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January 26, 2014 at 10:00am
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So, you’re going to LA Zine Fest….

Um, have you RSVPd for LA Zine Fest yet? Here's your chance. 

January 24, 2014 at 10:00am
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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!

So beautiful. Yumi’s work has this very serene clarity. She’s a really gifted storyteller and I can’t recommend her work enough. 

lazinefest:

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!

So beautiful. Yumi’s work has this very serene clarity. She’s a really gifted storyteller and I can’t recommend her work enough. 

January 20, 2014 at 10:00am
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A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why are there so few women on this panel? Why are there so few women in this whole week’s program? Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them.”  —from Stephen Scobie’s account of the Naropa Institute tribute to Ginsberg, July 1994

citylightsbooks:

A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why are there so few women on this panel? Why are there so few women in this whole week’s program? Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up. There were cases, I knew them, someday someone will write about them.” —from Stephen Scobie’s account of the Naropa Institute tribute to Ginsberg, July 1994

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January 19, 2014 at 10:00am
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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
RSVP here!

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.  

fairdig:

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

RSVP here!

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.  

January 18, 2014 at 8:57am
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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. 

7:21am
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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. 

lazinefest:

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. 

January 13, 2014 at 10:42am
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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!

lazinefest:

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!

January 11, 2014 at 10:00am
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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.
Tracklisting:
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. 

razorcake:

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.

Tracklisting:

Pansy Division, “Loose” (Royalty Records/LifeBeat) 
Piss Test, “Babies” (Jonnycat)
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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. 

January 10, 2014 at 10:00am
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acrosstheyumiverse:

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 

Bitch Magazine

BuzzFeed 

Huffington Post 

NPR 

PopSugar 

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 

Amazon |  Barnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell BooksSkylight BooksUrban Outfitters

Yumi is my intergalactic BFF. (Yours, too!)

January 9, 2014 at 8:11am
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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

tortillapower:

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

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