Don’t miss F.L.O.W & AntenaMóvil at L.A. Zine Fest

This year, L.A. Zine Fest is proud to welcome back the Feminist Library on Wheels (F.L.O.W) and AntenaMóvil. Both usually bring their modified bicycles to the Fest, but each one is pretty different. We’ve set up a short intro to each one. Enjoy, and stop by to say hi on Sunday!

F.L.O.W

F.L.O.W. is a free mobile lending library of donated feminist materials for all! We try to rely on cars as little as possible to make reading and feminism accessible and fun, welcoming and exciting. We don’t tell you what feminism is, we give you a tool you can use to figure that out for yourself.

Our main branch is at the Women’s Center for Creative Work at 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles, 90031. You can drop in anytime during open workspace hours when the room isn’t reserved, or during open library hours on Tuesdays and most Sundays from 10am-1pm. (We’d love to talk about opening new branches in kindred spaces too!)

Browse F.L.O.W.’s catalog online at https://www.librarycat.org/lib/F.L.O.W. (the link has to include the last period!)

Links: Facebook ; Instagram; Twitter

AntenaMóvil

Bob Holman, Vincent Medina, Odilia Romero Hernández, and Virginia Carmelo with linguist Leanne Hinton

The AntenaMóvil is an electrified retrofitted Mexican cargo tricycle that can be used in a range of ways. It has lived in backyards, public libraries, museums and independent cultural spaces, been ridden to arts and/or activist events, been the site for printmaking and bookmaking and zinemaking and storytelling workshops, and been used as a library, bookmobile, and instigator of conversation at street festivals and neighborhood events.

When it functions as a bookmobile, AntenaMóvil is most often stocked with chapbooks, zines and books that are for sale and for reading on-site. The selection focuses on small-press and DIY publications from the U.S. and Latin America, and features bilingual and multilingual works, work in translation, and innovative texts by writers of color.

Antena does not have a physical location — we work across many geographies, from our home cities of Houston and Los Angeles. AntenaMóvil currently resides in Southern California. We are excited for community-based groups to propose ways the Antenamóvil can be activated so feel free to contact us with your ideas for AntenaMóvil adventures!

Links: antenaantena.org, antenalosangeles.org  

 

 

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Colette Batt

Who: Colette Batt

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
I make stories and drawings with foods as characters and simple How To Guides.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I would like them to know that they’re funny and have good art which I hand draw at my Dad’s desk.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I don’t know, but my last great read was a graphic novel called 5 Worlds.

Get to Know Your Zinester: Suicidal Goldfish

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Who: Suicidal Goldfish

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
My zines are about dreams and everyday occurrences.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I want people to know that every zine is made with so much care and in hopes that the people who add them to their collection can share them with friends. Suicidal Goldfish is a teenage love story that I enjoy writing and creating for all of us who love to read young adult fiction.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
The last zine/comic I read was “The Magic Glasses” it is about a young Latina girl trying to find her purpose in this social media obsessed world. I really enjoyed this comic, because Heidy the main character is so relatable with the type of relationship she has with her mother. The writer is Melina Chavarria and the illustrator is Jean Munson. You can follow them on instagram the_magic_glasses.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: On Planet Weird

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Who: On Planet Weird

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
Happy & colorful cartoons doing cool things like skating, road tripping, etc! Plus self-care and how to be a flight attendant zines 🙂

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Created insanely happy & cute cartoons to express all aspects of my personality. I am a flight attendant and finally have zines that showcase that part of my life.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I love 100 Punks Zine and mix CD by Robert! @robertmakes it is so creative and the mix CD is so perfectly awesome.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Sarah Habib & Geometron

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Who: Sarah Habib & Geometron

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
A collection of curated original poems that deal with what it means to be a human that is always yearning to expand beyond dualistic modes of being, and is living proof that borders are imaginary.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Habib finds the spaces between borders, raised in homes between the Middle East and Midwest America, her perception is molded by nomadic change in geographies, sets of values, and states of peace & conflict. This constant state of transition reveals the truth of the ambiguous spaces she inhabits; they are always beautifully enlightening & sometimes very dark. In searching for these spaces, her work leads her to explore: mutuality and reciprocity in love and labor, collective healing and liberation, reconciling the binaries of: multiple identities and cultures, reflection and action, past and present, mind/body/spirit/nature and cosmos; in essence connection beyond constructed barriers.

 

 

Get to Know Your Zinester: Laurie Piña

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Who: Laurie Piña

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
Deceptively cute but dark and poetic comics informed by myth, memory, and desire.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
In recent years I’ve identified as more of a writer who draws. Much of my work is an attempt at capturing a specific feeling, memory, or concept and transmuting it into a new narrative, sort of like a roman à clef. Lately I’ve been interested in folk & fairy tales and my most recent book, The Maiden and the Mole, reflects that.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
Not a zine but a beautiful comic by Margot Ferrick called Dognurse (published by Perfectly Acceptable Press). Margot’s work transports me to another time, it’s thoughtful, operates on multiple emotional registers, and is visually sumptuous.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Emma Munger

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Who: Emma Munger

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
My zines are mostly odes to my childhood- so lots of sassy 90s TV and movie characters and comix about growing up at a weird, rustic boarding school.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
My “fan art” zines are collections of pin-ups of my favorite TV & movie characters mixing the stylings of Sailor Jerry, Vargas, and Elvgren. My other zines are comix about ink drawings of daily life and the quiet details that surround and describe us.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I work at a comic book store where I get to meet new creators who drop off their work for consignment and the most awesome one I have seen in awhile is by Ramona Sharples called “BEEP BOOP”- a zine about her synthesizers- I knew nothing about synthesizers so I obvi learned a lot and it’s printed BEAUTIFULLY on pink vellum and red riso pages- it is goals. @ramonaisonline

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Uno Foto Art

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Who: Uno Foto Art

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
My zines range in topics stemming from my daily experiences with self-exploration. More often than not, my topics are lighthearted and usually aim to educate in some way.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
My zines always have a purpose, some more serious than others, but in the end, my goal is to always leave the reader with a new bit of information.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
“Climb” by Xinrui Chen– this zine is perseverance, plus I’ve done indoor climbing. I love the line art and the fold out poster speaks to some creative zine-making!

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