The Renegade Craft Fair cometh

Summer in L.A. is two things:  hotter than the inside of a hot pocket and a barrage of fun festivals.  Officially kicking off the summer season is Renegade Craft Fair–one of our favorites!  We might be biased because we are one of the *hundreds* of vendors and crafters participating, but it’s seriously a really good time.  There will be music from our buddies at KXLU, food trucks, and workshops up the wazoo.  Come by and browse the zine library, check out the LAZF Guide To L.A, and, you know, just say hi!

***Just added: We’ll also be selling a limited number of LAZF t-shirts! Get ’em while they last, folks!***

Photos up from our workshop at The Pop Hop

It certainly is a good feeling when you know that you are within walking distance from a really great bookstore.   The Pop Hop, Highland Park’s very own bookstore and print shop, hosted us on June 6 for a grab-bag zine workshop.  The zine selection over there is something to be seen–owners Sarah and Robey are doing a bang-up job of curating everything in the store in a way that makes me sad I can’t buy it all.

As you can see, it was a workshop of zine prodigies.

LAZF’s Guide To L.A. now available on Google Maps

Los Angeles in a good light

L.A. Zine Fest made a “Guide To L.A.” which was created from our own favorite places and things in the city as well as the answers we got from you via a survey given out at our events leading up to the Fest.  A while back we put up the bookstores/zine depots map, but now the maps of our favorite dive bars, tacos, hangover breakfast spots, coffee shops, record stores and music venues are available to everyone. We hope they help you discover something new and awesome in town, whether you’ve been here for years or are visiting for the first time.

The Men’s Room

You may remember our good friends Nature Show (Andrew Lush and Jane Pickett) from the gorgeous L.A. Zine Fest promo video they made back in February.  It seems that while making our video, they were also totally immersed in working on The Men’s Room, a short film that will be debuting at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 25. (If you’re in Atlanta, the premiere’s at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at 4PM.  Buy your tickets at the festival’s website.)

The Men’s Room Trailer from Nature Show on Vimeo.

The Men’s Room is an emotionally charged short film dealing with explicit themes of male sexuality, intimacy, and the concept of public decency. When Thomas ventures into a park for a sexual encounter with a stranger, he uncovers a striking complexity composed of desire, fear, and betrayal when his would-be anonymous sex partner turns out to be a cop. The Men’s Room explores the seemingly unwelcome yet enduring pastime of public sex, a world of secrecy and code lurking just below the surface of normalcy.

We’re so happy for their success and we hope to see this film a little closer to home soon!

Another great GOOD Maker challenge!

“Music unites and transforms, makes us laugh, makes us think, or simply gets our toes tapping. So we thought we’d give the GOOD community a chance to kickstart a community music project of your own.

GOOD Maker is calling all music lovers to tell us how you would use $2,500 to share your passion and skills with others. Get creative! You can propose anything from a benefit concert to a scratch workshop for aspiring DJs, a lullaby-writing class to a community jam session at a local park. We want to help you bring your city or neighborhood to life through music. Apply here for a chance to win.”

You might remember while back when L.A. Zine Fest participated in the GOOD L.A. Fund contest. While we didn’t win, they clearly loved us because they featured us on right before the Zine Fest.

Some cool projects:

Can’t wait to vote!

Are you interested in organizing your own zine fest?

If we did it, you can too!  Your university, your hometown, your high school–you can have a fest anywhere and you probably should.  As daunting as the task may seem, we’re working on a way to pass on what we learned from putting together the first annual L.A. Zine Fest in a way that can be shared–most likely, a video.

What would you like to know about organizing an event like this? The floor is open to questions!

Shelf Life 2: March 24, 2012

One of the advantages of having an event like the L.A. Zine Fest is that you are offered an opportunity to meet like-minded people who tell you about new and interesting events.   One such event is Shelf Life 2 at USC, which is free and open to the public.

In a nutshell….

SMART, fun, cool, STRANGE, beautiful, OUTRAGEOUS, idiosyncratic, rare, limited, low-run, HARD-TO-FIND, much-coveted, and bound-to-become important BOOKS, MAGAZINES, and objects from many of the finest INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS, ARTISTS, and VENDORS around.
// Throughout the day
Harris Hall and Watt Hall Courtyards…

…An eclectic marketplace featuring publishers, artists, designers and their merchandise. This will be an opportunity for the event’s participants to show (and sign!) their books, magazines, and journals, and it will provide a platform for an even more diverse group of artists, publishers, and vendors to participate. Interesting crowd, interesting vendors, and interesting conversations.

In order to ensure that there are some very interesting conversations, Shelf Life has assembled a killer list of guest speakers and workshops.  The workshops at this event range from a discussion with Slake Magazine on the importance of narrative (a hands-on element is implied!) to an opportunity to make a collage that will become part of a collaborative zine with Beautiful/Decay.  Plus, Chip Kidd in the flesh!  His book covers are incredible, and his novels are capable of lighting a fire under the butts of procrastinating artists of all media.  Check the website for details on all workshops.

We’re very happy to learn that some of our LAZF presenters will be tabling at the event, like Amy Fortunato and Lee Noble of No Kings Record Cadre, Simon Sotelo, Champoy Hate, and JT Steiny, but we’re always looking forward to meeting new, talented people (maybe future LAZF attendees?)

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