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This is the live report from L.A. Zine Fest 2014!

41 minutes of zines, zines, and more zines, with all these guests…

Alex Wrekk (Brainscan, Stolen Sharpie Revolution, Portland Button Works)
Aurora Lady (Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt)
Daisy Noemi
Daryl Gussin (Razorcake)
Eleanor Whitney (GROW, Indulgence)
Eryca Sender (My Little Friend)
Kim Burly (Hurricane)
Marya Errin Jones (ABQ Zine Fest)
Meredith Wallace and Simon Sotelo (L.A. Zine Fest)
Neely and Colleen (Mend My Dress Press)
Robey Clark and Ani Raya-Flores (Pop-Hop Books)
Sage Adderley (Sweet Candy)

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(photo c/o Daisy)
A great Q&A that DUM DUM ZINE did with this week’s guest, Kenzo!
lazinefest:

L.A. Zine Fest is an awesome event that requires tons of setup, so naturally they’ve got some super talented volunteers to take on some of the work. DUM DUM got to ask one of these brave souls, Kenzo Martinez, LA Zinefest Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator, about his experience.
DUM DUM: Do you have a favorite zine?
KENZO MARTINEZ: Right now it’s “Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe” by Yumi Sakugawa, who is also hosting a Zine Week event on the 14th at Giant Robot 2, and tabling at Zine Fest.
DD: How did you get involved with volunteering for Zine Fest?
KM: I was tabling back in 2012 at the first L.A Zine Fest, and at the end of the day I started helping other people clean up. There was a cool installation with leaves and twigs that Walt Gorecki (Homeroom Gallery, Jewcocks) put together, so we cleaned that up for awhile, and that was that.
DD: How many volunteers do you have, and where did they all come from?
KM: We don’t have an exact number, some people can make it to meetings while others are otherwise engaged, but we have about 15 awesome people from Earth, L.A, others from nearby stars but they’re all mostly from our D.I.Y and D.I.T communities. Usually they spring fully formed with powers unimaginable from the womb of creation.
DD: What’s the volunteer party potluck like? What kinds of trouble do you guys get into?
KM: Well, it was a pretty snazzy affair with Maui BBQ chips, eggplant sammiches, quiche and stuff. The nicest people came, the sun stood golden in the sky and we dined al fresco. There was talk of art, poetry, music, logistics and time schedules. It was wonderful, until the fire…we put out the fire and filled out some Google docs.
DD: What’s something Fest goers should look out for?
KM: Each other! The beautiful thing is we’re building a community that already includes you, so look around and hang with the family you never knew you had. Oh, and you know our keynote speaker is Jamie Hernandez of “Love and Rockets” right? He’s one of my all time favorite creators, so you should check that out.
DD: How can we get involved in the awesomeness???
KM: Email me at volunteer@lazinefest.com, I’ll give you some options and then we make it happen. For this year’s Fest, get into a comfortable position, imagine something inspiring, close your eyes, take three slooow deep breaths and say to yourself, “I am already part of a community where I can openly express things I care about” and then show up! Bring a zine you made or some stickers in a backpack and say hello, talk and trade with yer awesome new buddies.
You can find Kenzo at L.A. Zine Fest! DUM DUM would like to add that no zines, pets, people or property were harmed during the volunteer potluck.
by Taylor Yates of DUM DUM Zine

A great Q&A that DUM DUM ZINE did with this week’s guest, Kenzo!

lazinefest:

L.A. Zine Fest is an awesome event that requires tons of setup, so naturally they’ve got some super talented volunteers to take on some of the work. DUM DUM got to ask one of these brave souls, Kenzo Martinez, LA Zinefest Organizer & Volunteer Coordinator, about his experience.

DUM DUM: Do you have a favorite zine?

KENZO MARTINEZ: Right now it’s “Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe” by Yumi Sakugawa, who is also hosting a Zine Week event on the 14th at Giant Robot 2, and tabling at Zine Fest.

DD: How did you get involved with volunteering for Zine Fest?

KM: I was tabling back in 2012 at the first L.A Zine Fest, and at the end of the day I started helping other people clean up. There was a cool installation with leaves and twigs that Walt Gorecki (Homeroom Gallery, Jewcocks) put together, so we cleaned that up for awhile, and that was that.

DD: How many volunteers do you have, and where did they all come from?

KM: We don’t have an exact number, some people can make it to meetings while others are otherwise engaged, but we have about 15 awesome people from Earth, L.A, others from nearby stars but they’re all mostly from our D.I.Y and D.I.T communities. Usually they spring fully formed with powers unimaginable from the womb of creation.

DD: What’s the volunteer party potluck like? What kinds of trouble do you guys get into?

