Creator Q + A: Tom Neely

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Each day from now until the show we are going to be highlighting the amazing creators of Linework NW in a series of interviews conducted by the awesome folks over at Gridlords. Today’s spotlight takes a look at the work of Tom Neely, the cartoonist and publisher behind I Will…

Tom Neely helped organize LA Zine Fest’s first and second annual zine readings! Tom is an amazing creator, check out his work if you aren’t familiar with it already!

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Palette Magazine interviewed some of this year’s tablers at LA Zine Fest 2014, and here’s what they had to say!

Q: How is this fest different from something like Comic Con?

John Pham – The differences are pretty obvious. You can start at the choice of venue: LA Zine Fest this year was held in a repurposed parking structure; we were setting up tables on top of parking dividers and motor oil stains. LA Zine Fest is the local farmers’ market, San Diego Comic Con is the WTO Ministerial Conference.

Alisa Yang – LA Zine Fest allows more alternative and independent small press and self publishers, the eclectic variety is unmatched by big mainstream fests. Free admission is great for encouraging people to visit, the cost for table/booth is way more affordable than Comic Con or APE(Alternative Press Expo). You are more likely to find zines that are handmade, unusual, limited editions, or just beautiful works of art.

Jennie Yim – LAZF is focused on artists/writers who self-publish whereas Comic Con is focused on franchises/brands with mass market appeal. Pretty much anyone can exhibit and sell at LAZF and this is facilitated by the inexpensive tabling fees, proximity to mass transportation and core of dedicated volunteer staff. There is so much good will and solidarity based on the common goal everyone has of having a safe space for people of all backgrounds to share their experiences, tell their stories.

Jeremy Arambulo – I preferred it way more than Comic Con. Independent creators/companies tend to get overshadowed by Comic Con’s larger spectacles/events.

Read the rest on Palette’s website!

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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

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 & RocketsPenny 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

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Check out our amazing promo video for LA Zine Fest 2014! We interviewed some of the rad folks that will be tabling this year and asked them about why zines and Zine Fest are so important to them.

We’re into the home stretch now…hope your zines are getting folded and stapled, and that you’re excited for Sunday!

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lazinefest:

The third annual LA Zine Fest is happening in the parking garage of the Helms Bakery building on Sunday February 16, 2014! The event will feature OVER 180 ZINESTERS in one place for one amazing day! ALSO, there will be some amaZINE events: **Black Hill Press Presents: Zine to Publishing**Tomas Moniz, Yumi Sakugawa, Kevin Staniec, Mark Todd, & Esther Pearl WatsonModerated by Lilliam Rivera**The Cartoon Utopia**A multi-media presentation by Ron Regé JrAND….**Keynote Speaker**Jaime Hernandez (co-creator of Love & Rockets)In conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUNThroughout the day, check in on Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson’s Zine Hut, stop by NOMAD artspace’s table, and drop in in on activities in the Pop-Hop Zine Zone!The LA Zine Fest is FREE, it’s close to the new Expo Line, and it’s going to blow your mind right out of your skull in the best way possible. We will see you there!!

RSVP on Facebook here! Invite your friends, your mom, your dog (and your mom’s dog), and we’ll see you on Sunday, February 16th!

This just added to the panels at LA Zine Fest!
** POC Zine Project Presents: CULTIVATING CULTURE & COMMUNITY - Strategies For Overcoming the Bulls**t **
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 and share your own experiences. 
Be sure to check out the event page to read more about what will be going on at LA Zine Fest and to RSVP! Invite all your friends. See ya in two weeks!

lazinefest:

The third annual LA Zine Fest is happening in the parking garage of the Helms Bakery building on Sunday February 16, 2014! The event will feature OVER 180 ZINESTERS in one place for one amazing day! 

ALSO, there will be some amaZINE events: 

**Black Hill Press Presents: Zine to Publishing**
Tomas Moniz, Yumi Sakugawa, Kevin Staniec, Mark Todd, & Esther Pearl Watson
Moderated by Lilliam Rivera

**The Cartoon Utopia**
A multi-media presentation by Ron Regé Jr

AND….
**Keynote Speaker**
Jaime Hernandez (co-creator of Love & Rockets)
In conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN

Throughout the day, check in on Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson’s Zine Hut, stop by NOMAD artspace’s table, and drop in in on activities in the Pop-Hop Zine Zone!

