Canzine Vancouver 2014


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Saturday November 8, 2014, 1-7pm

Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.

Presented in partnership with SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement

$5 admission includes a copy of the Fall issue of Broken Pencil: The Magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.

*Table Registration for Canzine West exhibitors IS NOW OPEN!
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The zine fair is the heart of Canzine. 200 zines, comics, small press books and more!


mimi Mimi Pond is the cartoonist behind the New York Times bestseller Over Easy. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White. Learn more about Mimi and her talk here.

2pmPanel – From Print to Pixel: Zines as political tools in the digital age

How does the medium affect the message? We will ask a panel of indie culture producers, zinemakers, editors and experts how their medium – whether paper, online or other – affects their activism and the delivery/communication of their ideas.


3758f84Melissa Fong

Melissa Fong is an Editor on Ricochet, a new independent progressive media site and manages her own political blog at  She is also completing a PhD at the University of Toronto in Planning and Geography.  Her current research is on revitalization planning in multicultural colonial settler societies.  Most of Melissa’s recent work has focussed on the racialization of urban inequality and displacement.

a_SDC10192 (1)Ho Tam

Ho Tam is the publisher of 88Books, XXX and Hotam Press, three different projects of independent zines and artist’s books since 2012. Tam was born in Hong Kong and educated in Toronto, Canada and worked in advertising firms and community psychiatric facilities before turning to art. He works in a diverse mix of disciplinary including painting, video/film, photography, print and public art and has exhibited in various cities across North America. Since 1994 Tam has produced over 20 short video and films.  His work has been shown internationally including at the National Gallery (Ottawa), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Tam taught at University of Victoria, British Columbia from 2004 to 2010.  He is a graduate of Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program and Bard College (MFA) and is the recipient of various awards, fellowships and artist’s grants. 

IMG_20140920_142256fiona fruitfly

fiona is a non-conforming womxn of northern and eastern european descent who lives on stolen coast salish land known as east vancouver. she recently started ‘fruitfly distro’ with her living-mate and co-conspirator nat to get rad shit made by rad people out into the world. fiona has also been involved in Spartacus Books for over 2 years, and believes deeply in the importance of accessible social space. Spartacus Books is Vancouver’s radical volunteer run bookstore and has been rockin’ it for over 40 years, offering books, zines, friendships and more to this lonely city.

Downtown East Side Right to Food Zine

Hosted by BP editor Alison Lang.

3pm: 1-2 Punch Book Pitch

Live on our mainstage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP. Sign up in advance to participate in the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at Canzine. To sign up email with your: 1. name 2. email address 3. phone number 4. two or three line description of the project you are going to pitch. Sign up now, we only have room for 8 participants and this will be first come first served. The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200!

Your judges:

alisonAlison Lang

Alison Lang has worked at Broken Pencil since 2011 when she was hired as assistant editor. She became the editor in May 2014. She has also written for Rue Morgue, THIS Magazine, the Quill & Quire, and Weird Canada. Currently she’s writing a chapter on Geraldo Rivera for an upcoming book titled Satanic Panic: Pop Culture Paranoia in the 1980s. She has a cool dog and cat and used to make zines about having psoriasis.

Beijing selfie 2012Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor is a novelist and journalist based in Vancouver. His last book is Foodville, a food memoir (Nonvella 2014). He is also an Assistant Professor at the UBC Creative Writing Program.

140917_0040Carellin Brooks

Carellin Brooks is always ready for rain. She is the author of four books (Every Inch a Woman, Wreck Beach, Fresh Hell and One Hundred Days of Rain, forthcoming from BookThug in 2015) and the editor of two more. Brooks is the BC/Yukon representative on the National Council of the Writers’ Union of Canada, vice-chair of the Vancouver Library Board, and an instructor with the University of British Columbia’s Arts Studies in Research and Writing. She previously worked as managing editor for New Star Books. Find her on Twitter @carellinb. 

Do you want to pitch your book at the 1-2 punch? Email with 2 sentences about yourself, a 1 paragraph description of your book idea, and your name, email, mailing address and phone number and we will confirm your participation. Subject line: 1-2 Punch at Canzine West.

5pm: Radical Reading Series!

Every year we present the best and brightest of the independent press at Canzine’s radical reading series.


Janine-2Janine Alyson Young
Janine Alyson Young’s debut short-story collection Hideout Hotel was published by Caitlin Press in Spring 2014. She is a freelance writer and lives on the Sunshine Coast with her husband and son.  She recently earned her MFA from UBC’s Creative Writing program, and wrote a lot of Hideout Hotel on BC Ferries or with her baby in her lap.

LPrain_400px_headshot_NlischaLeanne Prain

Leanne Prain is the author of three books on subversive textiles: Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, Hoopla: The Art of
Unexpected Embroidery, and Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti (co-authored with Mandy Moore). She live and writes in Vancouver, BC and can be found online at


Meredith-01EMeredith Quartermain

Meredith Quartermain’s most recent book is Rupert’s Land: a novel about aboriginal/settler relations in 30s dustbowl Alberta.  Recipes from the Red Planet wasa finalist for a BC Book Award, and Vancouver Walking, won a BC Book Award for poetry.

Daphne Plessner

Daphne Plessner is an artist and Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She produces visual and text based artwork and public interventions and her work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Ireland and Germany. Her current project (since 2010), called the ‘Citizen Artist’, is an online publishing platform (see that documents interventionist artworks that use investigative journalistic strategies to examine the notion of ‘citizenship’ and ‘the State’ through a series of topics such as ‘What is a University?’, ‘Assembly’ and ‘Protest’. She studied Fine Art at Emily Carr, UBC (Art History) and the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, Germany, under the artist Robin Page, an early member of the Fluxus movement.


Questions and ideas email: CANZINE@BROKENPENCIL.COM To make sure you get all up to date information about everything Canzine and Broken Pencil, please sign up for the Broken Pencil e-newsletter here.

The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.

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