2012 LA Zine Fest artwork by Simon Sotelo
If you know me at all, then you’ll know that I am a complete believer in the power of zines.
Not just because I’ve read a few. I mean, there are really great zines out there to read (ask me, I’ll talk your little ear off). The most amazing thing about zines is their communicative reach, their accessability, and their limitless scope for creation. It doesn’t hurt that making your own zine empowers you. It shows you that what you say and think matters– that it’s absolutely worth taking the time to write or draw your story and then share it with others.
If you’ve ever made a zine, I’m sure you’re right there with me. I have friends from when I was teen– people I’d never met, in places I’d never heard of, but who knew intimate details of my life, because they read my zine. They’re still my homies.
Which is why LA Zine Fest is so important.
I’ve looked forward to the zine fest for the past two years. It’s something I mark on my calendar the very moment that the date is announced. I’ve made friends there. I’ve stumbled across old ones. But the thing that makes me head over heels is the endless flow of creativity. There’s a zine about everything! And if there’s not, you can hunker down, right then and there, and make one.
I ask a lot of questions to creators while I’m there. I love to be pleasantly surprised by someone’s zine innovation (of which there are always a few!). My best friend was proposed to there, in the form of a zine. It really is a summit of love and creation and there’s always some giddiness in the air.
So maybe that’ll explain why I’m supportingLA Zine Fest’s Indiegogo campaign, and sharing it with you. I’m hoping you’ll look over their perks, check out their video, and feel compelled to donate to make something beautiful happen (again and again and again).

A huge thanks to Aurora Lady for her kind words about LA Zine Fest! She mentions so many of the reasons why we organize LAZF — friendship, community, creativity and self-expression being the big ones. 
So thank you for the shout out Aurora, and everyone else, go check out her blog if you haven’t yet already —  you won’t be disappointed! 

2012 LA Zine Fest artwork by Simon Sotelo

If you know me at all, then you’ll know that I am a complete believer in the power of zines.

Not just because I’ve read a few. I mean, there are really great zines out there to read (ask me, I’ll talk your little ear off). The most amazing thing about zines is their communicative reach, their accessability, and their limitless scope for creation. It doesn’t hurt that making your own zine empowers you. It shows you that what you say and think matters– that it’s absolutely worth taking the time to write or draw your story and then share it with others.

If you’ve ever made a zine, I’m sure you’re right there with me. I have friends from when I was teen– people I’d never met, in places I’d never heard of, but who knew intimate details of my life, because they read my zine. They’re still my homies.

Which is why LA Zine Fest is so important.

I’ve looked forward to the zine fest for the past two years. It’s something I mark on my calendar the very moment that the date is announced. I’ve made friends there. I’ve stumbled across old ones. But the thing that makes me head over heels is the endless flow of creativity. There’s a zine about everything! And if there’s not, you can hunker down, right then and there, and make one.

I ask a lot of questions to creators while I’m there. I love to be pleasantly surprised by someone’s zine innovation (of which there are always a few!). My best friend was proposed to there, in the form of a zine. It really is a summit of love and creation and there’s always some giddiness in the air.

So maybe that’ll explain why I’m supportingLA Zine Fest’s Indiegogo campaign, and sharing it with you. I’m hoping you’ll look over their perks, check out their video, and feel compelled to donate to make something beautiful happen (again and again and again).

A huge thanks to Aurora Lady for her kind words about LA Zine Fest! She mentions so many of the reasons why we organize LAZF — friendship, community, creativity and self-expression being the big ones. 

So thank you for the shout out Aurora, and everyone else, go check out her blog if you haven’t yet already —  you won’t be disappointed! 

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