L.A. Zine Fest 2017 Design by Paradise Khanmalek

IT’S OFFICIALLY THE 2 MONTH COUNTDOWN TO THE NEXT L.A. ZINE FEST! TODAY IS ALSO THE DEBUT OF 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

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Porkbelly Comics

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: Porkbelly Comics

Find more info at: porkbellycomics.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
We love food. We love our cats. And we love LA!

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
The L.A. Zine Fest is always an amazing venue with the best vendors and greatest attendees!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
1) Jaya Nicely & Jessie Nicely / 2) Chris Butzer / 3) Jen Tong

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Laurie Piña

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: Laurie Piña

Find more info at: crushedpeanut.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I make comics that look cute but I’ve been training them to go for your jugular. They might not always hit their mark, but they’ve got bite.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
I can practice raising the decibels of my mouse-whisper over the resounding din that is standard of large gatherings. Also, I enjoy paper goods and finding new people and work to get excited about. Oh, yeah, also I love Los Angeles.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
Esteemed veteran zinesters Anne Carson, Tarjei Vesaas, and Maude Hutchins.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Gentle Creeps

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: Gentle Creeps

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
We like it to keep it creepy.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Meeting new people to creep out and be creeps with!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
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Get to Know Your Zinester: Vice Versa 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

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Who: Vice Versa Press

Find more info at: http://www.viceversapress.com/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
All of the Vice Versa Press zines, prints, and limited editions are made by hand and designed in-house. Keeping up with consumer demand can be challenging.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
To receiving direct feedback on our latest product and to getting a feel for what the next wave of Maker’s Trends are. Zinesters are always ahead of the game. Trendspotting is a must.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
Aaron Cometbus, Janelle Hessig, Brontez Purnell

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Get to Know Your Zinester: L.A. GOAL

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: L.A. GOAL

Find more info at: http://www.lagoal.org

What would you like people to know about the zines you create? 
L.A. GOAL’s professional fine art, ceramics and fiber art studio Inside Out Productions creates artwork that depicts the abilities and perspectives of artists with developmental disabilities. Our zines represent the fearless pursuit of the creative endeavors of our Artists. Enjoy!

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
We can’t wait to share our wild creativity with the Los Angeles community! Through ongoing art exhibitions, Inside Out Production artists are able to share with the world the talents of people with developmental disabilities.

The act of creating something beautiful that the outside world can connect with becomes an effective tool for fostering communication, acceptance and inclusion.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: SFV Art Book Fair

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: SFV Art Book Fair

Find more info at: http://www.sfvartbookfair.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
In the pursuit to nurture the local creative community of the San Fernando Valley, 818 Arts collective has established the SFV Art Book Fair. As the forthcoming edition of SFV Art Book Fair will be held in August, we are spotlighting the talent of 818-based artists whose work spans illustration, photography, and design.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Since the SFV is often left in the margins of the Los Angeles arts community, we’re excited to meet folks and spread awareness of SFV Art Book Fair’s summer calendar. We will host a number of workshops and pop-up events in the Valley leading up to the Book Fair in August!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Lauren Lim (@cragslistpersonals), Dominick Ortiz (@dominick__ortiz), Zane Reynolds

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Ifer Moore

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: Ifer Moore (tabling as Renee Reizman and Ifer Moore)

Find more info at: Ifermoore.bigcartel.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I like dreams and my dude draws weird things so I asked him to illustrate a bunch of dreams. That taught me how to put them together and print them out. Next I wrote a political zine to pass out at the women’s march, which I’ve been selling to raise money for planned parenthood.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Obviously would love to sell some zines, but it’s cool meeting all the other zine makers and readers.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

I’m new to this zine world, so first it’s Renee because she’s my friend and the first person I knew that made a zine and now I’m tabling with her. So that’s pretty cool! All the ladies at Wasted Ink zine Distro. Talk about finding your voice! I’m also a fan of Muchacha Fan Zine.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: ZebraPizza

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: ZebraPizza

Find more info at: http://threeamigospress.tumblr.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
The eight ZebraPizza zines we have created to date range from the summer of 2014 to the winter of 2017.

Half pizza by Jon-o & half zebra by Ziba, our twenty-four page zines are created in Long Beach by newlywed co-zinesters Mr. & Mrs. Zehdar-Gazdecki!

ZebraPizza Vol.8 features the #ZebraPizzaWedding from 1.7.17. Our wedding was even coordinated by your very own LAZineFest cordinator Rhea, which made it the best Zinester wedding ever!

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Since tabling at the first L.A. Zine Fest in 2012 as ZebraRadar Zine under ¡THREE AMIGOS PRESS! I’ve seen the festival in various locations as an exhibitor and now zine librarian purchasing zines for the public library collection in Long Beach #LBPLZineLibrary! I used to be excited to table to sell my own zines #ZebraRadar & #ZebraPizza but now I’m even more excited to purchase yours!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
I am inspired by zinesters Reena Rosales of Luna in Tuna, Eye Ball Burp zinesters Mr. & Mrs. Chiu, & Influentza press zinesters Daniel Garcia & Vanessa Rosales!

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Snapshot Galleria

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: Snapshot Galleria

Find more info at: http://www.snapshotgalleria.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
The zines that we create are all inspired by life in Los Angeles. Although we each have individual zines that we create, the Snapshot Galleria collaborative zines are all based on a common theme and are shot entirely on film.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Last year’s L.A. Zinefest was our first opportunity to really interact with the community face to face and it was awesome. We look forward to tabling with some like minded people and sharing our work.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
It’s really hard to narrow the list down to just three but here it goes…Sean Maung, AppleSauce Industries, and Bloody Gums. There are many, many others who inspire us on the daily, that’s a super short list.
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