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Thank you all for an amazing LA Zine Fest! All of us organizers are still in recovery mode, but we’ll be back to posting regularly again soon. In the meantime, check out #lazinefest on instagram…there are some pretty amazing pictures in there!
Yep! It’s here! Aside from our tablers, we have a bunch of events, panels and workshops happening throughout the day!
We are so pumped to see you! Come out to 8711 Washington Blvd. to the Helms Bakery parking garage to get your zines & comix fix! For more info about how to get there, click here.
Tabling hours are from 10:00 - 5:00 PM, with our keynote speaker, Jaime Hernandez, speaking from 5:15-6:45 PM.
Jaime Hernandez (co-creator of Love & Rockets) in Conversation with Charles Hatfield
Sunday, February 16th at Helms Bakery
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Jaime Hernandez is the co-creator of Love & Rockets, Penny Century, and Whoa Nellie, comics that gave comics and graphic novels their edge in the eighties for the first time since the late sixties. Jaime split drawing and writing duties with his brother, Gilbert, and the two explored entirely different sides of Latino culture, Los Angeles music scenes, and human sexuality. The brothers Jaime, Gilbert and Mario self-published the first issue of Love & Rockets, “Maggie the Mechanic,” in 1981, but the comic shot into national attention when they submitted it to The Comic Journal for critique and instead found themselves with a publishing deal with editor Gary Groth’s Fantagraphics Books.
While Gilbert set his Love & Rockets stories in Palomar, a fictional town in Mexico, Jaime set his imagination loose on Hoppers, which is a fictional parallel to the Oxnard barrio where he and his brother grew up. Those storylines center on the Locas, particularly Hopey Glass and Maggie Chascarillo, who are on-again/off-again lovers and friends that navigate death, breakdowns, pregnancy, jobs, and growing old. Love & Rockets published the final, 11th volume in 1996.
Jaime will be in conversation with Charles Hatfield, an Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. Hatfield has been published extensively in academic journal and comic trade publications (including the very same Comics Journal!) about graphic novels and alternative comics. The two will discuss the birth and evolution of the alternative comics genre, discuss Jaime’s prolific body of work, and shoot the shit.
By Travis Barnes of DUM DUM Zine
POC Zine Project is coming to L.A. Zine Fest for our second year in a row! We’re excited to be tabling and hosting a panel discussion at the third annual fest.
POCZP’S PANEL DISCUSSION AT L.A. ZINE FEST
POC Zine Project presents … Cultivating Culture & Community: Strategies For Overcoming The Bullshit
Curated and moderated by POC Zine Project founder Daniela Capistrano, this panel of community organizers and artists from across the country will share their strategies for organizing events, starting a distro and building community on both a local and national level. Hear solutions for solving problems that frequently come up in any grassroots/volunteer-based movement or project (not limited to zines).
Join the discussion by attending the panel, asking questions and contributing your ideas. Follow along and share online by accessing the panel hashtag on Twitter, which will be #LAZFCC.
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Panel Time: 1pm - 2pm PST
Panel Location: In the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.
MEET POCZP’S PANELISTS
Cihuatl Ce (Founder, Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Bicycle Brigade in Los Angeles, CA)
We’re excited to announce that Cihuatl Ce will be performing during our panel discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her live!
Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)
Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)
Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)
Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans, La)
Click on each panelist’s name to read their bios. Find out what they will be tabling with at the fest and learn more about their work. You can also speak with them throughout the day at the POC Zine Project table.
DISCLOSURE: To ensure intentionally safer spaces for POC, this event features primarily women of color speakers and is open to anyone, of any background, to attend and share stories. For those that give permission, your feedback will be compiled into a community/events organizing “how-to” zine by POCZP/L.A. Zine Fest that will be distributed widely in Fall of 2014.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
Everyone participating is donating their time, with most folks traveling very long distances at their own expense. Please give what you can to support POC artists. Thanks!
