Browse the profiles of the zinesters tabling at Long Beach Zine Fest 2019!
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Kris Kaos and Flores Couture
Kristopher: I write zines because it is an idea personified in my mind on how I see the world.
Gloria: I have been writing since 8th grade. I worked in advertising at San Gabriel Valley Tribune and La Opinion for about 12 years combined. Yet, at the time I did not feel ready to share my thoughts to the world.
I left newspapers in 2008. I was broken. I saw the end of newspapers, a medium I loved, but a medium that never reflected its readers. When I realized that there are artists and writers that self publish, I felt like I finally found my medium. This to me was the pure way of telling stories and sharing ideas from the grass roots level.
Kristopher: Zines help me communicate my perspective by close contact with the reader in a cerebral sense.
Gloria: For me, zines are a space for me to tell my story and other stories that have been living in my head for years and years. To me it tells my story of where I grew up and how that shaped me.
I am a Mexican American woman who grew up in San Gabriel Valley during the 80s, 90s and 00s. I relate to soo many others here. I feel like our story has been untold. Our voices have never been captured in the newspaper, film or television. I want to create something pure and authentic.