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Shakeytown Radio: Yumi Sakugawa! Adam Bernales (Seite Books)!- 1 hr, 4 mins


Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator, launching her book “I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You” at Skylight Books in Los Feliz on Thursday, December 6th. Adam Bernales is a photographer, owner of Seite Books (a bookstore in East L.A.), and organizer of the Eastside Zine Market, which takes place at Hazard Park Armory on Sunday, December 8th. Yumi and Adam join BFH to discuss zines, childhood reading adventures, the bookstore industry, cooperative subcultures, deep platonic love, and nerding out over printing supplies.   

Last weekend was the IE Zine Fest and there was a Freeways Collide zine event at Space 15 Twenty yesterday–where did all these events come from? When LA Zine Fest started, it was hard to find events in the area that mentioned zines; now we have a wealth of them! It’s great to know that people are actively organizing and reaching out to create events that allow zinesters to meet each other and share their work. One such upcoming event that’s on our radar is Eastside Zine Market, organized by Denice and Adam of Seite Books. We asked them a few questions about why they got this event together and how it all came to be. 

LAZF: What made you want to organize the Eastside Zine Market?

Seite: We were at a meeting with Jesus Reyes of East LA Rep along with a couple independent presses discussing an alternative press event. We talked about how it was important to try and bring something like this to the eastside of Los Angeles and when could we do it. Eventually with the scale of what we were discussing it became apparent that it would need to be next year most likely. So we were throwing out ideas for something else we could organize this year during the Fall or Winter. We were already discussing independent press and zines have become a larger part of our shop so I suggested a zine event and everything fell into place. Los Angeles doesn’t have a zine event in the winter and there haven’t been any large zine events on the eastside of Los Angeles. With the LA Zine Fest moving progressively west to Culver City we also realized there would be at least a 2 year gap without any large zine event nearby. Since that meeting several people have helped organize and it’s been pretty spread out, people are so receptive to the idea that they reach out to help with the various components or put us in contact with those who can.

LAZF: What are you expecting to see on the day-of?

Seite: A lot of great zines, all the effort and time people have put it in to producing these amazing physical manifestations of their thoughts and ideas. And hopefully a lot of people coming out to see what’s being made or coming to trade and talk about what they’re working on.

Read the rest at LAZineFest.com!

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I know that I have been quite inactive in my blog. I wanted to write about the Eastside Zine Market, but the weekend of the event I pulled the muscle on my right arm. I couldn’t type and I had to use only my left hand. It was pretty bad, but lucky for me the day of the event I was able to move my arm and even though I was in pain. I took a tablet for the pain and went to the event. My best friend Lisa picked me up and we headed to the Eastside Zine Market.

The event was so much fun and I got a chance to meet this cool comic book artist Olfoda Monstro he was tabling next to me. (His wife and kids were really cool.) 

My friend Mike the drummer of Ms. Shapen Figures surprised me with notes from his students who have read issues of “Suicidal Goldfish.” I was really happy of getting my first fan mail and I couldn’t believe that these preteens enjoyed the issues very much. I was blown away and I was able to feel less nervous before I went on stage to read a small excerpt of issue 1 of “Suicidal Goldfish” for a moment I forgot about the pain in my arm. It was such a fun day.

Eastside Zine Market

Honestly didn’t hear about Eastside Zine Market 'til a week before and I think it’s the first one. I’m glad I didn’t miss it! I was stoked to find out Jesse Tise was showing there. Been art crushing on his stuff for a while. So funny, art crushes are literally the same as any type of crush: you get nervous for no reason when you’re talking to them. Very silly. It was good to see Harry Diaz and Never Press there too.

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Pretty nice showcase of stuff. Hope they keep doin’ and maybe I can have something for it then? Gosh I need to work on my art stuff…

Yumi Sakugawa (“I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You”), Daisy Noemi (“Haletant,” “Sew What”), and Brodie Foster Hubbard (“Fair Dig”) – photo c/o MariNaomi

Once again, Brodie Foster Hubbard, man-about-town and writer of Fair Dig, has provided us with a post that revisits some of the best parts of Eastside Zine Market. Be sure to stick around for the final image (obligatory swag shot of all the zines he got from the day; enviable) and the podcast he recorded on the day-of!

Eastside Zine Market was held at the Hazard Park Armory in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sunday, December 8th. There were dozens of locals there to represent the east side of our fair city, as well as visitors from all over town and from around the state. My dreamy and delightful table-buddy-4-LYF!, Daisy Noemi, came prepared with a colorful tablecloth as we once again sat beside each other as vendors. (Well, she sat and worked diligently – I tend to wander like an unsupervised toddler.)

…Read the rest of Brodie’s recap on the LA Zine Fest blog!

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This week has been the best. I am making the mini zines that are components to issue 3 of “Suicidal Goldfish.” I am also making Leon magnets that go with them. I am pretty lucky that I have this entire week off from work to prepare for the Eastside Zine Market which takes place next weekend at Hazard Park Armory. So friends mark your calendars, because the event takes place Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m at

Hazard Park Armory
1350 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

I hope to see all your lovely faces there and come say, “hi.”