Kill your babies: DUM DUM Zine’s Free/Write/Shop

TOMORROW night at Home Room is  DUM DUM Zine‘s first Free/Write/Shop workshop.  According to the invitation, the only requirement is that you bring a piece of your old work or an inspiring object to contribute to the communal inspiration pot.  The night’s theme is KILL YR BABIES: “Kill your best work so you can create new work. Bring your favorite stories, sentences, scenes, paragraphs, and illustrations–cut them up and we’ll use the pieces to create new ones.  We’ll supply the scissors.”

While the workshop is called Free/Write/Shop, it’s by no means intended for writers only!  Quite the opposite–participants are encouraged to draw, sew, and craft in response to or on the topic of writing.

Why should you come to Free/Write/Shop? What should you expect? Let’s hear it straight from the evening’s hosts, Taleen Kalenderian and Liska Jacobs, both editors at DUM DUM Zine.

Taleen: There are music nights, art nights and craft nights all over L.A.  For writers, the setting is so instructive and it usually means you have to drop a couple hundred dollars to participate.  Sometimes we just need a reason to write outside of ourselves, and it becomes increasingly difficult in a time where everyone has a voice–to self-publish, to make zines, to blog.  Writers lose the physicality of instant response, of riffing off one another.  I’m hoping FWS will be the facilitator for us to regain that vibe, and also to prompt ourselves and interact with other mediums that inspire our craft.

Liska: I was sitting around waiting for life to inspire me to write new work. I realized years can slip by that way. Free/Write/Shop is, for me, a way to deconstruct the writing workshop, to bring back the exploration and curiosity that tends to produce new and exciting work.

We’ll see you there! Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook.

April 25, 8pm
Home Room
3121 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90057


L.A.’s zine libraries

rhea sprucing up the zine library @ the smell

The Smell‘s got one. Home Room‘s building one.  UCLA has one, too.  But why limit ourselves to just those libraries that are fixed in one place?  Mobile zine libraries like the aptly-named, Miracle Bookmobile, which travels between Los Angeles and Oakland, “redistributing” books and zines for free, are popping up across the country.

Say the founding ladies of The Miracle Bookmobile on Original Plumbing:

We were inspired by the first bookmobile librarian Mary Titcomb’s promise, “The book goes to the man, not waiting for the man to come to the book!” Titcomb uttered these words in 1905 in rural western Maryland, yet they still resonate with us as we travel up and down the West Coast from Los Angeles to Oakland and back again. Along our journey, in most places, there are no bookstores… Our hope for The Miracle is to create new reading spaces altogether. Books are donated to us; we take them on the road, pull up in neighborhoods and then give them to folks for FREE. We are redistributing books and ideas up and down the Golden Coast. This idea of redistribution extends TitComb’s strategy around the Book while providing access to hidden histories which may otherwise be forgotten, rewritten, or destroyed. We actively collect queer materials, science fiction, radical political publications, zines, pulp, smut, local West Coast history, memoirs, books en español and anything you love reading and wanna share.  People are able to walk up to the bookmobile in its various incarnations and know that they are entering another kind of physical space…We both have our share of meaningful bookmobile conversations around a myriad of subjects with amazing people who we may never see again.

MB makes use of Library Thing to let you know what they have and they Tweet where they’ll be appearing next.  They were last spotted near USC; hopefully they’ll have a few more L.A. stops before returning to the Bay Area!


I Love Bad Movies hosts “Twin Sitters” Feb. 22!

You probably didn’t see everything at The L.A. Zine Fest, but I hope you got to see I Love Bad Movies’ zines of movie reviews and illustrations. If you didn’t, you’re going to get a second chance!  If you did, then you know you should come check this out at Home Room tomorrow night.

I Love Bad Movies presents:

Bad-movie aficionados Kseniya Yarosh and Matt Carman, co-editors of the zine I Love Bad Movies, present this special screening of the film that proves that a comedy doesn’t need jokes as long as it features identical bodybuilders in ridiculous ’90s fashions.

Watch as beefy twin “stars” the Barbarian Brothers protect bad seed 10-year-old twins from the mob, bankrupt a carnival, and physically assault people using playground equipment. (Warning: Barbarian Brothers’ clothing accessories include Troll dolls, telephone cords for necklaces, bird nests for hats, and an overabundance of sheriff badges. May cause injury to eyes and/or brain.)

Featuring a trivia round with prizes, and a brief pseudo-scholarly presentation condensing the long history of “burly babysitter” movies into five minutes of fun facts and film stills.

Director: John Paragon. 93 min. 1994. DVD.


Feb. 17: Sonic Allegory at Home Room!

Home Room says…..

L.A. Zine Fest will be releasing their Guide to L.A. zine, which even the most knowledgeable Angeleno will appreciate. Who knows what secrets await you between the covers!? FREE with admission, while supplies last!

Ezra Buchla
Ezra Buchla  Wielding his viola, he creates layers of sound through improvised “acoustic-controlled synthesis”
Van Exel
Van Exel  Including former members of Bad Dudes and Howl, and members of Corima, Van Exel is a 6 piece band heavily influenced by Devo, the Velvet Underground and Black Flag.
Infinite Body
Infinite Body  “Yearning, thoughtful drone music” which “[evokes] the melodic dreamscapes of Fennesz or even M83” (Tom Breihan, Pitchfork)

$5, All Ages”

RSVP here! 