Tabling Time: 10am - 5pm PST
SPOTLIGHTING BROWN RECLUSE ZINE DISTRO
For the hour immediately following our event, there will be a table set up nearby where Nyky Gomez will table with BRZD zines. Make sure to stop by after our panel to get a wide assortment of zines created by people of color!
You can also find Nyky tabling at the POC Zine Project dedicated table throughout the day (10am - 5pm). POCZP is giving Nyky access to two tables in order to accommodate BRZD’s large inventory.
We don’t represent POC zinesters (we are a resource and advocacy platform). There will be plenty of other POC folks at L.A. Zine Fest and L.A. Zine Week doing their thing independent from POCZP. Show your support! Here are some ways to do that:
1) Come to Beyond Baroque Gallery on Saturday, February 15, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm and enjoy zines & comix readings, presented by your emcee, Eryca Sender (“My Little Friend,” “Dear High School Boy”)!
Marya Erinn Jones (“Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine,” ABQ Zine Fest) will be one of the readers! Marya organized our ABQ #RaceRiotTour date in 2013.
Beyond Baroque is at 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, California 90291.
2) We Are In Zine Love With You! A Zine / Novella Release Party Thursday, February 13, from 7-9pm PST
Zine store and art gallery &Pens (sister store to San Francisco’s storied Needles And Pens) is hosting readings from “LA’s amazing and diverse writers, performers and zinesters”–that means Yumi Sakugawa (“Mundane Fortunes for the Next Ten Billion Years”), Zoë Ruiz (The Rumpus; Trop), Lilliam Rivera (2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow), Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad; “Bellies and Buffalos”), Bianca Barragan (Trust Me: I Know What I’m Doing), and Jonas Cannon (Cheer the Eff Up)!
Get reader bios and more at the event page.
L..A. ZINE FEST Venue Information
Fest Date and Time: Sunday, February 16th, 10am - 5pm (tabling hours). Related events will run until approximately 7pm.
Location: The tabling portion of the Fest will be held in the parking garage of Helms, located at 8711 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. The entrance is located between La Dijonaise and Vitra.
Events will take place in what is known as the “Passageway” directly adjacent to the parking garage. When you arrive, you’ll most likely walk through the L.A. Zine Fest Zine Library to get there.
Parking: Street Parking is available on Washington Blvd. (the meters don’t run on Sunday). The fine people at Culver City Hall have asked us to tell you not to park on residential streets.
A complete list of event programming can be found HERE.
ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST
L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.
Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.
DONATE link via PayPal: http://bit.ly/SHdmyh
So stoked that POC Zine Project will be speaking at LA Zine Fest again this year. Read above for more details on their panel!
L.A. Zine Fest is an awesome event that requires tons of setup, so naturally they’ve got some super talented volunteers to take on some of the work. DUM DUM got to ask one of these brave souls, Kenzo Martinez, LA Zinefest Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator, about his experience.
DUM DUM: Do you have a favorite zine?
KENZO MARTINEZ: Right now it’s “Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe” by Yumi Sakugawa, who is also hosting a Zine Week event on the 14th at Giant Robot 2, and tabling at Zine Fest.
DD: How did you get involved with volunteering for Zine Fest?
KM: I was tabling back in 2012 at the first L.A Zine Fest, and at the end of the day I started helping other people clean up. There was a cool installation with leaves and twigs that Walt Gorecki (Homeroom Gallery, Jewcocks) put together, so we cleaned that up for awhile, and that was that.
DD: How many volunteers do you have, and where did they all come from?
KM: We don’t have an exact number, some people can make it to meetings while others are otherwise engaged, but we have about 15 awesome people from Earth, L.A, others from nearby stars but they’re all mostly from our D.I.Y and D.I.T communities. Usually they spring fully formed with powers unimaginable from the womb of creation.
DD: What’s the volunteer party potluck like? What kinds of trouble do you guys get into?
