l.a. zine fest!


On Sunday my best friend Jennie and I took our new music/art zine, Library Sciences, to show at the first annual L.A. Zine Fest!  We’re new to the zine world and we weren’t totally sure what to expect from the fest, but it ended up being the greatest DIY event either of us have ever had the pleasure of attending.  We were so happy to be a part of it, and the organizers really turned it out when it came to putting the whole thing together.  There were almost a hundred exhibitors from all around the country, and as you can see from the L.A. Zine Fest Flickr pool, the place was packed all day long.

What was really great about the event was the huge variety of incredibly talented people represented — everyone from Ayun Holliday of The East Village Inky and the trio behind Henry & Glenn Forever to local artists selling their print-and-staple comics — and how amazingly cool everyone was.  When Jennie and I walked in and saw all the girls setting up in their candy-colored tights and killer accessories, we felt like we had finally found our people.  The DIY spirit and sense of community was seriously inspiring.

Speaking of seriously inspiring, I can’t even tell you what a treat for the eyes this event was — everyone was dressed in cartoon style, looking effortless and completely delicious, and I was in total heaven.


Above are the really fabulous Emi of Pygmy Hippo and Marie of Agent Lover, whose ensembles I basically killed myself over from the second I saw Emi’s polka-dot headscarf and Marie’s hot pink knee socks.


Sheika of OMGcow.com was there with a ton of incredible comics and was basically a total beacon of adorability in her bright yellow dress — you couldn’t help but be drawn to her table!  And she drew a really cute portrait of me in about two seconds flat:


So cute!


Grissel, above, was at the fest with Never Press, and I loved her retro printed dress, nude fishnets and cute little flats, not to mention that hair (and her super sweet personality)!


Sylvia of The Doktor Is In was one of the first people I saw when I walked into the fest, and I was immediately drawn to her amazing tone-on-tone outfit, which reminded me a little bit of Velma from Scooby-Doo (a style icon if I’ve ever seen one).  I got to pick up a couple of her zines and I really love her self-deprecating sense of humor and straight talk.


And how cute is Sarah, above, who was at the fest with No More Geeks?  Girl is serving some modern indie Mia Farrow and I like it.

Thanks to our friend Emilio of Aperture Priority for the fisheye photos!

To our huge surprise, we sold out of the entire first run of Library Sciences Issue One!  We listed more on Etsy today and are really looking forward to putting out our second issue and participating in a lot more events like L.A. Zine Fest.

Not too shabby!

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6 responses to “l.a. zine fest!

  1. Congrats on selling out! (Of, um, your zine, I mean. Haha.)
    I’ve been to a couple of zine fests and been totally overwhelmed and felt totally uncool next to all the super-cool zinesters, but then I went to a talk about creating community and it was all okay.
    Looks like you had a great time!

  2. Love it. That lady behind Sarah is not doing so badly either.

    I have never been to a zine fest (I have a weird aversion to them because of how many horrible zines I read back in the day and how many I created myself – maybe it’s share shame?)…anyway, but this does remind me of the Bklyn Comics & Graphics Fest! Last year I was too lazy to take pictures but I did the year before. (If you want to see them – http://jesseanneo.blogspot.com/2010/12/bklyn-comics-graphics-outfits.html)

    Maybe I will think differently about zine fests since it looks exactly the same as crap I already go to.

  3. Wow! your blog is super cute and awesome! thanks for the great compliments! Although I must say you two were feast for the eyes and looked very pretty! I wish you the best in all your cool projects and I will be checking in to hear all about them. 🙂
    -Grissel

  4. LADY!!!!!! it was so great meeting you!! I should be doing a post on the Zine Fair next week and I’ll let you know when it goes up! But I’m going to send you a lil’ email right now too!
    xoxoxo

  5. Looks like a ton of fun! Funnily enough, I actually just bought that retro print dress…it’s from Target and super inexpensive and comfy if anyone wants to know! 🙂 Also, I love your blog!

  6. How serendipitous! I was wondering the other day if people still did paper zines. I used to make em, a decade ago (omg) and recently found my copy of stolen sharpie revolution.

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