Mixtape Swap, anyone??

Art by Darya Farhoodi

Come one, come all to the 6th Annual Mixtape Swap on Saturday, December 27! Zine readings, live music, snackies, and, of course, a MIXTAPE SWAP. All the bands and readers and details you could possibly want are on the Facebook event, so check it out! It’s $5 at the door and proceeds help keep the L.A. Zine Fest free.


Mark Your Calendars: LAZF 2015 is February 15

Photo by Daisy Noemi

Oh man, the last several months have been a roller coaster. We had a venue, we lost our venue, we looked for a new venue, and now we’ve finally got one and it’s a really, really good space! L.A. Zine Fest 2015 will be taking place on Sunday, February 15 from 11 am to 5 pm in Glassell Park.  As we’d mentioned a little over a week ago, applications will be going up on December 1, so get PUMPED.

A small update about LAZF 2015 dates and registration

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about LA Zine Fest–when it is, how to apply, etc. Thank you!

The date of this year’s Fest and the date when applications will go up have not been announced yet, so don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything!

We’ll have a lot more information about the official Zine Fest date and applications soon, and when we do, we’ll be blasting it on our Facebook, Tumblr, InstagramTwitter, and of course, here at LAZineFest.com.

Thanks for your patience and especially for your interest in LA Zine Fest!

(Note This information also appeared in our most recent newsletter, and on our Facebook, Twitter, social media outlets. So if it looks familiar….) 


Visit the LA Zine Fest Zine Library During Echo Park Rising

echo chamber

This weekend is the free music festival Echo Park Rising, and the Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters has events AND the LA Zine Fest zine library–usually a traveling library that’s found its first-ever brick-and-mortar home at the artspace. The Echo Chamber will be hosting awesome workshops and will have a window display of animatronic cats during the festival. More information on what’s happening in the Chamber during Echo Park Rising is here. Hope to see you in the library!

Pre-Order Your LAZF 2014 t-shirt with the official art by Mike Jasorka!


Pre-order your t-shirt today for $15 and pick it up at the LAZF merch table on the day of the Fest! This design comes to us from LA cartoonist Mike Jasorka of Bombshell Comics, and is the official design for this year’s Fest. If you can’t pick up the t-shirt, we can mail it to you (for additional shipping and handling) after the day of the Fest–but you secure your shirt when you order in advance, so don’t be left cold and shirtless.  Here’s what the design looks like without a t-shirt–you’ll be seeing it around town on postcards and flyers really soon!

San Diego-based Mobile Zine Library asking for donations!

mobile zine library

Lisa Y. Mendez of Uno Foto zine needs donations–yours or any zines you don’t read so much anymore–to get her mobile library up and running.  As she writes,

…There’s mobile food trucks, mobile fashion trucks, mobile tattoo trucks (just saw one last week!)

So, I decided I want a Mobile Zine Library! I don’t have a truck, but being mobile doesn’t require a big ol’ truck.

Anyhow, I need some help starting it. I’ve got a fair amount of zines now, but I’d love to have an even greater variety to lug around and share.

I plan on having the first Mobile Zine Library “event” near the end of November (location TBA in San Diego), but I will also be visiting my hometown of El Paso, TX and plan on sharing the zine love there too.

Feel free to email me with more questions!

What a great way to get some new zines! I hope to see this zinemobile on the streets between San Diego and El Paso soon.

Don’t miss: IE Zine Fest reading this Saturday!

The IE Zine Fest is tomorrow, and if you’re going to be there, be sure to catch their reading, hosted by Angela of Zineworks. Readers will include LA-based cartoonist/photographer Tori Holder, Sarah Bitely (“Pimpkillah“), Rebecca Cruz, illustrator/sequetial artist Yumi Sakugawa, poet Ariel Zitny, Jen Venegas (“She’s Not A Morning Person“), and Brodie Foster Hubbard (“Fair Dig“). Readings are my favorite way to find new zines–check it out!

Call for submissions: LA Zine Fest Guide To L.A.

Every year, LA Zine Fest puts out a comp zine from your submissions about anything and everything L.A.-related. This year, we’d like to focus on THE NEW.

city goat

Progress and change are constants, especially in this town, so we’re sure you’ve got plenty to talk about. What’s something on your To Do In L.A. list that you’ve recently crossed off?  “New” can definitely mean new to you— something that you just found out about/did/saw/accomplished in the city. Remember, we don’t just want to read about your discoveries, we’d love to see them, too; we are always looking for submissions of photography, comics and illustrations!

We’ll be accepting submissions until January 1, 2014, so if you’re stuck in a rut, you’ve got time and a reason to break out of it.

Submission details: Please keep text submissions under 800 words. Images may be any size but may be resized to best fit a half-page print zine.  Keep in mind that the final zine will be black and white. Submissions may be subject to a review process; depending on how many submissions we get, it’s possible we will not be able to accept all submissions for the final printed version.

All submissions should be emailed to bianca@lazinefest.com by January 1, 2014. Please include “LAZF Guide” in the subject line!