Recap: LA Zine Fest 2012

By - Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Yesterday hundreds of zinesters and zine enthusiasts passed through doors of the Last Book Store in Downtown Los Angeles for the first LA Zine Festival in over a decade. The eclectically decorated main floor hosted an array of artist talks throughout the day. The obvious highlight, Henry Rollins spoke on the origins of zine culture, which according to him started with the Punk Rock Fanzine. (Never mind that some of the earliest written works by Charles Bukowski were published in a zine called Black Sun Press in 1946.) The event extended into the upper level of the building, narrow corridors that were lined with zine filled tables and absolutely crammed full of people. The quantity of zines that were displayed could have filled a small library, and although commendable, the turn out was completely overwhelming. Visit the LA Zine Fest website to stay up-to-date with upcoming events and local zine releases. And incase you missed it check out the 12ozProphet recap of the NY Art Book Fair at PS1. Text and Photo: Kelso

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