LBZF’s first featured event announcements!

The LBZF Events team has been busy putting together a variety of awesome workshops, presentations, and panels for the Long Beach Zine Fest and we’re excited to be able to announce our first featured events!

Mending Your Dress: Coping With Trauma Through Writing

Mend My Dress PressHosted by NeelyBat Chestnut (Mend My Dress Press). Presentation on sharing, oversharing, and not sharing.

NeelyBat Chestnut has been printing her own zines since 2005, writing about topics including incest, self-harm, coming of age and survival. After forming Mend My Dress Press in 2012, she started helping others put their stories out into the world by publishing anthologies and offering a vast catalog as a zine distributor.

In this presentation, Chestnut will offer her insights on the formidable task of writing about deeply personal and vulnerable topics, such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as the balance between sharing and oversharing.

Speed Zine Pal-ing

zineworksHosted by Zineworks. Meet new zine friends and collaborators in this speed pal-ing event!

Zineworks is a collective of Southern California artists, organizers, and educators that provides community workshops and resources for zine-making and creative self-publishing. Most often you can find Zineworks all around So Cal at print, zine and art fests, including DIY Print Fest and Coachella, hosting booths for people where people can both learn about zines and make their own.

At LBZF, Zineworks will host the Speed Zine Pal-ing at LBZF, where participants will meet multiple prospective zine pals in speed-dating fashion. This workshop is intended to promote and foster zine community and possible zine collaborations, by sharing zines with new people in one convenient, buddy-centric event. Each time the bell dings, you will have a new zine pal prospect awaiting you!