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

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A Message from KFZ Founder Michelle Aiello

April 10, 2020


Hello everyone, 


Since KFZ would have happened tomorrow, it seemed like a good time to reach out. 

After the initial cancellation announcement, I've been quiet for several reasons. 

  • I didn't want to add the the information overload many of us are experiencing. 

  • Aside from "the fest is cancelled" there wasn't much more to say. 

  • My family and I have been dealing with very difficult life events, none of which are COVID-related.

But I have a feeling many of you are waiting for some kind of update, so here we go.


First of all, and most importantly, KFZ WILL HAPPEN. I wish I could tell you when, but that's impossible right now. Our venue, the UK School of Art and Visual Studies, is closed. When they reopen, their first priority will be rescheduling all of the cancelled student shows. After that, they will look at outside events. We are hoping for Fall 2020, but we'll have to see how things unfold. 


Secondly, if you have registered as an exhibitor, your table is secured. When we have a new date, we will do our best to give exhibitors as much notice as possible to plan trips. 


One of the biggest disappointments is that right before news about COVID-19 unfolded, we were getting ready to make a big announcement, and since we can all use something to look forward to, I'm going to make it now. 


KFZ will feature a panel discussion entitled, “In Collaboration & Conversation: Underground DIY Culture from the 1960s to Now." This discussion brings together four iconic Kentucky creators: writer/artist J.T. Dockery, hip-hop artist Hendrick "Sheisty Christ" Floyd, writer/professor Ed "Captain Kentucky" McClanahan, and writer/photographer Guy Mendes. The free-form discussion will include a wide variety of topics - all with the underlying theme of DIY culture as it relates to the arts, publishing, and music. The panelists will discuss the evolution of their careers and projects, writers and artists who inspired their work, and the origins and end results of their various collaborations with one another. There will also be a collection of "show and tell" items for audience members to browse. I am honored and very excited to host this group of accomplished people, and I hope you'll come check it out. 


Lastly, I took a break for a while, but I am thinking of reviving our "featured exhibitors" series on social media. If you want to be a part of that, let me know. 


Thank you for your support, and for making KFZ the successful and fun event it is! We'll see you soon. 


Stay well and hopeful, 

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