Get to Know Your Zinester: Max Yu

Who: Max Yu

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Most of my zines are very personal, and I think it’s awesome how a tiny part of me gets to live in a tiny book and other people can just hold this tiny personal artifact in their hands.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
The first zine I remember encountering was Suicidal Goldfish. I found it in my school’s library which had a section for zines, and I remember thinking like, Wow this is dope. This is cool art that doesn’t have to be bound to whatever is clean and published in a nicely bound book. DIY doesn’t make the quality less, in fact I think the charm of zines is that the DIY aspect makes it even better! Looking up Suicidal Goldfish online led me to the L.A. Zine Fest which I’ve been to for the past two years, and now I’m excited to finally be tabling at it!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
All of the energy! I feel like there’s just this current of excitement as people get to see all these of these uniquely individual zines.

Make sure to check out Max Yu’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Acardellart

Who: Acardellart

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I love sharing how derpy my pups are in my zines and ceramics.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Carissa Potter-People I’ve Loved

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Going there for the first time and meeting the zine community! Yee!

Make sure to check out Acardellart’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

L.A. Zine Fest is Sunday, May 26!

Official art by Sophia Zarders

Whoa, the eighth annual L.A. Zine Fest is officially just a week away. We’re gearing up for a day of about 200 zinesters sharing their work, free workshops and panels, art installations, interactive exhibits, and more.

For directions and details, please see the event info.

For information on what transit is in the area or where to park, check out our event FAQ.

Got a question that isn’t answered in either of those locations? Let us know in the comments.

Get to Know Your Zinester: Jillian Sandell

Who: Jillian Sandell

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I first started making zines in 2016 at the age of 51, though I had been reading them since the 1990s. The style of my zines is a combination of simple cartoon-style line drawings with text and collage, and the content is a mix of personal and political, including the aftermath of cancer treatment, living in the desert, social justice, everyday life, and dogs.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Elise Bernal! Elise and I traded zines last year at LAZF. Her zines are amazing! Tender and beautiful and moving!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Last year was my first time tabling at LAZF and I spent almost all my time at my own table. This year I’m looking forward to taking breaks and checking out more of other people’s work too!

Make sure to check out Jillian Sandell’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Noodle Mania

Who: Noodle Mania

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Noodle Mania is a collaborative zine-making audio experience that combines audio documentary, drawing, art parties and cooking. This is a crowd-sourced zine! We’re collecting and listening to true stories and gathering at art parties where we draw together while eating noodles and listening to live music. We’re inviting people who don’t consider themselves “artists” to spend time to make art and create a zine together. And we serve heaping piles of garlic noodles!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I love everything by Tony Hoang/Muted Talks and everything by Rachel Lee-Carman/The Thread.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
This is the first time Noodle Mania has ever tabled at a zinefest. This is exciting & scary! I’m looking forward to recording some cool, new stories from the people of L.A. that I can use in upcoming zines.

Make sure to check out Noodle Mania’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Tsaeni_art

Who: Tsaeni_art

What would you like people to know about your zines?
At first thought, my zines all seem random and unrelated to each other. But thinking again, I realize my zines are influenced by my spiritual practice as a yoga & meditation teacher. They all speak about mental health in some way. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, as well as physical ailments that affect my mental health, I try to build a sense of unity by opening up about my personal struggles. I do worry my sharing is unwanted or not needed, so it’s reassuring when people let me know the opposite is true. I’m always open to feedback and learning from others. I hope to empower people through self-awareness and education. At the end of the day, I just want people to feel less alone and listened to.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Tracy Park’s “Oh, the People You’ll Bone” is bold, loud, and wonderfully unapologetic. Eunsoo of Koreangry is kind and approachable; I’m glad to know her. Annie Nishida’s work is cute and relatable, and I appreciate her as a person.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Doing trades with other artists & meeting artists from out-of-state

Make sure to check out Tsaeni_art’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

We’re fundraising!

This year, for the first time ever, we were able to offer sliding scale table fees for our exhibitors. It was a big step for us to take, and something we’d been wanting to do for a while.

To help us cover costs this year and next—and hopefully to be able to offer sliding scale fees in the future—we are asking you all to contribute what you can to our crowdfunding campaign.

Learn more about our campaign here!

The link above also offers a bit more info about what it costs to put on our zine fest every year, as well as how and why we made the choice to do sliding scale.

We appreciate your sharing the campaign and telling your friends! If you are able to make a donation, every bit helps and we truly appreciate it!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Yvonne Hsuan Ho

Who: Yvonne Hsuan Ho

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I will be exhibiting my autobiographical zine “Lychee”, it is a story about my childhood living with my grandparents. I will also be displaying “Little Dante” Vol.1, a horror story about a girl going to hell to rescue her dog. And lastly, “Pup’s Very Unprofessional Fried Chicken Recipe” my illustrated fried chicken recipe zine.(It’s yummy I promise)

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Kris Mukai, because I didn’t know what zines really are before I got to know her. She also gave me advice and suggestions when I tried making my own zines. She’s really great.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’ve never been to LA Zine Fest! I’m so excited to see all the zines and merch everybody got! I enjoy indie comics very much, there’s this raw unpolished energy to it that really sucks me in!
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Make sure to check out Yvonne Hsuan Ho’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!