GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: ANDI SANTAGATA

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: Andi Santagata

Find more info at: www.andisantagata.com

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

They’re aggressively sad, aggressively honest, and (hopefully) aggressively funny. Also, they’re mostly comics and/or about being queer! (Aggressively queer.)

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

I used to live in LA (for 6 years in fact!) This is my first year away, so I’m pumped to see what’s changed and who’s around. Plus I miss elotes.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you

Julie Doucet (My New York Diary, Dirty Plotte); Alec Longstreth (Phase 7); everything Silver Sprocket puts out

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: COME FIND OUT/LEMON DROP PRESS

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: COME FIND OUT/Lemon Drop Press

Find more info at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LemonDropPresss?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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

We are two lady artists making zines since 2011. Our true love is comics and drawing but we include all media! Each issue is unique, organized around a theme (hair, photography, true life stories) and features work from artists all over the world! We love the strange, the serendipitous, the experimental and the sincere. We live in Oakland but try to spread the word all over!

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

Meeting our southern zine kin! Zine fests are the best part of making zines, and doing one in a new scene is a real treat

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Ara Jo, Tiny Splendor, Mixed Rice

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: BROWN AND PROUD PRESS

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: Brown and Proud Press

Find more info at: https://www.facebook.com/brownandproudpress/

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

We believe that the stories and identities of people of color have been erased, and that each time we share our story we reclaim our voice and community. We believe that stories should come from the people themselves. We believe creating is healing, and through healing, we can transform our individual and collective pain. We believe zines are radical because they are an accessible medium for people to share their stories. We believe that Black people and people of color have always been at the forefront of zine making and zine culture, and have always disrupted white spaces.

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

We are so excited to meet other poc zinesters who love creating, taking up space and sharing their story. It is a blessing to travel across the nation to vend our zines which carry so much of our pain, love and sweat.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Xicx Zine Collective, Yollocalli Youth who make zines and all the badass punks of color who make zines.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: JEROMY x SARAHE x NIKKO

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: Jeromy x Sarahe x Nikko

Find more info at: http://jeromyvelasco.com/ & http://nikkothelion.com/ & http://www.saraheroman.com/

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

As native Angelenos of color, we just want our work to reflect our unique individual experiences growing up within the back drop that is LA. Some ideas and themes we explore include, Queer nightlife, Anthropomorphic Noir, & Latinx excellence

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

Being able to meet & reconnect with visitors and fellow exhibitors. Last year, we had met so many wonderful souls within this community, many of which had led to collaborations, new opportunities, and lasting friendships.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Tiny Splendor, NeverPress, Unity Press

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: THE OXNARD PLAIN PRESS

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: The Oxnard Plain Press

Find more info at: www.oxnardplain.com

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

I want people to know that the zines that we make are democratic. They are not meant to be collectors items, they are ephemera much like the digital media we consume on a daily basis. Because of this none of our zines are “limited editions” if a certain title is sold out and somebody wants one send me an email and I’ll make it for you. I am a one person operation but I can and have produced a lot of work. We are based out of Oxnard, CA a sleepy beach city rooted in Punk and DIY culture so we try and be punk at least in spirit.

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

Well no matter how connected we think we feel on social media those relationships don’t mean much unless they are eventually rooted in something tangible. It’s an amazing experience being able to meet the people I interact with online and for them to be able to hold my work in their hands. Also having people find your work for the first time and forming a real connection with it is worth so much. It makes all the awkward smiles and nods to people passing up your table worth it haha.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Hamburger Eyes of course! Ray has been so prolific in putting out work. I really admire his ability to bring all of these amazing photographers together. Also Lele Saveri from 8 Ball Zines, 8 Ball Zine Fair was actually the first zine fair we ever did Lele was so nice we traded zines at the end of the fair. We make it a point to participate in 8 Ball every year now. I love everything he has done to create and nurture the zine community. Finally my friends over at Applesauce Industries they make incredible zines, pins, stickers and shirts, seriously stop reading this and go buy some of there stuff online.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: LE TEA LEAF & THIRD WOMAN PRESS

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: Le Tea Leaf and Third Woman Press

Find more info at: www.letealeaf.com www.thirdwomanpress.com

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

A lot of my zines focus towards mythological exploration and Asian American experiences. In the same vein, Third Woman Press, who is sharing my table with me, provides a forum for the written and visual expressions of women of color, and will be sharing works from such creatives.

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

LAZF is among my favorites in terms of zine events and community gathering; in terms of the creation of zines, there is so much quality of content and an amazing range of diverse topics with a healthy and engaging audience willing to dialogue about it all. I’ve had some of the best and most precious conversations with zinesters and attendees at this event.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Ellen Bae, Tony Hoang, Elise Bernal

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: THIS GOTH BITCH & FRIENDS

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: This Goth Bitch & friends

Find more info at: Thisgothbitch.tumblr.com

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

U don’t have to be a goth bitch to enjoy this goth bitch. Although if u are one, come say hey, and let’s put on some black lipstick together.

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

It’s always such a big fun fest and full of so many artists and art lovers that I know!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

V Vale, John Marr , Esther Pearl Watson

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: LISA PIZZA

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: LISA PIZZA

Find more info at: http://lisavasquez.tumblr.com/

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

My zines are inspired by Rock N’ Roll, playing bass, everyday life, art, comics, boys, and more…

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

This will be my first time tabling at LA Zine Fest and I am super excited to sit next to my best friend and amongst others who share the same passion, and to meet the many people who appreciate art and zines.

 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: LUCRETIA RHYS SAMUEL

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: Lucretia Rhys Samuel

Find more info at: lucretiarhyssamuel.bigcartel.com

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

My zines have helped me process a lot of things in my life. They started as little DIY cut-n-paste stay-all-night-at-FedEx experiments and have morphed over the years into more focused, themed works (even though I still spend a lot of time at FedEx). I’ve used them to tell my story the best way I know how, communicate to people, and even subconsciously communicate with myself. Life can be a big fast jumbled mess sometimes and my zines help me slow it all down and make the good parts last.

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

I’ve never tabled outside of San Francisco before, and I’m finally feeling confident sharing my work and realizing that it’s such a positive experience. I grew up in California and have lived in the city for years now but sometimes I still feel really tiny and wide-eyed…I think being in a different place and different atmosphere around so many talented people will be really rewarding.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Cinthya Hernandez, Adam Gnade, Olivia Noelle (Gloomy Press)