Saturday, May 29, 2010

The London Zine Symposium 2010

Yesterday was the sixth annual London Zine Symposium at The Old Rag Factory in East London, and Lucy and I were again lucky enough to be allocated a spot for Lazy Soosan.

Lighter, brighter, bigger and better than last year, the day saw the usual mix of zines, small-press comics, distros and radical culture. We had the pleasure of being sat amongst Tukru of the Kent based zine distro - Vampire Sushi, Girl Photographer (aka Eleanor Jane) and the Brighton Zine Fest Collective: all absolute proffessionals and ol' timers at LZS, so it was great to be surrounded with such experts!

Other highlights include Love To Print/Girls Who Draw, Mark Pawson, Sh*t Birthday, Forest Publishing, Bel's Art World and of course, Josie Long who was there promoting her zine: Drawing Moustaches in Magazines Monthly, which you can dowload here, and also giving zine readings along with Charlotte Cooper, Isy Morgenmuffel and Patrick Saff.

It was also great to catch up with Fever Zine who, despite an epic print fail, which was a giant shame, still managed to be there to help on the main zine table, and of course, shop! And speaking of shopping, I picked up some great little treats, and although I've had a quick flick through them all (I couldnt resist..!), I'll be saving the big read for my fast approaching flight to Canada. I'm starting to feel a little anxious about the 7 hour trip alone, and am collecting each every distraction I come across! Suggestions are most welcome!

The main Lazy Soosan news from the day, was of course that we launched 2 new issues to coincide with the symposium which made it a little bit more special, and was great to see such a great response to our now 7-strong collection of zines. More news will follow soon on that though!

But yes, going back to the big day, we had such a great time, met some super people, discovered some perfect little zines and we're very much looking forward to next year!

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