It’s a Kickstarter, people

L.A. Zine Fest zine tent!

Once upon a time, five women in Los Angeles had a plan: to create an awesome Zine Fest for Los Angeles where zinesters could come from far and wide (or from North Hollywood) to share their work with each other and with the uninitiated but interested.  Alas, they had no money.

And so Kickstarter was born!

Help us pay for venue-required security guards, printing posters, buying t-shirts, having Hit + Run do live silkscreening, bringing V. Vale all the way from San Francisco to be interviewed by Henry Rollins, paying for pre-events, and having an overall amazing Fest.  You will be rewarded!

L.A. Zine History: Kill Zinesters Tour ’96

Golden Apple Comics (which had its own Zine Fest back then) and Amok Books were stops on this cross-country tour back in the summer of 1996.

From the zinewiki page:

“The plan was simple, rent a Winnebago and tour the States hyping zines, with assistance from local zinesters in each city to organize, host and promote an event… most of the prominent zine publishers in each city of the tour helped organize their leg of the event and hundreds, if not thousands, of zines participated in the 18 different zine conventions and events.”

Apparently there was some controversy along the way, but in the end, stuff got done.  We certainly aspire to have thousands of zines at our Fest alone!

Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Evan Spears

Evan Spears

Ultraculture Comix

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

I made my first zine in 2009. It was called The Tiny Comix, and it was a short 12 page book with three super-short gags. One was about the boredom that comes with not knowing what to do with yourself, one was about rabbits discussing the existence of god, and the last one was a surreal vignette about a girl in a room. It’s pretty silly. I’ve done three more issues of that book (so far!) since that time.

Describe your most recent zine.

The most recent zine I’ve made is called Brains for the Master. It’s about a man in very nice wingtips stealing the brain of some poor soul to bring to his master. It’s six pages long and is also pretty silly. It’s also in color! Holy crap! I’ve also recently done a few more issues of The Tiny Comix, in addition to a series of stream-of-consciousness books called The Not Comix, and a couple of collaborations with my friend and fellow nerd, writer James Mitchell. I’m also hoping to finish another issue of The Tiny Comix and a couple other zines before the Fest.

 Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.

As far as influences go, I’d have to say my biggest artistic influence is Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy for the uninitiated. His deep blacks, his sense of design, and the way he writes his stories are things I really connected with when I started taking drawing seriously and when I first began making comics. Another influence would probably be Paul Pope…I love his thick, sinewy, luscious brush strokes. Another influence would probably be my art teacher Marc Romano. He’s always pushing me to do better, to be better, and to want more, and he’s both critical and supportive of the work I do.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

When I’m not creating comix and zines and other whatnots, I’m usually either knee-deep in the Internet and its many message boards and social media sites, or I’m waist-deep in disassembled GI Joe parts. I customize GI Joe action figures to make them even cooler than they already were. The former is relatively harmless to my work and life, but the latter is really an unhealthy, though fun, obsession. Joes are expensive. 😛

New Yorkers, I got your Friday night right here

LAZF friends and presenters I Love Bad Movies are hosting a screening in NYC.  If you’re in the neighborhood, swing by!

“I Love Bad Movies is teaming up with The Flop House podcast for another Bad Movie Night!  This Friday, Jan. 20th at 8pm at 92YTribeca, we’ll be screening 12 Rounds, a “stupid as a bag of hammers” action movie from the director of Die Hard 2, starring John Cena a.k.a. that wrestler guy who sometimes acts but isn’t The Rock.  Fans of HBO’s The Wire will enjoy seeing Aiden Gillen (a.k.a. Baltimore politician Tommy Carcetti) as the villain, an Irish arms dealer jazzily named Miles Jackson, who spends the movie slipping in and out of his own native accent.

Pre-show entertainment from Matt and Kseniya will include a short presentation on the many cinematic sins committed by the cast of The Wire, and a trivia round with questions (many of them easily guessable!) about bad movies, The Flop House podcast, and the oeuvre of bad-movie patron saint Lou Gossett Jr.  Prizes include copies I Love Bad Movies #1 through #4, treasured VHS tapes, and other priceless and/or valueless junk.

