LAZF merch alert!

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Maybe you missed your chance to get a shirt at LAZF in March, and you also forgot to hit us up this past weekend at Long Beach Zine Fest. You are not out of luck! We now have, for your perusing pleasure, a whole site filled with all things LAZF. Check it out! Shipping’s just $2 in the USA:)

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU everyone for growing with us and sharing space with so many different zine makers. We put our hearts into organizing this Fest and look forward to seeing your photos and reading about all of your experiences. We couldn’t have done it without our incredible group of volunteers! Use‪#‎lazf2016‬ on your photos and stories about the day as the official hashtag.

If you or someone you know has the resources to provide financial support to the work we do, please consider making a tax-deductible donation  to L.A. Zine Fest, through our fiscal sponsor Craft & Folk Art Museum (100% of donations go directly to LAZF).

We want to remain a sustainable platform for zine makers’ voices to be heard, discovered, shared and celebrated for years to come – every little bit truly helps. To those who support in other ways nonfinancial, your contributions are valued and appreciated just as much!

Sincerely,
Your L.A. Zine Fest 2016 Organizers
Daisy Noemi, Kenzo Martinez & Rhea Tepp

Zine Printing Promos

Alco Printing and DocuCopies have sent along some promotional offers to zine makers getting ready for our upcoming Fest. If you’re looking to print your zines, banners, posters, postcards, lost dog flyers, found wild parrot posters….they’ve got ya covered, plus they helped us out a lot printing our postcards and banners with quick turnarounds.
Thanks so much!

From DocuCopies:
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From Alco Printing
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Official LAZF 2016 Artwork

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We are over the moon excited about the design for the 2016 Fest, designed by artist Kenneth Srivijittakar, of the Los Angeles/Berkeley based collective publishing press known as Tiny Splendor. We will highlight Kenneth and his work more in the weeks to come, but for now, we invite you to bask in this beautiful poster for the Fest and spread the word! Learn a little more about Tiny Splendor below, and check out their website where you will find truly incredible publications, collaborations and inspiration.  

Tiny Splendor is a collective publishing press running out of Berkeley and Los Angeles, California. It was founded on the idea of finding a way to share our friends’ artwork, while satisfying our obsession with and love of ink on paper. As of today we pride ourselves on continuing this perfect marriage as we work with artists and friends to create editioned prints, books, apparel, and zines.

Apply to LAZF 2016

The 5th Anniversary of L.A. Zine Fest, will take place on Sunday March 6th 2016!

APPLICATIONS TO TABLE AT THE 2016 FEST ARE CLOSED

L.A.Z.F received a record number of applications this year – just under 500!
Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application via email on Friday January 22nd.

THANK YOU SO MUCH – WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU

Do you have questions/concerns about criteria, deadlines or details of your application? We are here to help and do better! Please send emails to info@lazinefest.com

Sincerely,
Your LAZF 2016 Organizers
Daisy, Kenzo & Rhea

L.A. Zine Fest 2016 Date Announcement

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The 5th Annual L.A. ZINE FEST is taking place on SUNDAY MARCH 6TH, 2016. 

This year, LAZF is taking the Fest back to where we first started – historic downtown Los Angeles!

LOCATION: The Majestic located at 650 South Spring St. Los Angeles, CA. 90014.

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APPLICATIONS TO TABLE AT THE FEST WILL BE OPEN FROM
SATURDAY JANUARY 2nd at 9am to SUNDAY JANUARY 10TH at 12pm.

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application on Friday January 22nd.

Help us spread the word!

Q: Isn’t L.A. Zine Fest usually on Presidents’ Day Weekend?

A: You may have noticed that L.A. Zine Fest 2016 is taking place a few Sundays after the weekend we have historically held the Fest in the past. Making this choice was a difficult decision! We’ve enjoyed having the event on a holiday weekend that allows for many zinesters (out of town folks and locals alike) to take an additional Monday (President’s Day) off of work to travel/decompress and read through their zine hauls. Before announcing our date, we made note that another local book festival announced that their event will be taking place on Presidents’ Day weekend in 2016.

L.A. Zine Fest is an organization that encourages the participation and attendance of events that provide opportunities for zine makers to showcase their work. Because of that core value of our mission, the decision was made between this years organizers to try and change our Fest to another weekend. We did our very best to make sure we did not select an alternate date that would conflict or compete with another zine event in the area. We hope that this year’s change helps give people the opportunity to take part in everything!

