L.A. Zinefest returns Sunday in Culver City

L.A. zinesters, their friends, family and fans will be gathering Sunday in Culver City for the city’s third annual Zinefest. A conversation with Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets fame will close out the event at 5:15 p.m.

It’s a celebration of zines, micro-published DIY magazines. Typically handmade and/or hand-copied, stapled or otherwise assembled, they can tell coherent narratives or be a chaotic, Dada-ist jumble.

Stories, illustrations, poems, collages, personal esoteric explorations and other expressions: There was a time when people thought these had migrated online. The rising popularity of print zines, however, proves otherwise.

There will be more than 175 tables exhibiting and selling zines at the fest, up from 100 in 2012. Radio station KXLU is providing music; Pop Hop Books and Print is hosting drop-in workshops all day.

There will be a few panels about zine making and publishing, for those who are both zine consumers and creators. Cartoonist/musician Ron Rege will discuss zinedom and beyond and read from his latest book, “The Cartoon Utopia,” published by Fantagraphics.


L.A. Zinefest is free, with a suggested donation of $1-$5. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helms Bakery building.


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