Volunteer for Canzine!


Canzine 2014 is right around the corner, and Broken Pencil is looking for volunteers to help out with the festival! As a volunteer, you will work alongside our staff to set up, tear down, work at the door, and chat people up at the BP table. In exchange for your time and energy, you will receive a 1-year subscription to the magazine, free admission to the event, and lunch and drink tickets at the festival. Sounds good, right? Email Norah Franklin at to sign up!

Indie Events Sept 29 – Oct 6

The amazing TQZF is back at the United Steelworkers Hall— not to be missed!
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Tuesday, September 30


Sad Peninsula Launch, 6pm, Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay St, free

Join Dundurn Press and author Mark Sampson for the launch of Mark’s second novel, Sad Peninsula, following the intersecting lives of a traumatized former Korean “comfort woman” and a torubled young Canadian arriving in Korea to teach ESL.

Wednesday, October 1


Beyond 101: A Conversation Around Party Culture, Sex Positivity, Safer Spaces and Sobriety, 3pm OISE Room 5150, 252 Bloor St, free 

Join the U of T Sex Ed Centre and OPIRG Toronto for a panel discussion about sex positive spaces, party culture, accessibility and safety. Definitely relevant to social justice zinesters and organizers who work to create accessible and safe spaces!

The Sleepworker Launch, 7pm, Type Books, 883 Queen St W, free

Coach House Books hosts a Warhol-inspired launch party to celebrate the release of the English Debut of Cyrille Martinez’s The Sleepworker, translated by Joseph Patrick Stancil. Including the usual reading and signing fare, there will also be a re-creation of Warhol’s film Sleep.

Spacing Election Issue Release Party, 7:30pm, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, $10 includes magazine

Spacing’s launches are always a blast. This issue focuses on “How City Hall thinks” and the upcoming election.

Event Recap: SPX – The Big Small Press Expo


I’m south of the Mason-Dixon line in Bethesda, Maryland at the Small Press Expo (SPX). Self-published cartoonists and mostly small presses offer their comic book bounty. A split between invited exhibitors and lottery-winners vie for customer and mutual attention. Growing from the mid-90’s, SPX has become a jewel in indie-comics broadening convention circuit. Executive Director Warren Bernard says via email that the show has, “doubled the exhibitor floor space since 2011 from 12,500 to 25,000 sq ft. We now have 280 tables up from 162 in 2011. Attendance has gone up from just about 3000 in 2011 to over 4000,” at this year’s event. Though the show remains a niche affair, independent comics are attracting more talent and readership. A lottery winner myself, I’ve come to the local Marriott Hotel and Conference Center to try and sell my books, break even on my exhibitor fees and find where the more familiar DIY-zine culture I’m used to lives among the shiny artwork of SPX.

Calls for Submissions


Call for Submissions: Kimiwan Issue 8

The indigenous, First Nations, Métis and Inuit zine kimiwan is seeking submissions for their issue on Indigenous Futurisms. Film, new media, sci fi, comix, tech, music, games, digital art— all is welcome! Submit to Deadline is October 1!

Call for Submissions: The New Vancouver Poets Folio

Lemonhound and Poetry is Dead are creating a folio to highlight New Vancouver Poetr. Edited by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli, Van-city writers with two books or less are enchouraged to submit 2-3 unpublished poems and a short bio to Deadline is november 1. More information on the Lemonhound site.

Call for Submissions: Gay Consent Zine

BP Assistant Editor Jonathan and Eric from Gay 4 Pay press are putting together about all the complexities of negotiating consent that are specific to men who sleep with men. Topics include verbal/non-verbal consent, cruising, sexual health, HIV, pre-negotiation, unwelcome touching/public touching, and anything else you think is relevant. Deadline is Sept 30. See the facebook note!

Fun With Crowdfunding: Ofrenda

Longtime zinester Celia C. Pérez is putting together an unconventional anthology putting together twenty years of zines— “from stubborn and naive young adult to stubborn and jaded middle aged adult.”

The zine is titled “Ofrenda,” Spanish for “offering.” Sweet Candy Distro is not too far from raising the funds they need to print and put out Celia’s anthology, but they need your help!

Perks include personalized zines and love letters delivered by pigeons (err, maybe don’t count on that one… but who knows?). Check out the indiegogo page here!

Word on the Street Zine Race Recap!

Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us at Word on the Street Toronto this past weekend! After daunting morning rains, the sun came out just in time for our riveting Zine Race at the New Narratives Tent.


Hosted by the charming and enthusiastic zine lover Suzanne Sutherland, who founded the Toronto Zine Library, the event saw two teams of makers and writers race to put together zines based off of audience suggestions.