Featured Zinesters

LBZF 2015 Featured Zinester: Nicole Alfonzo

We’re stoked to tell you a little more about some of the rad zinesters who will be tabling at Long Beach Zine Fest 2015 with our Featured Zinester series! First up, So Cal photographer Nicole Alfonzo!

Name: Nikki Alfonzo
Zines: Nikki Alfonzo Volume 1 … #2 #3 #4 etc.
Twitter: @poopingiscute


  1. What kind of zines do you make?

I make photography zines of all my work! And sometimes I scan in my journal entries just to make it a little more personal. I’m also working on a zine with one of my friends for this month. It’s going to me describing lots of lovely men I’ve dated and she’s going to draw them without knowing how they look like at all. I’m really excited for the outcome!

  1. What do you like about making zines?

I like the fact that it’s super DIY and it’s just to put your work out there. And even better when someone likes your work.

  1. What are your zines about?

You know that’s a good question. They are all photography zines, and they aren’t themed. I’d like to make them themed but my mind is kind of a mess and that’s how I like my zines. You’ll see a hot babe, to a portrait of a grandpa. I guess it really depends on what type of photography I’m into at the time 😀

  1. How did you get started making zines?

I started making zines after going to the La Puente Art Walk. There was this girl who gave out her zine for free. It’s called ASSWIPE. I’ve always wanted to send her a zine for inspiring me, but I never did. I hope she sees this shout out!

  1. Besides zines, what else are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about photography. Well, that’s my real reason for making these zines. I’m also passionate about puppies and butts. FOR REAL!

  1. What advice would you give a new zinester?

JUST DO IT & don’t worry about what other people will think. If you made it, f***in’ make it yours.

  1. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had making zines?

Learning how to get the folds right! hahaha still working on it honestly!

Nikki Alfonzo

Blog Press

LBZF Organizer talks zines on The Blk Grrl Show

Check out this great interview one of our LBZF 2015 organizers did on The Blk Grrrl Show, hosted by LBZF zinester Teka-Lark Fleming. Hear Brodie Foster Hubbard talk Long Beach Zine Fest, Zines, DIY and so much more!


PRE-EVENT: Steamy in the City and Local Music

LBZF pre-event steamy in the cityJoin us for a free LBZF pre-event!
Saturday, March 21 from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Join LBZF at Steamy in the City’s Creator Studio for this FREE event to celebrate local music!

The line-up includes:
Nahneen Kula:
Tough Stuff:
Tomber Lever:

More about the space:



LBZF 2015 Panel: The Zine Table

LONG BEACH ZINE FEST presents THE ZINE TABLE – a panel discussion on DIY, counterculture, and zines, curated by Brodie Hubbard.

This edition will be moderated by Myriam Gurba, a Sister Spit contributor, and author of Dahlia Season and the upcoming Painting Their Portraits in Winter.

The topic: DIY, counterculture, and zine history in Long Beach and Southern California.

Our panelists:

LBZF 2015 Vendors

LBZF 2015 vendor acceptance letters are out!

LBZF 2015 vendor announcementsAfter many hours spent pouring over more than 200 (!) vendor applications for the first-ever Long Beach Zine Fest, the LBZF 2015 vendor team has sent out acceptance letters to more than 100 zinesters!

Thank you so much to everyone who applied. We wish we had space for everyone … all of the applications were really high quality and the decisions were not easy! Major props to our vendor team: Sara Todd (team lead), Daniel Garcia, Lowell Ong, Brodie Hubbard, and Vanessa Rosales!

Sign the mailing list to stay up-to-date on LBZF 2015 and keep checking back here for interview with zinesters, workshop and panel details, the live music lineup and more!

See you April 12!

Pre-events Workshops

PRE-EVENT: Media and Feminism Chapbook Workshop w/ Sadie Girl Press

Media and Feminism Chapbook Workshop at MoLAA

Join us for a Free LBZF Pre-event!
Museum of Latin American Art
Sunday, March 8th 1pm – 4pm.

1PM — PANEL: “FEMINISM and MEDIA” – in the Screening room
Discuss how feminism has changed in relation to the mediums by which its ideas are distributed, ie: zines/music in the 80-90’s, academic feminism, and the internet today.

Panel includes:
Lisa Emery: Woman Studies Student/Punk+DIY Princess
Alex Logue: Woman Studies Student/Host of KBEACH’s Femme Fatale
Cameron Kleinberger: History Luminary+Student/Punk+DIY Princess
Sophia Zarders: Visual Artist/Activist
Dalyna Ny: Woman Studies Student/Budding Teacher
Hannah Moroz: Video Maker/Musician

2-4PM — WORKSHOP: “CHAPBOOK WORKSHOP” – in the Art Classroom
Join us to learn about the step-by-step process of how to design, organize, and create a chapbook of poetry using Word. Participants can bring laptops with Word installed or just follow along with a hand out. They will view various chapbook examples and share some of their own ideas.

This workshop is hosted by Sadie Girl Press, a small press dedicated to creating print form collections of poetry, art, and beyond! Began in April 2014, SGP works with emerging poets and artists to give physical form to their work.

For more info, check out their website:

MoLAA is FREE on Sundays and it’s open from 11am – 5pm.


LBZF 2015 Workshops: Bad Bitches and More Than a Feeling

Here are two more discussion workshops that will be happening at Long Beach Zine Fest 2015, curated by Brodie Hubbard.

BAD BITCHES is a workshop that seeks to empower gender marginalized people of color. BAD BITCHES aims to create a movement based on resisting assimilation within leftist culture and mainstream culture and rewrite radical collective history, together.

Nyky Gomez (Brown Recluse Zine Distro, “Skinned Heart” zine) and Ari Perezdiez (“MAXIMUMROCKNROLL,” “La Bola de Cristal”) will facilitate this workshop and roundtable discussion for women, trans*, and queer people of color.

MORE THAN A FEELING – Why Perzines Are More Than Just Photocopied Journals: Jessie Lynn McMains (Reckless Chants) presents this discussion on how to translate everything from little everyday moments to big life-changing events into entertaining and expressive storytelling.

Blog LBZF 2015 Workshops

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!