Save up those small bills and grab your coolest reusable tote bag: OC Zinefest is coming to town! What started off in 2014 as a temperature check for DIY print culture in Orange County has quickly turned into a staple in the Southern California zine community. Zines are the truest form of everyman literature, ranging from comics to politics to personal narratives. They're self-made publications about anything, made for and by everyone.
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Seriously, there is no wrong way to make a zine. Want to make one about your dog? Great! All about glasses? Cool! Social justice? Rad! Nothing but crosswords or Christmas carols? Wonderful! Santa Ana based OC Zinefest will draw 88 local zinesters and DIY printers out of their garages and bedrooms and into the gallery this Sunday from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm as well as countless collectors, traders, and spectators. The collective, headed by Jasmine Gallardo, Aimee Murillo (full disclosure: Murillo is our esteemed Calendar Editor), and Benny Edles, hope to "connect people, artists, writers, activists, poets, cartoonists, comic makers, and small publishers" across OC to share their work and ideas outside of the usual (and sometimes inaccessible) gallery and literary spaces.
"Not everyone can afford fine art materials or knows how to get their poems or articles published," says Murillo, "but everyone can make a zine, so that kind of democratic-ness of it is what makes DIY and zine culture so amazing to us." Weather your intentions are purely artistic, personal, experimental, or political, zines are pretty damn cool and accessible to make as a one time project or a potential hobby. Here are some DIY zine and art ideas that you can make in preparation for (or to trade at) OC Zinefest.
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