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Thanks to you and your cameras, we watched our Fest go from this:
Getting ready...

…to this:
LA Zine Fest
from Mari Naomi

…and this:
LA Zinefest
from LA Lovecat

LA Zine Fest 2.19.12

from Devin Sarno


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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.


Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Lauren Eggert-Crowe
Galatea’s Pants

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Technically, my first ‘zine was Chrystelian Weekly, a newsletter I made on Microsoft Publisher ’95 when I was twelve years old. It was a newsletter from The Land of The Unicorns. For almost two years, I made one every few weeks and sent it to my two cousins, Raija and Nicole. It was filled with notices about upcoming Crescent Moon festivals, serious reportage on pegasus kidnappings, history lessons about Fairy Rights, and breaking news about the corruption trial of the dreaded Fawna Louise. All illustrated with extra-awesomely pixelated clipart, of course.

Describe your most recent zine.
Most recently, I completed the 10th Anniversary Issue of Galatea’s Pants, the ‘zine I’ve been making since I was sixteen years old. I wanted to celebrate not only my own accomplishment of producing a ‘zine for over a decade, but the accomplishments of other creative women around me. I interviewed several of my friends about their own projects. Food blogger Nishta Mehra of Blue Jean Gourmet. Aisha Sloan of the Seminole Street Artists Colony in Detroit. Printmaker Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde. Activist Claire Tran of Right To The City. And columnist Anna Pulley. I also interviewed my 16 year old self about what it was like to make a ‘zine.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
It’s almost impossible to choose a favorite thing that I’ve made. But I’m really proud of my poetry chapbook, The Exhibit, forthcoming in January 2013 from Hyacinth Girl Press. It’s my first big publication, and I’m psyched.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
When I began Galatea’s Pants, my biggest influence was Kate Flannery, the author of the ‘zine Sneer. It was straight up 1998 Riot Grrrl. She wrote about feminism, John Hughes movies, Sylvia Plath, craftiness. I was hooked. Right now, in poetry, my biggest influences are Jane Miller and Lisa Ciccarello. Jane is a master of lyricism. She can do breathtaking short lines that feel like perfect round pearls, or long run-on prose poems with gorgeous detail. Her language is very deliberate, as is her reading voice. Lisa is my contemporary, and we’ve collaborated on several projects. Her poetry has this haunting, lulling rhythm to it, like a spell or an incantation. She infuses her lines with magic, transforming the mundane into the magnificent through poetic alchemy, even if she’s just writing about a video game.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Watching TV, staring at Facebook, grocery shopping, cooking, hiking, exploring L.A., traveling. Sometimes these are sources of inspiration. Other times they just give me an excuse to turn my brain off for awhile.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

We’re going to be putting together a slide show after the Fest, and we’d like to add your photos to it.   When you get home from the Zine Fest on Sunday, join the LAZF Flickr pool and add your pictures!

In the mean time, you should also post any of your LAZF-related pictures from L.A. Zine Fest events on the pool.  We’ve got some great photos up there so far, but it’d be even better if we had yours.

Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Jon Vermilyea

Jon Vermilyea
Pizza Time, The Breakfast Crew, The Princes of Time

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first zine I made was called Barnacle Bill Saves the World. I made it in 2004 during my sophomore year at SVA. It was about a barnacle named Bill who travels through Hell to stop the Devil from destroying earth.

Describe your most recent zine.
I recently made two zines. One is called Progress Quest 2, which is a compilation of recent illustration work I’ve done. The other is called Problem Solved, a comic con exclusive zine for the cartoon The Problem Solverz.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
The favorite things I’ve ever made are probably my He-Man and Mars Attacks influenced silk screen books. I love print making and both were really challenging projects.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
I’m often inspired by movies and television. Buffy and Twin Peaks have a lot of good ideas.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I try to get out of my apartment and ride my bike a lot. I think its easy to get overwhelmed with things or lazy when you’re not active.

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!