The goal of Kentucky Fried Zine Fest is to recognize and educate the public about zines, comics, and independent publishing. 

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KFZ 2015 FAQs

(for Exhibitors!) 

Basic Info 

Saturday September 19, 2015


The Plantory

501 W. Sixth Street, Suite 250

Lexington, KY 40508

Finding the space

The Plantory is on the second floor of a large former warehouse building called the Bread Box. The entrance is on Sixth Street, facing Jefferson Street. There is an elevator for handicapped access and for those with heavy loads. Please do not double park or block the entrance with your car. Volunteers will be near the entrance – just let us know you need to bring things in from your car and we’ll be happy to help! 


You are welcome to park almost anywhere on Jefferson Street and Sixth Street or in the West 6th Brewery parking lot behind the Breadbox building (entrance on Sixth Street). 


When you arrive, you’ll be asked to sign in, and you’ll be given your table space. Tables are first come first serve. If you need more than a half table, please contact us, as we have a limited number of full tables. You may also bring your own, but the maximum is 6 feet in length. We will have much more space and larger tables than last year, so there will be room enough for all. Volunteers will be available to watch your table for a short time, should you need to use the restroom, eat lunch, etc. 

Setup & Breakdown

You are welcome to arrive any time after 11am on Saturday. The fest ends promptly at 6 and break down must be completed by 6:30pm.


While supplies last, lunch will be provided by Bourbon n’ Toulouse, a local Cajun restaurant, and we’ll also have bottles of Kentucky’s local soft drink, Ale-8-One (fruity ginger ale). Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Also, Smithtown Seafood is located in the same building as the Plantory, on the first floor. They offer fried and grilled seafood, sandwiches, salads, and sides, and veggie/vegan options. The adjoining West Sixth Brewery has a variety of craft beers and bar snacks. For more options within walking or short driving distance, check out our list of Lexington restaurants here!

Speakers & Presentations

1pm: The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP)

This year, we received a grant from Just Fund KY to provide LGBTIQ specific programming at the 2015 fest, and we are excited to welcome QZAP, an organization whose mission is to establish a “living history” archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to create. Don’t miss the chance to learn first hand about QZAP and what they do! 


2pm: Dr. Jon Coleman, Print Culture in Kentucky's Queer Underground

From locked closets to open protests, print material reveals the myriad forms of queer expression, community, and activism. Dr. Coleman’s talk will explore how print material was used as a means of LGBTQ expression, community, and activism and resistance, focusing on Kentucky but situating the local into a larger, national context. The presentation includes posters, zines, activist newsletters, pamphlets, and homemade erotica. It will be loosely chronological, using examples of ephemera that speak to broad themes in the Kentucky LGBTQ experience, like pre-Stonewall life, liberation and visibility activism, the decadence of the seventies and eighties, the advent and destruction of AIDS, and beyond.  


3-6pm: Queerslang Workshops

Queerslang is an art, music, and learning festival produced by WRFL and Lexington’s LGBTQI & ally community.

Events are currently in the works, and we’ll release more details ASAP!


Afterparty & Evening Events

There are a ton of great events in Lexington that weekend, including The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship (which will be taking place in the park next to the Plantory!) But we are mega excited about our official partner event - Queerslang 2015! This year's lineup includes west-coast neo-soul band and Odd Future cohorts The Internet Music, NYC-based rapper Cakes Da Killa, Lexington's own singer-producer Ellie Herring, and much more. The festival will be at Cosmic Charlie's on Saturday at 10pm. Check out the Facebook event to her music and get more details.


Crash Space
A few of you indicated you might need a place to crash. If that’s still the case, reach out and we’ll do our best to set you up!
And if you’re looking for more things to do in Lexington, check out our guide to the city here


Thanks, and we'll see you at the fest!
-Ida, Ondine, Michelle, Anna, Cheyenne, and Chuck