The LA Zine Fest is FREE, it’s close to the new Expo Line, and it’s going to blow your mind right out of your skull in the best way possible. We will see you there!!

RSVP on Facebook here! Invite your friends, your mom, your dog (and your mom’s dog), and we’ll see you on Sunday, February 16th!

This just added to the panels at LA Zine Fest!

** POC Zine Project Presents: CULTIVATING CULTURE & COMMUNITY - Strategies For Overcoming the Bulls**t **


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 and share your own experiences. 

Be sure to check out the event page to read more about what will be going on at LA Zine Fest and to RSVP! Invite all your friends. See ya in two weeks!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Melt Brianna
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
My first zine was my “make it yourself-crochet”; a visual guide. I made it for a workshop I was doing at o.c. diy fest in 2009. I still distribute that zine to this day, and i also made the o.c. diy fest zine that was distributed at the fest. I think that was my first experience of mass produced and distributed zines. shout out to santa ana fnb! r.i.p.; many fond memories there.
Describe your most recent zine.

I have two most recent zines that I am going to introduce at LA Zine Fest this year. They are both follow ups to zines I have made in the past. I am making a second edition of “things my friends say”, and i am excited about this one because I have made some new friends that are going to be included, and my old friends are going to reappear. The second zine is going to be a follow up issue to my most recent semi-comical, semi-autobigraphical “Jam Slam” series. It’s going to recap the end of 2013 and introduce 2014 through my world lens.
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest Blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Melt Brianna

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

My first zine was my “make it yourself-crochet”; a visual guide. I made it for a workshop I was doing at o.c. diy fest in 2009. I still distribute that zine to this day, and i also made the o.c. diy fest zine that was distributed at the fest. I think that was my first experience of mass produced and distributed zines. shout out to santa ana fnb! r.i.p.; many fond memories there.

Describe your most recent zine.

I have two most recent zines that I am going to introduce at LA Zine Fest this year. They are both follow ups to zines I have made in the past. I am making a second edition of “things my friends say”, and i am excited about this one because I have made some new friends that are going to be included, and my old friends are going to reappear. The second zine is going to be a follow up issue to my most recent semi-comical, semi-autobigraphical “Jam Slam” series. It’s going to recap the end of 2013 and introduce 2014 through my world lens.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest Blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Draw D.V.L. Comics
Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?
Well, I teach the Comics for Kids class at Meltdown Comics Store in West Hollywood, and they always have great comics and zines! Other stores I really love are Pop Hop in Highland Park, Stories in Echo Park, and Skylight Books in Los Feliz. I live near to it, and I have heard about the Eastside Zine Market [organized by Adam and Denice of Seite Books], but not gotten the chance to get over there quite yet. I hope to soon!
Online, my Twitter feed and Instagram feeds will often pop up and direct me towards artists whose work I like, and who often make zines of it. Etsy and Tumblr are good sources, too. And the LAZF website itself is a very strong resource for people who hope to be directed towards new and exciting things being made in the world of zines.
What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?
I love getting to see all of the amazing work people are coming up with, to meet attendees who are really passionate about art, comics, and writing, and that the L.A. community (as well as the overall Zine community, since so many people come from out of state to do this event– and hello to everyone who I have met at the PDX Zine Symposium, who will be coming down to California for this one)!
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Draw D.V.L. Comics

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?

Well, I teach the Comics for Kids class at Meltdown Comics Store in West Hollywood, and they always have great comics and zines! Other stores I really love are Pop Hop in Highland Park, Stories in Echo Park, and Skylight Books in Los Feliz. I live near to it, and I have heard about the Eastside Zine Market [organized by Adam and Denice of Seite Books], but not gotten the chance to get over there quite yet. I hope to soon!

Online, my Twitter feed and Instagram feeds will often pop up and direct me towards artists whose work I like, and who often make zines of it. Etsy and Tumblr are good sources, too. And the LAZF website itself is a very strong resource for people who hope to be directed towards new and exciting things being made in the world of zines.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?

I love getting to see all of the amazing work people are coming up with, to meet attendees who are really passionate about art, comics, and writing, and that the L.A. community (as well as the overall Zine community, since so many people come from out of state to do this event– and hello to everyone who I have met at the PDX Zine Symposium, who will be coming down to California for this one)!

