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Bicycle mechanic by day, anarcho-nerd by night.

Save the Date: March 25, 2017!



Madison Print & Resist 2017 is a day-long festival of political print media, zines, experimental publications, and workshops related to the world of art, do-it-yourself culture, and political action. We’re looking for subversively creative print/media artists including zine makers, printers, poster-makers, and other self-published artists and writers to share their work with the Madison area community.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 11am to 4:30 pm on the light-filled third floor of the Madison Public Library in downtown Madison, WI.

This year we will have the following table options:


  • Full tables will be available for collectives/distributors representing more than 10 people or publications.
  • Half a table will be available to individuals displaying more than 6 (different) zines/posters.
  • For people with smaller numbers of zines and/or posters, please apply for space at the community tables. The space at the community tables will be allocated by the number of publications that you have to display.
  • Two tables for collectives representing more than 20 people.


Tables are 5′-6′ long by 3′ deep.  Also, please note that nearly all tables will have wall space directly behind them for displaying posters (only with blue or green painters tape). A limited number or spaces will be available if you require pins/nails to secure your work. Please remember to check the appropriate boxes on the application to indicate your needs.

Please let us know if you are able/planning  to bring your own table or other display furniture.

There is neither a table fee nor an application fee. However, we will ask for 5% commission on any sales you may conduct at the event, with all proceeds going toward future event costs.

While the organizers will make every effort to satisfy each participant’s particular needs, they reserve rights to make all final decisions about table and display arrangements, in consultation with Library staff.




  • All applicants agree to be included in promotions and publicity for the event. We will be highlighting select exhibitors via the facebook page and website ahead of the event.
  • Please complete the following application form in full (scan down):

  • Email 1-3 images of your zines/prints/projects to Include your name and the title of the project in the subject line, so that we can connect them to your application.
  • Deadline for application is February 15th.
  • We will notify applicants of status by March 1st.



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Save the Date: Madison Print & Resist Oct. 31, 2015


Consider collaborating on a zine project with your friends this summer!

Greetings and salutations!

This year’s Madison Print & Resist will be Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, at the beautiful downtown Madison Public Library. Be on the lookout for exhibitor submission details this summer. We will be updating our blog with more information and confirmed exhibitors as we enter fall.

See you in October!

~ the Madison Print & Resist organizing collective


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Welcome to 2014 Print & Resist

P&R Poster Crop

Welcome to Madison Print & Resist 2014!  We’re a week out from the event and so very excited to meet you all!  Below you’ll find information for visitors as to what to expect.  If you’re one of our talented exhibitors, you will be receiving an email with even more details!

WHERE : Third Floor of the Central Library in downtown Madison, 201 West Mifflin Street

WHEN : Saturday, Nov. 1st; Event Hours 11AM – 5PM (Library Hours 9AM – 5PM)

WHO : Over 40 zinesters, printers, artist-activists, and paper-crafters from the Midwest and beyond; Check our 2014 Exhibitors page for details!


12PM – 1:30PM – No Dane County Jail Working Group : A presentation by Dane County residents who believe in abolishing the prison industrial complex. Their public awareness campaign has included the creation and distribution of a zine which draws critical attention to the recent proposal for a new $150 million jail in Dane County and presents concrete suggestions about alternatives to incarceration.

12PM – 1:30PM – Silver Buckle Press : Tracy Honn from Silver Buckle Press, a working museum of letterpress printing in Madison, will be helping adults and children print a small “Bread & Roses” broadside on a sign press with wood type.

1:45PM – 2:30PM – Mud-stenciling Imagery and Politics (Part 1) : Is there an eco-friendly way to educate the public for social change? Why, yes, there is thanks to mud stenciling! We’ll give a brief history of this popular medium with some recent Wisconsin examples, talk about the response from authorities and bystanders, and then – weather permitting – create and share some of our own mud-stencil designs in downtown Madison.

2:30PM – 3:30PM  – Mud-stenciling (Part 2) : Learn how to cut a mud-resistant stencil, mix your “paint”, and go forth to decorate your urban landscape!


Mail Art – Jennifer Falkowski, founder of MAGMA (The Mail Art Guild of the Madison Area) will offer you the chance to make some mail art of your own.  She will host a table full of art supplies for your amusement and benefit.  Sit down and make a postcard to send out to the mail art world at large.

