Since the first L.A. Zine Fest in 2012, this annual event has always been organized by volunteers. This year, we’re welcoming a new organizer, Roxy Morataya, to the lineup. Meet your LAZF 2018 organizers:
Daisy was first introduced to zines in San Diego after attending a swap. She now makes her own showcasing photographed works and illustration.
She lives in the neighborhood of Hollywood with an adorable kitty cat who likes to help in the Fest organizing process by stepping on all of the things. Her advice to aspiring zine makers is to believe in yourself and everything else will fall into place.
Roxy is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, currently living in West Los Angeles. The content that gets put into Roxy’s zines are steeped in personal musings, and the celebration and empowerment of human beings from all walks of life.
She uses her zines as a way to reach out to communities who have been shunned and stigmatized by the cis-het, white-favoring mainstream.
Her journey into art-making came about when she realized at a young age that she rarely or seldom saw characters who looked like her. As she got older, her love of drawing became her career path, and discovered the power of zines through volunteering at the first LAZF. Roxy went on to make the official art for L.A. Zine Fest 2015. This is her first year as an organizer.
Kenzo is a multi-disciplined, Los Angeles based artist and community organizer, active in various underground art circles. He first became aware of zines through a graffiti zine from Hawaii and was attracted to the idea of communities of artists from around the world trading and sharing life experiences, ideas and perspectives.
Kenzo is the art director of the youth arts non-profit, J.U.i.C.E., which serves the Downtown and Koreatown areas with free arts programing. His most recent zine, Midnight Language, is a collection of works focused on the culturally suppressed histories of underground peoples’ movements.
Bianca first heard about zines from her best friend, who suggested that she turn all her weird stories into a self-published booklet. She’s made a handful of zines since then but has definitely allowed zinemaking to take a backseat to zine fest organizing. She’s not proud of it, but hey, it happens.
Every year, she sees the hundreds of incredible tablers at the Fest and feels a rush of pride that she was able to help all these talented, remarkable people find a place to meet each other and share their work.
She’s hoping that this year is the year she’ll finish a zine of interviews about two temporary DIY event spaces that popped up in the summer of 2014.