For the first time ever, I took my art to the West Coast. I was a proud vendor at the 7th Annual L.A. Zine Fest on May 27, 2018. It was a dream come true to share my work with the L.A. community. I met some of my favorite creators from around the country such as St. Sucia, Breena Nuñez Peralta, Frijolera Press, Brown and Proud Press who also vended at the festival. Check out the exhibitor list here. Plus, I gave a workshop on the creative process behind my zine "Vos Cipota" during the festival.
Big List of Thank You's:
- LAZF organizers for believing in my work and letting me part of this monumental event
- Everyone who stopped by my table and supported the festival
- Workshop attendees: it was a joy to chat with you and share insights
- My sister and Suzy for their eternal support
About The Event:
This year's Fest will feature 200 zinesters, writers, illustrators, comix creators, photographers, and more—selling, trading and sharing their work, and celebrating self-publishing and DIY culture in the community. Free admission!
Shoutout to the GOAT @SheaSerrano for the boost of confidence & support!
Los Angeles, you came through on Saturday 5/26 to talk all things Central American. I’m so proud to have been an organizer and presenter alongside such a great panel. It was like #CentralAmericanTwitter, but in IN REAL LIFE! Truly, a monumental evening where stories were exchanged and inspiration swam heavy in the room. Thank you all who attended!
About the event:
Central American Art & Beauty, Dichos de un bicho, Radio No Jodás, & Yeiry.com present:
Isthmus Roots: A Celebration of Central American Creativity & Storytelling
Saturday, May 26th, 2018
5PM - 8PM
5469 Huntington Dr N,
Los Angeles, CA 90032 (El Sereno)
Attention L.A.! Come and meet talented Central American creatives & storytellers! Utilizing a wide variety of media--ranging from music, comics, zines, art curation, and academic research--each featured panelist utilizes their platform(s) to speak and amplify the stories of their respective communities. Moreover, they represent the strength, resilience, and diverse beauty of the Central American isthmus.
A. Sarr, Nicaraguan musician
Breena Nuñez Peralta, Guatemalan/Salvadoran illustrator
Brigette Lugo, Panamanian & Nicaraguan journalist, founder of SomosGenteLA
Nicole Ramsey, Belizean educator
Tamika Burgess, Afro-Panamanian blogger, founder of EsMiCultura
Yeiry Guevara, Salvadoran writer & artist
Zaira Miluska, Salvadoran founder of Central American Art & Beauty
Moderated by Gloria Figueroa & Henry Nicia, from Radio No Jodás
Music generously provided by Radio Pulgarcito, (Linda Nuves, Sister Mantos, gfunktrece)
Special thanks to Angela Flores and the Collective from Eastside Cafe for generously providing the space to host this event. Shoutout to Patria Coffee for providing refreshments and to VCHOS Food Truck for their yummy food. Also, much gratitude to Zaira Miluska, Wendy Rodriguez, Yeiry Guevara, Brigette Lugo, Gloria Figueroa, and Victor Interiano for organizing this event.
Below is the full lifestream recording by Central American Empowerment Network