The 2012 L.A. Zine Fest Comix & Zine Reading!!!

The 2012 L.A. Zine Fest Comix & Zine Reading:

Saturday Feb. 18th

show starts at 9pm

A curated collection of artists involved in the L.A. Zine Fest perform or display their works for a live audience!
A mad blast of Comix, Zines, Video, and Performance brought to you by the creators themselves!!!!!
We’ve got a talking Zebra w/a Battleaxe for a tail, Bed Bug infestations, a breakdown of the classic piece of shit/E.T. rip-off movie Mac & Me, excepts from the neu-classic Henry & Glen Forever, a day-glo story of a steroids dealer shot into space, Garfield psychedelia, awkward conversations overheard, and so much more!!
Kick off the beginning of the L.A. Zine Fest w/us and see some of the best in comix and zines blow your mind!

Champoy – Discoral USA
Mari Naomi – Sleep Deprived
Jed McGowan – Work and Play
Shalo P – Cosmic Bummer Funnies
Malachi Ward – Sweet Dreams & Top Ten
I Love Bad Movies (Presented by Matt Carman, Co-Editor) –
“A Pseudo-Scholarly Analysis of the E.T. rip-off Mac and Me”
Chris Graybill (ZFA Works)– Zebratron’s Popular Operators (video)
Yumi Sakugawa – Mundane Fortunes For The Next Ten Billion Years
Keenan Marshall Keller – Galactic Breakdown #1 + Minimum Rage
Bianca Barragan – It’s Because Of My Penis, Isn’t It?
Gabrielle Gamboa – Miss Lonelyhearts
Igloo Tornado – Henry & Glen Forever
Levon Jihanian – Danger Country
Robin Enrico – Life of Vice
Jen Tong – rainbow & I
Tom Neely – Garfield

Saturday Feb. 18th
8pm (show starts at 9pm)
3121 Beverly Blvd

L.A. Zine Fest
Sunday Feb 19th
upstairs from THE LAST BOOKSTORE
453 S. Spring St., 90013

Big Saturday Night!

Alex Chiu

What a week! We made buttons, we bought TONS of zines, we saw some great live music, and we had our picture taken with a giant zine.  We hope you found some great new places to hang out or a new favorite zine!

This Saturday’s events promise to be a great way to end a week chockfull of great things to do and fun places to do them. This Saturday brings events from Alex Chiu, Champoy Hate, AND Daryl Gussin. We don’t know about you, but we are dead set on going to all three. It can be done!

Razorcake, run by Daryl Gussin

L.A. Zine Fest brings you Silkscreen Social!

Tomorrow night at Home Room, the organizers of the L.A. Zine Fest will be silkscreening their poster art onto your t-shirts and fabric surfaces.  This is a BYOT-shirt event:  you bring the clothing, we bring the paint–hey, we just collaborated!


There will be live music by Annah Anti-palindrome and On a Clear Day (split set), Gibbons and the Sluts, and a set by DJ Snack Wrap.

RSVP or else! 



Getting To Know Your Local Zinesters: Shaddy Zeineddine & Walt! Gorecki

Shaddy Zeineddine & Walt! Gorecki
Home Room

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Walt!: I guess the first zine I took seriously was “Fillin’ yr hole with Werewolves” last year. But I’ve been making comics and booklets for a really long time now. The first one I made multiples of to sell was a screen printed booklet called “Cannibals in Love,” in 2005.

Shaddy: My first zine was titled “Connotation”, it was an anthology of my friends and my own work. I self-published about 50 copies it in the summer of 2005, each with unique hand-made cover-art.

Describe your most recent zine. 
Walt!: My most recent zine is “Fillin’ yr hole with Werewolves too: starring Jason Bateman.” It’s all about werewolves, from a variety of artists, and it’s meant to fill that empty hole in your heart that results from a lack of werewolves in daily life.

Shaddy: My most recent zine is an essay I wrote promoting Urban Farming. I published the first copy in spring 2011.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
Walt!: Home Room of course!

Shaddy: Home Room? haha

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
Walt!: One, EC Comics – the old Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror comics had the best gruesome artwork, and cheesiest puns, they were the best! My dad had quite a collection, so I was reading these when most kids were listening to Raffi or reading The Hungry Caterpillar. Two, Rocky Horror Picture Show – I haven’t been into this for a while, but it got me interested in live theatre, glam rock, queer culture, and over-the-top cult cheese since I first saw it when I was around 8. I used to even perform in a cast in my younger days. All of that still feeds into the major artistic productions I work on today. Three, Oingo Boingo – sonically brilliant, but they also had a great live show that was turned into the film Forbidden Zone. They were masters of taking elements of early jazz culture, classic cartoons, and punk and new wave rock, and making it their own.

Shaddy: Bill Hicks, Stephin Merrit, and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). As a dark, dramatic, and emotional person, these masters of comedy helped me better understand myself and develop new perspectives and ways of expressing myself more clearly through humor.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Walt!: The only time I’m not creating is when I sleep. I hate that I have to sleep.

Shaddy: Almost all of the free time I used to have is now devoted to Home Room, but I still make some time to spend quality time with my close friends and family. Everything I do is made possible with their love and support. Even when they drive me nuts, I understand I could never survive nor would I want to live in a world without them.