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!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Café y Té Collective

Who: Café y Té Collective

What would you like people to know about your zines?
We would like people to know that our zines have helped us heal. We are intersectional beings that needed a creative outlet to better understand ourselves and the world around us. We hope people enjoy our zines and feel inspired to make their own.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Unity has had a huge impact on me because of the way they build community. They always do their best to make zines/art accessible to everyone but primarily queer poc.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We look forward to meeting new people and discovering new zines.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Suicidal Goldfish

Who: Suicidal Goldfish

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Suicidal Goldfish is a fiction zine project that I started with the whole idea to create a world anyone can escape to and characters that you will like to be friends with in an alternate universe. This project has brought me a lot of joy to create, and now I am working on the new installment titled “Las Fakes”. My zines are collages of small snippets of my journal entries and the conversations that I have with my best friend about life, music, and love.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Elise Bernal her tiny zines are super cute with such powerful messages. My favorite zine is ” A Message for You” the illustrations are really cool and I truly adore the words of encouragement in each page. Elise’s zines always put a smile on my face.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I am looking forward to meeting all these amazing zinesters! I can’t wait to add more zines to my collection.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Paradise Khanmalek

Who: Paradise Khanmalek

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I primarily make books of illustrated poetry that mostly revolve around the sensual intensity of life on earth, the density and richness of consciousness, ecstatic color theory, and science fiction.

This year I’ll be sharing a new book of poetry and philosophy called “Thoughts”. I’m excited to share this book because, as with all my other work, I really want to connect with other humans and talk about the concepts I’v been exploring. These concepts include the chaos and order binary, the illusion of gender and the male subject, female object binary, and the beauty of entropy. Come talk to me!

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Carmen Virginia Johns, whom I have tabled beside the last 3 years is an incredible zine maker and artist who’s work I am consistently blown away by. Her work straddles authentic inner Carmen culture and electric digital aesthetics. She not only makes books and comics but also dazzling jewelry and mini sculptures. She also brings along books and prints from friends in Baltimore, where she has lived for the past several years.

I’m also a huge fan of Carolina Hicks. I always buy her work at Zine Fest and I currently have one of her prints hanging in front of my desk. Her work taps into the intensity of human life, emotion, and mental pathways. Her illustration style and visual treasure chest is as dynamic and deep as the feelings her work explores.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m looking forward to meeting people and talking about art, poetry, life, culture, and everything in between. Every year at zine fest I end up making incredible connections and having deep conversations at my table. It’s definitely my favorite part :-).

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Joolie Comix

Who: Joolie Comix

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I make zines for confused, mixed-race queers who might like plants and rabbits a bit too much. I’ve been making zines and comics since 2013 and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
OH man, classics like King-Cat for sure, but also every little random zine I’ve picked up in the last 6 years that I’ve kept and loved and showed to friends but never ran across ever again, those are the best!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Debuting a new zine all made here in LA for the first time since moving here!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Bombus Vomito

Who: Bombus Vomito

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Bombus Vomito’s a graphic poetry, essay, and literature zine that centers around being angry, empathetic, accountable, and being more understanding, all influenced by anime, punk, video games, rap, sit coms, and weed.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Bringing my message to an audience in LA, a place where I’ve learned so much. I hope I make LA proud!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: This Goth Bitch

Who: MV Garcia of This Goth Bitch

What would you like people to know about your zines?
You don’t have to be a queer dark-glamour diva to enjoy my zines, but it doesn’t hurt.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
My all time favorite zine, ever, of all time, is “Murder Can Be Fun #13: Death at Disneyland” by John Marr.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m looking forward to seeing zine-friends and checking out all their new work.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: RETROVOYANCE

Who: RETROVOYANCE [with Sarah & Haydee]

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Our zines have been vehicles for us to reclaim and hold space for the wholeness of our identities, our healing, joy, liberation and truth beyond borders & beyond binaries.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
We are inspired by the brilliance of QTPOC zinsters and women of color, like @breenache @mah.lie.yuh. They hold the complexities of their truth and healing with big compassion & artistry. Also Faith G Harper’s zines related to mental health have been so helpful breaking down how brains works post trauma – on anxiety & stress. Something we both are learning to navigate.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
What we look forward to the most at L.A. Zine Fest this year is connecting with folx and sharing our art, love, dreams, hopes and passion for creating beauty all around us.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Elise Bernal

Who: Elise Bernal

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My hope with my zines is to share things i’ve learned from others and through personal experiences to remind people of their power, and that they are not alone! I believe that one of our greatest resources is the stories and experiences we share, and i hope that my zines share that in some form. (:

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
This is a hard question! so many zinesters and zines inspire me! I’ll list a few that I’ve been returning to a lot this year “Things my friends say” by Brianna Meli (a zine with exactly what the title says, from one of the coolest humyns i know), “A soft electricity” by Stacy Russo (a beautiful poetry zine from a beautiful humyn), “Where it all goes” by Mutedtalks (a zine about loss), “Directions” by Jillian Sandell (a zine with things people said to the artist during cancer treatment), “korean spa” by baeconbits (a tiny zine about body positivity), also everything Subtle Ceiling, SundaySchoolKid, and Eileen chavez!! ++++ plus so many more (i could go on forever)!!!!!!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m looking forward to reconnecting with zine friends! the community has brought so much support and joy over the years! I’m also really excited to meet new people and discover more, beautiful makers!!!

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