Visit the LA Zine Fest Zine Library During Echo Park Rising

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This weekend is the free music festival Echo Park Rising, and the Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters has events AND the LA Zine Fest zine library–usually a traveling library that’s found its first-ever brick-and-mortar home at the artspace. The Echo Chamber will be hosting awesome workshops and will have a window display of animatronic cats during the festival. More information on what’s happening in the Chamber during Echo Park Rising is here. Hope to see you in the library!

May 3: Skylight Books + Razorcake + LAZF Celebrate CA Bookstore Day!

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Celebrate California Bookstore Day with LA Zine Fest at Skylight Books! The event is free and it’ll be a chance to ask questions of other zinesters in an environment that is specifically for question-asking (so you don’t have to feel shy!) Also, just come by to meet some other zinemakers or check out the ama-ZINE zine selection at Skylight’s Annex. We’ll see you there!

Well, that was Zine Fest.

image via @hellogabyandco

image via @hellogabyandco

Thanks to all the people who tabled, who came out, who volunteered at yesterday’s Fest! It was the best one yet and we love you. Yeah, we said it.


LA Zine Fest is SUNDAY, February 16 at Helms Bakery! For directions and parking, go hereHelmsSign-ZineFest2014-Version2-fullcolorweb

Get to Know Your Keynote Speaker: Jaime Hernandez

 Jaime Hernandez (co-creator of Love & Rockets) in Conversation with Charles Hatfield

Sunday, February 16th at Helms Bakery

5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of Love & Rockets, Penny Century, and Whoa Nellie, comics that gave comics and graphic novels their edge in the eighties for the first time since the late sixties. Jaime split drawing and writing duties with his brother, Gilbert, and the two explored entirely different sides of Latino culture, Los Angeles music scenes, and human sexuality. The brothers Jaime, Gilbert and Mario self-published the first issue of Love & Rockets, “Maggie the Mechanic,” in 1981, but the comic shot into national attention when they submitted it to The Comic Journal for critique and instead found themselves with a publishing deal with editor Gary Groth’s Fantagraphics Books.

While Gilbert set his Love & Rockets stories in Palomar, a fictional town in Mexico, Jaime set his imagination loose on Hoppers, which is a fictional parallel to the Oxnard barrio where he and his brother grew up. Those storylines center on the Locas, particularly Hopey Glass and Maggie Chascarillo, who are on-again/off-again lovers and friends that navigate death, breakdowns, pregnancy, jobs, and growing old. Love & Rockets published the final, 11th volume in 1996.

Jaime will be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, an Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. Hatfield has been published extensively in academic journal and comic trade publications (including the very same Comics Journal!) about graphic novels and alternative comics. The two will discuss the birth and evolution of the alternative comics genre, discuss Jaime’s prolific body of work, and shoot the shit.

By Travis Barnes of DUM DUM Zine

The LA Zine Fest Promo video is OUT!!!

tony splendor promo vidHave you had a chance to watch this yet? The incredible video features Tiny Splendor, Bela Messex, Yumi Sakugawa, Kenzo Martinez, Brodie Foster HUbbard, and Daisy Noemi, uses animations by Dustin Garcia, and was made by Mick LeGrande.  Take a look and pass it on!
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Get to Know Your Panel: POC Zine Project Presents – Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit

Sunday, February 16th at Helms Bakery

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).

Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.

Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.


Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)

We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live!

Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)

Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)

Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)

Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)

DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.


If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.

We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.

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