Thank You!

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If you have any photos of the event, please send them our way. The above photo is of a few cool people making zines at the zine workshop, taken by Paola.

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Artist Spotlight: xGRRRLx

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If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like?: our zine would be pizza! Like pizza toppings, the concent and contributors are ever-changing, but always good!

 

Cover vs. content, which do you do first?: Content before cover. We try to draw inspiration from what’s contributed to the issue before we work on a cover.

 

How does your work connect with day-to-day living? It connects to day-to-day living by connecting Straight Edge to our identities and representing what that means to us.

 

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Artist Spotlight: Econo Textual Objects

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If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like? (It would taste like Tiger Tails from Donut Man, buche gorditas from El Mercadito, the capicola sandwich from D’Elia’s)

Cover vs. content, which do you do first?
- CONTENT. Always.

What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?
- Everyone’s racialized anxieties as expressed through sexual desire
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What’s your favorite zine/art piece?
- Anna Joy Springer’s “The Bird Wisher

What particular zines/work inspire you?
- the work of PUBLISHERS!

How does your work connect with day-to-day living?
– Our ‘zines are about day-to-day surviving the indignities of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

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Artist Spotlight: Double Fur Press

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How does your work connect with day to day living?
Making sandwiches is like making zines. Making a zine requires a person (or group) to layer the pages in a particular order. Making a sandwich is the same way. In this particular sandwich, we used a variety of pages. In this case, we wanted our zine to be big. This included a lot of time and effort into concocting what would be the most appropriate of contents. Since the group of us functioned as our own audience, we wanted this piece of art to include pages that fit our palate. Our gathered artists decided on a mixed media zine, including sourdough bread, tina’s burritos, mashed potatoes, burger patties, waffles, macaroni and cheese, chicken patties, hot links, bell peppers, lettuce, hash browns, pickles, hamburger buns, jalapenos, pizza, spaghetti, grilled onions, tomatoes, and avocados. The artists specifically designed each ingredient with a variety of techniques, including barbecue, baking, sauteing, toasting, and nothing. We delicately placed each page on top of each other in perfect balance of process art, creating not only an edible pleasure, but a visual one too. Our audience of artists started off with six people, but the zine perfectly accommodated eight people upon construction, consummation, and ingestation. Richard, Oscar, David, Mark, Victor, and Elliot crafted this amazing sandwich. Double Fur Press presents its first ever sandwich zine, The Double Fur Burger (first printing, out of print).

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Our friend Mark about to take the first bite.

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Artist Spotlight: Lefty Limbo – I Was A Teenage Filipino Skinhead

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–If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like?

It would taste like Spam that’s been cooked in oil that’s been recycled by
my dad countless times after using it for eggs and fish and what not,
napkin-dried and placed on a bed of fresh, hot steamed white rice.

–Cover vs. content, which do you do first?

I always see my covers as summaries and/or highlights of the story within,
so I do my content first, then my covers to wrap them up.
–What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?

Aw, man. I’d still keep with the DIY spirit but would add more stuff to
it, like read-along cassette tapes and silk-screened t-shirts to accompany
each issue.

–What’s your favorite zine/art piece?

I’m actually pretty new to the zine scene and have to get acquainted with
what’s out there currently, but one of the first zines I read years
ago—1-Up by Raina Lee—was a random gift a friend gave to me, and it turned
out to be a huge inspiration which eventually led me to work on my own
story, “I Was A Teenage Filipino Skinhead.” I also really liked reading
Lynda Barry’s “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” strip in the LA Weekly back in the
day, too, and have always dug her style.

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–What particular zines/work inspire you?

I’ve drawn inspiration from so many different sources as an artist, but
for my zines I’d have to say Kaz’s Underworld comic strip has always
appealed to me with all its gritty details and funky, filthy characters,
and Robert Crumb has always been a hero of mine with his “stream of
consciousness” style of drawing, in which he allows the pen to just flow
freely on the paper without any preliminary sketching. That’s been the way
I’ve drawn since I was a kid, and it’s the technique I use in my zines to
this day.

–How does your work connect with day-to-day living?

The true beauty of zines and DIY publications are their unflinching
honesty and infinitely broad horizons. Each and every author/artist is
free to do whatever he/she pleases. I try to appreciate the same varieties
in the people, cultures and tastes that I encounter on a daily basis, and
applaud those who are willing to express themselves freely and without
fear of judgment, in the same spirit that zinesters do in their
publications.

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Artist Spotlight: Stacy Russo – Wild Librarian Bakery

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If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like?

Hmmm…Some of the poems and the love zines would taste like the most delicious vegan buffet you can imagine – with plenty of chocolate for dessert. Some of the other poems would probably taste like old cigarettes and beer.

Cover vs. content, which do you do first?

Definitely content.

What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?

Oh! A travel zine in two parts! I would travel to two places I long to go: Where Pablo Neruda lived in Chile and where Frida Kahlo lived in Mexico.

What’s your favorite zine/art piece?

I love the Peace to All Creatures zine that was created by two women: Pippi Howard and Jessi VanPelt. I don’t believe they are creating this anymore. I also love Woman House by Esther Pearl Watson.

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What particular zines/work inspire you?

I get amazing inspiration and support from some spectacular LA/OC writers and artists I’m also happy to call friends, including Annie Knight, Amber Garza, Brodie Foster Hubbard, Jen Venegas, and many more. I am also inspired by Joni Mitchell, Henry Rollins, Dorothy Day, Led Zeppelin, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, bell hooks,…

How does your work connect with day-to-day living?

Everything I do is connected. I aspire to be a Love Activist and everything falls under that. Love Activism is what I call a radical, daily activism of kindness. Of course, there are many ways to practice this. The Love Zine Project (I’ll have the first two zines for this project at Riverside) is all about examining love in its various contexts, so much more than romantic love. I like to think about love everyday and I think about poetry all the time, too. My vegan baked goods (Wild Librarian Bakery) fall under all of this also. It is social justice baking – 100% vegan and fair trade – so an example of love.

I look forward to sharing some poems, love, and treats with everyone!  


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Artist Spotlight: Brodie Foster Hubbard – Fair Dig Press

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If your art/zine was a food or flavor, what would it taste like?
A vegan, loaded baked potato. So, like, vegan bacon bits and Earth Balance butter and Follow Your Heart sour cream and Daiya cheese, and stuff.
 
Cover vs. content, which do you do first?
It depends. Usually, I know the theme first, so I’ll be working on the writing, but I’ll also have an image in mind that I’ll know will make a great cover.
What zine would you create if you had unlimited resources?
I would make something with the fancy paper of “Piltdownlad,” the brilliant layout of “Mend My Dress,” and the unmatched smarts of “Hoax.” It’d contain a biography of all the people I respect and admire, including how they’ve personally affected me, and a detailed explanation of every weird little thing I’m into. And it’d wrap up with a sociopolitical manifesto to provoke a love revolution. (That might not jibe with how dark I come off in my writing, but I promise, my heart beats loud.)
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