October 13th-Local Author, Francesca Lia Block Reading, Signing and Zine Workshop!

We’re very excited to announce our zine workshop in collaboration with Local Author Francesca Lia Block!!! You may know her as one of the writers of the classic (and sadly out of print) zine book Zine Scene: A Do It Yourself Guide to Zines, or possibly from her iconic “Weetzie Bat”  books!

We’d like to invite you to join us for this very special reading, signing and zine workshop! Perfect for zine beginners or veterans!  Francesca will also help run the workshop!

This Saturday October 13th at 2:30pm, this free event hosted by West L.A.’s Children’s Book World is open to teens and adults!

No need to pre-register, but you can RSVP to our Facebook event!

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Print Fest is coming!!

I really love that poster.

“The Riverside DIY Printfest is gonna be all up in your business with some fantastical zines, readings and radicalness.  This is a FREE, all ages event, so you have no excuse not to join in the shenanigans,” say organizers Angela, Annie, Alicia, and Elliot. 

Presenters like She’s Not A Morning PersonQueer Youth Visibility ProjectOMG Cow: A Comic Diary, HowdiedoodieCutie, No Girls Allowed Records, Powers of Jen, Buyindiecomics.com, Double FurZineworks (representing the queer zine scene), Bitch KingBlood Orange Infoshop Distro, Nik ManikatosMammal Chupie, and Plastic Water are confirmed, with more to come!

There will also be a display of original zines from Raymond Pettibon–Tripping Corpse #2 and #3, Freud’s Universe, Virgin Fears,  Capricious Missives, A New Wave of Violence, My Struggle for Life After Death, Other Christs, Asbestos, Captive Chains.

KUCR will be doing live screenprinting, and there will be a massive zine workshop by Zineworks, plus live readings!  (See Print Fest’s Facebook page for information on being a part of their live readings.)

Over at Double Fur Press, Victor and RDPF organizer Elliot make a convincing argument for attending.

This is the third year the print fest is happening and it’s a really cool to see something like this, especially in the Inland area. The past couple years we’ve met people from all over Southern California, and also ran into some people at L.A. Zine Fest that we met at last year’s Riverside Print Fest. I’m looking forward in seeing stuff from Queer Youth Visibility Project and No Girls Allowed Records, and readings from Sylvia (The Doktor is In) and Angela Chaos (Bitch King). We’re just happy to be a part of another nexus of creative people who are into zines and print art.

For more info or to see presenter profiles, go to DIYPRINT.org

 

Riverside DIY Print Fest
Blood Orange Infoshop
Basement of the Life Arts Buidling
3485 University Avenue
Riverside CA 92501

Rainy day occupations

How to Keep Your Husband Happy

I wish I had it committed to memory (and someone out there probably does and they’re welcome to correct me), but there’s this quote from Doris where she says that it’s our responsibility to teach ourselves the things that we never learned.   I think about it a lot, usually when I’m trying to work up the energy to read a book that’s challenging or when consoling myself after making expensive mistakes in the kitchen. But mostly, I think about how it’s our jobs to teach ourselves, sure, but that we don’t necessarily have to do it alone.  In fact, it’s almost always better if someone helps you learn.

One of the biggest advantages of DIY is that it is essentially both solitary and communal–Do It Yourself ends up being Do It Ourselves (or, as FMLY says, Do It Together) as we use our projects to connect with others and share ideas.   Two exciting organizations that really embody this community-based approach to learning are DIY Grad School and The Public School.  The Public School is currently having a series that is for people who are taking a class through Open Course Ware from MIT, which adds a nice, social element to what might otherwise be a pretty lonely online course.

It’s raining in L.A. and it will be all weekend.  Maybe I’ll tap into some of these resources.

Hunting & Gathering

Dinosaurs and Cavemen

We desire your input! We’re gathering information for our upcoming Resources page, and in addition to providing a list of places to get zines, we’d like to include some online resources where people can hone their folding skills and experiment with different zine formats.  So we ask you….


Where are your favorite free, downloadable zines?  Some of my current faves are El Skate Uruguayo Me Dio Todo from the Double Fur Press website and Tap Water from The Small Science Collective, whose amazing mission is to make science fun and accessible through zines. (They also have one on fruit flies. Know thine enemy, I say.)

And while we’re on the topic, where can a gal get a good template and some folding directions? Are there any sites out there that are better (or better looking) than the classic WikiBooks page?

Thanks for the help!

Shelf Life 2: March 24, 2012

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?)

RSVP and get event updates on Facebook

Big Saturday Night!

Alex Chiu

What a week! We made buttons, we bought TONS of zines, we saw some great live music, and we had our picture taken with a giant zine.  We hope you found some great new places to hang out or a new favorite zine!

This Saturday’s events promise to be a great way to end a week chockfull of great things to do and fun places to do them. This Saturday brings events from Alex Chiu, Champoy Hate, AND Daryl Gussin. We don’t know about you, but we are dead set on going to all three. It can be done!

Razorcake, run by Daryl Gussin

Two-two-two times the fun! : Today’s L.A. Zine Week events

We’re very excited that The Last Bookstore is going to start carrying zines.  In fact, we are so excited, we are rolling out the welcome wagon! Join the LAZF organizers in welcoming the zine section to the store Thursday, Feb. 9 during ArtWalk! This means that besides the LAZF, there will be coffee from the new DBA Pour Over Bar in the store and all the regular ArtWalk madness, like food trucks and free wine and cheese somewhere.

The L.A. Zine Fest organizers will be passing out flyers and postcards, and may have candy!

If ArtWalks aren’t your thing, consider dropping by the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, where Daryl Gussin and Rebecca Inducil are teaching you how to make a zine for FREE! This workshop will take you through not only the mechanics of assembly but also help you develop content to fill your beautiful zine pages.