In Normal Times, the annual Milwaukee Zine Fest would set up shop in Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Branch for a one-day event filled with creators, workshops, and more. But these are (still) not Normal Times, so Milwaukee Zine Fest is rolling with the punches and offering a weekend filled with virtual creators, workshops, and more. Plus, a few in-person and pick-up events, as well.

First, the virtual events. On Saturday, April 17, and Sunday, April 18, Milwaukee Zine Fest will offer free virtual workshops like “Creating Zines in Pandemic Times: A spotlight on MZF vendor practice,” and “Emerging Voices: New and Non-white Narratives in Zine Creation.” Want to share your work, chat with creators, and just browse around throughout the weekend? Hop on Discord. Links to the virtual events will be posted the day-of. Click HERE for the full lineup, and click HERE for a list of vendors.

Next, the not-so-virtual events. Thanks to Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust St.), you can order zines online all weekend long, and either get them via mail or pick them up via curbside delivery. Meanwhile, on Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the UWM Print Club will put on a free walk-up “Print your own Abecedarium Zine” workshop at The Bindery (347 E. Ward St.). Masks are required. Again, click HERE for the full lineup of events.

“We’re not letting a pandemic stop us!” says MZF. “But we’re also staying safe.” Here’s the rolling with the punches. Here’s to hopefully getting back to normal soon.

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