L.A. Zine Fest is Sunday, May 26!

Official art by Sophia Zarders

Whoa, the eighth annual L.A. Zine Fest is officially just a week away. We’re gearing up for a day of about 200 zinesters sharing their work, free workshops and panels, art installations, interactive exhibits, and more.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Moriah Benton

Who: Moriah Benton

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I’m really bad about keeping a single sketchbook, so in a lot of ways my zines begin as a collection of loose ideas and drawings that get workshopped into a little themed sketchbook of their own. It’s a space where I feel like my overlapping interests in comics, cutesy culture, journaling, the horror genre, and social justice are able to translate more cohesively because I’m not as worried about creating some grand masterpiece and can get lost in the act of making.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Ah, so hard to narrow down!! One I’ve been revisiting a lot lately is Natalie Andrewson’s Swim Team Superstar. It’s such a loving depiction of a childhood interest, plus there’s so much care in the riso printing and the playlist included with the zine. She calls it a “deeply nostalgic, indulgent comic,” and it does not disappoint!!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’ve been making zines for about 5 years but this year is both the first time I’ve hosted a collaborative fanzine (Queer Babes of Cartoons) and the first time I’m tabling at LAZF, so I’m super excited to be able to share this project that other artists and I put so much love into with our peers.

Make sure to check out Moriah Benton’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Max Yu

Who: Max Yu

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Most of my zines are very personal, and I think it’s awesome how a tiny part of me gets to live in a tiny book and other people can just hold this tiny personal artifact in their hands.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
The first zine I remember encountering was Suicidal Goldfish. I found it in my school’s library which had a section for zines, and I remember thinking like, Wow this is dope. This is cool art that doesn’t have to be bound to whatever is clean and published in a nicely bound book. DIY doesn’t make the quality less, in fact I think the charm of zines is that the DIY aspect makes it even better! Looking up Suicidal Goldfish online led me to the L.A. Zine Fest which I’ve been to for the past two years, and now I’m excited to finally be tabling at it!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
All of the energy! I feel like there’s just this current of excitement as people get to see all these of these uniquely individual zines.

Make sure to check out Max Yu’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Monica Leal Cueva

Who: Monica Leal Cueva of Tacos de Luna

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines are the result of my exploration of my internal world through music, collage and digital art, but also, of the literal exploration of my surroundings by weekdays trip driving through Los Angeles or through roadtrips to desolate towns in California.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Epoch Art is a zinester who continually impacts me because of the dedication he towards the creation of his artwork and the commitment he has with making it be of the best quality possible.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
At L.A. Zine Fest I look forward to debuting two new zines and having a great time at the event with my fellow artists.

Make sure to check out Tacos de Luna’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Yonsei Press

Who: Yonsei Press

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Yonsei Press is an independent publishing project, created by Annie Soga, that publishes and distributes zines and other printed matter.

The overarching themes of YP’s publications are history and storytelling, with particular interest paid to narratives that have yet to be told in the zine community. This begins with stories of the Japanese American experience, as well as those of the Japanese diaspora at large.

YP strives to create and support projects that are of high craft and deep content, producing thoroughly researched, visually-conscious works. Printing in limited editions allows for a dynamic and continuously growing catalog representing a multitude of ideas, aesthetics, and authors.

The very first (and brand new!) publication by YP will be debuting at LAZF. It is the first issue in a planned series called Extraordinary Nikkei, which are short illustrated biographies about lesser known figures in the history of the Japanese diaspora. Issue #1 chronicles the life of Wendy Yoshimura, an artist and activist involved in the student movement of the early 1970s, and who eventually became an accomplice of kidnapped San Francisco heiress Patty Hearst.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I absolutely adore fellow LAZF exhibitors MOUNT ZINE, hailing from Tokyo. They are a distro, and by tabling at zine fests in the US, they’ve given American audiences unique access to the incredible self-publishing work happening in Japan right now. You don’t need to read Japanese to appreciate how beautiful these zines are, as they’ve curated a thoughtful collection of creative, artistic works. I always end up buying the most at LAZF from their table, and I’m excited to see them again this year!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’ve tabled at LAZF before, but this is my new press’s debut year! I’m looking forward to the reception it gets, and to sharing more about this new project with everyone.

Make sure to check out Yonsei Press’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: diasporan savant press

Who: diasporan savant press

What would you like people to know about your zines?
they are very interesting and perfectly imperfect, like me!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
within the first few months of my sobriety, I had the extreme fortune of stumbling upon doris press’ zine, filling the void, about alternative paths to recovery from drinking and using. while I was definitely looking for a bit more melanin (as always), that zine really changed my perception of zines before that point and helped me incubate my fledgling dreams about sobriety my way. I still have my copy by my bed to this day, and I’ll always be grateful for it.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
reconnecting with my Cali zine family (just moved to Brooklyn)!

Make sure to check out diasporan savant press’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: unradmotions

Who: unradmotions

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines contain illustrations & more that are all emotionally driven. They embody my dreams and worries through drawings and text.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
There’s too many to count… but lately i’ve been digging up huge inspiration from works by Rubbish, Hatepaste, and Ignored Prayers. They’re all amazing creators, seriously.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m stoked to meet other creators and add some new works to my zine collection~

Make sure to check out unradmotions’ table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Young Artivist Lab

Who: Young Artivist Lab

What would you like people to know about your zines?
A program of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network‘s re-entry initiative, the Young Artivists Lab is an experiential, project-based learning program for formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted youth to engage in advocacy, activism, and community building through the arts.

The Young Artivists Lab works together for 12 weeks to collaboratively create an arts-based community engagement project, guided by AIYN staff and Teaching Artists from AIYN member organizations. The Teaching Artistry for these zines and print media was provided by the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, WriteGirl/Bold Ink Writers, ArtworxLA, and Inner-City Arts!

Make sure to check out Young Artivist Lab’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Yes, Ma’am

Who: Yes, Ma’am

What would you like people to know about your zines?
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Yes, Ma’am was conceived by Elle Minter and Suzy González in San Marcos, TX in October 2011. Through DIY publishing, we provide a free speech platform for feminist dialogues and artwork. Our compilation zines include a range of creative output including poetry, comics, rants, and recipes. We accept submissions from just about anyone, as long as it’s positive and affirmative for womxn and non-binary folx.


Yes, Ma’am is an intersectional feminist press out of Texas that prints small-editioned independent zines, including Yes, Ma’am zine and the Microzine of Microaggressions. We amplify underrepresented voices worldwide by publishing zines and engaging with our communities. We employ fourth-wave feminism – a sociopolitical movement that highlights the links between oppressions of all forms – to dismantle supremacy. We’ll be releasing Issue 13: Queer AF at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest!!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Warship zine for inventive technical/printing inspiration.
Mimi Nguyen’s Evolution of a Race Riot for political content inspiration.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We look forward to showing LA what we’ve been up to the last few years since we tabled at L.A. Zine Fest in 2016. We also hope to connect more with LA zinesters/artists! And we’re excited to check out everyone’s work and support DIY economies!

Make sure to check out Yes, Ma’am’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Donna’s Load

Who: Donna’s Load

What would you like people to know about your zines?
We provide materials for making and creating zines including vintage and retro magazines, art books, childrens books, brochures, weird pamhlets, coffee table booklets, stationery, selected clips and cut-outs and more! + we will have art/collage/picture zines from friends

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I hope to meet another porn star.. I met one at 2017 zinefest (Uma Jolie) and she asked me what a zine was

Make sure to check out Donna’s Load’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!