KM: Well, it was a pretty snazzy affair with Maui BBQ chips, eggplant sammiches, quiche and stuff. The nicest people came, the sun stood golden in the sky and we dined al fresco. There was talk of art, poetry, music, logistics and time schedules. It was wonderful, until the fire…we put out the fire and filled out some Google docs.
DD: What’s something Fest goers should look out for?
KM: Each other! The beautiful thing is we’re building a community that already includes you, so look around and hang with the family you never knew you had. Oh, and you know our keynote speaker is Jamie Hernandez of “Love and Rockets” right? He’s one of my all time favorite creators, so you should check that out.
DD: How can we get involved in the awesomeness???
KM: Email me at email@example.com, I’ll give you some options and then we make it happen. For this year’s Fest, get into a comfortable position, imagine something inspiring, close your eyes, take three slooow deep breaths and say to yourself, “I am already part of a community where I can openly express things I care about” and then show up! Bring a zine you made or some stickers in a backpack and say hello, talk and trade with yer awesome new buddies.
You can find Kenzo at L.A. Zine Fest! DUM DUM would like to add that no zines, pets, people or property were harmed during the volunteer potluck.
by Taylor Yates of DUM DUM Zine
The third annual LA Zine Fest Reading is just one of the totally fun event filling in the week before the event. LA Zine Week (Feb. 8 to 15) starts with a DUM DUM Zine issue release party and ends with the above reading but there are SO MANY GOOD THINGS in between:
- a Valentine’s Day visual reading by six of the city’s BEST comic book artists,
- an issue release party for the first zine on Fair Dig Press—Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt by Aurora Lady,
- a reading/release party organized my Tomas Mother-Effing Moniz (Rad Dad zine) and including perfomers, zinesters, writers of the highest caliber at indie book- and zinestore, AndPens Press,
- a house show by two zine bands, Wulfen Rag and Summer Vacation, courtesy of our friends at Razorcake,
- and that’s not all !
There are always few more events that sneak in there at the end, so follow the blog or like LA Zine Week on Facebook to be sure you’re clued in to the goings-on. All the events listed above are FREE, by the way. And I hope to see you there!
Anonymous asked: The line was so insane last year, (not bad for you obvs) but with it being so packed I felt like I probably would've been able to take my time to see/read more at your zine library instead. Will you be havin that again this year?
We will be having the Zine Library again! It’s a great way to check out zines from the tablers at your own pace or to take a break from the crowd. We’re hoping the Zine Fest won’t be as crowded this year — that’s why we got a larger venue, but you never know. LA seems to really love its zinesters!
Razorcake Podcast #301 with Bianca and Simon of LA Zine Fest!
Tomorrow, “Zine Week,” an entire week of zine-celebratory activity begins, all leading up to the first ever “3rd annual L.A. Zine Fest,” organizers Simon and Bianca took a night off from planning to play music, eat tacos, and drink a mediocre amount of beer. They continue to discuss the ups and downs of putting together a large city-wide event, and running it as smooth as possible thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers and supportive soccer moms turned zine parents.
Swearin’, “Hear to Hear” (Self-titled, Salinas)
So Wrong, “Pet Girl” (Drug Life, Burger)
Andrew Jackson Jihad, “Sense, Sensibility” (Can’t Maintain, Asian Man)
Lipstick Homicide, “Rocker Chick” (Out Utero, Bloated Kat)
The Shivas, “Swimming With Sharks” (WHITEOUT, K)
Shellshag, “There for You” (Rumors in Disguise, Don Giovanni)
Vacation, “Horny Politicians” (Candy Waves, Don Giovanni)
Christian Club, “Kill For Christ” (Final Confession, Sorry State)
Pretty Faces, “War of the Elephants” (Ten Year Anniversary Omnibus2012, Tor Johnson)
Shitty Weekend, “Well, Well, Well” (Split w/King Elephant, Tummy Rock)
Lim, “Sinnesfrid” (Snutas, Know)
Espectrostatic, “Smokeface Appears” (Self-titled, Trouble In Mind)
Pink Reason, “Slate Train” (Self-titled?, Criminal IQ)