KM: Well, it was a pretty snazzy affair with Maui BBQ chips, eggplant sammiches, quiche and stuff. The nicest people came, the sun stood golden in the sky and we dined al fresco. There was talk of art, poetry, music, logistics and time schedules. It was wonderful, until the fire…we put out the fire and filled out some Google docs.

DD: What’s something Fest goers should look out for?

KM: Each other! The beautiful thing is we’re building a community that already includes you, so look around and hang with the family you never knew you had. Oh, and you know our keynote speaker is Jamie Hernandez of “Love and Rockets” right? He’s one of my all time favorite creators, so you should check that out.

DD: How can we get involved in the awesomeness???

KM: Email me at volunteer@lazinefest.com, I’ll give you some options and then we make it happen. For this year’s Fest, get into a comfortable position, imagine something inspiring, close your eyes, take three slooow deep breaths and say to yourself, “I am already part of a community where I can openly express things I care about” and then show up! Bring a zine you made or some stickers in a backpack and say hello, talk and trade with yer awesome new buddies.

You can find Kenzo at L.A. Zine Fest! DUM DUM would like to add that no zines, pets, people or property were harmed during the volunteer potluck.

by Taylor Yates of DUM DUM Zine

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L.A. Zine Fest & L.A. Zine Week preview w/ Kenzo Martinez (1 hr, 8 mins)

BFH and L.A. Zine Fest organizer Kenzo (J.U.i.C.E., Pentagram) tell you all about what’s coming up for L.A. Zine Week and L.A. Zine Fest! Plus, Alyssa from Interrobang Books phones in to talk about her upcoming releases. Featuring music by Wreck of the Zephyr and Wulfen Rag.

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As we ramp up to L.A. Zine Fest, here is an interview with one of the vendors!

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Shakeytown Radio: Ashley Quach (1 hr, 17 mins)

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Ashley Quach is a writer and illustrator who publishes at Sassquach.com.

image We chat about foot-measuring paraphernalia, goofy existentialist sci-fi, and stunt marriage proposals. Ashley also talks about growing up in North Carolina and attending a school of science and mathematics, how trying to practice Chinese with a pen pal became a great romance, and balancing her interests in screenwriting and filmmaking with comics and zines.

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Featuring music by Stompin’ Tom Connors.

fairdig:

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!)

Yumi has been on THREE of our episodes!

IE Zine Quest

Yumi Sakugawa & Adam Bernales

Eastside Zine Market

betheboy:

This is a photo of me making a bad decision and looking pretty rough for it back in, I think, 2005.
On Wednesday January 8th at 9PM I’m going to be at The Redwood Bar in downtown LA telling a story about other bad decisions I’ve made.
You should come on down to see it because I like you and we can high five and stuff. There will be five other great storytellers there with me, you will love them all.
The Redwood is at 316 W. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles.

This is a thing our own Bob Schriner put together&#8230;
Join us at the Redwood to hear some amazing tales told by some very talented orators like Mike O&#8217;Connell, Sean Lambert, Sabrina Cognata, Christian Duguay, Will Stegeman and your dear old friend Bob Schriner. Oh did I mention the price? Well, it&#8217;s free!
21 and up only please, it IS a bar, after all.

RSVP for it HERE!

betheboy:

This is a photo of me making a bad decision and looking pretty rough for it back in, I think, 2005.

On Wednesday January 8th at 9PM I’m going to be at The Redwood Bar in downtown LA telling a story about other bad decisions I’ve made.

You should come on down to see it because I like you and we can high five and stuff. There will be five other great storytellers there with me, you will love them all.

The Redwood is at 316 W. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles.

This is a thing our own Bob Schriner put together…

Join us at the Redwood to hear some amazing tales told by some very talented orators like Mike O’Connell, Sean Lambert, Sabrina Cognata, Christian Duguay, Will Stegeman and your dear old friend Bob Schriner. Oh did I mention the price? Well, it’s free!

21 and up only please, it IS a bar, after all.

RSVP for it HERE!

razorcake:

Write Bloody, by Cheryl Klein

Check out this new RAZORCAKE column by Cheryl, who was just on the podcast and wrote a nice post about that, too!

razorcake:

Write Bloody, by Cheryl Klein

Check out this new RAZORCAKE column by Cheryl, who was just on the podcast and wrote a nice post about that, too!

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Shakeytown Radio New Year’s 2014 w/ Cheryl Klein, Lesley Perdomo, Amber Garza & Daisy Noemi - 1 hr., 39 mins

Cheryl Klein is an author (The Commuters - City Works Press, Lilac Mines - Manic D Press), new Razorcake columnist, and BFH’s new favorite party buddy

imageLesley Perdomo is a tattoo artist, madonnara (a.k.a. street painter, chalk artist), and a dear friend of our own delightful and dreamy Daisy Noemi.

