Get to Know Your Zinester: Yumi Sakugawa

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

Short comic stories and illustrated essays about the cosmos, meditation, longing, memory, and time. Personal anxieties, desires and dreams disguised in the form of beta fish, one-eyed monsters, bunny ghosts, teenage girls and extraterrestrial visitors.

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?

Skylight Books in Los Feliz has a great zine section in their Arts Annex store next to the main bookstore. I have been selling my zines at their bookstore for almost the last two years, and they are incredibly supportive of the local self-publishing zine scene. I also love the tight curation of the zines and comics available at Seite Books in East Los Angeles.

Outside of bookstores, my favorite way to discover new zines in Los Angeles is through zine conventions and zine events. I’m looking at you, L.A. Zine Fest / Eastside Zine Market.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?

I’m working on a comic story about a young woman who is anxious about revealing to her parents back home that she had just gotten very intensive cosmetic surgery. Without giving too much away, the story includes and is not limited to: Instagram, nail art, tiny bears, elephants and intergenerational immigrant family dynamics.

How did you get involved in making zines?

I made my first coimc zine in 2008 before i even knew what a zine was. And then two years later I had the good fortune of making friends with artists who were very involved in the zine community, and that was when I learned for the first time that people actually went to different zine conventions in different cities sharing their zines with other zine-makers from all over the country. I went to my first zine convention in Sacramento in 2010 and I have been hooked ever since.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?

As someone who is about to exhibit at L.A. ZIne Fest for the third year in a row, this is a very difficult question for me to answer. So I’m just going to list everything that I love about L.A. Zine Fest because I think they are all worth mentioning.

* The amazing programming and coordination of all the LAZF organizers. The amazing LAZF organizers themselves. Seriously, you guys fucking rock. I wish I could give all of you long-hand staplers made of solid gold.

* The intimate zine fest readings that take place on the eve of LAZF (I hope you guys are doing that again this year!). As an exhibitor I sometimes miss out on having the chance to properly explore all the other tables at the event so I love having this special opportunity to really focus on other zine-makers’ works in a communal setting without the constant distraction of selling my own stuff.

* Making new zine friends, discovering new favorite zine titles, recharging my inspiration to make more cool things.

* The unbelievable positive energy in the air from start to finish. The physical proof that L.A. is capable of having nice things.

Check out more from Yumi Sakugawa on her website!

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