We’re fundraising!

This year, for the first time ever, we were able to offer sliding scale table fees for our exhibitors. It was a big step for us to take, and something we’d been wanting to do for a while.

To help us cover costs this year and next—and hopefully to be able to offer sliding scale fees in the future—we are asking you all to contribute what you can to our crowdfunding campaign.

Learn more about our campaign here!

The link above also offers a bit more info about what it costs to put on our zine fest every year, as well as how and why we made the choice to do sliding scale.

We appreciate your sharing the campaign and telling your friends! If you are able to make a donation, every bit helps and we truly appreciate it!

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Get to Know Your Zinester: sparklebutch

Who: sparklebutch

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I try to make at least one portion of each zine interactive for the reader so it feels like a two-way street between me as a creator and you as a reader.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
My roommate @Chateau_Cat has had a huge impact on the amount and type of art I’ve included in my zines. I used to be very hesitant to include original drawings in my zines because I just “wasn’t good” at drawing, but they helped me realize I just have a certain style and to put it out there.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m so excited to see what the L.A. zine scene is like, and how it’s similar and different from the Bay Area scene!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Eunsoo Jeong (Koreangry)

Who: Eunsoo Jeong of Koreangry

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Koreangry zines share my own experience and struggle of living as a Korean-American immigrant woman in Los Angeles. This zine series started after the 2016 election to cope with anxiety and depression.

Using handmade puppet of bold, ruthless, raw, “angry” alter-ego character, I am able to express myself more freely in my zine. I experiment with comics, writing, poems, and photos of the character in made-up scenes to create sarcastic and twisted humor of my daily life. The new issue #6 will feature my overwhelming experience of visiting my home country in 15 years.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Carolina Hicks (SBTL CLNG)! I first met her in person and her work a couple of years back in a local small print event. Her work touched my core for the rawness of the work. Her drawings are fun yet sincerely honest, her writings and used images are thought-provoking, and each zine explored for different things, and it made me feel inspired to experiment and push boundaries. To this day, I often read her zines over and over!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Engaging with other zine-makers and connecting with crowds! Since I live in LA, I’m happy to present my work and be part of the city that hosts this incredibly well-organized event. The organizers did a great job including many diversity and inclusion for the event, and I am happy to be participating in it.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Ivy Rose Zines

Who: Ivy Rose Zines

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Since my zines all fall into the category of a perzine I’m always trying to grow as a person and I hope that translates with each new perzine I make. Both in terms of artwork, storytelling, and my outlook on the world.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Definitely Asswipe zine by Vanessa X for giving perzines so much recognition in the Bay Area, Mission Mini Comix for spreading Harm Reduction messages through comic form, d.s.press because no one writes zines like they do, and finally Deth P. Sun because I’ve loved the stuff they’ve made for so long.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Coming back to my Southern California community and sharing all the zines I’ve made during my time so far in the Bay. I’m also looking forward to drawing free portraits of lovely SoCal folks.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Uyen Nguyen

Who: Uyen Nguyen

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I make zines about self-care, every day life, for the eco-conscious folks, and random, whimsical illustrations. Zines are made using recycled and repurposed products with a mix media of ink, watercolors, and homemade natural dyes.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Supernova x Epicuriosity

Who: Supernova x Epicuriosity

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Coming from a background in experimental animation, we are drawn to sequential narratives and are attracted to the immediacy of zine making and autonomy of creation and distribution they allow. We decided to explore this space because we were able to enter into a rich discourse surrounding the themes of cultural and political identity, self care and the idea of home and what it means to ‘belong’.

As we move through our journey and use our personal work as a tool to make sense of a rapidly changing cultural and political landscape we are excited to meet other travelers where their journey intersects with ours.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Yumi Sakugawa & Two Photon are two of our favorite artists and zine makers. We love the way they’ve intertwined topics of the self with incredibly intricate illustrations and heartfelt anecdotes. We admire Two Photon’s ingenuity and personal brand and Yumi’s whimsical and nuanced character narratives.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We are excited about meeting other local zinesters and trading artwork and zines in addition to checking out the talks and panels this year. We are also particularly excited to see a more inclusive exhibitor list because of the sliding scale table pricing.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Kels Choo

Who: Kels Choo

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My work ranges in a variety of mediums and content, but all of it comes from a personal place. Whether it’s informational or narrative, my ideas are sparked by conversations or feelings I’ve had.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Artists Yumi Sakugawa and Ashley Ronning have been some of my favorites. Their work is completely different in style, but their work really invites you to explore and experiment with techniques and ideas.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Meeting other zinesters and seeing their work!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: 2cents Zine

Who: 2cents Zine

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines address social issues and in general urge people to find positivity in themselves and to hopefully inspire others to put positivity out into the world. My first zine offers random acts of kindness that you can do to help make a stranger smile. Another mini zine gives you a chance to find a hero.

Zines are a snapshot of society and I think it is an important medium to preserve for others to read and learn from. It adds to our cultural identity through the representation of individuals or groups in our society, especially marginalized groups of people. My son loves to draw so he will be selling some of his (mostly Pokemon) artwork at the table too.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I was visiting the Multnomah County Public Library in downtown Portland and I came across their zine collection. I randomly picked one up that had handwriting that intrigued me. It was a zine made by incarcerated women and it really struck me as an incredible medium for people to express themselves, even behind bars and to be able to share their stories from within a library setting. Zine librarianship has become an obsession of mine and now I volunteer with the Long Beach Public Library special collections of zines.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I look forward to seeing Mount Zine and This Goth Bitch again. I’m also excited to meet Stevie Wilson and SDSU Zine Club whom I have been recently following on Twitter. I went last year to LAZF as a visitor, so I’m really excited to be back with a table to showcase some of my zines and art.

Make sure to check out 2cents Zine’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Nicole Goux & Dave Baker

Who: Nicole Goux & Dave Baker

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I make zines and comics. I love the fact that you can make a zine and have it exist in a physical form with a relatively small amount of money. It’s the most immediate artform.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Oh, there’s so many. I really love Youth In Decline’s Frontier series. It takes the best emerging artists and gives them space to tell personal stories or showcase they’re artwork. It’s very inspiring.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
The thing I love about L.A. Zine Fest is that I always discover new artists. Zines are amazing because anyone can do it. And because its so accessible, there’s not always a centralized place to find new zines. Zine Fest is perfect for that.

Make sure to check out Nicole Goux & Dave Baker’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: uxo architects

Who: uxo architects

What would you like people to know about your zines?
We just published our first zine as uxo architects, Architectural Labor, earlier this year. As a worker-owned business, we want to start a conversation about the labor that goes into building architecture. As a profession we owe it to ourselves to discuss both the beautiful and the mundane aspects that make up our day-to-day practice.

At our table we’ll also have zines by other progressive architecture organizations, including The Architecture Lobby, an organization that advocates for the value of labor in architecture, Womxn in Design, Harvard’s student organization committed to advancing gender equity in architecture, and Free Association Magazine, a Seattle-based zine that fights for bottom-up architecture.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
In terms of direct precedent and inspiration for what we’re doing, Free. Ass. Mag. was the zine that showed us that there was an audience for architecture zines. Our content draws inspiration from the work that Gato Negro Ediciones does out of Mexico City.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We’re looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing all of the west coast zines… Even though we’ve been in California a few years we’re still more familiar with the mid-west and east coast.

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