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Cheryl sits with BFH and Daisy, who have agreed to get matching friendship tattoos (“ZINE LIFE”) courtesy of Lesley, and Shakeytown’s favorite hard femme, Amber Garza, joins in on their conversation about ink, killer golf balls, car wrecks, assisitive technology, growing up and moving around L.A., the alleged terribleness of Shia LaBeouf, resolutions, sports fans, and Pedro Infante.

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Featuring music by the Old 97s.

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shakeytownradio:

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(illustration by Jody Lindke)

The Shakeytown Radio Holiday Special (40:42)

What is the meaning of Hanukkah? What is the importance of Christmas? How does someone who doesn’t believe in anything handle the holidays? What do a reggae musician, a basketball veteran and restaurant owner, a dead dog, a pixie imp, and one of the greatest comedians of all time have in common? It’s part Charles Dickens, part Charlie Brown, and part Cult of Cthulhu, when BFH, Gene George, and Libby Ward celebrate the season on The Shakeytown Radio Holiday Special. With music from Yidcore, The Wailers, Galactic Pegasus, and Frank Black and the Catholics.

A (year) oldie but a goodie.

I have known Bob Schriner for 20 years.
Let that sit with you for a moment. TWENTY. That&#8217;s a kid in college. That&#8217;s a long-lasting marriage. That&#8217;s a successful totalitarian dictatorship. 
Bob and I have both told our story numerous times&#8230; we met in a record store. He turned me onto Minor Threat, Hunter S. Thompson, other good works. He introduced me to Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co. - I mean, literally, we all hung out till four in the morning, barbecuing and drinking. I&#8217;m weeks away from leaving my hometown, standing on a high-rise looking over the city, just me and Molina playing with a shortwave radio&#8230; one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Because of Bob.
He was there when I lost my virginity - okay, not in the room, but you know, he was there a few days later getting me lunch at the famous Ted&#8217;s Hot Dogs in Tempe, Arizona to ask how I was doing. (It wasn&#8217;t a high-fivin&#8217; bro-dawg thing, it was a big brother kinda thing - I was a very late bloomer, the situation with the girl was very peculiar, and there were a lot of emotions wrapped up in the whole thing.) 
Bob was with me when I got married - both times. (He talked me down from hyperventilating the first time.) He was with me when the first marriage ended. He was with me at my going-away party in Phoenix, and gave the final roast. Then, he ended up moving to Los Angeles, too. He helped the missus and I move into our first real house together in L.A.. 
He was a frequent guest on the podcast, and then became a member of the team. He tabled with me at my first L.A. Zine Fest as a vendor. 
He once had two dozen strangers call me on my birthday to wish me well. For eff&#8217;s sake, who does something so nice? Bob, is who.
He is a storyteller&#8217;s storyteller, a bullshitter&#8217;s bullshitter, the foremost prankster and con man** of our generation. (**I say that with the due respect and reverence it deserves - his powers are utilized only for the most benevolent of circumstances&#8230; or, at least, the most hilarious.)
Happy birthday, Bob. I love you and I am lucky to have had you in my life all these years. 
-BFH

I have known Bob Schriner for 20 years.

Let that sit with you for a moment. TWENTY. That’s a kid in college. That’s a long-lasting marriage. That’s a successful totalitarian dictatorship. 

Bob and I have both told our story numerous times… we met in a record store. He turned me onto Minor Threat, Hunter S. Thompson, other good works. He introduced me to Jason Molina and Magnolia Electric Co. - I mean, literally, we all hung out till four in the morning, barbecuing and drinking. I’m weeks away from leaving my hometown, standing on a high-rise looking over the city, just me and Molina playing with a shortwave radio… one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Because of Bob.

He was there when I lost my virginity - okay, not in the room, but you know, he was there a few days later getting me lunch at the famous Ted’s Hot Dogs in Tempe, Arizona to ask how I was doing. (It wasn’t a high-fivin’ bro-dawg thing, it was a big brother kinda thing - I was a very late bloomer, the situation with the girl was very peculiar, and there were a lot of emotions wrapped up in the whole thing.) 

Bob was with me when I got married - both times. (He talked me down from hyperventilating the first time.) He was with me when the first marriage ended. He was with me at my going-away party in Phoenix, and gave the final roast. Then, he ended up moving to Los Angeles, too. He helped the missus and I move into our first real house together in L.A.. 

He was a frequent guest on the podcast, and then became a member of the team. He tabled with me at my first L.A. Zine Fest as a vendor. 

He once had two dozen strangers call me on my birthday to wish me well. For eff’s sake, who does something so nice? Bob, is who.

He is a storyteller’s storyteller, a bullshitter’s bullshitter, the foremost prankster and con man** of our generation. (**I say that with the due respect and reverence it deserves - his powers are utilized only for the most benevolent of circumstances… or, at least, the most hilarious.)

Happy birthday, Bob. I love you and I am lucky to have had you in my life all these years. 

-BFH