Notebook Making – Laura Zimmerman, a DIY bookbinder, will provide materials and instruction on how to make a simple notebook from found paper.

PrintmakingRedLine, an “urban laboratory” in Milwaukee, offers artist residency, exhibition, and education programs, all of which focus on social justice.  They’ll be providing visitors with an opportunity to do printmaking.

DIRECTIONS (by car) : 

From the eastbound or westbound Beltline (Hwy 12/18), take the John Nolen Drive/Exit 263. The ramps feed onto northbound John Nolen Drive. Follow until downtown comes into view, look for the Broom Street left turn lane. Turn left onto Broom Street, follow about five blocks to W. Mifflin Street. Turn right onto Mifflin Street. Central Library is one block down.

Approaching from the east along East Washington, follow until the capitol is in view. Prepare for a left turn onto Blair Street. Follow to the end of Blair, where traffic is routed in a righthand/western direction onto John Nolen Drive. Once on John Nolen prepare to turn right onto Broom Street in a half mile. From Broom follow as above, to Mifflin.


There is very limited street parking on the streets immediately around Central Library, and those spaces may be full or blocked because of the Farmers’ Market. There are several city-run parking ramps in the area. The nearest to the library is Overture Center Garage, with an entrance at 318 W. Mifflin (on Mifflin asper the directions above, but one block before you reach the library). The cost is $5.00 for the entire day.


Print & Resist participants may encounter hassles with traffic and parking due to the Farmers’ Market and Freakfest, both scheduled for November 1st. The Farmers’ Market will be in full swing by 10AM and takes up the inner ring of Capitol Square, effectively closing it to car traffic. The market closes at 2PM, so traffic around the square should be freed up by the end of Print & Resist at 5PM.

Freakfest is Madison’s annual Halloween street party scheduled for the same Saturday night. It draws many thousands of partiers and takes up the length of State Street. Gates open at 7PM but some of the streets around the area (including near the Central Library) may already be closed off or redirected by then. In both cases, give yourself plenty of time and know that traffic modifications may throw off your GPS.

Thanks, all! We look forward to seeing you next Saturday.  Help us spread the word!

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2014 Print & Resist Poster!

Our application deadline is passed, and we’ve collected an awesome crew of creatives, which you can check out on our 2014 Exhibitors page.  We’re also thrilled to have the talented Claire Warhus of Snaggle Tooth Arts, Madison, WI drawing this year’s poster!  Isn’t it beautiful?

P&R Poster

The organizing crew is getting geared up for the event, and we look forward to seeing y’all there!  Send any questions our way, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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Announcing Print & Resist 2014!

We are gearing up for the 2014 Print & Resist festival of zines, prints, posters, poetry, letterpress, and design!  The big news for 2014?  The Print & Resist Collective has booked a new venue for the event: the Central [downtown] Branch of the Madison Public Library!  We’re partnering with the folks who run the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Bubbler, and other fantastic resources accessible to the Madison community and beyond.  We are immensely grateful that the library is sharing their popular, versatile, and comfortable space with us for this year’s event.

We’re preparing to send out invitations to artists, writers, and zinesters in the midwest and beyond later this week.  In the meantime, we invite you to look at this year’s call-for-submissions on our 2014 Exhibitors page.

The event will be held Saturday, November 1st, from 11am to 5pm.  Applications for a table or workshop must be submitted by October 1st.  We’re excited to hear from you, and hope you can join us in celebration of everything print!

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Thanks to All for a Successful Print & Resist


THANK YOU for all who participated in the first annual Print & Resist.  Stemming from a long tradition of Madison Zine Fest, this year’s event brought together printers, zinesters, authors, artists, and activists, from Madison, the midwest, and beyond.  We would love to hear your feedback on what you liked this year, and what we can improve upon for next.  Please send your ideas to, or comment below.

Special thanks go to student journalist Chali Pittman for writing an article on Print & Resist for the UW’s Badger Herald.  Her article can be found here.

We are also grateful for the folks at Helen C. White College Library who loaned us space for the event.

Our team has begun brainstorming ideas for next year’s Print & Resist, so please check back for updates!

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Print & Resist Poster by Claire Warhus!


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