Orange County Zine Fest encourages creativity, imagination and authenticity | Way of life

All three levels of Anaheim’s Central Library were filled with the voices of local artists and authors in the form of zines, photographs, stickers and pins thanks to the Orange County Zine Fest.

One hundred and forty-seven zine sellers hosted the event to share their creations with the community on Saturday. In addition to the signs, the OC Zine Fest also hosted a zine-making workshop.

Zines are self-published magazines where the only limit is the imagination. Zines can be created individually or as part of a collective. Zinesters can express themselves as they see fit. Los Angeles-based artist Heck Ketchup Co. showcased his works by inviting participants to choose a fortune from a papier-mâché donkey head.

Sarah Rafael Garcia’s opening speech encouraged people to take control of their own stories in zine form. Garcia began his speech by paying tribute to the late writer Toni Morrison.

“I’m going to start with one of his quotes that will really set the tone for what we do here as writers and artists: ‘If there’s a book you want to read but it doesn’t have yet been written, then you have to write that, ”Garcia said.

Garcia is the founder of LibroMobile. The goal of the literary project is to build community and promote literacy. LibroMobile takes the form of a mobile bookstore located in Calle Cuatro in Santa Ana. While all types of books and zines are sold, LibroMobile focuses on sharing stories with the community that are typically not included in mainstream publications.

Garcia shared that his main goal for LibroMobile is to build a community that can design zines, write stories, and enjoy reading.

Since accessibility is a priority for LibroMobile, zines range from free to $ 10. On Fridays, books are free and available for all ages.

Texan author Leticia Urieta’s zine, “The Monster,” was published by LibroMobile Publications at the OC Zine fest, a fictional story highlighting issues at the border.

Garcia emphasized the importance of community and expression through fanzines.

“Why LibroMobile? Why fanzines? It’s because we are creating a community, ”Garcia said. “Do it yourself and do it together because we will continue to be resilient against whatever is going on right now if we just communicate with each other.”

Jessi Galanter, OC Zine Fest participant, frequents LibroMobile and explained why she values ​​community space.

“Sarah is such a dynamic and interesting speaker that I really enjoyed what she said about LibroMobile as an organization and hearing the whole story of it and that it’s something for the community. . I feel like there are so few places like this now, ”said Galanter.

The creative community of Orange County is what has allowed the artistic career of local artist Beverly Salas to flourish. Salas’ distinct style reinvents the 1950s with dreamy neon colors.

“I think (the 1950s appeal) is exactly what appeals to me. I don’t know, I’ve always been drawn to this style, I really like vintage fashion like movies and stuff, ”said Salas.

Salas often publishes new work at local events and then shares them with the online community. To promote positivity, Salas offered free mini-zines titled “Why You’re The Biggest You”.

After graduating from high school, Salas began performing at Santa Ana Art Walk and began attending zine festivals. These festivals gave Salas the idea to start making his own zines.

“There are no rules for making zines. Everyone is so different. That’s what I love about the fanzine community, as no fanzine is the same, they’re all so different, ”said Salas.

Salas created all of the artwork associated with promoting OC Zine Fest, including posters, event programs, pins, and a tote bag.

“It’s an honor because it’s a city I grew up in. I used to come here all the time (OC Zine Fest) to do zine fest,” said Salas.

In addition to speakers and art, attendees had the opportunity to try some of Chicana Vegana’s carne asada fries, carne asada nachos, and burritos – all vegan of course.

Chicana Vegana is a food truck and pop-up store serving Mexican American vegan fare in Southern California. Jasmine Hernandez, one of the owners of Chicana Vegana, grew up in Anaheim.

“Growing up as a second generation Chicana, I want to express that through food. I want to be authentic and match what other people want to express in themselves. And that’s with everything with food, clothes. , culture, everything, ”Hernandez said.

Free for the public, OC Zine Fest made it possible to see, hear and share creative pieces.

“It’s really great that they are hosting the OC Zine Fest and invigorating life in libraries that people maybe don’t come to anymore. It’s about getting people out and bringing the community together, ”Hernandez said.