Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair – Fourth Edition


The Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair, organized by SACHA, celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

We’re aiming to create an accessible event that gives a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.

HFZF will have people tabling, selling and chatting about their zines, and a six hour zine challenge.

When: Saturday, May 12th from 10am to 4pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library – 4th Floor. 55 York Blvd, Hamilton ON

HFZF is FREE to attend. There will be zines for sale so if you do plan to go home with some new treats it’s a good idea to bring some money.

Cost! A half table costs ten dollars. Book your table here – https://hfzf2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Free tables available. Email crickett@sacha.ca to book a free table OR if you are unable to book online through Brown Paper Tickets.

A zine is a self-published book, magazine, or comic. Anyone can make a zine – using low-cost methods like collage and photocopying – to create a space for their words, ideas, images, and more. Not having to rely on traditional publishing allows for non-mainstream voices to be heard!




By Tara Bursey

Last Saturday’s screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column at Factory Media Centre was so energizing, I created a classic punk playlist of pioneering bands to get you curious, excited and empowered!

Fifth Column, “She Said Boom” (1990)

A rollicking song with awesome swirling organ solo, GB Jones once described the title of it as “3 simple words that mean being responsible for your own pocket-sized revolution.”


Raincoats, “Off Duty Trip” (1979)

The Raincoats were an English band that influenced leading grunge bands from the 1990s. “Off Duty Trip” is a harrowing song about sexual assault at the hands of a soldier.


Au Pairs, “You” (1979)

The Au Pairs often challenged notions of femininity, monogamy and gender roles through their intelligent songs.


The Slits, “Typical Girls” (1979)


 The Bags, “Babylonian Gorgon” (1979)

The Bags were from Los Angeles, and were led by fierce Latina musician, author, artist, educator and feminist Alice Bag, who still performs to this day as a solo artist. The Bags’ songs took on subject such as feminism, sexual assault and immigration. Continue reading

HFZF Interview: Fake Geek Girls Like Us


The Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair,  organized by SACHA, celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

When: Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 5pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library: 55 York Road, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF.

Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a art group that explores and criticizes fan culture through a queer feminist perspective. Their aim is to facilitate, encourage, and discuss geekdom and pop culture.

We interviewed Caitlynn from Fake Geek Girlsmaytheforce.

What led you to zine making?

I started to make zines with other people to share ideas about gender representation in geek culture. I moved to making my own zines to share some of the stories and interviews that I have done with women who work within geek culture.

Who inspires you in the feminist zine world?

My girl gang/art collective Kitten Caboodle inspires me. My friends are all talented artists who share the ideas so freely. They continue to inspire me to create more art and push boundaries.

Why is feminist zine making important to you? What does it mean to be a feminist zine maker?

Feminist zines are important to me because I believe it is an accessible way to access different forms of art and education. The feminist zine community shares ideas, critiques and thoughts with many different people and I think that is really important. For me, being a feminist zine maker is about creating dialogue, sharing ideas and expressing yourself freely.

warriorgfWhat will your next zine be about?

My next zine that I am working on is about how different characters in television/film have helped me learn more about myself. I want to have different sections for different parts of my life.

What would your dream feminist zine community look like?

A whole bunch of rad people sharing their stuff, having awesome conversations and being supportive of one another.

SACHA Job Opportunity: Financial Coordinator



SACHA seeks a dynamic, self-directed woman-identified person to fill the position of Financial Coordinator (FC). The FC will oversee, manage and administer SACHA’s finances; ensuring accuracy and accountability while adhering to the centres’ vision, mission, policies, and its feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive framework. Continue reading

HFZF Interview – Kat Verhoeven


Kat Verhoeven loves the hard reality of black ink and the flexibility of digital colours. Based in Toronto, she works as an illustrator and cartoonist, author of TOWERKIND (Conundrum Press) and currently working on the web comic Meat&Bone.

Tell us a little about yourself and your zines.

kw 4While I predominantly publish my own works, and work solo as writer/artist, I’m also part of a collective of cartoonists and illustrators called Friendship Edition. Jenn Woodall of the collective will also be at the fair!

My works focus on city stories,sometimes with a flair of supernatural, always with women leads. These are womens stories and struggles. I have one published book called “Towerkind” about a group of diverse kids in Toronto’s underprivileged St. Jamestown community, and an ongoing webcomic about eating disorders, poly dating and self confidence at meatandbonecomic.com Most of my work can be found at verwho.com! Continue reading

HFZF Zinester Interview – Heidi Cho


Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

My name is Heidi Cho, and I am 27 years old and I make zines! I identify as a 2nd generation queer South Korean person, which guides a lot of material I make. My zines are a combination of illustrations and writing that tackle themes around mental health, queerness, racism, family and generally navigating through the world as a queer person of colour.

You can check out my tumblr at heidicho.tumblr.com or my Instagram at instagram.com/heidichomakesart

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HFZF Zinester Interview – Pittsburgh Feminist Zine Fair


FZF PGH is a four day event celebrating, exploring, and supporting intersectional feminist voices through zines and self-publishing. We aim to create a safe space for expression and dialogue for feminist women of all races and sexual orientations, trans* and gender non-conforming people, feminist people of varying ages, sizes and abilities, and our feminist accomplices.

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That is so exciting that there is now a Pittsburgh Feminist Zine Fair: what made you want to start a feminist zine fair, and how did you go about building it?

I started the Pittsburgh Zine Fair back in 2011 and over the years have been thinking about how to make it more political in the sense that I want to see more zines and exhibitors talking about race, class, and gender in the work and discussions at the fair. This year I met with women from Pittsburgh who had attended the NYC Feminist Zine Fest and were so inspired by it that they wanted to start a feminist fest here in Pittsburgh. We teamed up and made it happen! Continue reading