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Kane Lynch
Describe your work in two sentences or less.
Heartfelt, character-focused comics, often with a subtle sci-fi bent.
Where are your favorite places in your city to look for new zines?
Between the San Francisco Zine Fest and EBABZ in Berkeley, I can basically load up for the whole year!
What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?
The boundless enthusiasm of the local community. We have two great zine fests in the Bay Area, but I was taken aback by the energy of the LA show last year. I can’t wait to come back!
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Kane Lynch

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

Heartfelt, character-focused comics, often with a subtle sci-fi bent.

Where are your favorite places in your city to look for new zines?

Between the San Francisco Zine Fest and EBABZ in Berkeley, I can basically load up for the whole year!

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?

The boundless enthusiasm of the local community. We have two great zine fests in the Bay Area, but I was taken aback by the energy of the LA show last year. I can’t wait to come back!

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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 GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Melancholy Rainbow
Describe your most recent zine.
My most recent zine is called I Know You Are But Weird Am I? It’s the second issue and another random assortment of semi-autobiographical “sitcomics” about the woes of dating, brutally honest friends, and an anthropomorphic cat, and other nonsensical things.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
My sketchbooks are my favorite. I carry a sketchbook with me almost everywhere I go so that I can doodle what I’m daydreaming about and what’s going on around me. They’re filled with random, ridiculous, amazing drawings and doodles that I sometimes can’t believe I drew.
Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

 GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Melancholy Rainbow

Describe your most recent zine.

My most recent zine is called I Know You Are But Weird Am I? It’s the second issue and another random assortment of semi-autobiographical “sitcomics” about the woes of dating, brutally honest friends, and an anthropomorphic cat, and other nonsensical things.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

My sketchbooks are my favorite. I carry a sketchbook with me almost everywhere I go so that I can doodle what I’m daydreaming about and what’s going on around me. They’re filled with random, ridiculous, amazing drawings and doodles that I sometimes can’t believe I drew.

Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Bangs & Beard

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

We (Melinda Tracy Boyce & Aaron Whitaker) create mostly autobio comic zines, but also have a few fictional comic zines, art prints, and a graphic novel.

What are you working on for the Fest this year?

M: The Melinderly #2 (full-color autobio and fictional comics).

A: Awkward Quarterly # 4 (autobio comic zine), Lurve (a Woody Allen fanzine), and maybe more if I get my act together.

How did you get involved in making zines?

M: When I started making comics in Portland, OR I met a great group of cartoonist that introduced me to the zine scene.

A: When I saw what Melinda was doing I thought it was really cool so I copied her.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Team Punchbag
Describe your most recent zine.
This year we made four whole zines! The first is Food Coloring, a coloring & activity book about our favorite late night snacks – which includes a crepe with lychee ice-cream + nutella + custard from a favorite neighborhood spot.
The other three were short stories and illustrations:
1. Garden of Delusions is an essay on self-realization and empowerment from our own barriers.
2. Short Message Syndrome is a modern love story that’s not a rom-com.
3.a. Alley is about a young thief that lingers too long when he probably should have left.3.b. Dead Mouse Dioramas witnesses a street altercation, where one could intervene or let it play out.
We continued our process of collaborating with writers by providing prompts and illustrations for each short story.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
We made a poop sticker that we’re pretty damn proud of. It makes us laugh, lots. And it seems to make other people giggle too.
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Team Punchbag

Describe your most recent zine.

This year we made four whole zines! The first is Food Coloring, a coloring & activity book about our favorite late night snacks – which includes a crepe with lychee ice-cream + nutella + custard from a favorite neighborhood spot.

The other three were short stories and illustrations:

1. Garden of Delusions is an essay on self-realization and empowerment from our own barriers.

2. Short Message Syndrome is a modern love story that’s not a rom-com.

3.a. Alley is about a young thief that lingers too long when he probably should have left.
3.b. Dead Mouse Dioramas witnesses a street altercation, where one could intervene or let it play out.

We continued our process of collaborating with writers by providing prompts and illustrations for each short story.

Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?

We made a poop sticker that we’re pretty damn proud of. It makes us laugh, lots. And it seems to make other people giggle too.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Michel Valdes
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
My first zine was called School Daze and I made it in 2005. It’s all about a year working as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school. Making copies, grading homework, holding sweaters during four square battles and being a shoulder to cry on after a fight about not sharing cookies. One of the best years of my life.

