About Us 2012-2016

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. We aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. We believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together in one place to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

The inaugural year of L.A. Zine Fest featured over 100 exhibitors selling their zines and comics, and over 1,500 attendees. With workshops on topics such as how to run your own DIY music venue, and keynote speakers Henry Rollins and V. Vale, L.A. Zine Fest 2012 established itself as the event for zinesters, comix fans, and DIY enthusiasts alike, and we hope to keep bringing great gatherings to Los Angeles for years to come.

On February 15, 2015, 200 exhibitors of zines and small press publications and thousands of visitors got together for the fourth annual, free, all-ages, open-to-the-public L.A. Zine Fest.


2 (1)Daisy Noemi  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 koreatown 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. daisy@lazinefest.com
Rhea Tepp
first discovered zines in her late teens, while visiting friends in Olympia, Washington, near her hometown of Seattle. She has lived in Los Angeles for the past fourteen years where she is an active musician, writer and creative weirdo. The community supporting zine culture is as important to her as the actual zine itself, a fact that can be attributed to her desire to help organize L.A. Zine Fest. Her most recent zine, Quick Fix, is a 5 issue series of mini comix solving all of life’s problems. rhea@lazinefest.com
KenzoKenzo Martinez 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/koreatown area 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.