L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. We aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. We believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.
The inaugural year of L.A. Zine Fest featured over 100 exhibitors selling their zines and comics, and over 1,500 attendees. With workshops on topics such as how to run your own DIY music venue, and keynote speakers Henry Rollins and V. Vale, L.A. Zine Fest 2012 established itself as the event for zinesters, comix fans, and DIY enthusiasts alike, and we hope to keep bringing great gatherings to LA for years to come.
At the most recent LA Zine Fest (February 16, 2014), LAZF welcomed over 175 exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to came together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.
L.A. ZINE FEST ORGANIZERS
|Bianca Barragan has been making zines since 2010. She decided to make one in order to show it at the San Francisco Zine Fest that year, and it was hands-down the most fun she’s ever had. She loves to write creative non-fiction. She also finds herself writing a lot of fictional stories that always end up having a weird dog in them. She is currently writing a zine called “Problem? Solution!” with fellow LAZF organizer Simon Sotelo and trying to finish a short story about the giant cricket that lives in (and rules?) the building where she works.||Rhea Tepplim first discovered zines in her late teens, while visiting friends in Olympia, Washington, near her hometown of Seattle. She has lived in Los Angeles for the past ten years where she is an active participant in the local diy music scene. The community supporting zine culture is as important to her as the actual zine itself, a fact that can be attributed to her desire to help organize L.A. Zine Fest. Her most recent zine, Quick Fix, is a 5 issue series of mini comix solving all of life’s problems.|
|Simon Sotelo was born and raised in and around central Los Angeles.
Simon preaches the importance of humor and trivial nonsense daily.
Simon is a professional illustrator and designer who’s greater hobbies include A.B.A.W. (A Book A Week) making short illustrated books with JT Steiny. Simon’s other work can be seen at HireSimon.com and CreepyCoven.com
|Kenzo Martinez is a multi-disciplined, Los Angeles based artist and community organizer, active in various underground art circles. He first became aware of zines through a graffiti zine from Hawaii and was attracted to the idea of communities of artists from around the world trading and sharing life experiences, ideas and perspectives. Kenzo is the Bboy and DeeJay facilitator of the youth arts non-profit, J.U.i.C.E. which serves the downtown/koreatown area with free arts programing. His most recent zine, Midnight Language is a collection of works focused on the culturally suppressed histories of underground peoples’ movements.|