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

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July 8, 2016

We're sorry it took so long, but ITEM 2015 is finally done! Each year, we set aside space for all KFZ participants to create their own page in a collaborative zine. Thank you to all who contributed! We were floored by all the amazing drawings, writing, collage, and oth...

July 5, 2016

Wow, you guys are awesome! We are officially at capacity for this year's event. Thanks so much to all who registered for KFZ 2016! If you want to be placed on the waiting list, send a quick email to kfzines@gmail.com and we'll let you know if tables become available. W...

March 31, 2016

We are very excited to announce that The 2016 Kentucky Fried Zine Fest will be held at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in Lexington, KY on August 13 from noon to 6pm.


We chose the Lyric because they have a long history of bringing fantastic cultural events to...

October 8, 2015



We are looking for new Kentucky Fried Zine Fest Organizers! An organizer is anyone who loves zines and zine culture and wants to support the zine community in central Kentucky. Our current group of dedicated KFZ volunteer organizers meet once monthly. The group works...

September 21, 2015

In his recent blog post, KFZ Exhibitor Patrick Drury wrote,"Yesterday was great. It was not only my first experience selling my comic wares, but it was chock full of neat experiences." Thanks for being there, Patrick! Read the blog post here. 

September 21, 2015

Many thanks to Candace Chaney at the Herald-Leader for writing this great article about us for the 9/18 Weekender section. Ondine and Michelle talk about the evolution of KFZ, the appeal of zines, and how they got into indie publishing. Read more here! 



September 3, 2015

We are so excited about all the distros and persons who have registered to table at the 2015 Kentucky Fried Zine Fest! Here is the list of everyone who will be there! 



2015 Participants


  • Morgan Adams,  Osedax Press

  • Mathew Calvert, When the Heart Betrays the Bl...

August 27, 2015

We are thrilled to welcome local historian Dr. Jon Coleman to this year's KFZ. His presentation, Print Culture in Kentucky's Queer Underground, incorporates zines, posters, pamphlets, art, and homemade erotica as a means to understand the GLBTQ experience in Kentucky....

March 4, 2015

I was born in California, my mother was born in Kentucky, and her mother was born in Alabama. These recipes traveled with these women and they continue to nourish our family as I pass them on to my daughters. The most important ingredient of each of these meals is with...

March 4, 2015

Hello people! Anna here. Like all people, I very often struggle with the notion that my work isn't good enough to show. Self-doubt and the belief that my work isn't perfect enough really holds me back sometimes. When I start going down this path I refer to Ira Glass an...

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april 11, 2020 lexington, kentucky