During the movie, you’ll hear running commentary and jokes from The Flop House (“Mr. Handsome Nerd” Stuart Wellington and Daily Show writers Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan).  Then we’ll pause for a special halftime segment in which your hosts discuss whether or not this movie could have made any less sense so far.
Those who came to our first Bad Movie Night screening of the doubly troubled Twin Sitters know that this will be a night of riotous laughter, mass guffawing, and tear-streaked smiles.  This event is a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick and will likely sell out, so get your 12 Rounds tickets now!

We can’t make it in person, but we are queueing the DVD.

Getting To Know Your Local Zinesters: Studio 306

Evan Ferrell

Studio 306

Three06 includes Nancy Chiu, Jennifer Cotterill, Harry Diaz, Evan Ferrell,Yevgeniya Mikhailik and Kelsey Short.  We all shared a studio space together at one point, in Room #306.  It was a really great dynamic to be a part of because we had the magical combination of all being very close friends as well as trustworthy colleagues in that shared space.

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
This will be our very first zine endeavor as a group, though as individuals a couple of our group members have made zines and self-published comics in the past.

Describe your most recent zine.
Our book is a lot like us, a collection of unique voices and individual statements. We’re focused on communicating who we are as artists and what makes each of our creative personalities distinctive.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
It’s difficult to speak for everyone, but I really can think that with a variety of interests, mediums and artistic direction we really continue to inspire each other.  There is a constant exchange of advice and questions going back and forth, and we can all pull from our own experiences to help each other out.

Getting To Know Your Local Zinesters: Geoffrey Golden + Amanda Meadows

Geoffrey Golden + Amanda Meadows

The Devastator

What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Geoffrey made his very first zine in a class at Meltdown University called Wikipedia Wars in 2009. It’s based on a real-life Wikipedia edit war about the attendance of Wrestlemania III… that lasted for over a year! Yikes, am i right?

Describe your most recent zine. 

We’re the founders, publishers, and editors of The Devastator, a quarterly comedy magazine that mixes comics, written works, and illustration by folks from Top Shelf, Drawn + Quarterly, The New Yorker, Marvel, DC, The Daily Show, Conan, The Onion, The Simpsons, Cracked, and more. We have 4 issues out currently. Each issue is on a different pop culture theme that we satirize in the geekiest way posssible. They are 56 bound, full-color pages of hilarity. We’re distributed in our favorite indie stores across the US and UK.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

We’d have to say The Devastator #4: Arcade is our best and most favorite issue yet. They’re all great, but seriously, Arcade kicks ass and has something for everyone, with James Kochalka, Corey Lewis, Jon Schnepp, Danny Hellman and more taking down our nostalgia for old school video games. There’s even a working parody of Choose Your Own Adventure novels on the reverse side! It’s like two books!

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?

We both have semi-creative day jobs to pay the bills while we grow our publication, but we couldn’t possibly see ourselves doing anything other than The Devastator. If we weren’t making that, we’d be doing something very similar. A magazine takes soooo much time and effort to put together, and it’s been an amazing learning experience in addition to a creative outlet. Learning how to manage a growing publication is just as important to us as pleasing our awesome readers!

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work. 

In print humor, we really love and are influenced by George Meyer’s Army Man, Speigelman and Mouly’s RAW, and of course, classic MAD Magazine and National Lampoon. We definitely read The Onion everyday. While our sense of humor has a mix of many influences, as editors we like to find new talent who reflect different and complimentary styles and influences too!

Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Alex Wrekk

Alex Wrekk
I create the zine Brainscan and wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution. I also run a small distro of zines created by my friends and I will have copies of zines like Rum Lad, Morgenmuffel, the Portland Zine Symposium zine, Fueled by Popcorn and more. I will also have a bunch of 1″ buttons and magnets, and music by zine friends.

What was your first zine about and when was it made? 
My first zine was called “Fun In A Bucket” and I made it in 1995.

Describe your most recent zine. 
Brainscan #28 is a 24-hour zine that answers the questions “what do you do?” It is 1/6th legal with a bright color cover and a colorful timeline insert.

Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
craft beer
Portland, Oregon
Put them all together and that pretty much sums it up.

What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I like working in my garden, brewing beer, playing Dungeons and Dragons, doing home repair, traveling and I have recently started doing embroidery again. Not sure how it helps are hurts. I like to say I’m DIY by Default so I think it all blends together.

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