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LA Zine Fest

L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A. -–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together in one place to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.

Rhea Tepp first discovered zines in her late teens, while visiting friends in Olympia, Washington, near her hometown of Seattle. She has lived in Los Angeles for the past fourteen years where she is an active musician, writer and creative weirdo. The community supporting zine culture is as important to her as the actual zine itself, a fact that can be attributed to her desire to help organize L.A. Zine Fest. Her most recent zine, Quick Fix, is a 5 issue series of mini comix solving all of life’s problems.

Daisy Noemi was first introduced to zines in San Diego after attending a swap. She now makes her own showcasing photographed works and illustration. She lives in the neighborhood of Koreatown with an adorable kitty cat who likes to help in the Fest organizing process by stepping on all of the things. Her advice to aspiring zine makers is to believe in yourself and everything else will fall into place.