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L.A. Zine Fest 2017

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The sixth annual Los Angeles Zine Fest took place this past Sunday, May 28, at the California Market Center.

This year’s venue was an upgrade from last year’s zine fest, which took place at The Majestic. This year’s venue accommodated more vendors as the fifth annual zine fest, which had over 200 vendors. Over 400 exhibitors were present at this year’s zine fest. The larger venue was ready to receive larger crowds and successfully prevented over-crowding.

Though some patrons found the downstairs entrance hard to maneuver, and the elevators seemed resistant to function at times, the venue itself was spacious enough to contain the ever-growing crowd

Unlike the Los Angeles Book Fair, which was held at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the fest lacked congestion. There was no need to hold hands and dodge through a crowd of zine-hungry fanatics. Attendees strolled through the rows of tablers and took in the sights and sounds of the fest.

The fest took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and scheduling parallel that of previous years.

DJ’s were set up in the East Wing of the center, and music was provided by KCHUNG, DJ Crasslos, Chulita Vinyl Club, and KXLU throughout the day. F U Pay Us, an afro-punk band from South Central, wrapped up the night with a live performance.

Features of the fest included Wonderspace, a mecca of hands-on workshops, and Playdate, curating independent arcade games in the West Wing of the center. A German shepherd wandered the Wonderspace with a balloon donning, “Lost? Ask me for directions,” and was fully prepared to receive pets from any and all zine-lovers who wandered their way.

Tables were packed full of zines, postcards, stickers, pins, t-shirts, and every kind of merch under the sun. Attendees wandered the center, cradling their purchases with faces of delight and excitement. Children beamed at colorful booklets of every variety. People of all ages drew on construction paper in the west corner of the fest, creating their own zines and leaving art for others to discover.

If you missed the fest this year, no need to fret. This annual event is completely free and will be awaiting your schedule for 2018.

Until then, continue working on zines and keep a watch for vendor applications for those interested in vending.

Chick here for a list of this year’s exhibitors!

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