In an era of dying print everything, it’s a gift to be surrounded by visually compelling eye candy in the form of zines. Tangible zines. So thank you, L.A. Zine Fest, for reminding me that sad girl art exists beyond the realm of tumblr.
There were pages and pages full of personal narratives and poetry, artistic mash-ups (see: Bartkira, an Akira and Simpsons crossover zine), humor – lots of humor, riot grrrl notions, subversive content, repurposed online material like LiveJournal posts, and so much more. Like seriously, there was so much. It was all brilliant.
This video captures the general atmosphere of L.A. Zine Fest. I also got to do a few casual interviews with zinesters from Dum Dum Zine, Palm Tree Cellphone Tower Collective (P.T.C.T.C.), Zine Bomb, Mend My Dress Press and Fair Dig.
Here is a list of all of the exhibitors that were there.