LAZF 2019 dates + application information

Thank you so much to those who have participated, volunteered, attended or have been in any way involved with LAZF! It is because of your support that in its 8th year, L.A. Zine Fest will be hosting the next Fest at Helms Bakery on Sunday, May 26, 2019.   

2019 will be the first time we will be returning to a previous venue. It will also be the first year that tables will be offered at a sliding scale to all accepted exhibitors: $0- $50 for a half table and $0-$100 for a full table!

We’ve been encouraged to create a more financially accessible event for some time, and we thank those of you who reached out to us over the years to start this conversation. We want to continue to improve L.A. Zine Fest to create a more accessible event and believe this is one important step we can take.

In order to be considered as an exhibitor, you still have to fill out an application, and because of space constraints, not all applicants will be offered a table. Vendor applications will be open for two weeks from January 2 to January 16, 2019. Please stay tuned for additional information about applications, location details, and other LAZF related news!

Finally, in support of implementing a sliding scale option, LAZF will be launching a crowdfunding campaign early 2019. Every year, exhibitor table fees go directly towards venue and table rental costs.  Our goal for this campaign is to secure funding to make sliding scale possible again in 2020. LAZF has always been run by volunteers with limited funds, so we would really appreciate your donations and shares when the campaign is officially online.

In the meantime, we’d like to echo that we welcome dialogue about L.A. Zine Fest from everyone so please email info@lazinefest.com with any questions, concerns or feedback.

For more information about sliding scale, head over here.

Warmly,

Bianca, Daisy, Kenzo, Rhea and Roxy
Your LAZF 2019 organizers

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LAZF 2019 dates TBA

We’ve been getting a lot of messages and emails about 2019 dates. While we’re working hard on getting everything together for the upcoming fest, we don’t have a date yet.

Good news, though: We anticipate announcing all the details before the end of the year, so hopefully there’s not too much longer to wait!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Hate Paste

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Who: Hate Paste

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
Funny, sad, and (hopefully) genuine drawings on paper.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
Mostly I make illustration and comics zines. I feel a pretty strong connection to narratives about loss, longing, coming-of-age, and the ways in which people fail themselves and each other. People have described my stuff as sad and funny but it means the most to me when someone says it feels genuine.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
I read a zine called “missing YOU: what is the void” by Wendy Valdez of Venus Gurls that I liked a lot. The way images and words combined to explore mental disorder and displacement felt personal and real in a way that really captured what I like about zines and things people make in general.

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Get to Know Your Zinester: Forty Elephants

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Who: Forty Elephants

Describe what your zines are about in two sentences or fewer.
My zines are about my heart, work, cats, economics, consumerism and you.

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
My zines are about the world around me and how I feel that day.

What’s the last zine you read that you really enjoyed?
The last zine I read was “Love Hurts: a coloring book for the broken hearted” by Valerie LaPointe. I loved it because it is filled with beautiful sweet drawings and I found it very inspiring.

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L.A. Zine Fest Board Game Night Fundraiser

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Do you like board games? We do too! Please join us on Saturday, April 21 at Other Books, where the L.A.Z.F. Fundraising Committee will be hosting a game night with a giant Jenga, a giant Connect Four, raffles, snacks, prizes, myriad board games to entertain both casual and competitive players, and a microzine workshop for the community.

There will be a $5 cover at the door. To learn more about the fundraiser, please check out the Facebook event!

Things to Consider for the LAZF Application

Hello zinesters! Applications will open up on January 10, 2018—so soon!— and close on Janaury 19 at 11:59 p.m.

To help, we thought we’d provide some guidelines, hints, and suggestions for those who’ve never applied and for others who are looking to improve their applications. Here are some key things to know:

Our application asks you to describe your zines in detail. What do we want to know?

