Responses to applications are going out now!

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Potential tablers: thank you immensely for your patience with our application process this year. We know basically everything was happening later than it usually does, and we know that many of you have plane tickets to buy. Responses to applications are coming out NOW and will be going out through Wednesday. By Thursday, EVERY applicant should have received a response. Thanks again for your patience, and your support of the Fest.

Thank you for applying!

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Over 350 of you applied for tables at L.A. Zine Fest 2015. You did your work; now we’ve got some to do. We’ll be looking through your apps veeeeery carefully over the coming weeks and we will be responding to everyone as soon as we possibly can. Thanks to everyone who applied, and to those who totally forgot that applications were this week, it’s cool: we hope to see you there, trading your work!

As always, we appreciate everyone’s support of and interest in the Zine Fest, especially this year.

LAZF Applications Are Going Up on Dec. 1!!

Thanks so much for your patience as we get this Fest together, everybody. We’re happy and excited to announce that applications will be going up online on *DECEMBER 1*!! Of course, live links will be posted on all out social media, so even if you forget, it’ll be hard to miss–but still. It’ good to know what’s on the way.

More info about the event (dates, times, locations, etc.) will follow shortly!!

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!

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