EBABZ Celebrates Indie Publishing

Quirky and creative zine makers and readers come together for the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest.


Do you have a story to tell but can’t abide the mess and bureaucracy and gatekeeping of big publishing? You can still get your work out there as a zine with some paper, scissors, and a stapler.

Written, illustrated, bound, and printed on the cheap and at home, the zine is the perfect way for the independent creative to share their passion with the world. The 10th annual East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest celebrates the indie spirit and plucky do-it-yourself vibe of the Bay Area, with an event where artists, writers, makers, cartoonists, comicers, zinesters, and readers can come together to check out the latest offerings from the underground and alternative scenes.

In 2010, Bay Area writers/zinesters Tomas Moniz ad MK Chavez recognized the thriving zine cultures of Portland and San Francisco. They knew something similar existed in the East Bay, but it just needed an outlet, and, thus, EBABZ was born. Expect everything, from heartfelt personal histories to nontraditional art projects to just-plain-too-weird for the commercial mainstream oddities. Sat., Dec. 7, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., free, Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, EastBayAlternativeBookAndZineFest.com.