zineSHOT! OC Zine Fest recap

I had the pleasure of tabling at the very first OC Zine Fest at Diego’s Downtown in Santa Ana, CA this last Saturday. It was a really fun time, and there were quite a few visitors for a smaller first-time event like this one. I premiered my new zine, Bad Zoo issue zeroand I brought a couple of my Plumdill variants as well. I have to admit that I probably sunk whatever money I made into a few afternoon beers, but it was really nice to be able to relax, and have a few drinks at my table, while talking to folks. It  kind of had the vibe of a community art show/party. The organizers were very accommodating, and they even provided lunch to all of us!

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As far as comics related zines go, it seemed like it was just me, and another artist there named  Kevin Uehlein. He was 2 tables down from me, so I had a nice time chatting with him about his work, and comics in general. He had some amazing zines called Compulse that featured jam-packed pages full of his sketchbook art, and he also had some comics by a friend of his named Pat Barrett(who is doing some kick-ass comics for the new Garbage Pail Kids card series!) I did see a lot of other great art/sketchbook style zines at the fest that could be put in the comics category, stylistically speaking. One artist was whipping out some amazing pen/ink artwork at the As Issued Art & Design Bookstore table, but unfortunately I didn’t catch his name.

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I also need to mention one of my other table-neighbors, Elise Bernal, who was an absolute delight to sit next to. She had a lot of great zines at her table, including one that teaches you how to make your own yogurt! She also put on a great workshop for beginning screen printing. I highly recommend her zine “George, you’re a star.” a touching, inspirational little picture book for all ages.

I’m looking forward to the next OC Zine Fest in 2015! I selfishly would like to see even more comics related zinesters there next time around, but that’s not to take anything away from the non-comics people. Just like the LA Zine Fest has, I expect to see this event growing bigger, and bigger over the next few years.

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