, Quimby’s Bookstore! This September marks three years that the venerable store has sponsored Zine Club Chicago, and we couldn’t be happier to call Quimby’s our home base.

Grab your fave perzines, BYOB(ubbly), and join us on Zoom for Zine Club Chicago Online: Perzines Edition with Special Guests Jonas and Red of Midwest Perzine Fest at 7:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 21!

** Zoom info ** We want to make sure that our online Zine Club events are a safe space, so we won’t be releasing the Zoom link publicly. If you’d like to attend, please email to RSVP by 9 p.m. CT Monday, September 20 (the day before our event). We’ll email you the Zoom link by 11 p.m. CT that evening.

Zine newbies and longtime enthusiasts alike are always welcome at Zine Club Chicago, the city’s only book club-style event for people who read zines. This free monthly series is produced by Chicago Zine Fest/Midwest Perzine Fest organizer Cynthia E. Hanifin and sponsored by Quimby’s Bookstore. Anna Jo Beck designs our monthly flyers, created our logo, and made our Zine Club Chicago Shout-Outs site, where folks can peruse and recommend zines we’ve discussed at our events:

More info at and on the Zine Club Chicago social media channels: @zineclubchicago



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