Thank you!

We are still recovering but we wanted to say thank you to all the exhibitors and volunteers who work hard to make the fest happen, and to everyone who came out to the event on Sunday. We couldn’t do it without all of you!

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Get to Know Your Zinester: SLUR

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: SLUR

Find more info at: slurzine.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?

I make zines as a convoy for pure thought. I feel the presence of complete expression and creation when making a zine and viewing the final product. It feels natural. It feels like giving birth. It feels like a quantum bounce. Like the blossoming of a universe. When I strike pen to paper or crease that fold or slam staplers, I am in possession of an arcane act known as memory. I create zines of memory.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?

I’m looking forward to tabling for the first time in my life. It’s a strange experience to come from attending LAZF 2016 to tabling the next year. I sincerely feel that my productivity has payed off. Blessed.

Also the expectation of meeting so many artists and collectors and voyeurs is exciting. To communicate via art is the most sensual experience and I can’t wait to immerse myself in the communal love for creation.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
I’m not sure if I would consider them zinesters, but comic makers, art book creators, there are so many who inspire me. Mainly Sarah Horrocks, who’s works dip into the horrendous beauty of the body and the deconstruction of the real. Her demonic line work and dense writing are truly a gift.
Julia Gfrorer is another artist who’s work inspires me because she projects the horrific and depressive moments in daily life with such ease. Her line work is graceful, fluid, her stories obsessive and cruel, but she encourages me to pursue the line as a sacrificial output.
Lastly, I look to Jake Terrel, who I recently discovered. His buoyancy with characters and art is truly an awe to behold. The joyousness he expresses through delineation is reminiscent of those childhood days spent imagining stories in my backyard. He reveals the enviousness of dreamy wonderlands lost in memory. Terrel is magic and thus inspires magic.
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Get to Know Your Zinester: Holy Demon Army Distro/Black Metal of the Americas

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: Holy Demon Army Distro/Black Metal of the Americas

Find more info at: holydemonarmy.storenvy.com/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I try to write and publish zines about niche cultures in ways that are approachable, even if one doesn’t have a huge background or interest in said subculture. For instance, Pro Wrestling Feelings is about the emotional resonance of pro wrestling, rather than analyzing the finer points of a Jushin Lyger match.

Folks have contributed pieces about the way their pro wrestling fandom has impacted their concepts of gender, of sexuality, how they’ve used wrestling to inspire themselves, or console themselves during periods of grief.

Black Metal of the Americas takes a similar approach, though the focus is more on interviews w/bands, academics, journalists, and so forth. I’m still trying to get at the root of a fandom, not ask about tour stories or pedal configurations.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
I’ve never tabled at a coastal zine fest, and L.A. is one of my favorite places to visit.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

1. e. war, who put together a zine called “Thumb Tacks & Razor Blades: Pro Wrestling Fans Confess,” which was one of the major inspirations for PWF– there’s a fantastic essay in there about HBK that just blew me away.

2. Robert Newsome, the editor of the Atomic Elbow. I first found Robert’s zines in Quimby’s, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. His zines are thoughtful, funny, and studiously well-curated. He’s become a friend over the years, and I’m still in awe of how casually disarming his writing can be.

3. Jessie Lynn McMains, or Rust Belt Jessie– the Poet Laureate of Racine, WI, my hometown. Jessie’s zines are fierce and brave and filled with blood and motion. They’re an escape and a reflection at the same time.

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Before the L.A. Zine Fest, there’s a crop of good events

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It makes us really excited about the L.A. Zine Fest when tablers pull together their own events on the weekend before the big day. This year, there are a ton of things to do if you need a break from zine folding for an eternity on Friday or Saturday, or if you need to satiate your zine craving on Monday.

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

AND!

Monday, May 28, the day after L.A. Zine Fest, tablers Burn Black and Tenderspeck are hosting a reading and putting on an amazing workshop from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at The Last Bookstore.

Get to Know Your Zinester: tenderspeck

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

 

Who: tenderspeck

Find more info at: instagram.com/tenderspeck

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
They are honest and from a place of love. It is scary for me to put them out into the world, but it feels good to share them.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Making new friends/penpals & getting some rad zines!!! lots of inspiration to take back to Ohio with me and share with the community.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
Elise Bee, Rita Sapunor, Sarah Grace Gladstone

Get to Know Your Zinester: Friends with PUNefits / Durham Zine Fest mini-distro

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: Friends with PUNefits / Durham Zine Fest mini-distro

Find more info at: https://punefits.tumblr.com/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Only the finest puns and knock-knock jokes! Plus meditations on exes and news from the apocalypse. Plus I’ll be distro’ing new poetry and essays by Tara Jayakar and friends (https://raptorediting.com/experience/chapbooks/mack/) and art, comics, dog memes, and more from Molly Russell and Katherine Gottsegen, the organizers of Durham Zine Fest (http://katherinegottsegen.bigcartel.com/).

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Seeing all you beautiful people!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
Eroyn Franklin, Gina Wynbrandt, Sarah Leitten

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Tyler Cohen

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: Tyler Cohen

Find more info at: http://www.primazonia.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
My comix mix multiple voices: surrealism (the Primazons), autobiography (MamaPants), and exploratory bits about language.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
Opportunity to get to know new creators and new readers.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Ajuan Mance, Liz Mayorga, Eric Kostiuk Williams

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Donut.LA

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: Donut.LA

Find more info at: http://www.donut.la

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
My zines usually come from doodles I make people-watching or thinking through an experience/idea that I want to share! I can be kind of shy, so being Donut helps me be my honest, fat, disgusting, self-hating/loving, empathetic, and silly self. Doesn’t everybody feel that way eating doughnuts? : )

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
I’ve never tabled a zine fest before!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

1) Tiny Splendor. 2) Ingrid Mouth. 3) MOIRA SCAR. And 4) Hana who wrote “The Worst Year of My Life.” I don’t know you, Hana, but I’m glad your zine made its way into my life!

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Eileen Chavez

For this survey, we asked each LAZF 2017 exhibitor to answer a few questions and share a picture of themselves and where they make their work. You can see more exhibitors’ answers here

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Who: Eileen Chavez

Find more info at: greenmango227.tumblr.com

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
most of my zines come from a place of processing and unlearning pain. they are meant to be comforting and offer new landscapes for their readers (and myself) to escape to.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
I’m excited to crawl out into the sun, support fellow DIY/queer/poc artists, get my hands all over some new inspiring scribbles.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
Sbtl Clng, Tommi Parrish, Daria Tessler, (&the incredible organizers of PZS: A’misa Chiu/Simon Sotelo/Liz Yerby/Erika Rier/ Kasheena-Going Places Zine)

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