L.A. Zine Fest 2018 applications are open

Hear ye, hear ye! As of right now, applications to table at L.A. Zine Fest 2018 are open. We will be accepting applications until January 19 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

If this is your first time applying, or you’re looking to strenthen your application, we put together a post with some tips for you.

*Click here to go to the application*

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Things to Consider for the LAZF Application

Hello zinesters! Applications will open up on January 10, 2018—so soon!— and close on Janaury 19 at 11:59 p.m.

To help, we thought we’d provide some guidelines, hints, and suggestions for those who’ve never applied and for others who are looking to improve their applications. Here are some key things to know:

Our application asks you to describe your zines in detail. What do we want to know?

  • A short summary of the content of all or the majority of the zines you’ll be selling would be amazing. We don’t know what your zine is about until you tell us or show us. Please toot your own horn and tell in rich, radiant detail what treasures we will find in your zines! 
  • Mention the prices you plan to charge for your zines. Accessible prices are a major plus. We understand zine production costs can vary depending on how your zine is made, but we encourage you to offer a diverse price range for the zines you plan to sell at the Fest.
  • We don’t have content restrictions per se, but zines that contain any kind of discriminatory/offensive content towards humxns will not be tolerated.

The LAZF application asks you to share specific links that tell us more about your zines.

  • Please give us links that take us directly to a place where we can see pictures of your zines and/or details about what’s in them. We require at least 80% of the stuff for sale at your table to be zines, so we need to see your ZINES so we know you meet that requirement.
  • Links to your general Instagram profile page usually lead to us scrolling through many photos and never finding the zine info we were looking for. Please link directly to the Instagram posts that show us your zines and details about them.
    • Example of a bad Insta link
      • Why is this bad? It is a link to a full profile. We would have to scroll through every photo on this thing and hope that there are details about your zines in there.
    • Example of a good Insta link
      • Why is this a good link? It is link directly to a picture of a zine that someone is (theoretically) selling and it includes a short description of that zine.
  • Don’t have an Instagram or website? No sweat. You can upload images/gifs/short videos of your zines straight to Google Drive and share that URL on your application. (If this is a concern for you, feel free to reach out to us at info@lazinefest.com)
  • Finally, please be sure to check that your links work. Dead links are such a let-down!

The LAZF application asks you to estimate what percentage of the zines you’ll be selling are already complete (and what percent is still a work in progress).

  • If you have zero zines finished by application time, but hope to have 100% of your zine(s) finished by the time the Fest comes around, please consider applying with a friend or collaborator who has a greater amount of completed zines.

The application asks you what, if anything, you’ll be selling at your table that is not zines. This includes t-shirts, patches and pins, prints, and the like.

  • Again, our policy is that 80% of the things for sale at your table should be zines, and your application should give us a buttload of evidence that you more than meet that requirement. If it appears that you have zero zines and only merch for sale, we are not going to accept your application.

Thank you for reading this far and applying at all. Thank you for continuing to believe in and help nurture our beautifully spectacular zine community. You got this!

-Bianca, Daisy, Kenzo, & Roxy

*This post was originally posted in 2016, but we’ve updated it to reflect new application information.*

Thank you!

We are still recovering but we wanted to say thank you to all the exhibitors and volunteers who work hard to make the fest happen, and to everyone who came out to the event on Sunday. We couldn’t do it without all of you!

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: Moneekah

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: Moneekah

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