Applications open now for L.A. Zine Fest 2019

Applications are open starting today for the eighth annual L.A. Zine Fest, which will be held at the Helms Bakery in Culver City on Sunday, May 26, 2019. You can apply by clicking here, or by clicking the link that says “Apply for LAZF 2019” in the menu above.

As we’ve mentioned before, 2019 will be our first time ever returning to a previous venue, and we’re excited to be returning to one of our most popular locations.

2019 will also be the first year that tables will be offered at a sliding scale to all accepted exhibitors: $0-$50 for a half table and $0-$100 for a full table. In order to be considered as an exhibitor, you still have to fill out an application, so don’t forget to apply!

Applications will close Wednesday, January 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

 

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Things to Consider When Filling Out Your LAZF Application

Hello zinesters! Applications will be open from January 2nd, 2019 at 8am PST to January 16th at 11:59 p.m.

To help, we thought we’d provide some guidelines, hints, and suggestions for those looking for tips on how to give us a better understanding of your work in your application. Here are some key Q&A style things to know:

The LAZF application mentions that tables are sliding scale cost. What does that mean?

Please refer to our sliding scale FAQ page here!

The LAZF application asks you to describe your zines in detail. What do we want to know?

  • A short summary of the content of all or the majority of the zines you’ll be selling would be amazing. We don’t know what your zine is about until you tell us or show us. Please toot your own horn and tell in rich, radiant detail what treasures we will find in your zines! 
  • Mention the prices you plan to charge for your zines. Accessible prices are a major plus. We understand zine production costs can vary depending on how your zine is made, but we encourage you to offer a diverse price range for the zines you plan to sell at the Fest.
  • We don’t have content restrictions per se, but zines that contain any kind of discriminatory/offensive content towards humxns will not be tolerated.

The LAZF application asks you for a link to a website where we can find your work

  • Please give us links that take us directly to a place where we can see pictures of your zines and/or details about what’s in them. We require at least 80% of the stuff for sale at your table to be zines, so we need to see your ZINES so we know you meet that requirement.
  • Links to your general Instagram profile page usually lead to us scrolling through many photos and never finding the zine info we were looking for. Please link directly to the Instagram posts that show us your zines and details about them.
  • Finally, please be sure to check that your links work.

The LAZF application asks you to upload specific image files of your work

  • This file can be any type; jpg, psd, pdf, png, gif, screenshots…
  • At this time, the application we use is supported through gmail, which means you have to use a gmail account to upload images. For those who don’t have a gmail account, please instead send an email to info@lazinefest.com with up to ten image files of your zines. Please use the subject line Image Files For My LAZF Application. If you have any questions about this area of the app, or are having a difficult time, please reach out!

The LAZF application asks you to estimate what percentage of the zines you’ll be selling are already complete (and what percent is still a work in progress).

  • If you have zero zines finished by application time, but hope to have 100% of your zine(s) finished by the time the Fest comes around, please consider applying with a friend or collaborator who has a greater amount of completed zines.

The application asks you what, if anything, you’ll be selling at your table that is not zines. This includes t-shirts, patches and pins, prints, and the like.

  • Again, our policy is that 80% of the things for sale at your table should be zines, and your application should give us evidence that you more than meet that requirement. If it appears that you have zero zines and only merch for sale, we are not going to accept your application.

Thank you for reading this far and applying at all. Thank you for continuing to believe in and help nurture our beautifully spectacular zine community. You got this!

-Bianca, Daisy, Kenzo, Rhea & Roxy

 

LAZF 2019 dates + application information

Thank you so much to those who have participated, volunteered, attended or have been in any way involved with LAZF! It is because of your support that in its 8th year, L.A. Zine Fest will be hosting the next Fest at Helms Bakery on Sunday, May 26, 2019.   

2019 will be the first time we will be returning to a previous venue. It will also be the first year that tables will be offered at a sliding scale to all accepted exhibitors: $0- $50 for a half table and $0-$100 for a full table!

We’ve been encouraged to create a more financially accessible event for some time, and we thank those of you who reached out to us over the years to start this conversation. We want to continue to improve L.A. Zine Fest to create a more accessible event and believe this is one important step we can take.

In order to be considered as an exhibitor, you still have to fill out an application, and because of space constraints, not all applicants will be offered a table. Vendor applications will be open for two weeks from January 2 to January 16, 2019. Please stay tuned for additional information about applications, location details, and other LAZF related news!

