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)

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: MEETING NEW PEOPLE ISN’T THE EASIEST THING

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: Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing

Find more info at: meetingnewpeoplezine.tumblr.com

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

Janna: I think an interesting aspect of our collaboration is that we had never met prior to publishing our first zine, which led to our title, “Meeting New People Isn’t the Easiest Thing”. We live in separate cities and our zines come together as photo conversations.

Laidric: I agree with Janna, that was our hook, people really were interested in our whole backstory. Then the fact that our sensibilities make our photo conversation seamless, with each issue a story in its itself.

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

Janna: Laidric and I have shown our zine throughout Texas, but this will be our first time out of state. I’m looking forward to connecting with a new community of zine makers and artists on the West Coast.

Laidric: I’m excited to meet new zine makers and artists. My only regret is that I won’t get a chance to see everyone’s work given the size of this fest!

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Janna: I recently found out about Ano Ba, which is a new zine focusing on the Pilipinx diaspora. We’ve also gotten to know the cool folks working with Deep Red Press, which is a small press in Dallas that publishes photography zines. There’s a nice feature with Laidric’s recent work on their website. There’s a countless number of other zines that I’m interested in, but what is most inspiring to me is the general community of zine makers coming together to host events in their cities.

Laidric: Lisa Mèndez of UnoFoto Art (also tabling at LAZF), she’s the person who inspired me to take the leap into making my own zines, and I haven’t stopped! My partner Janna, with her artistic range and creativity. When I tell people that MNPITET is a two person creation, I say Janna’s the artist and I’m a dude with a camera. I’m going to also echo Janna on Deep Red Press, they are doing great things for Texas based artists.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: SLINGSHOT COLLECTIVE

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: Slingshot Collective

Find more info at: http://slingshot.tao.ca/

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

We are a collective that makes a free newspaper since 1988. Its printed roughly 4 times a year. We also make the Slingshot Organizer which funds our paper & our office @ Long Haul Info Shop in Berkeley. We do 90% of the layout by hand & our collective’s character slightly morphs each time we come together. WE ARE OPEN TO YOUR PARTICIPATION.

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

A funky diverse crowd. Might even run into some old friends. Also hoping to get some good zines to sell at Long Haul. Like the opportunity to reach more people with our work.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

This question got tied up in committee….ah collective process

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: KOI

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: Koi

Find more info at: @tearjournal

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

I create art/personal type zines, im not a really cool collective making thought provoking work, though i make them to share with those a part of me i’ve yet found

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

it’s my first zine fest!!!! I made my first zine back in 2015, with a vision that was only some what clear, i’m glad that I get to share a room with so many creative and amazing people and really look forward to being a part of it.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

I don’t know very many zinesters personally however, I first started reading zines in 2015 many of the zines i enjoyed were radical anarchist literature. I also remember being in phoenix when the wasted zine distro and hush baby collective was just evolving so i’m excited to see them at the fest and new folks for sure!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: TALEEN KALI x YUMI SAKUGAWA

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: Taleen Kali and Yumi Sakugawa

Find more info at: www.taleenkali.com www.yumisakugawa.com

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

Taleen: I love creating a sense of mystery out of a printed object and playing with the intersections of word, sound and visuals. I’m excited to show you guys my most recent zine “SOUL SONGS,” which is debuting at the fest. It’s lyric zine companion to the songs on the EP I’m recording this year, complete with illustrations by Yumi in our 3rd zine together! And I’ll bring DUM DUM Zines of course.

Yumi: I hope to create a sense of mindful, magical and cosmic healing for my readers through the juxtaposition of word, image and emptiness. That, and my goal is to always create a talisman out of my zine projects. Because they are handmade and oftentimes made in limited quantity, I want them to feel special and magically charged.

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

Taleen: It’s my favorite time of the year! All the amazing zinesters in one room together for one day!

Yumi: Because LAZF is the best! I’ve been tabling since the very first zine fest, and every single time it is an incredible outpouring of community support, exciting collaborations, and new friendships being formed. I owe so much of my own creative trajectory as an independent artist to the love and support I found in the zine community.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Taleen: I love Hey Lady edited by Regina Schilling, Camille Kolodziejski’s zines and prints, and Yumi’s wonderful zines.

