altcomics said: pressure to have an interesting life seems like its own kind of hell
That’s true! I guess it could foster an attempt at “specialness” that I don’t really want. However, my notions about what an “interesting life” is can be pretty simple, or at least more recently they’ve become pretty simple. It can be as basic as “I should go outside today.” So I go out and I just look around a little more intently, try to focus on small things that bring me joy, trees and the color of a building. Making comics about these things helps me focus on them. Basic mindfulness anti-depression stuff. I’m usually happier if I do this.
You should come out! Tonight at 7 pm, Dum Dum Zine is ending their residency with a BANG! There will be mail art, there will be a sound booth, there will be readers psyched to share their stories with you. More info on the evening here.
featured zine reviews from issue 81 are right here!
Looking for some new zines to read? Check out these reviews. There might be something right up your alley in here!
Looking for submissions for my MIXED-RACE zine -
Over the past few months to a year I have been thinking a lot about my background, and attempting to overcome a lot of the issues I have had to do with it.
For a little while now I have wanted to make a zine about being mixed-race -…
Razorcake Podcast #328 with Simon and Bianca of lazinefest!
Your favorite taco-eating, beer-drinking trio is back! Simon and Bianca, Razorcake reviewers and local zine fiends, join Todd for another evening of great music and greater banter. This installment includes anti-cassette propaganda, less convincing pro-cassette arguments, and a reminder to check out EchoPark’sEcho Chamber Creative HQ this summer through September. It’ll be housing the LA Zine Fest’s zine library!
Friend Of My Youth, “Future Perfect” Self-titled (Secret Pennies)
Maxie Dean, “Tornado” (Self-released)
Tülips, “Wait” (Self-released)
Collosal Wrecks, “Idol Worship” Waste the Moments (Lauren)
Double Cheese, “Anyone But My Baby” Self-titled (Cheap Trash Tapes)
Tony Molina, “Nothing I Can Do” Dissed and Dismissed (Slumberland)
The Backhomes, “Tear It Up” Only Friend (Shake!)
Swans, “Stay Here” Filth(Neutral)
Girlpool, “American Beauty” Self-titled (Big Joy)
Jeffrey Lewis, “Graveyard” It’s the Ones Who’ve Cracked That the Light Shines Through (Rough Trade)
SARALEE, “The Motion” SARLEE(Ride The Snake)
Stoned At Heart, “Your Image Is All You’ve Got” Party Tracks Vol. 1(Recess / It’s Alive)
Radiator Hospital, “Leather & Lace” Torch Song (Salinas)
Tweens, “Don’t Wait Up” Self-titled (French Kiss)
Sledding With Tigers, “Never Really Good at Sports” A Necessary Bummer(Antique)
Organizers Simon and Bianca team up with Todd of Razorcake for this podcast. Was there ever a more perfect team?!
Feminist Library on Wheels - F.L.O.W. -
Holy what the what?!?! Skylight Books’ amazing zinestress Jenn Witte has this AWESOME project that combines bikes and books! Thanks to Razorcake for the hot tip. Can’t wait to see this ladies on the streets!
From their Indiegogo: “We’re building a multimedia collection of feminist books, artifacts and ephemera to make available to as wide an audience in Los Angeles as possible, by bicycle.
We promote a feminist approach in three ways: through the riders who participate; the personality of the items donated to the library; and the use of bicycles. Our collection will be searchable online, and available both at regularly scheduled locations as well as at special events (CicLAVia, farmers’ markets, fairs and parades, etc). ”
Liz Suburbia's center spread from As You Were #1 made you freak out and demand screen-prints of it (good call). Bitch Magazine then gave us a shout-out on behalf of El Sub’s chops (probably because of the awesome female characters and sex positivity in her art) in As You Were #3.
At ComicCon last week, Fantagraphics (one of the most important comix and graphic novel publishers in the history of ever) announced they’ll be turning Suburbia’s Sacred Heart web-comic series into a graphic novel.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at that from Out Of Step Arts:
We’re stupid-excited about a brand new Liz Suburbia art that we’ll be showing off next week after we get a chance to post a few up around town, with a run of 18x24 screen-prints and back-patches. Check back soon.
Don’t forget to stop by the Echo Chamber Creative Headquarters on Sunset this weekend during Echo Park Rising. There’s so much going on, plus the LA Zine Fest zine library is there for your perusal! Details are all here—we’ll see you then!
Bad Bad Leroy Brown is lying on the zines I just cataloged for the Barnard Zine Library. What kind of crap librarian puts their zines on the floor for a cat to sit on?
We’re pretty staunchly dog people, but how did we not know about this blog all about zine-cat interactions? SHAMEFUL.
Promo guts - mini screenprint and postcard
Quiet Riot (AKA The Shy Sober Kid Zine). Seven contributors give their thoughts and experiences about being sober within counterculture communities. A great read, regardless of your relationship with alcohol.
now available for your newsprint-lovin hands: issue #81 is in the store!
Radioactivity: Seals are washing up on the coast of California. The wake of the catastrophic events at Fukushima are still rippling through the Pacific. We’re watching protons decay, positrons emitting, the quark epoch finalizing. What’s to be done? Radioactivity may be the most articulate response to a question nobody was asking. What happens when you taken phenomenal talent, genuine love of a genre, precision, thoughtful restraint, eerily catchy, yet organic sounding harmonies, and infuse it into wax? You have one of the greatest records ever made. Period. Todd Taylor and Daryl Gussin talks with the alchemists responsible for this gold record (gold no matter how many they sell).
enjoy our multimedia-laced preview here!
This is out now! LAZFers Simon and Bianca have reviews inside and the Cassie J. Sneider column alone is worth picking up the issue. Get ‘em while you can!
“Think about it: Have you ever seen a cat driving a cruiser? Have you even once seen a cat with a badge? These animals want Friskies, not frisking.”
Dan Piepenbring on black-and-white zine “Cats Hate Cops.”
We met Research & Destroy New York City at Brooklyn Zine Fest and they were super-nice and gave us a copy of this zine because we can’t stop giving the ones we have away to friends because it’s amazing.