The official art for LAZF 2019 by Sophia Zarders

Some of you may have noticed a change at the top of the site. That’s because, as of today, our official art for 2019’s Fest is live! The design is by Sophia Zarders, and we are so happy we can finally share it.

Every year, seeing the official art really helps us get excited for the Fest, and this year is no different. We are pumped and we hope you are too! Mark your calendars, spread the word, and we’ll see you May 26!!



Responses have gone out for 2019 apps

We’ve sent out responses to all 525 people who applied for the Fest this year. Regardless of whether we are able to offer you space at this year’s Fest, you should get a response from us if you applied. If you haven’t received an email from us, please reach out to info[at] so we get let you know the status of your application!

Thanks for applying!

Thanks to everyone who applied to L.A. Zine Fest 2019. We’re working on looking through the 525 applications we received. We’re hoping to respond to everyone by February 26. Thank you for your interest and your patience!

Applications open now for L.A. Zine Fest 2019

Applications are open starting today for the eighth annual L.A. Zine Fest, which will be held at the Helms Bakery in Culver City on Sunday, May 26, 2019. You can apply by clicking here, or by clicking the link that says “Apply for LAZF 2019” in the menu above.

As we’ve mentioned before, 2019 will be our first time ever returning to a previous venue, and we’re excited to be returning to one of our most popular locations.

2019 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. In order to be considered as an exhibitor, you still have to fill out an application, so don’t forget to apply!

Applications will close Wednesday, January 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.


Things to Consider When Filling Out Your LAZF Application

Hello zinesters! Applications will be open from January 2nd, 2019 at 8am PST to January 16th at 11:59 p.m.

To help, we thought we’d provide some guidelines, hints, and suggestions for those looking for tips on how to give us a better understanding of your work in your application. Here are some key Q&A style things to know:

The LAZF application mentions that tables are sliding scale cost. What does that mean?

Please refer to our sliding scale FAQ page here!

The LAZF 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 for a link to a website where we can find your work

  • 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.
  • Finally, please be sure to check that your links work.

The LAZF application asks you to upload specific image files of your work

  • This file can be any type; jpg, psd, pdf, png, gif, screenshots…
  • At this time, the application we use is supported through gmail, which means you have to use a gmail account to upload images. For those who don’t have a gmail account, please instead send an email to with up to ten image files of your zines. Please use the subject line Image Files For My LAZF Application. If you have any questions about this area of the app, or are having a difficult time, please reach out!

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 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, Rhea & Roxy


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 with any questions, concerns or feedback.

For more information about sliding scale, head over here.


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

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


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.