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.

For directions and details, please see the event info.

For information on what transit is in the area or where to park, check out our event FAQ.

Got a question that isn’t answered in either of those locations? Let us know in the comments.

Advertisements

Get to Know Your Zinester: Sophia Zarders

Sophia Zarders is an illustrator, comics creator, educator, and general zine queen who hails from Long Beach. In addition to designing our official art this year, they’ll be tabling at the Fest and presenting as part of the reading “Rooting For You: Celebrating the People in Our Communities Who Inspire Us“.

Who: Sophia Zarders

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I’m an illustrator and comic artist who channels my passions for the arts, pop culture, and intersectional feminism into my zines. I have a comic zine called “Jesus Freak” that I’ve been working on for almost 7 years (wowza!) My latest zine showcases my favorite trans, gnc, and women performers in the comedy scene. I’m also excited about sharing a new-ish zine about contemporary feminist artists

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I absolutely love Snatchpower & Fuck U Pay Us. I look forward to seeing them each year at zine fest and basking in their amazingness. In fact, I illustrated FUPU in my feminist artist alphabet zine! 

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m so excited to represent the magic and joy of LA Zine Fest with my artwork! I hope to meet even more amazing zinesters & zine creators at this year’s fest!

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

Get to Know F.L.O.W and Playdate

In addition to our exhibitors, L.A. Zine Fest hosts organizations that work within the zines and DIY community. Learn more about two of our presenters, the Feminist Library on Wheels and Playdate.

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 (check out our availability on our new website). 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. and come join us this July to celebrate the fifth anniversary of F.L.O.W.! More information to come on our social media: Facebook ; InstagramTwitter ; feministlibraryonwheels.com

Playdate Pop-Up Indie Games

Playdate Pop Up is a curated selection of indie games embedded within L.A. Zine Fest. Since 2016, its have curators showcased award winning interactive projects that embody the values and DIY spirit of the LAZF community. This year’s organizational team of Bee Gabriel, Bela Messex, Emi Spicer and guest judges aim to create new connections between digital and print media while sharing the work of independent game creators from all backgrounds with brand new audiences. Below is a brief overview of this year’s games. For details and media visit us at http://playdategameshow.com/2019-games/. See you at LAZF!

  • Seasons (季节)- A small interactive song inspired by road trips, beaches, and the passage of time.
  • Packing Up The Rest Of Your Stuff On The Last Day At Your Old Apartment- This game is about packing up the last room in a Chicago apartment in the summer. In first person, the player picks up their remaining belongings and Tetris-es them away into some boxes while listening to their MP3 player and the trains passing outside their window.
  • Wave Break- This project is essentially Wave Race 64 meets Tony Hawk Pro Skater. You can play multiplayer up to four players on one machine.
  • Love Eternal- This is a horror platformer with a gravity switching gimmick. Although it’s a horror game, the creator tried to lean into understatement and avoid tropes – there are no jumpscares, no rooms full of blood, and nobody has glowing red eyes. It’s designed instead to evoke a general sense of unease.
  • Robomancer_000- This very short visual novel takes place a year after two Robomancers (robot pilots) have broken up. The main character, Jyoti, must decide how they want to perform in their upcoming match (against their ex).
  • Affection Game- Affection Game is a deck that helps facilitate conversations between friends, family, and partners. The only way to win is to be vulnerable and considerate.
  • Queering Spacetime- A girl-girl dating sim card game for 2-4 players who roleplay destined lovers across the whole of space and time. Set in a pastel desert town and liminal spaces like a playground in full moonlight, it focuses on themes of whimsicality, sentiment, and a tinge of magical realism.
  • dinosaurily- Ever wanted to hug dinosaurs? As a dinosaur yourself? dinosaurily is a 2D digital single-player queerpunk dinosaur game about found family and affection where you can hug other dinosaurs, plant flowers and stickers, and freely explore different dimensions of spacetime.
  • Spindlewheel: Detective- This is a tarot-like interpretive storytelling game about examining a crime scene in a spread of cards.
  • The Parade- An interactive experience where you play as a cloaked character, exchanging masks with the individuals around you. It is meant to be a metaphor for the journey to the spirit world, and the celebrations and festivities that occur in honor of deities and the deceased in cultures across the globe. The Parade contains direct references to Lunar New Year celebrations in south and east Asian communities, as well as imagery from south American pre-hispanic folklore. The beautiful cultural meanings, visuals, and instruments are wrapped up into an experience meant to transcend boundaries and give the player an idea of how vibrant life might look like after we transcend our corporeal selves.
  • Witches Brew- Trouble is brewing in Witches Brew, a printable game of chance and strategy! Roll ingredient dice and add them to your cauldron as you rush to complete your brew before your fellow potion makers beat you to it! But be careful what ingredients you add, you might just ruin your brew and have to start over. Which witch will perfect the perfect potion?
  • Electric Zine Maker- ⚡️ Easily create, draw, write, and print zines! Folding instructions included!! ✂️ You can save them and re-import them. ️ Made with collaboration in mind.
  • Tuned Out- Tuned Out is a staticky TV transmission of chaotic arcade games. There’s a different game on every channel. Change the channel back and forth at will: To escape death; to chase victory; or just because you feel like it.
  • Wrong Box- Wrong Box is a reimagined version of what it felt like to surf the web as a teenager and what it feels like to attempt to access those spaces now. How has the experience of going online changed in the past 10-15 years? What gets preserved and what gets forgotten?

Make sure to check out F.L.O.W and Playdate at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Goo Chinaski

Who: Goo Chinaski

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines are about being lonely. So lonely you start to hallucinate answers around. G and Chabela found each other in Koreatown. Got their shit together, went to Goodwill, ate some pupusas around and found an apt in Echo Park where they’re trying to get a real job and figure out the next steps on adulthood. Between boyfriends, addiction, complexes and surveillance, they try to make it peacefully to the lake just to eat sandwiches in silence while looking at the ducks.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Jeremy Tinder, who taught me how to make comics and how I should always raise my voice no matter what. And then draw it and print it no matter what.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I won’t be around, as CBP officers really do their job these days. Even though I’m not going to be physically there, I’m super grateful and excited to put my stuff here for the first time and that G and Chabela will be around to present a bit of my work. Sending all the love and good vibes around ❤

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Indigenous Honeys

Who: Indigenous Honeys

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Indigenous Honeys is dedicated to increasing representation of Indigenous zinesters, artists, writers and storytellers. As a community-based distro, we will be selling work from Indigenous artists throughout the country. Indigenous Honeys centers Indigenous voices, experiences, realities, histories, and perspectives through creative work such as zines and illustrations. We are excited to be sharing more about Indigenous Honeys and all our amazing zine/illustrator relatives!

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

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!