Describe your most recent zine.
A couple of zines I’ve been working on that I hope to have ready for the zine fest are School Pit – a direct rip-off of Ben Snakepit’s comic journal style about the fall semester of my 8th year as a middle school teacher. Prius of Death Tour – in which I basically stalked a band all the way through Texas in a Toyota Prius at the age of 32. This Summer is Haunted is about jumping on a Greyhound bus and spending an enlightening 8 hours in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Michel Valdes

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

My first zine was called School Daze and I made it in 2005. It’s all about a year working as a teacher’s assistant at an elementary school. Making copies, grading homework, holding sweaters during four square battles and being a shoulder to cry on after a fight about not sharing cookies. One of the best years of my life.

Describe your most recent zine.

A couple of zines I’ve been working on that I hope to have ready for the zine fest are School Pit – a direct rip-off of Ben Snakepit’s comic journal style about the fall semester of my 8th year as a middle school teacher. Prius of Death Tour – in which I basically stalked a band all the way through Texas in a Toyota Prius at the age of 32. This Summer is Haunted is about jumping on a Greyhound bus and spending an enlightening 8 hours in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Yumi Sakugawa
Describe your work in two sentences or less.
Short comic stories and illustrated essays about the cosmos, meditation, longing, memory, and time. Personal anxieties, desires and dreams disguised in the form of beta fish, one-eyed monsters, bunny ghosts, teenage girls and extraterrestrial visitors.
How did you get involved in making zines?
I made my first coimc zine in 2008 before i even knew what a zine was. And then two years later I had the good fortune of making friends with artists who were very involved in the zine community, and that was when I learned for the first time that people actually went to different zine conventions in different cities sharing their zines with other zine-makers from all over the country. I went to my first zine convention in Sacramento in 2010 and I have been hooked ever since.
Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Yumi Sakugawa

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

Short comic stories and illustrated essays about the cosmos, meditation, longing, memory, and time. Personal anxieties, desires and dreams disguised in the form of beta fish, one-eyed monsters, bunny ghosts, teenage girls and extraterrestrial visitors.

How did you get involved in making zines?

I made my first coimc zine in 2008 before i even knew what a zine was. And then two years later I had the good fortune of making friends with artists who were very involved in the zine community, and that was when I learned for the first time that people actually went to different zine conventions in different cities sharing their zines with other zine-makers from all over the country. I went to my first zine convention in Sacramento in 2010 and I have been hooked ever since.

Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: 2D Cloud
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first zine I made was titled “fodder” some time around 1997. The pamphlet was inspired by a book of Henny Youngman jokes that I was lost in one move or another.
At the time I was working with Paul Tobin, Phil Hester, and Colleen Coover on a book called “Attitude Lad”. They are all very talented and seeing my work in the same comic as their’s made me realize that I need to figure my craft out.
“fodder” was the first of many attempts at figuring out how to write, draw, and pull it all together into something that didn’t suck. They where fun to make and great to give away and trade with others.

Describe your most recent zine.
The most recent completed zine is titled “Fuck and Doom”. It is a collection of short stories that is more a less a 36 page rant on the transformative nature of new technology. By no means am I a luddite but as I turn into a old geezer there are certainly moments of late where I just know the world is moving along without me at its’ center.
From a creative perspective it pulled together old influences and references, it was the first time in years that I did something silly, that wasn’t precious.
Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: 2D Cloud

What was your first zine about and when was it made?

The first zine I made was titled “fodder” some time around 1997. The pamphlet was inspired by a book of Henny Youngman jokes that I was lost in one move or another.

At the time I was working with Paul Tobin, Phil Hester, and Colleen Coover on a book called “Attitude Lad”. They are all very talented and seeing my work in the same comic as their’s made me realize that I need to figure my craft out.

“fodder” was the first of many attempts at figuring out how to write, draw, and pull it all together into something that didn’t suck. They where fun to make and great to give away and trade with others.

Describe your most recent zine.

The most recent completed zine is titled “Fuck and Doom”. It is a collection of short stories that is more a less a 36 page rant on the transformative nature of new technology. By no means am I a luddite but as I turn into a old geezer there are certainly moments of late where I just know the world is moving along without me at its’ center.

From a creative perspective it pulled together old influences and references, it was the first time in years that I did something silly, that wasn’t precious.

Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!

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