Finally, in support of implementing a sliding scale option, LAZF will be launching a crowdfunding campaign early 2019. Every year, exhibitor table fees go directly towards venue and table rental costs.  Our goal for this campaign is to secure funding to make sliding scale possible again in 2020. LAZF has always been run by volunteers with limited funds, so we would really appreciate your donations and shares when the campaign is officially online.

In the meantime, we’d like to echo that we welcome dialogue about L.A. Zine Fest from everyone so please email info@lazinefest.com with any questions, concerns or feedback.

For more information about sliding scale, head over here.

Warmly,

Bianca, Daisy, Kenzo, Rhea and Roxy
Your LAZF 2019 organizers

LAZF 2019 dates TBA

We’ve been getting a lot of messages and emails about 2019 dates. While we’re working hard on getting everything together for the upcoming fest, we don’t have a date yet.

Good news, though: We anticipate announcing all the details before the end of the year, so hopefully there’s not too much longer to wait!

Don’t miss F.L.O.W & AntenaMóvil at L.A. Zine Fest

This year, L.A. Zine Fest is proud to welcome back the Feminist Library on Wheels (F.L.O.W) and AntenaMóvil. Both usually bring their modified bicycles to the Fest, but each one is pretty different. We’ve set up a short intro to each one. Enjoy, and stop by to say hi on Sunday!

F.L.O.W

F.L.O.W. is a free mobile lending library of donated feminist materials for all! We try to rely on cars as little as possible to make reading and feminism accessible and fun, welcoming and exciting. We don’t tell you what feminism is, we give you a tool you can use to figure that out for yourself.

Our main branch is at the Women’s Center for Creative Work at 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, 90031. You can drop in anytime during open workspace hours when the room isn’t reserved, or during open library hours on Tuesdays and most Sundays from 10am-1pm. (We’d love to talk about opening new branches in kindred spaces too!)

Browse F.L.O.W.’s catalog online at https://www.librarycat.org/lib/F.L.O.W. (the link has to include the last period!)

Links: Facebook ; Instagram; Twitter

AntenaMóvil

Bob Holman, Vincent Medina, Odilia Romero Hernández, and Virginia Carmelo with linguist Leanne Hinton

The AntenaMóvil is an electrified retrofitted Mexican cargo tricycle that can be used in a range of ways. It has lived in backyards, public libraries, museums and independent cultural spaces, been ridden to arts and/or activist events, been the site for printmaking and bookmaking and zinemaking and storytelling workshops, and been used as a library, bookmobile, and instigator of conversation at street festivals and neighborhood events.

When it functions as a bookmobile, AntenaMóvil is most often stocked with chapbooks, zines and books that are for sale and for reading on-site. The selection focuses on small-press and DIY publications from the U.S. and Latin America, and features bilingual and multilingual works, work in translation, and innovative texts by writers of color.

Antena does not have a physical location — we work across many geographies, from our home cities of Houston and Los Angeles. AntenaMóvil currently resides in Southern California. We are excited for community-based groups to propose ways the Antenamóvil can be activated so feel free to contact us with your ideas for AntenaMóvil adventures!

Links: antenaantena.org, antenalosangeles.org  

 

 

Get to Know Your Zinester: Colette Batt

Who: Colette Batt

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
I make stories and drawings with foods as characters and simple How To Guides.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I would like them to know that they’re funny and have good art which I hand draw at my Dad’s desk.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I don’t know, but my last great read was a graphic novel called 5 Worlds.

Get to Know Your Zinester: Suicidal Goldfish

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Who: Suicidal Goldfish

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
My zines are about dreams and everyday occurrences.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I want people to know that every zine is made with so much care and in hopes that the people who add them to their collection can share them with friends. Suicidal Goldfish is a teenage love story that I enjoy writing and creating for all of us who love to read young adult fiction.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
The last zine/comic I read was “The Magic Glasses” it is about a young Latina girl trying to find her purpose in this social media obsessed world. I really enjoyed this comic, because Heidy the main character is so relatable with the type of relationship she has with her mother. The writer is Melina Chavarria and the illustrator is Jean Munson. You can follow them on instagram the_magic_glasses.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: On Planet Weird

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Who: On Planet Weird

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
Happy & colorful cartoons doing cool things like skating, road tripping, etc! Plus self-care and how to be a flight attendant zines 🙂

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Created insanely happy & cute cartoons to express all aspects of my personality. I am a flight attendant and finally have zines that showcase that part of my life.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I love 100 Punks Zine and mix CD by Robert! @robertmakes it is so creative and the mix CD is so perfectly awesome.

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