We know that everyone needs and appreciates as much notice as possible to prepare for the Fest and in many cases, make travel arrangements. We are working hard and doing our best to make turnaround times speedy, while ensuring we are able to consider every application. If you have any concerns or questions please write to us via email at info@lazinefest.com. 

Thank you all for the continued support and enthusiasm for what is an incredibly meaningful Fest for to produce, year after year. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday March 6th, 2016!

Sincerely,
Your LAZF 2016 Organizers
(Daisy, Kenzo & Rhea)

Thank You, Los Angeles!!!

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We say this every year, but this year was the best damn Fest yet. Thank you to our volunteers, without whom we’d be a mess. Thank you for showing up and for being interested in what we put together and what our tablers do. We had a really good time, and we hope you did, too! We can’t wait for next February.

Day-Of-Events

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
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Authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, co-authors of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk will be talking with DM Collins and Daiana Feuer of L.A. Record about what they’ve seen, where they’ve been, and why they wrote about it.
*5pm-6pm; Main Room/Zine Library*

SEX STAINS LIVE!

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Playing a live show right after our keynote speakers, we are all going to boogie and wail with Sex Stains. Co-vocalist/2013 Keynote speaker Alison Wolfe did a cool, fanzine-style interview with L.A. Zine Fest HERE. The show is free.
*6:30 – 7pm; Main Room/Zine Library*

WORKSHOPS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

11:30am – 12:30pm
“POC Famed, Reclaimed & Reframed”
How does our history affect our identity & what can we do to reclaim it? What role do zines play in reframing who we are and the work that we do in the community? This open discussion will be led by Todd Honma of Pitzer College with panelists Yumi Sakugawa (I Think I Am In Friend Love With You), Adam Bernales (Seite Books), Mari Naomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories), Angie Wang (Co-founder of CALA), and Eric Nakamura (Giant Robot)

1:00pm-2:00pm
“Old School, New School”
A friendly, lively discussion between longtime and newer zinesters. They’ll share stories of veteran experience and newer zinester enthusiasm, look at the changing landscape of zine culture, and talk about the current challenges and celebrations of making paper zines. Todd Taylor (Razorcake) will be moderating the open discussion along with panelists Larry Harmon (Genetic Disorder), Sabrina Dropkick (EAT Art DIY), Suzy Mae Mattay (Creative Director, Sandy The Zine), and Johnnie Jungleguts.

2:30pm-3:30pm
“When To Say When?”
As zinesters with all the feels, how do we decide which boundaries to cross? Leap over? Swaddle and never let go? How does leading a tell-all zine life affect our relationships in our everyday lives? And when do our personal stories become more than just our personal stories? This open discussion will be led by Joshua James Amberson (Basic Paper Airplane) with panelists Aurora Lady (Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt), Alex Wrekk (Brainscan), Kelli Callis (That Girl), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up).

“Straightforward Stitches: Bookbinding for all!”
Have you ever wanted to learn how to bind books? Maybe your zines need a little home-stitched touch? In this brief workshop you will receive information on how to make two different book structures. That means you will be able to leave zine fest with two books made from scratch! Huzzah! Hosted by Alyssa Ilves (interrobang books)

ALL DAY LONG

Drawing/Collage tables hosted by the Women’s Center for Creative Work &
Block Printing with the Craft & Folk Art Museum
and of course……Over 180 exhibitors!

Take Our Shuttle To and From the Fest

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★**PARK SOMEWHERE ELSE** ★ and ★** TAKE THE TRAIN**★

We will have a shuttle (school) bus to L.A. Zine Fest on SUNDAY starting at 12pm!!! Don’t worry about parking, park at any metro train station and take the train, get off on the “Lincoln/Cypress Gold Line Station” – we will take you the rest of the way, and back again!

★TAKE OUR MAGIC SCHOOL BUS TO ZINE FEST ★
★FROM THE LINCOLN/CYPRESS GOLD LINE STATION.★

No need to stress! Our yellow school bus shuttle leaves every half hour, transporting folks to and from the station, to and from the event.
Free to ride!

We ★STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ★ people to take advantage of this since there is limited street parking and construction in the area.

NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT USE THE LINCOLN/CYPRESS STATION AS A PARKING LOT