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

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Our mission 

 & values statement 

Mission & Values 
The Kentucky Fried Zine fest (KFZ),  is an independent event whose purpose is to showcase DIY zines, comics, book & paper arts, and the work of independent publishers, with an emphasis on zine creators from the Kentucky/Southern region. We intend to create a space for individuals to meet, interact and learn from one another about DIY publishing.
The Kentucky Fried Zine fest and organizers are committed to creating an event that: 
  • Celebrates and promotes DIY publishing over corporate or commercial media projects.
  • Does not tolerate any forms of discrimination included but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, classism, ableism, xenophobia etc.
  • Is free and accessible.
  • Provides education around topics related to zines, self-publishing, and community empowerment.
  • Creates a space for the voices of marginalized communities to be amplified.
Safer Spaces Policy
adapted from the Chicago Zine Fest policy
The Kentucky Fried Zine Fest strives to be a safer space, which means that it is intended to be free of oppressive actions, behaviors, and language. Participants and attendees are asked to consider how their language and behavior impacts others in attendance.
The following guidelines will help make KFZ a safer space:
  • Respect peoples’ physical and emotional boundaries.
  • Always get explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing boundaries.
  • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.
  • Be responsible for your actions, and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of original intent.
The following actions and forms of discrimination and abuse will not be tolerated:
  • Racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and all other forms of discrimination
  • Theft of money or property
  • Physical, verbal, or mental abuse
  • Sexual harassment, inappropriate/unwelcome comments and behaviors
  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior
  • Causing a participant or attendee to feel distressed or unsafe
Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee before the fest, staff or volunteers will be available to hear these concerns and find a solution that is in the best interests of the community and the event being a safer space. Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee during the fest, the staff will be available to mediate on-site and attempt to find a solution. The staff reserves the right to ask any attendees who are violating the safer space policy to change or address their unsafe behavior or language, or leave the event if needed.
There are a range of solutions to safer spaces policy concerns, and banning is the very last option on that list; it is not something that is done often. We will not always make public statements regarding safer spaces decisions, but any policy-related action taken by our organizers has been precipitated by months, if not years, of serious, measured discussion about the issue within the group and from multiple voices. No safer spaces decision is made hastily or lightly.