The 5th annual L.A. Zine Fest returned to its inaugural neighborhood – downtown L.A. – to celebrate self-publishing and DIY culture in the community. This year’s Fest featured over 200 zinesters, writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, and more, selling, trading and sharing their work, for one amazing day!
The event attracted close to 4000 fans of ‘zines, with people coming from all over the world to be a part of it. Colorful, artful people gathered together at the Majestic, crammed and slammed tight in the rather large building, sweating, reading hundreds of ‘zines, looking at drawings and talking about art. I have never see so many people reading in my life.
I had a few favorite zines, like “Why are You Dumping Me?” by Sandra Markarian from Boguspress. Her cartoons are crude but funny as they illustrate guys telling her why they dumped her. She said they all really happened — excuses like, “Don’t yell at me. My mother yells at me” and “Oh yeah, I keep forgetting we had sex.”Princess Die was another fave. It features Prince Charles saying, “Your greatest achievement is to love me.” It came with a button that says, “Aint no Wifey !”
Photo gallery after the jump
Pictures by Tequila Mockingbird and Kristen Addix