Get to Know Your Zinester: ECF Art Centers

Who: ECF Art Centers

What would you like people to know about your zines?
The select zines that we’ll have on display were chosen amongst a group of close to 200 artist working out of four art studios that support artist who have developmental disabilities.

LindsayRogers_zine - DAC Gallery

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

Getting To Know Your Local Zinester: Celina Armenta

Celina Armenta


What was your first zine about and when was it made? 
In 2010, I began a zine about the Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan.  I’m currently working on issue 3 of that zine.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite? 
In 7th grade, we did pottery for a bit.  I made a house with two chimneys…it broke, but I still have the pieces.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
Daydream…it can be very unproductive at times, but sometimes it can lead to some great ideas.

The World’s First Perfect Zine

An interesting discussion and response on the Twitters last week about zines between FYF and zinesters. that started over The World’s First Perfect Zine, written by a guy who writes a blog where he reviews Pitchfork reviews.

The conversation began over this article on HypeBot, proclaiming that music zines are back.  Best quote: “For a while it seemed like blogs were soaking up all the energy that used to go into zines but now they’re part of the zine ecosystem…”

We’d have to agree!

Who’s on the Unique L.A. Blog?

The L.A Zine Fest is! Check us out under the DIY Workshops section of the blog.

diy or die!

Our workshop will be giving a tactile answer to the question “What’s a zine?” by teaching you how to fold a zine and then giving you some great ideas on how to fill up all the pages.  By the end of the day, you’ll not only have a handsome paper craft to take home, but you’ll have the knowledge to make as many more as you could ever want.  Like the old adage goes, “Give a man a zine and he creates for a day; teach a man to zine, and he will create for life.”

Look for us next to the Craft and Folk Art Museum, our zine comrades from way back, and the Urban Craft Center.  Wear your good shoes and bring a big bag because this Unique L.A. is worth getting off the couch for!

Face it: the holidays are upon us

LAZF is here to help you get your holiday shopping done before it’s too late and you resort to the 7-11’s selection of sunglasses.  We’ll be at Unique L.A. on Dec. 3 and 4, then at Renegade Craft Fair on Dec. 10. and 11.  We don’t imagine it will happen, but in the event that you don’t find something for all the folks on your list, we suggest buying a Forever Lazy.

Let’s just hope you find something at Unique L.A. and Renegade.

We just got a press release from our pal, Michael Jasorka, about his newest graphic novel.  Save the date!

“Hello to my friends of Los Angeles!!… On Saturday Dec. 3rd, it’s my pleasure to invite all of you out to celebrate my latest graphic novel release: ‘December 3rd 1967: An Alien Encounter’~!

The true story U.F.O. graphic novel audio adaptation of Nebraska state patrolman Herbert Schirmer.  At Bedrock Studios, 1623 Allesandro Street Los Angeles, CA 90026 !

At 10:00pm, come experience the true story U.F.O.graphic novel on the night of it’s anniversary!… As I’ll be presenting the graphic novel in a very special slide show form along with the 1970’s U.F.O. Conference audio tape of former Nebraska state patrolman Herbert Schirmer!

Hopefully, the printer will allow me to have some copies of the graphic novel available that night for purchase too.   After the slide show performance, Pins & Needles, Bedrock Studio’s own pinball arcade (it’s amazing) will be open late to the public!!

It’s going to be a great time!! I hope to see you all if you can make it at 10:00 sharp!!

Let’s get Alien!!”

We hope you can make it! For more information or to RSVP (which is the nice thing to do), go to the Facebook event and give the dude something to be excited about.

Are you releasing your comic/zine/graphic novel? Send us your press release, and we’ll talk about it!

You’re history

Did you know that in the 1930s, zines in L.A. were mostly about science fiction? Here’s a brief blurb on it.  But the real zine explosion occurred concurrently with the rising popularity of punk. Which brings us to…

Stories in Echo Park is a stop on Alice Bag’s tour to promote her new book, Violence Girl.  Bag’s influence on and importance to the 1970s punk scene is undeniably—even Henry Rollins tips his hat, saying, “She was at shows you could only wish you had seen. She was there at the start of a musical revolution that not only changed the L.A. music scene forever but was an extremely influential part of the spread of punk and independent music all over America.”

As the book trailer suggests, Bag is also historically notable as an example of the lively East L.A. punk music scene–less talked about than Hollywood’s but equally as vibrant and raucous. Just watching this video makes me wish I could go back in a time machine and see this Portland, Oregon show from 1984.  Also, I’m really curious to see what Portland was like in the 80s….

Alice Bag reading Violence Girl

Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m

Stories Books & Cafe

1716 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, 90026

FMLY Fest!

We’re going to table at the FMLY Fest, this flyer is awesome, and you should all consider stopping by.   FMLY organizes bike rides, great parties, FMLY dinners, and this looks to be the combination of all that fun multiplied by 100.  A two-day pass is only $15 and worth every penny.  Their Tumblr has a line-up of all the bands and it is lengthy. We are VERY excited to be a part of this!

Because they know what people like, FMLY has also put together a free mixtape, available here.