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!

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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!

Get to Know Your Zinester: Common Rite Supply

Who: Common Rite Supply

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Our zines are teeming with questions and reflections on the dizzying mystery of life! And holding space for talking about intergenerational knowledge and experience.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Yumi Sakugawa !!!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Meeting all the folks!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Vanessa M. Olivarez

Who: Vanessa M. Olivarez

What would you like people to know about your zines?
My zines exist as a form of self care and love! They act as reminders to myself, to you, and hopefully bring some sort of joy while reading too! ❤

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
To meeting and greeting all the talented folx! Being able to see and be a part of the community! I’m so excited!!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Bennett Campbell & FukkYourDayJob Press

Who: Bennett Campbell & FukkYourDayJob Press

What would you like people to know about your zines?
The work done by Bennett Campbell at FukkYourDayJob Press is focused on film photography zines as a means to channel his passion for documenting the human experience. We know that not every artist makes the money they need to survive, so in turn we keep our middle finger up and directed at the crippling systems that exist around us.

We are anti capitalist, anti bigotry, anti racism and anti mass incarceration, so in turn a portion of profits from our zines support the fight for human rights. Pick up our zines, get lost in the beauty of everyday life and support the voices of those who are not being heard loud enough, because together we all share this brief time of existence and nothing else is guaranteed.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Sean Maung and Sandy Kim both have had a large impact on FYDJ. Through beautiful and personal images, these photographers have shown a deep passion for the world around them. Sean for the city and people that have raised him and Sandy for the friends who inspire her, both artist see life through a very real and unafraid lens.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We hope everyone that comes through the door leaves with a new or rekindled desire to create something meaningful and true to them. Inspire others to inspire themselves.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Wrkflow Projects

Who: Wrkflow Projects

What would you like people to know about your zines?
WorkFlow Projects is the product of two L.A. based illustrators (Brandon Francis & Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin) collaborating over the course of several months to produce a set of limited edition art zines, posters, and other printed materials.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Luis Torres, Erwin Recinos, and all of the other zine creators we’ve worked with over the past few years.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
The incredibly positive atmosphere, discussing our work directly with the world at large, and checking out the rest of the incredible work at L.A. Zine Fest.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: sparklebutch

Who: sparklebutch

What would you like people to know about your zines?
I try to make at least one portion of each zine interactive for the reader so it feels like a two-way street between me as a creator and you as a reader.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
My roommate @Chateau_Cat has had a huge impact on the amount and type of art I’ve included in my zines. I used to be very hesitant to include original drawings in my zines because I just “wasn’t good” at drawing, but they helped me realize I just have a certain style and to put it out there.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
I’m so excited to see what the L.A. zine scene is like, and how it’s similar and different from the Bay Area scene!

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Eunsoo Jeong (Koreangry)

Who: Eunsoo Jeong of Koreangry

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Koreangry zines share my own experience and struggle of living as a Korean-American immigrant woman in Los Angeles. This zine series started after the 2016 election to cope with anxiety and depression.

Using handmade puppet of bold, ruthless, raw, “angry” alter-ego character, I am able to express myself more freely in my zine. I experiment with comics, writing, poems, and photos of the character in made-up scenes to create sarcastic and twisted humor of my daily life. The new issue #6 will feature my overwhelming experience of visiting my home country in 15 years.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Carolina Hicks (SBTL CLNG)! I first met her in person and her work a couple of years back in a local small print event. Her work touched my core for the rawness of the work. Her drawings are fun yet sincerely honest, her writings and used images are thought-provoking, and each zine explored for different things, and it made me feel inspired to experiment and push boundaries. To this day, I often read her zines over and over!

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Engaging with other zine-makers and connecting with crowds! Since I live in LA, I’m happy to present my work and be part of the city that hosts this incredibly well-organized event. The organizers did a great job including many diversity and inclusion for the event, and I am happy to be participating in it.

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

Get to Know Your Zinester: Ivy Rose Zines

Who: Ivy Rose Zines

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Since my zines all fall into the category of a perzine I’m always trying to grow as a person and I hope that translates with each new perzine I make. Both in terms of artwork, storytelling, and my outlook on the world.

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Definitely Asswipe zine by Vanessa X for giving perzines so much recognition in the Bay Area, Mission Mini Comix for spreading Harm Reduction messages through comic form, d.s.press because no one writes zines like they do, and finally Deth P. Sun because I’ve loved the stuff they’ve made for so long.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
Coming back to my Southern California community and sharing all the zines I’ve made during my time so far in the Bay. I’m also looking forward to drawing free portraits of lovely SoCal folks.

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