Get to Know Your Zinester: unradmotions

Who: unradmotions

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines contain illustrations & more that are all emotionally driven. They embody my dreams and worries through drawings and text.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
There’s too many to count… but lately i’ve been digging up huge inspiration from works by Rubbish, Hatepaste, and Ignored Prayers. They’re all amazing creators, seriously.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m stoked to meet other creators and add some new works to my zine collection~

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Young Artivist Lab

Who: Young Artivist Lab

What would you like people to know about your zines?
A program of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network‘s re-entry initiative, the Young Artivists Lab is an experiential, project-based learning program for formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted youth to engage in advocacy, activism, and community building through the arts.

The Young Artivists Lab works together for 12 weeks to collaboratively create an arts-based community engagement project, guided by AIYN staff and Teaching Artists from AIYN member organizations. The Teaching Artistry for these zines and print media was provided by the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, WriteGirl/Bold Ink Writers, ArtworxLA, and Inner-City Arts!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Yes, Ma’am

Who: Yes, Ma’am

What would you like people to know about your zines?
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Yes, Ma’am was conceived by Elle Minter and Suzy González in San Marcos, TX in October 2011. Through DIY publishing, we provide a free speech platform for feminist dialogues and artwork. Our compilation zines include a range of creative output including poetry, comics, rants, and recipes. We accept submissions from just about anyone, as long as it’s positive and affirmative for womxn and non-binary folx.


Yes, Ma’am is an intersectional feminist press out of Texas that prints small-editioned independent zines, including Yes, Ma’am zine and the Microzine of Microaggressions. We amplify underrepresented voices worldwide by publishing zines and engaging with our communities. We employ fourth-wave feminism – a sociopolitical movement that highlights the links between oppressions of all forms – to dismantle supremacy. We’ll be releasing Issue 13: Queer AF at this year’s L.A. Zine Fest!!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Warship zine for inventive technical/printing inspiration.
Mimi Nguyen’s Evolution of a Race Riot for political content inspiration.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We look forward to showing LA what we’ve been up to the last few years since we tabled at L.A. Zine Fest in 2016. We also hope to connect more with LA zinesters/artists! And we’re excited to check out everyone’s work and support DIY economies!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Donna’s Load

Who: Donna’s Load

What would you like people to know about your zines?
We provide materials for making and creating zines including vintage and retro magazines, art books, childrens books, brochures, weird pamhlets, coffee table booklets, stationery, selected clips and cut-outs and more! + we will have art/collage/picture zines from friends

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I hope to meet another porn star.. I met one at 2017 zinefest (Uma Jolie) and she asked me what a zine was

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Shit Sux Press

Who: Shit Sux Press

What would you like people to know about your zines?
We are a collection of weirdos who’ve resurfaced after years of being in self-imposed isolation with nothing but horror VHS and some Shock SuspenStories issues. We haven’t never seen another human face in years until now that we’re heading to L.A. Zine Fest, and we brought the really bad and horribly made zines we made when we were bored. Whoops!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Right now our favorite zinesters are This Goth Bitch, and Dead In HollyWood. They’re super nice and we love their content a ton!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Seeing all the coolest zinesters and having fun with them! Plus meeting new people we’ve never met before. It’s always fun to make new friends with awesome zinesters we’ve never seen before.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: kiernan dunn

Who: kiernan dunn

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I make zines about things i’m into, and about queerdo life. I am also a print-maker so all of my zines have some kind of hand printed (mostly silk screen) element to them.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Bulbancha Is Still A Place: Indigenous Culture from New Orleans Issue 1 and 2 are my favorite zines right now.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Meeting cuties and exploring Los Angeles.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Carmen Johns

Who: Carmen Johns

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I make comics & zines that speak on & feature dancing divas, anxiety, self care, glitter, and the freedom to just be & accept that!!!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
I feel unspeakably lucky to be surrounded by so many inspiring zines & zine-makers at LAZF, which include my #1 lucky brother, fave poet & illustration genius Paradise Khanmalek!

I was also inspired early on by Yumi Sakugawa & her marvelous teachings on mindfulness, creativity & meditation. The brilliant folks at Tiny Splendor taught me so much about the process of zine-making, which I am eternally grateful for, and this year we are so lucky to have Baltimore’s own independent publishing initiative Press Press!

AND I am very excited for Iris Jong & Angie Wang & Ivy Atoms!! And Sam Szabo (who willl be tabling with Eileen Chavez) who is the reason I make any zines in the first place!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Zine fests are like recurring temporary universes where all folx who are passionate & have a current of urgency to share info & create physical works running through them can gather and be merry!!!! And this one is one of my favorite of them all– I find LAZF to be exceptionally inclusive & activated!! YAY!!!!!!

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

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!

Get to Know Your Zinester: THISBRANDUSA

Who: THISBRANDUSA

What would you like people to know about your zines?
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Fuck Y’all Magazine is a project I wanted to make just for myself. Without the thought in the back of my head “will anyone like this?”I wanted to make something that captured my colorful randomness to a T. For me, it’s a statement about disregarding people’s rules and regulations for art and expression. I’m just putting things together that I think look cool without the judgement of other people. I feel like a lot of times when I put together projects like this I focus on what other people will think about certain things but I wanted to step away from that and just do me 1000%. Including having a very brash title like FuckYall.

I will also be selling my second self published art book We Live In Purgatory | Change My Mind. This book is a collection of collages I’ve made from 2016-2019. The book is based on my theory that we live an experience similar to purgatory here on earth. In this book I had conversations with prior about this theory through modern modes of communication like social media, email and text. These conversations were then made into digital collages.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Toilet Paper Magazine is the first zine I ever saw that impacted me. The bright and shockingly random imagery spoke to me.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Becoming part of the zine community.

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