It’s been a month since LA zine fest, and we’re already planning next years visit. To start the trip off, we celebrated the presses 2-year anniversary at DisneyLand. We even got “happy anniversary” buttons, which confused the hell out the park workers but c’est la vie! Neely and Colleen’s wife, Lindsay rode every roller-coaster that was open, and we all shed tears that “It’s a Small World” was closed…again…for the second damn year in a row. wah! But we spent 13 hours at the park anyways and then crashed.
The next day we swung by Exene Cervenka’s moving sale where Neely scored some sweet rhinestone bracelets, some bangles, silk carnation hair-pins and other gifts for equally obsessed friends in the northwest. She even got Colleen a pair of dangly gold earrings. After a satisfying, well-balanced meal of french toast sticks and tatertots from the Sonics Drive-in (because, seriously, they don’t exist in Seattle and we clearly needed a junk food fix) we were back on the road to LA.
We picked up our books, including the newly released Truckface anthologies and Nights and Days in the Dark Carnival, and headed off to set up our table at the LA Zine Fest. A Major thank you to Colleen’s wife, Lindsey, for driving us all over town and helping us make our table look as stellar as possible. We love you!
So, anyways! L.A. is always wonderful, and Zine Fest proved just as wonderful as the city itself. We started off by delivering LB her first box if the newly released Truckface anthologies (and it’s quite possible a few happy tears may have been shed…and a few happy hugs may have been shared… by all of us…). We then settled up to the table for most of the day and spent the next 6 hours chatting with the gazillions of people that came by our table and our zine friends from near and far. Just a small sampling of titles we picked up were the newest Cheer The Eff Up by Jonas, the newly reformatted Rad Dad, Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt by Aurora Lady and put out by Fair Dig press, and a mind-blowingly awesome set of zines about queer artists and activists from around the world by Miyuki at Queer Scribes Productions. We also scored a copy of Datacide by Amanda Rae and Nathaniel Eras… given to Neely because her outfit was so cool. ha!
The day was full of trades and meeting new people, workshops and panels (unfortunately, we were too busy to make it to all the workshops and panels, but did make it to a great panel hosted by the POC Zine Project on cultivating community and culture), seeing good friends and getting lots and lots of zines. At the end of the day, we packed up our books and unsold zines, put our piles of new zines in our bags to read later, hugged a ton of wonderful people, and said goodbye to another great year at LA zine fest. Colleen and Lindsey took off to go mail back books, and Neelybat continued her LA adventure.
A few words from Neelybat: After zine fest, I spent the evening with Nyky of Brown Recluse Zine Distro and Ari (MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL). First we had dinner with a whole mess of zine buddies. Afterwards we swooned over the house of 10,000 leggings just down the street and drove to Mulholland Drive for some tough bitch photo ops. We drank tea in a diner, looking over the suitcase of zines Nyky had collected and eavesdropped on a d&d game the next table. I was dropped off at my dream apartment, snuggled under a pile of blankets I read zines in the blue light until I fell asleep. Monday was a free day, I was lucky to have a crew of people willing to help my high school wannabe mall goth babe dreams come true. Most of the day was spent with Brodie Foster Hubbard, Fiona Avocado and Alex Wrekk… and a bunch of dead people. If you are ever given the chance, Hollywood Forever cemetery makes a wonderful date spot, even if your date consists of four people and their five cameras. I kissed graves and whispered secrets. I made a pact with Janye Mansfield, and held hands over Dee Dee Ramone.
Thanks for everything, L.A.! We love you, and can’t wait to come back soon!