Hey! I’m June’s Zinester of the Month at Once Upon a Distro.
4) How did you wind up being involved in planning the LA Zine Fest? What steps did you take to make it successful, and what advice do you have for other potential zine event organizers?
A few years ago, I was approached by the owner of Meltdown Comics to start stocking their zine section and revive a small press showcase they hosted at UCLA a few years back. That pushed my super shy butt to getting out there and meeting more people, making more connections. I managed (by sheer luck, possibly fate) to meet four amazing women that all shared a love for zines/DIY goodness, and started inviting them over to my apartment to talk about putting together more zine related events in the Meltdown gallery. We started off with free workshops and then decided to just go for the gold and put together a zine fest! When we were organizing the zine fest, we really wanted it to be about bringing the diverse, widespread, lonely zinesters and zine-readers together in this city, to network, collaborate and create new things. We networked and promoted at almost every DIY event and craft fair, would attach LAZF to our other projects (like having our Guide to LA Zine Survey handed out at one of the organizers’ band’s tape release), and would simply ask people if they wanted to be involved. The response was amazing. Amazing enough to give us the cojones to ask V. Vale and Henry Rollins if they wanted to be a part of the fest. There’s so much more I could write about this, but I’ll end it with it was one of the most life-affirming things I’ve ever done. I totally cried like a baby at the end of the night. My only advice: be creative and be collaborative. You can’t go wrong with those two things.