Omaha Zine Fest 2018


Get ready for this year's zine fest, held April 14 at The Union for Contemporary Art!

Check out work from nearly 100 zinesters plus more. 

Wanna meet our tablers? And see our lil schedule?!

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 Our table map!!!

Our table map!!!

 And our tablers!!!!!!!!!

And our tablers!!!!!!!!!


Throughout the Day

Art Exhibition: Matthew Sontheimer: That’s right...I still don’t have a website. - Wanda D. Ewing Gallery

Lincoln-based artist Matthew Sontheimer’s drawings and photographs explore how we access, process, adapt to, ignore and otherwise live with information. Peruse his work (in addition to the work of lots of zinesters) in the Wanda D. Ewing gallery. Today is the final day of his exhibition.

Tintype Photobooth with Harrison Martin

Dress fancy and get an old-timey shot of you and your favorite people from local photographer and zinester Harrison Martin. Harrison will be taking sign ups at his table all day for photography slots from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will get a 4x5 tintype photo for $20 for 1 to 2 people and $25 for 3 to 4 people. Photos will be taken and developed in the darkroom on-site.

Co-Op Studios: Screen Printing, Button Making, & DIY Ceramics Design
Print Shop, Fiber Studio, Ceramics Studio

Step on in to The Union's Co-Op Studios and create live and in person with pieces designed just for Omaha Zine Fest by Omaha artists Dan Crane, Jesse Ross, and Celeste Butler. Posters and buttons are free; $15 to take home your own personalized mug!

Free Coffee from Mug Life

Mug Life Coffee will be on site pouring coffee all day. Drink up a cup and don’t forget to leave a tip (if you can!).

Food for Purchase from Omaha Eggrolls and Fauxmaha Hot Dogs - Outside, east side of the building

Step out to the back terrace on the east side of The Union for Contemporary Art for vegan hot dogs by Fauxmaha Hot Dogs and lumpia by Omaha Egg Rolls.

Crafts and Zine Making - Downstairs, middle room

Head downstairs to make a zine of your own with markers, crayons, scissors, stickers and zine templates. The central room downstairs will be open for crafting whenever we don’t have a workshop in session


Workshop Schedule

11 a.m. - Herbal Support for Anxiety and Depression with Alex Svoboda of Arise Botanicals - South Room, downstairs

Whether diagnosed or not, symptoms of fear, sadness, overwhelm and despondency are a common lens through which many of us navigate a world that often feels unsafe and uncertain.  Herbal allies can be another resource in your toolbox for finding strength and beauty in difficult times. Alex will be discussing the physical and energetic properties of herbs that provide foundational support for states of anxiety and depression. She’ll be speaking from personal experience as an anxious and depressed human and clinical herbalist. Visit for more information about Alex and her work.

Noon - Dissociation: Trauma, Symbolism,and the Merits of Horror As Therapy with Sarah Allen Reed - South Room - downstairs (18+)

Content warning: mental illness, suicide, eating disorders, sexuality and strong language

Comix artist and zinester Sarah Allen Reed will discuss the merits of deconstructing one's own nightmarish past and illustrating the results--either overtly or obscurely--as a form of catharsis. To show how symbolism can be used to talk about real life events, Sarah will discuss her own work page-by-page and panel-by-panel and demonstrate how to distill and disassemble real life events and people into symbolic elements for use in your own stories

1 p.m. - Telling Our Stories with Sam Carwyn of GLSEN Omaha - South Room, downstairs

Participants will learn about why and how telling personal stories helps others connect to us. Participants will engage in the process to explore their own experiences to create awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in our community. Participants will brainstorm ways to use these narratives of their own lives for activism.

2 p.m. -  Teen Council Sex Ed with Omaha Teen Council - South Room, downstairs

In this workshop participants are invited to roll up their sleeves and get hands on Sex Ed knowledge. This is not your Human Growth class. We will learn the finer points of correct condom use, lots of sexy trivia facts and what it’s like to be a Teen Council Peer Sex Educator. Whether you’re a high school student interested in joining Teen Council next year or a community member who just wants to up your Sex Ed game, this workshop is for you. *This is a latex-free zone, participants with allergies are encouraged to join.

3 p.m. - Goosh! Goosh! : An introduction to hentai with Lara M-R (18+) - South Room, downstairs

Content warning: sexuality and nudity

This presentation is an analysis and overview of hentai manga. Lara will be using a Powerpoint presentation to go through a comic, panel-by-panel. Hentai is pornographic in nature so this presentation is DEFINITELY not appropriate for audiences younger than 18. Individuals will be asked to present identification verifying age to attend.

4 p.m.  Know Your Rights with ACLU Nebraska - South Room, downstairs

You have rights! In this workshop you can learn what rights you have while interacting with police officers. We will cover what rights you have during a traffic stop, when police visit your home, or when you have encounters with police on the street. Knowing your rights and responsibilities will give you the tools to approach your next police encounter with confidence. This interactive presentation can include any of your questions on other constitutional issues as well.