One of the advantages of having an event like the L.A. Zine Fest is that you are offered an opportunity to meet like-minded people who tell you about new and interesting events. One such event is Shelf Life 2 at USC, which is free and open to the public.
In a nutshell….
“SHELF LIFE BAZAAR:
SMART, fun, cool, STRANGE, beautiful, OUTRAGEOUS, idiosyncratic, rare, limited, low-run, HARD-TO-FIND, much-coveted, and bound-to-become important BOOKS, MAGAZINES, and objects from many of the finest INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS, ARTISTS, and VENDORS around.
// Throughout the day
Harris Hall and Watt Hall Courtyards…
…An eclectic marketplace featuring publishers, artists, designers and their merchandise. This will be an opportunity for the event’s participants to show (and sign!) their books, magazines, and journals, and it will provide a platform for an even more diverse group of artists, publishers, and vendors to participate. Interesting crowd, interesting vendors, and interesting conversations.“
In order to ensure that there are some very interesting conversations, Shelf Life has assembled a killer list of guest speakers and workshops. The workshops at this event range from a discussion with Slake Magazine on the importance of narrative (a hands-on element is implied!) to an opportunity to make a collage that will become part of a collaborative zine with Beautiful/Decay. Plus, Chip Kidd in the flesh! His book covers are incredible, and his novels are capable of lighting a fire under the butts of procrastinating artists of all media. Check the website for details on all workshops.
We’re very happy to learn that some of our LAZF presenters will be tabling at the event, like Amy Fortunato and Lee Noble of No Kings Record Cadre, Simon Sotelo, Champoy Hate, and JT Steiny, but we’re always looking forward to meeting new, talented people (maybe future LAZF attendees?)
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You probably didn’t see everything at The L.A. Zine Fest, but I hope you got to see I Love Bad Movies’ zines of movie reviews and illustrations. If you didn’t, you’re going to get a second chance! If you did, then you know you should come check this out at Home Room tomorrow night.
I Love Bad Movies presents:
Bad-movie aficionados Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman, co-editors of the zine I Love Bad Movies, present this special screening of the film that proves that a comedy doesn’t need jokes as long as it features identical bodybuilders in ridiculous ’90s fashions.
Watch as beefy twin “stars” the Barbarian Brothers protect bad seed 10-year-old twins from the mob, bankrupt a carnival, and physically assault people using playground equipment. (Warning: Barbarian Brothers’ clothing accessories include Troll dolls, telephone cords for necklaces, bird nests for hats, and an overabundance of sheriff badges. May cause injury to eyes and/or brain.)
Featuring a trivia round with prizes, and a brief pseudo-scholarly presentation condensing the long history of “burly babysitter” movies into five minutes of fun facts and film stills.
Director: John Paragon. 93 min. 1994. DVD.
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Technically, my first ‘zine was Chrystelian Weekly, a newsletter I made on Microsoft Publisher ’95 when I was twelve years old. It was a newsletter from The Land of The Unicorns. For almost two years, I made one every few weeks and sent it to my two cousins, Raija and Nicole. It was filled with notices about upcoming Crescent Moon festivals, serious reportage on pegasus kidnappings, history lessons about Fairy Rights, and breaking news about the corruption trial of the dreaded Fawna Louise. All illustrated with extra-awesomely pixelated clipart, of course.
Describe your most recent zine.
Most recently, I completed the 10th Anniversary Issue of Galatea’s Pants, the ‘zine I’ve been making since I was sixteen years old. I wanted to celebrate not only my own accomplishment of producing a ‘zine for over a decade, but the accomplishments of other creative women around me. I interviewed several of my friends about their own projects. Food blogger Nishta Mehra of Blue Jean Gourmet. Aisha Sloan of the Seminole Street Artists Colony in Detroit. Printmaker Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde. Activist Claire Tran of Right To The City. And columnist Anna Pulley. I also interviewed my 16 year old self about what it was like to make a ‘zine.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite thing that I’ve made. But I’m really proud of my poetry chapbook, The Exhibit, forthcoming in January 2013 from Hyacinth Girl Press. It’s my first big publication, and I’m psyched.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
When I began Galatea’s Pants, my biggest influence was Kate Flannery, the author of the ‘zine Sneer. It was straight up 1998 Riot Grrrl. She wrote about feminism, John Hughes movies, Sylvia Plath, craftiness. I was hooked. Right now, in poetry, my biggest influences are Jane Miller and Lisa Ciccarello. Jane is a master of lyricism. She can do breathtaking short lines that feel like perfect round pearls, or long run-on prose poems with gorgeous detail. Her language is very deliberate, as is her reading voice. Lisa is my contemporary, and we’ve collaborated on several projects. Her poetry has this haunting, lulling rhythm to it, like a spell or an incantation. She infuses her lines with magic, transforming the mundane into the magnificent through poetic alchemy, even if she’s just writing about a video game.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Watching TV, staring at Facebook, grocery shopping, cooking, hiking, exploring L.A., traveling. Sometimes these are sources of inspiration. Other times they just give me an excuse to turn my brain off for awhile.
We’re going to be putting together a slide show after the Fest, and we’d like to add your photos to it. When you get home from the Zine Fest on Sunday, join the LAZF Flickr pool and add your pictures!
In the mean time, you should also post any of your LAZF-related pictures from L.A. Zine Fest events on the pool. We’ve got some great photos up there so far, but it’d be even better if we had yours.