The Pop-Hop, L.A. Zine Fest & Fair Dig Press present a launch soiree for Aurora Lady's DON'T HIDE BEHIND YOUR SKIRT, as part of L.A. Zine Week! Featuring a reading by Aurora, a make-your-own-zine table by LAZF, refreshments by Plant Food for People, and more surprises!
8:00pm, Wednesday, February 12, 2014
at 5002 York Blvd, Highland Park
LA Zine Week is coming!! Judging by the flyer, this event is going to be a beautiful warm sea of good feelings and vegan snacks.
In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, [Do What You Love] is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.
Miya Tokumitsu in Slate
Just reading through a really interesting article about how this idea that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life can become a narcissistic pursuit that devalues the people who don’t have the privilege of having a job they “love.” Wags a finger at Steve Jobs and higher education, among others.
GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Harry Diaz
Where are your favorite places in your city to look for new zines?
It’s pretty rad having access to a ton of outlets for zines in L.A. I like to hit up the usual spots like Ooga Booga, and pens. But to be honest, I find a lot of really cool zines online. Mostly by obscure artists who exist outside of the zine culture.
What are you working on for the Fest this year?
My goal is to have two new books out, one of which is a collection of 4×6 woodcuts and the other a collection of drawings. Both non-narrative and image driven books.
Read the rest of the interview at the LA Zine Fest blog!
Harry Diaz’s woodcuts are AMAZING. Love this guy’s work.
GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Gutfeelings
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
Sarah: Blue Rib. It was a hand written and drawn zine about neighbors I had growing up, musicians I liked beginning with the letter ‘K’, films I had seen with boys I knew and how to make nachos. I printed it up in black and white and then would color in each one and give them away for free.
Describe your most recent zine.
Sophie: Sarah and I have just spent the summer in LA where we worked on our England themed issue so we decided that when we returned to London we would base the next issue on all things America. As well as recipes and food related articles, we usually pick the things that we find most interesting about the theme; the people it encompasses, the tales and stories it evokes, the music or the writers and artists who relate to it. This issue has some of our most exciting recipes like Sarah’s Bacon and Bourbon Ice Cream and our Martini and Mint Juleps recipes. It’s the perfect read to get you drunk and hopped up on sugar. We also made illustrated top trump cards of some of the people we met while we were there to go along with the issue.
Read the rest at the LA Zine Fest blog!
Such a good drawing of Lemmy!
Razorcake Podcast #296 with Bianca and Simon of LA Zine Fest!
Once again, two organizers of the L.A. Zine Fest joined Todd for another round of Huell Howser impersonations and the wonderful insanity of running Los Angeles’s Zine Fest with a few musical interludes in-between.
Pansy Division, “Loose” (Royalty Records/LifeBeat)
Piss Test, “Babies” (Jonnycat)
Red Dons, “Losing Track” (Grave Mistake)
Fucked Up, “Year Of The Pig” (What’s Your Rupture?)
Iggy Pop And Zig Zags, “If I’m in Luck, I Might Just Get Picked Up” (Light In The Attic)
Ty Segall, “Where Your Heads Goes” (DragCity)
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, “Beautiful Transvestite (Famous Class)
Sleeper, “AKMAE” (Self-titled, Secret Pennies)
The Paper Chase, “The Common Cold (The Epidemic)” (Someday This Will All Be Yours, Kill Rock Stars)
The Replacements, “Sixteen Blue” (Let It Be, Twin/Tone)
Peter Pants, “No Home” (Peter Pants Compilation, Big Joy)
Shitty Weekend, “Throw me in the Mud” (Shit Week, Secret Pennies)
Screaming Females, “Skull” (Power Move, Don Giovanni)
Sledding With Tigers, “The Kids Will Be Alright, Eventually” (The Arrested Cats, Lazy Acre)
This is real life.
Happy 2014, internets. A big cupcake box of thank you’s and eternal gratitudes to everyone who supported the book release of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU ever since it hit bookstores last December.
Some interviews, nice things, and random mentions about I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU on the internet:
Angry Asian Man
Asia Pacific Arts
If you are living in or near San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Washington D.C. or Los Angeles, I hope to see you in person at the FRIEND-LOVE Valentine’s Day book tour happening at the very end of January / early February. More details and book tour poster coming very soon.
If you missed out on buying I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU during the holiday season, just going to put it out there that I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU makes for a perfect platonic / maybe-not-so-platonic Valentine’s Day gift for all the special people in your life. JUST SAYIN JUST SAYIN. <3
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Yumi is my intergalactic BFF. (Yours, too!)
