LAZF IS AN ANNUAL EVENT CELEBRATING ZINES, COMICS, AND OTHER FORMS OF SELF-PUBLISHING. WE ALSO ORGANIZE ZINE WORKSHOPS & RELATED EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
LAZF IS AN ANNUAL EVENT CELEBRATING ZINES, COMICS, AND OTHER FORMS OF SELF-PUBLISHING. WE ALSO ORGANIZE ZINE WORKSHOPS & RELATED EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
It’s here! The poster forP
31 Days of International Zine Month July 2014
-Sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com & write about IZM
-Sign up for 24 hour zine challenge (24hourzines.com)
-Use #IZM2014 when writing online about International Zine Month
26 - 1 July - Zines At The American Library Association Annual Conferece (Las Vegas, Nevada) I’ll be at the ALA with posters!
1 - Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines!
2 - Re-read your favorite zines - Let’s remember why we fell in love with zines in the first place!
3 - Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro
4 - Read a zine from a country other than your own: There are so many fantastic zines from around the world!
5 - Teach yourself a new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.
6 - Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.
7 - Make some envelopes or postcards for postal week
8 - Make a flyer for your zine to send with trades or orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.
9 - Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know
10 - Send a care package to a zine friend
11 - Make some mail art!
12 - OC Zine Fest (Santa Anna, California, USA)
12 - Tampa Zine Fest (Tampa, Florida, USA)
12-13 Portland Zine Symposium (Portland, Oregon, USA)
12 - Send your zine out to be reviewed
13 - Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.
14 - ValenZINE’s Day! Write to ZineCrush.com (or write to your zine crush!)
15 - Leave a zine in public for someone else to find: leave your zine at a bus stop, bathroom, waiting room, or anywhere else someone will find it!
16 - Send your zine to a distro for consideration
17 - Review a zine online or write a review to share
18 - Order from a different zine distro than usual
19 - Zine Shop appreciation day! Try to find a local shop that sells zine or see if you can get a local store to stock zines!
20 - Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone.
21 - International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!
22 - Send your zine to a zine library
23 - Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.
24 - Organize your zine collection
25 - Teach a friend or family member about zines
26- Submit something to a compilation zine
27 - Organize a zine event! any size! big or small!
28 - Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!
29- Post photo of you with your zine or zinecollection.
30 - Read some zines! Lay in bed & read zines all day if you can
31 - HallowZINE Remember zines and zinesters that are no longer with us. Light a candle at the virtual HallowZine shrine.
-Read a zine everyday
-Attend a zine event
-do a 24 hour zine: sign up at 24hourzines.com
-post your progress on your blog or on We Make Zines
-Drawa comic a day then release a comic zine
-Write about your progress daily online
Here’s the activity poster for 2014 International Zine Month! Print off your own copy here, get one free with orders from Portland Button Works, or send a stamp or IRC (International Reply Coupon) to:
International Zine Month
c/o Portland Button Works
1322 North Killingsworth
Portland, Oregon 97217
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. and Skylight Books are teaming up to together to celebrate California Bookstore Day with an “Ask a Zinester” booth at Skylight on Saturday, May 3, from noon to 10 pm. Stop by to meet some new zinesters, ask questions about everything from binding to copy-scamming, and get answers from wizened old zine makers. It’s gonna be FUN!
Marya is a rad lady who is starting
and you should help her out:
HI! MY NAME IS MARYA— I’m the founder of ABQ Zine Fest, (now in its 4th year) The Albuquerque Zine Library, and a co-founder/curator of The Tannex, a DIY performance clubhouse, in this outpost, in the high desert of New Mexico. I love my creative community, and I do a lot to support and nurture it. I’m asking for your support as I embark on a new project that expands my love for zines, self-publishing, and storytelling …
THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECT MISSION: to help diversify existing zine collections, or help establish new ones by presenting women/feminist focused, people of color influenced, gender-inclusive zines and comics to groups and collectives around the world.
YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PAMPHLETEER PROJECTwill help me get to Sweden to present a pop-up zine library and free workshops at the TITWRENCH Stockholm Festival— a women’s music festival. The fest was founded in Denver by Sarah Slater in 2008. TITWRENCH Stockholm is the first satellite of the original fest. After the event, I will donate 100-200 zines to a collective in the city.
YOUR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT will:
- Cover airfare to Stockholm.
- Pay for simple materials to set up the zine library.If we surpass the goal of $2,500, this will allow me to take this pilot program and expand its reach to other collectives within the punk/zine community and beyond. Someday, I imagine this project being able to support other zinesters interested in delivering zines to groups and communities.
To spite our perceptions of Sweden being a utopia, The country is more diverse than the media reflects. Along with the changes to this nation comes unrest. Last year, Stockholm experienced 5 days of rioting. On March 8th of this year, an act of fascism in the form of a knife attack occurred on the night of International Women’s Day, injuring several women taking part in a Reclaim the Night demonstration. These are acts of violence, but they are also acts of ignorance. The Pamphleteer Project supports the independent voice by presenting diversity as a means of and solidarity with local communities striving for peace through mutual acceptance.
I know zines to be a form that can open pathways to self-expression when other avenues are blocked, guide people through difficult conversations, and fuel strong political actions in communities through the power of the independent voice. Most importantly, zines can connect us to the human intimacy of storytelling.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
+ Due to time constraints, and optimum ticket-buying, please donate to the project via paypal. I know, I know… your donation via credit card is also appreciated!
+ If you can’t contribute $$ please donate ZINES that fit the criteria mentioned in the project description. Please email me at thepamphleteerproject at gmail dot com to find out where to submit your zine!
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!
Found in the flickr pool….
LA ZINE FEST ZINE (meta) by browntourage :P
The LA zine fest got me missing the feeling of putting pen to paper. The DIY aspect is so liberating- you can print whatever you want however you want! Whether the pages are filled with photos, doodles, collages, opinions, comics, poetry, or manifestos, zines provide a freeform field for people of all backgrounds to express themselves and find people who relate.
Flocks of people gathered in the Helms Bakery district Sunday to appreciate over a hundred zine stalls. With such a diversity of styles and content, I tried to check up on women/poc run zines, and ended up taking style pics because i couldn’t not. I was so overstimulated by beauty the event itself merited a zine of its own. Here’s my online attempt.
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
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!