Yumi: Eyeball Burp by Alex and A’misa Chiu. The first zinesters I met who introduced me to the magical world of zines and changed my life. Would Be Saboteurs Take Heed edited by Audrey Chan, Connie Ho & Soyoung Shin Dum Dum Zine series edited by Taleen Kali

Get to Know Your Zinester: SLUR

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: SLUR

Find more info at: slurzine.com

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

I make zines as a convoy for pure thought. I feel the presence of complete expression and creation when making a zine and viewing the final product. It feels natural. It feels like giving birth. It feels like a quantum bounce. Like the blossoming of a universe. When I strike pen to paper or crease that fold or slam staplers, I am in possession of an arcane act known as memory. I create zines of memory.

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

I’m looking forward to tabling for the first time in my life. It’s a strange experience to come from attending LAZF 2016 to tabling the next year. I sincerely feel that my productivity has payed off. Blessed.

Also the expectation of meeting so many artists and collectors and voyeurs is exciting. To communicate via art is the most sensual experience and I can’t wait to immerse myself in the communal love for creation.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?
I’m not sure if I would consider them zinesters, but comic makers, art book creators, there are so many who inspire me. Mainly Sarah Horrocks, who’s works dip into the horrendous beauty of the body and the deconstruction of the real. Her demonic line work and dense writing are truly a gift.
Julia Gfrorer is another artist who’s work inspires me because she projects the horrific and depressive moments in daily life with such ease. Her line work is graceful, fluid, her stories obsessive and cruel, but she encourages me to pursue the line as a sacrificial output.
Lastly, I look to Jake Terrel, who I recently discovered. His buoyancy with characters and art is truly an awe to behold. The joyousness he expresses through delineation is reminiscent of those childhood days spent imagining stories in my backyard. He reveals the enviousness of dreamy wonderlands lost in memory. Terrel is magic and thus inspires magic.
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Get to Know Your Zinester: Holy Demon Army Distro/Black Metal of the Americas

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: Holy Demon Army Distro/Black Metal of the Americas

Find more info at: holydemonarmy.storenvy.com/

What would you like people to know about the zines you create?
I try to write and publish zines about niche cultures in ways that are approachable, even if one doesn’t have a huge background or interest in said subculture. For instance, Pro Wrestling Feelings is about the emotional resonance of pro wrestling, rather than analyzing the finer points of a Jushin Lyger match.

Folks have contributed pieces about the way their pro wrestling fandom has impacted their concepts of gender, of sexuality, how they’ve used wrestling to inspire themselves, or console themselves during periods of grief.

Black Metal of the Americas takes a similar approach, though the focus is more on interviews w/bands, academics, journalists, and so forth. I’m still trying to get at the root of a fandom, not ask about tour stories or pedal configurations.

Why you are looking forward to tabling at L.A. Zine Fest 2017?
I’ve never tabled at a coastal zine fest, and L.A. is one of my favorite places to visit.

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

1. e. war, who put together a zine called “Thumb Tacks & Razor Blades: Pro Wrestling Fans Confess,” which was one of the major inspirations for PWF– there’s a fantastic essay in there about HBK that just blew me away.

2. Robert Newsome, the editor of the Atomic Elbow. I first found Robert’s zines in Quimby’s, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. His zines are thoughtful, funny, and studiously well-curated. He’s become a friend over the years, and I’m still in awe of how casually disarming his writing can be.

3. Jessie Lynn McMains, or Rust Belt Jessie– the Poet Laureate of Racine, WI, my hometown. Jessie’s zines are fierce and brave and filled with blood and motion. They’re an escape and a reflection at the same time.

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Before the L.A. Zine Fest, there’s a crop of good events

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It makes us really excited about the L.A. Zine Fest when tablers pull together their own events on the weekend before the big day. This year, there are a ton of things to do if you need a break from zine folding for an eternity on Friday or Saturday, or if you need to satiate your zine craving on Monday.

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

AND!

Monday, May 28, the day after L.A. Zine Fest, tablers Burn Black and Tenderspeck are hosting a reading and putting on an amazing workshop from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at The Last Bookstore.

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: ON PLANET WEIRD

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: On Planet Weird

Find more info at: onplanetweird.etsy.com

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

My zines are intended to make you smile. My cartoons sometimes curse but it’s always in good fun. I love color so some of my zines are full color and all handdrawn 🙂

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

Meeting new people and introducing them to my world of cartoons

Who are three zinesters whose work inspires you?

Gabriel Alcala, Tuesday Bassen, and Aaron Cometbus