My ma’ was like….. you can’t wear that you’ll get jumped. I was like…… stahp.policing.my.body. #politixsOfStyle #DejemeJotearEnPaz and instead of getting jumped I got a $140 pesos off my ticket cus the jot@ At the counter thought it was cute. #EnCaminoAMexico
GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Emily Alden Foster
What are your three favorite small-press/DIY publications?
I’m sure everyone said this, but it’s really hard to pick just three things. The “Hero Land” series by Esther Pearl Watson is one of my all-time favorites, because who doesn’t like ridiculously frugal superheroes? I also really love anything made by my dear friend and table-mate Jennie Yim, who makes great autobio comics. I’m really looking forward to the conclusion of her “An Illustrated History of Personal Failure” series. It’s just as good as the title makes it sound. Another recent favorite is “Dad Tweets” by Amy Burek. True to the title, it’s a mini-zine collection of her dad’s tweets. I have it sitting out on my bookshelf and whenever people look at it I have to convince them that the contents are real tweets from a real dad, because they don’t believe it’s possible for a dad to be so funny.
What advice would you give to a first-time zinester or to an aspiring zinemaker?
You can do it! There are so many things you could do it might seem overwhelming, so maybe just start with something simple. My first zine was literally one sheet of paper folded in half one time, with a story and a picture, and people loved it. Or, at least, no one lit it on fire in my presence, so I assume they loved it.
Read the rest over at the LA Zine Fest blog!
PLEASE HELP US PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!
The season of gift wrapping is upon us! We’re enlisting the help of anybody willing to sit at a cozy table in a cozy bookstore, in a mess of colorful paper and ribbons, for a few hours at a time.
Gift wrapping is a complimentary service at our store year-round, but during the holidays we set you up with a tip jar to collect money for the charity, school, or nonprofit organization of your choice. Most shifts are three hours, and if you don’t have a charity in mind, we’ll collect for our favorites.
Please e-mail Jenn at
for more info!
Who’s got some time? Further, who can cut a straight line? Skylight needs you!
Q&A with Zine Market tabler Bianca Barragan
How did you first get in to making zines?
I think I first got into zines because of my best friend, Rebecca. She was making a zine with some friends who did comics, and they were going to show it at the small press section of ComiCon one year when I was in college. I wrote a story for the group zine then, but it wasn’t until 2009 when I started thinking that I could do my own zine. I made three, actually, and I took them to the SF Zine Fest, which was really, really fun. I met lots of people who I keep in touch with today!
What are some of your current or all time favorite zines?
All-time favorites would have to be Razorcake, Doris, andTelegram. My current favorite might have to be Shotgun Seamstress’ anthology. I bought it when POC Zine Project was in town and I am making my way through it. It will definitely make my way onto the all-time favorite list once it’s done.
What kind of zines will people find at your table?
I’d say that my zines fall loosely under the “creative non-fiction” banner. There’s one zine about things I’ve heard while I’ve eavesdropping on the train. A second zine is three stories that are basically about trying to be an adult. Another I’ve heard described as being about “faulty coping mechanisms,” which is more eloquent than I ever could have put it. There will be two new, super-limited edition minis at the table, too—one is a story someone told me about drugs; another is a story about my time on jury duty. They all try to be funny, but some are better at that than others.
Why do you choose to make zines compared to blogs or traditional publishing?
Traditional publishing and blogs are less fun because then you don’t get to go to the copy shop or lay it out for yourself. I’m pretty sure that when you publish your book through Blurb, there is no 2 a.m. Kinko’s run. A zine communicates to someone that I’ve spent a lot of time making sure that this is exactly as long as it needs to be because I’m paying to print it. A zine gives you a reason to talk to someone and, more importantly, gives you something to talk about. I think, for me, even though the zine community is growing every time I look at it, zines make me feel like I’m a member of a secret group of people throughout the country who care about what they’re making enough to see it through from beginning to end—regardless of how many other people ever see it, regardless of whether or not they make a zine again.
This coming Sunday, I’m going to be tabling for LA Zine Fest and myself at the Eastside Zine Market next to Pyramid Money Zines. I’ve decided that I will be turning my table into a Zines Folded While You Wait Patiently exhibit, where I will fold the zine you bought (or at least pretended to be interested in) right in front of your eyes! Not because I am rapidly running out of time or anything, but for educational purposes.