Get to Know Your Zinester: Fair Dig

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

FAIR DIG is a perzine – a journal about fighting, failure, fitness, gender, and the people and things I love. I’m also expanding into some more artsy endeavors, with photography and… I don’t know if you call it poetry or prose, because I missed that day in English class that explained the difference.

photo by Daisy Noemi

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

I scour the shelves of Skylight Books, The Last Bookstore, and Pop Hop Books, but most of my discoveries come from zine events.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?

I will be finished with COUCHED, a new release from Fair Dig Press, and it’s a poetry/prose (?!) and photography zine about love, writing, fact vs. autobiographical fiction, and how art betrays an artist’s secrets. I’m also hoping to complete FAIR DIG #3, which will look back on some of the heartbreaks that formed (or warped) my views on relationships, describe my forays into the coffee culture of L.A., and try to answer the questions about my anxieties and dread that I posed at the end of issue #2.

How did you get involved in making zines?

There are many influences I have named in various interviews, some of whom may relish the credit and perhaps others who’d prefer to deflect the blame. I read and wrote for other people’s zines for many years, but it was the folks I met through L.A. Zine Week 2012 and the first L.A. Zine Fest (both of which I was covering for my podcast Shakeytown Radio) who taught me or encouraged me through the various steps of actually writing, laying out and printing my own zine.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?

All the beautiful, creative, intelligent, kind and wonderful human beings I have met, whether they be vendors, organizers, volunteers, or attendees. The L.A. zine community, the Southern Californian zine community overall, and the various visitors from across the continent… these are my people. This is my tribe. After wandering for three decades and some change, I’ve found a home.

To find more from Brodie Foster Hubbard, check out his blog and his podcast, The Shakeytown Radio Hour.

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