  • A short summary of the content of all or the majority of the zines you’ll be selling would be amazing. We don’t know what your zine is about until you tell us or show us. Please toot your own horn and tell in rich, radiant detail what treasures we will find in your zines! 
  • Mention the prices you plan to charge for your zines. Accessible prices are a major plus. We understand zine production costs can vary depending on how your zine is made, but we encourage you to offer a diverse price range for the zines you plan to sell at the Fest.
  • We don’t have content restrictions per se, but zines that contain any kind of discriminatory/offensive content towards humxns will not be tolerated.

The LAZF application asks you to share specific links that tell us more about your zines.

  • Please give us links that take us directly to a place where we can see pictures of your zines and/or details about what’s in them. We require at least 80% of the stuff for sale at your table to be zines, so we need to see your ZINES so we know you meet that requirement.
  • Links to your general Instagram profile page usually lead to us scrolling through many photos and never finding the zine info we were looking for. Please link directly to the Instagram posts that show us your zines and details about them.
    • Example of a bad Insta link
      • Why is this bad? It is a link to a full profile. We would have to scroll through every photo on this thing and hope that there are details about your zines in there.
    • Example of a good Insta link
      • Why is this a good link? It is link directly to a picture of a zine that someone is (theoretically) selling and it includes a short description of that zine.
  • Don’t have an Instagram or website? No sweat. You can upload images/gifs/short videos of your zines straight to Google Drive and share that URL on your application. (If this is a concern for you, feel free to reach out to us at info@lazinefest.com)
  • Finally, please be sure to check that your links work. Dead links are such a let-down!

The LAZF application asks you to estimate what percentage of the zines you’ll be selling are already complete (and what percent is still a work in progress).

  • If you have zero zines finished by application time, but hope to have 100% of your zine(s) finished by the time the Fest comes around, please consider applying with a friend or collaborator who has a greater amount of completed zines.

The application asks you what, if anything, you’ll be selling at your table that is not zines. This includes t-shirts, patches and pins, prints, and the like.

  • Again, our policy is that 80% of the things for sale at your table should be zines, and your application should give us a buttload of evidence that you more than meet that requirement. If it appears that you have zero zines and only merch for sale, we are not going to accept your application.

Thank you for reading this far and applying at all. Thank you for continuing to believe in and help nurture our beautifully spectacular zine community. You got this!

-Bianca, Daisy, Kenzo, & Roxy

*This post was originally posted in 2016, but we’ve updated it to reflect new application information.*

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!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: MEETING NEW PEOPLE ISN’T THE EASIEST THING

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: Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing

Find more info at: meetingnewpeoplezine.tumblr.com

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

Janna: I think an interesting aspect of our collaboration is that we had never met prior to publishing our first zine, which led to our title, “Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing”. We live in separate cities and our zines come together as photo conversations.

Laidric: I agree with Janna, that was our hook, people really were interested in our whole backstory. Then the fact that our sensibilities make our photo conversation seamless, with each issue a story in its itself.

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

Janna: Laidric and I have shown our zine throughout Texas, but this will be our first time out of state. I’m looking forward to connecting with a new community of zine makers and artists on the West Coast.

Laidric: I’m excited to meet new zine makers and artists. My only regret is that I won’t get a chance to see everyone’s work given the size of this fest!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Janna: I recently found out about Ano Ba, which is a new zine focusing on the Pilipinx diaspora. We’ve also gotten to know the cool folks working with Deep Red Press, which is a small press in Dallas that publishes photography zines. There’s a nice feature with Laidric’s recent work on their website. There’s a countless number of other zines that I’m interested in, but what is most inspiring to me is the general community of zine makers coming together to host events in their cities.

Laidric: Lisa Mèndez of UnoFoto Art (also tabling at LAZF), she’s the person who inspired me to take the leap into making my own zines, and I haven’t stopped! My partner Janna, with her artistic range and creativity. When I tell people that MNPITET is a two person creation, I say Janna’s the artist and I’m a dude with a camera. I’m going to also echo Janna on Deep Red Press, they are doing great things for Texas based artists.