LBZF 2017 Panels

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Cataloging the Future

Panel: Zine Librarians from the Zine Librarian UnConference discuss the importance of and challenges inherent in cataloging zines and preserving public access.

Moderated by Ziba Zehdar-Gazdecki, librarian for young adults, LA Public Library, Baldwin Hills Branch
iba is co-zinester of ZebraPizza Zine  as well as co-organizer of Long Beach Zine Fest. Ziba has presented on zines in public libraries at OCZineFest 2014, Portland Zine Symposium 2016, UCIZineFest 2016, OCZF 2016 and LAZF 2016, as well as at professional conferences such as the PCA/ACA National Conference 2017, CLA 2017 and RNCVI 2017.

Ziba worked as the zine librarian at the Long Beach Public Library Zine Library from 2015-2017 and curated the zine collection. Ziba is currently a new librarian for young adults with the Los Angeles Public Library System at the Baldwin Hills Branch.

Queer Zine Culture

Presentation: “If you try to shut us down we will build our own spaces”: Queer feminism in the Chicago zine community

Presented by Chelsea Reynolds

Panel: What role do queer zines play in today’s culture and how will they shape the future of independent publishing? A discussion about producing, reading, and distributing DIY queer media in the digital era.

Moderated by Chelsea Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Journalism at CSUF, Long Beach, CA
Chelsea will present research about queer feminist zinesters in the Chicago DIY community. She will also moderate a discussion between the panelists.


Se’mana ThompsonDecolonizing P@renting zine, Glendale, AZ
Decolonizing P@renting is “a zine by and for queer parents of color” which “aims to voice the struggle, affirm it and heal those in pursuit of decolonial practices.”

Tevy Khou, multiple perzines and comics, Long Beach, CA
Tevy’s work addresses sexuality and dating as a queer person, challenging heteronormativity to create new visions of “what romance and sex looks like.” Tevy also produces comics with queer POC leads.

Ajuan Mance, Gender Studies zine and The Little Book of Big, Black Bears, Oakland, CA
Gender Studies follows Ajuan’s “adventures as an African American genderqueer nerd” while The Little Book of Big, Black Bears “is a tribute to Black men in the bear community.”

Claire Stringer, Oatmeal Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Oatmeal Magazine is “a six-year-old literary compzine made by queers who illustrate and publish poetry and prose by their mostly queer friends.” Focusing on vulnerability, Oatmeal hosts regular readings and community events.

Latinx Zine Culture

Presentation: Carving out space in the folds: Latinx Zine Art and Culture

Presented by Marissa Del Toro

Panel: This discussion brings local Latinx zinesters from throughout Southern California to discuss their introduction to zine culture as well as the power of zines as a medium to represent Latinx voices in contemporary society.

Moderated by Marissa Del Toro
Originally from Southern California, Marissa Del Toro received her BA in Art History from UC Riverside and her MA from the UT San Antonio, with an overall focus on the modern and contemporary art of Latin American, Latinx, and US artists. Her current research involves the artistic representation and framework of Latinx identity through art and zine production. She currently lives in Los Angeles and is a 2016-2017 Graduate Intern at the Getty Research Institute.


Brenda Montaño Aguilar, Zine Rasquache, Inland Empire, CA
Christian Valles, Mi Desorden, Long Beach, CA
Roxy Morataya, Dirty Girl Zine and Curvy Cuties, Los Angeles, CA

The Future of Folded

Panel: Featuring editors and owners of top indie media, this panel will explore how DIY publishers can grow with integrity and continue to contribute alternative print media in a world where mass media still reigns supreme.

Moderated by Sarah Bennett