Before the L.A. Zine Fest, there’s a crop of good events

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It makes us really excited about the L.A. Zine Fest when tablers pull together their own events on the weekend before the big day. This year, there are a ton of things to do if you need a break from zine folding for an eternity on Friday or Saturday, or if you need to satiate your zine craving on Monday.

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

AND!

Monday, May 28, the day after L.A. Zine Fest, tablers Burn Black and Tenderspeck are hosting a reading and putting on an amazing workshop from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at The Last Bookstore.

L.A. Zine Fest 2017 Design by Paradise Khanmalek

IT’S OFFICIALLY THE ONE WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE NEXT L.A. ZINE FEST! Peep the official 2017 design created by the incredible PARADISE KHANMALEK!

Paradise says; “I enjoyed drawing a young woman of color doing arts and crafts at night to represent how the LAZF has been a great venue for women, especially women of color, to publish and distribute work that isn’t supported by the mainstream publishing, literary, or fine art world. I drew her working at night because I feel like a lot of zinesters relate to working a day job and coming home to work on your passion at night.”

Make sure to check out more of her work at https://www.pardislili.com/ and share, share, share this beautiful design! We are so excited to see it printed on posters, totes, t-shirts, stickers, and pins

LAZF mock ups

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: ERIN & ANAND

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: Erin & Anand

Find more info at: anandvedawala.com & erinmcgarry.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

This is Erin’s first time making zines and she’s chosen to express herself in two things: fruits and relationships. Of course. Anand’s zines try to document the world around him through personal experiences, observations or collaborations with friends. Basically, Erin and Anand are still trying to figure out how best to express themselves.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

This is our first time tabling at LAZF! We don’t know what the fest culture is like outside of SF Bay Area. We’re looking forward to meeting new people and being inspired by their works.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Christina Tran, Neil G. Ballard and Ed Luce.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: 51B

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

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Who: 51B

Find more info at: moneekah.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

giggles come at a cost, heh heh

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

It’s my first zine fest & I’ve created my biggest zine yet just for it.

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: THE FUNHAUS

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: The Funhaus

Find more info at: frednoland.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

I have something for everyone! My interests range so the subject matter ranges with it.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

Connecting with the audience and introducing people who don’t know me to my work.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Hmmm…I don’t get out much 🙂

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: ACTIVE MINDS CLUB

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: Active Minds Club

Find more info at: requiemforazine.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

The zines are entirely produced by high school students, and they are meant to express a patchwork of experiences and ideas in an accessible way.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

We want to show what unadorned adolescent minds look like. We are regulated in what we create in high school; we must adhere to format and polish our writing. We want to show the creativity within our uninhibited mental states, and address the necessity of indulging in that creativity.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

The Moon Zine, Rookie Mag, The Coalition Zine

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: SEE/D

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: See/d

Find more info at: www.instagram.com/seed.collective

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

We’re starting Seed Paper, a newspaper that is made by and for lbgtqia+ beings of color to publish their art and writings, both fictional and not. The idea is to have a safe digital and printed space to share ideas, community updates, tips, essays, and anything else. We’re also preparing to start a few self care zines that focus on menstrual health, healthy eating for stress, and tools for coping with mental health. Lastly, we’re going to host events and retreats to celebrate gathering, health, and community-building.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

Community. We’re excited to see old friends, meet new ones, support local artists and all the magic they make happen, and finally to be in a space that is imaginative and helps to strengthen all of our voices.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Sbtl clng, Yumi Sakugawa, Third Visions

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: ANDI SANTAGATA

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: Andi Santagata

Find more info at: www.andisantagata.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

They’re aggressively sad, aggressively honest, and (hopefully) aggressively funny. Also, they’re mostly comics and/or about being queer! (Aggressively queer.)

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

I used to live in LA (for 6 years in fact!) This is my first year away, so I’m pumped to see what’s changed and who’s around. Plus I miss elotes.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you

Julie Doucet (My New York Diary, Dirty Plotte); Alec Longstreth (Phase 7); everything Silver Sprocket puts out

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: COME FIND OUT/LEMON DROP PRESS

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: COME FIND OUT/Lemon Drop Press

Find more info at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonDropPresss?ref=l2-shopheader-name

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

We are two lady artists making zines since 2011. Our true love is comics and drawing but we include all media! Each issue is unique, organized around a theme (hair, photography, true life stories) and features work from artists all over the world! We love the strange, the serendipitous, the experimental and the sincere. We live in Oakland but try to spread the word all over!

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

Meeting our southern zine kin! Zine fests are the best part of making zines, and doing one in a new scene is a real treat

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Ara Jo, Tiny Splendor, Mixed Rice

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: BROWN AND PROUD PRESS

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: Brown and Proud Press

Find more info at: https://www.facebook.com/brownandproudpress/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

We believe that the stories and identities of people of color have been erased, and that each time we share our story we reclaim our voice and community. We believe that stories should come from the people themselves. We believe creating is healing, and through healing, we can transform our individual and collective pain. We believe zines are radical because they are an accessible medium for people to share their stories. We believe that Black people and people of color have always been at the forefront of zine making and zine culture, and have always disrupted white spaces.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

We are so excited to meet other poc zinesters who love creating, taking up space and sharing their story. It is a blessing to travel across the nation to vend our zines which carry so much of our pain, love and sweat.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Xicx Zine Collective, Yollocalli Youth who make zines and all the badass punks of color who make zines.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: JEROMY x SARAHE x NIKKO

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here.

Who: Jeromy x Sarahe x Nikko

Find more info at: http://jeromyvelasco.com/ & http://nikkothelion.com/ & http://www.saraheroman.com/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

As native Angelenos of color, we just want our work to reflect our unique individual experiences growing up within the back drop that is LA. Some ideas and themes we explore include, Queer nightlife, Anthropomorphic Noir, & Latinx excellence

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

Being able to meet & reconnect with visitors and fellow exhibitors. Last year, we had met so many wonderful souls within this community, many of which had led to collaborations, new opportunities, and lasting friendships.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Tiny Splendor, NeverPress, Unity Press