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.*

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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.

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: 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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SNATCHPOWER & L.A. Zine Fest Present: “FIGHT IN HEELS”

WHEN: Thursday April 6th 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
WHERE: Craft and Folk Art Museum 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036

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and the L.A. Zine Fest are SCREENING “FIGHT IN HEELS”–for the first time in a museum!

+PLUS+ Screenplay writer, sondriaWRITES will be reading the original short story on which the film was based!

>> Did you know that “Fight In Heels” was first presented as a short story in the #SNATCHPOWER Zine which premeired at last year’s L.A. Zine Fest?! >>

AND: L.A. Zine Fest is doing a zine-making workshop!!! This is about to be three hours of straight AWESOME!!

$7 admission includes: entrance to the workshop, reading screening, current museum exhibitions and 1 drink ticket for 21+
Event Page
WATCH THE TRAILER FOR FIGHT IN HEELS

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L.A. Zine Fest 2017 Design by Paradise Khanmalek

IT’S OFFICIALLY THE ONE WEEK COUNTDOWN TO THE NEXT L.A. ZINE FEST! Peep the official 2017 design created by the incredible PARADISE KHANMALEK!

Paradise says; “I enjoyed drawing a young woman of color doing arts and crafts at night to represent how the LAZF has been a great venue for women, especially women of color, to publish and distribute work that isn’t supported by the mainstream publishing, literary, or fine art world. I drew her working at night because I feel like a lot of zinesters relate to working a day job and coming home to work on your passion at night.”

Make sure to check out more of her work at https://www.pardislili.com/ and share, share, share this beautiful design! We are so excited to see it printed on posters, totes, t-shirts, stickers, and pins

LAZF mock ups