The Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room Opens at the OC Great Park!

We’ve been really fortunate to have a hand in this zine library coming together. Good news is, it’s still a work in progress! Bring your (PG-appropriate) zines to the opening and donate them to the zine library.  For more information about your zine’s inclusion in the library, contact Kevin at KStaniec[at]! The library and reading room are located at the Palm Court Arts Complex in the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.


Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, September 1, 2013

Saturday-Sunday:  10:00am-4:00pm

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 15:  1:00pm-3:00pm


The Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room is an exhibition curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco.  The library features over 200 zines from across the country as well as the zine documentary $100 & A T-Shirt.

$100 & A T-Shirt is a cultural analysis of the zine community created by Basil Shadid, Rev. Phil Sano, Nickey Robo, and Joe Biel.  The documentary sparks untapped creativity and new interest into zine making and reading.

To celebrate the opening of the Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room, artist Yumi Sakugawa created a free zine for guests entitled ‘How to Make a Zine.’

LAZF+All Scene Eye together forever!

Addendum: by “forever”, we mean “for the night of Tuesday, April 23”.

All Scene Eye is a collective of arts and music organizations that seek to better the creative and event promotion communities through sharing resources and good vibes on a massive level.

LA Zine Fest is hauling our zine library over to The Satellite for this awesome night! We’re also going to have a little something we like to call Make&Take set up for you to remember us by…

Prepare yourself for:

+Readings by Liska Jacobs, Vivian Martinez, Rose Quezada and Taleen Kalenderian from DUM DUM ZINE Issue 3: PUNKS & Scholars 
+Tarot readings by Meagan Boyd
+Summer Fun Time Society Photo Booth
+Crafting Tables by Explorsion’s DAIANA FEUER
+Dancers from Spazmaster’s Domain

If that weren’t enough, there will also be live painting, spoken word, body painting, vendors, artists–heck, we heard a rumor that there would be tamales, too.  The only thing they don’t have is a cover charge before 10 pm. That’s right: RSVP at the event page as “going”, and you get in free before 10 pm. Come say hello to us, get your tarot read, jam out and enjoy the show!

Set Times:
9 pm: Washing Machines
10pm: Luna Is Honey
11pm: Seasons

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!