from left to right - Adrian Chi ("Bite the Cactus," Hotel La Rut, Spokenest), Jimmy Alvarado ("Flipside," "Razorcake," "Eastside Punks"), Todd Taylor ("Flipside," co-founder "Razorcake"), BFH, zinesters and L.A. Zine Fest organizers Simon Sotelo, Bianca Barragan, and Meredith Wallace
Last night, I had the honor of moderating a panel at THE ZINE TABLE, an event at The Pop-Hop
in Highland Park, for L.A. Zine Week
to discuss zines, zinemaking, the DIY ethic, the intersection between the zine and music subcultures, and the future of zines in the digital world.
Daryl Gussin, whose zine class I took last year at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, provided and set up the PA - go listen to him on the Razorcake podcast!
I arrived early at the event, seeing Todd for the first time since last year's LAZF, and meeting Jimmy for the first time. They were very friendly and we eased into conversation at various parts of the night about my experiences in Phoenix, AZ, and their stories from the neighborhood the event took place and where the staff of Razorcake put together the zine, the podcast
, and videos on their YouTube channel
. Also, I had the chance to confirm some research I did for the panel to make sure I had my facts straight.
Contrary to this article from his youth, Todd Taylor did not choose a career as a pharmacist.
Robey Clark from The Pop-Hop introduced me and I attempted to prove my credibility with the crowd by listing some of my journalistic endeavors. Having suckered the- er, having established trust from the audience, I introduced the panelists.
My friends in Arizona who have had their bands trashed by Jimmy will be pleased to know that during his introduction, I called him out on it, though quite lightheartedly. They'll also be happy to know that Jimmy said later in the night that there's a lot of good music that has come from Phoenix.
I won't spill all the details from the panel, as the event was filmed and recorded and should be making its way online through some channel or another at some point. But I'll say it was a fun and informative discussion, there were thought-provoking questions from those in attendance, and Simon Sotelo
of L.A. Zine Fest assures me I didn't stammer or ramble even once.
Zine goodies for everyone!
It was a perfect night. Anecdotes from the past and glimpses of the horizon. Nuts and bolts of DIY zinemaking, philosophical examination of DIY mentality. Old friends meeting up, new friends meeting for the first time.
Bianca and I agreed after the event, we do not want it to be the last of its kind. I hope I will be holding the microphone again for another ZINE TABLE and I look forward to finding out who will pull up a chair.
Thanks to Bianca, Simon, Meredith, Robey, Todd, Jimmy, Adrian, Daryl, everybody who asked questions or came up to introduce themselves, and all the staff and audience at The Pop-Hop.
(If you took one of the photographs above, I would like to credit and link to you - please email me!)