Sugar City Code of Conduct

Sugar City has adopted the following Code of Conduct effective as of now. We at Sugar City strive to be an accessible and safe space to everyone in, and outside, our community. At times it may be difficult to know what it means to be a safe space, but with this Code of Conduct we hope it brings clarity to this question. If you have any questions feel free to contact us anytime at
Code of Conduct can be found here at, and is posted below.

Sugar City Code of Conduct

Our Pledge:
In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment for all artists, musicians, attendees and volunteers, we as organizers pledge to making participation in our venue and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, sexual identity and orientation, or sexual proclivities between consenting adults.

Our Standards:
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
-Using welcoming and inclusive language
-Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
-Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
-Focusing on what is best for the community
-Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:
-Unwelcome sexual attention or advances
-Threats, hate speech, trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal attacks
-Public or private harassment
-Bringing drugs or alcohol into the space
-Other conduct which could reasonably make other attendees feel unsafe

Our Responsibilities:
Sugar City organizers (aka Sugar Citizens) are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action, to the best of their abilities, in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.
Sugar Citizens have the right and responsibility to ban temporarily or permanently any visitor to the venue for behaviors that don’t meet our community standards or are otherwise deemed inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful. Volunteers have the right to contact a Sugar Citizen to handle any problematic situation that may occur while they are volunteering.

This Code of Conduct applies to all events and meetings held at the Sugar City venue, as well as all events held or sponsored by Sugar City at other locations. Additionally, Sugar Citizens reserve the right to take into consideration behavior that goes against our standards that occurs elsewhere, such as other trusted venues or on social media, when deciding if a temporary or permanent ban is necessary to keep our venue and attendees safe.

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by contacting the Sugar Citizen team at (Use “CODE OF CONDUCT REPORT” as part of the subject line.) All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately.

Sugar Citizens who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the venue’s leadership.

This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4.1, available at


Sat 6/3 11AM-5PM | BUFFALO ZINE FAIR | FREE | INVITE Sugar City & Gutter Pop Comics are proud to present BUFFALO ZINE FAIR. This event celebrates self-publishing and hand-made D.I.Y culture. PRINTED MEDIA IS NOT DEAD. Let us rebel against library closings, newspaper downsizings, and e-readers by celebrating good old-fashioned physical handmade print media! Over 20 vendors wooweee!

Derek Neuland / All Things Ordinary
Sage Enderton / SKENDERTON
Rebecca Gay / Poppress//Rezin
Katharyn Ketter-Franklin / KatyDid
Ben Grisanti / Hypnotic Dog Comics
Mixed Messages Zine
CWP Collective Press
Near Death Flying Turtle
Charlie Best
Julia Eff / crapandemic
Emma Percy
Just Buffalo Writing Center
Dan Varenka / Eat Zine / Hey Buddy!
Panopticon Press
Caitlin Cass / Great Moments In Western Civilization Comics
Foundlings Magazine
Autumn McGee /Where We Were / Manazine
Elizabeth Schiavoni / Walking in Space
Juli Grygier / Poems & illustrations
Fire Ecology Publishing
Buffalo Red & Black / Art / Political Zine
Luagine / Perzine
Lucky Prak
Fran Chang / Changri-La Comics
Kale Johnson + Environs / perzine/comic and prints
Stay Kind! Distro
carmen ml brown / debris series
Juli Grygier / Poems & Illustrations
India Louise Seychew / Perzine / Art
Meg Specksgoor / Porchtown Poets
Eric Keller /Voidscream / Manazine
Max Weiss
One Percent Press


Fri 6/2 10pm-4am | DANCE | SOUL NIGHT 18+ @ Milkie’s 522 Elmwood Ave | $5 or free if you wear a helmet | INVITE

Sugar City’s Soul Night: Hot Fun in the Summertime Edition
Sets by: DJs Handsome Dan, Reazon, Haüsfly, & Alexander L

It has come to our attention that you’ve been feeling an ache in your toes, a want so great you don’t know what to do, you’ve been wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that we’d come back. Bold soul brothers and sweet soul sisters, Sugar City’s SOUL NIGHT is back! The party starts at 10 pm when DJ Handsome Dan and special guest DJs Reazon, Haüsfly, & Alexander L get you on your good foot and play the good tunes all night long. This is also close to the anniversary of Sugar Citizen Aimee Buyea’s bike accident 6 years ago so admission is FREE if you ride on down wearing a bike helmet. We are all about having s good time but remember SAFETY FIRST.

Sugar City is in year 3 at our second location at 1239 Niagara St Buffalo, NY. We hit the ground running when we were issued permits in March 2015 and we are still trying to stabilize our operation. Your donation will help us to keep on keeping on offering Buffalo a legal all-ages community art space.

2016 Buffalo Zine Fair – Call for vendors!


Sugar City and Gutter Pop Comics Presents: BUFFALO ZINE FAIR

Saturday November 12th, 11AM-6PM
Sugar City 1239 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14213
Free Entry
Facebook event here

Sugar City and Gutter Pop Comics are proud to present BUFFALO ZINE FAIR. This event celebrates self-publishing and hand-made D.I.Y culture. PRINTED MEDIA IS NOT DEAD. Let us rebel against library closings, newspaper downsizings, and e-readers by celebrating good old-fashioned physical handmade print media!

Seeking vendors: Calling all writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, printmakers looking to sell, trade and share your work. In order to table, 75% of your tabling material must be printed materials. The cost for a half table is $5 and for a full table is $10. Full tables are approx 6′ long. Half tables are approx 3′ long. There are a variety of tables so some variation will happen. Zine makers ages 18 and under are welcome to table at Sugar City’s counter free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Interested? Fill out this form: /// Submissions are due by October 9th at Midnight.

Vendor list and more event info TBA.

What is a zine?
“A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. Most zines are photocopied, but they can
also be printed offset, like a magazine or newspaper. Zines range from handwritten and sloppy to cut-and-paste (text pasted on top of background images) to artsy with handmade touches to produced on a computer with a professional looking layout. Zines may incorporate screenprinting, linoleum cuts, and hand-stitched bindings. Most zines have print runs of a couple dozen to a few hundred copies.

In a zine, you might find typos, improper grammar, and brilliant or radical or just plain honest ideas that you don’t normally see in Time, Newsweek, or People. A zine can be about whatever subject its creator decides upon, or it may contain a variety of subjects and writing styles within the same issue. Zines can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft or do-it-yourself advice, articles about music or movies, comics, poetry, reviews – anything under the sun, really. Zines are personal and idiosyncratic. The best thing about zines is this: There are no rules. “ -Description from Grand Rapids Zine Fest 

About Sugar City:
Located at 1239 Niagara St Buffalo, NY, Sugar City is the area’s only legal, DIY, volunteer-run, all-ages performance venue. Accordingly, all events at Sugar City are drug and alcohol-free and end before 11pm. Our goal is to provide an alternative space to share and create art and community projects based on participatory culture and a do-it-together attitude. Events and initiatives include, but are not limited to music, films, poetry readings, a zine library, meeting space, art gallery, workshops, and more. We want to break down the barriers of what is and isn’t “art” because in some way everyone is an artist. More information:

About Gutter Pop Comics:


Recently opened over the summer, Gutter Pop Comics is focused on showcasing the wide breadth of the comics medium: everything from classic cartooning, to underground zine culture, to the most celebrated comics in popular culture. Gutter Pop aims to help support the burgeoning comics and self-publishing scene in Buffalo through event organizing and publishing assistance. Currently at 1028 Elmwood Ave, hours are 11am – 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday.