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Yumi Sakugawa Books Back in Stock and Flashback Podcast Interview

Yumi Sakugawa is a machine. She keeps producing, and the zines, books, and projects don't stop. The top seller of the three might be, I think I Am In Friend Love With You, followed by the other two books you see pictured here. I believe all of these began as zines and have since been published by Adams Media. It's rare to see a zine maker take her work from the zine world to new frontiers including museum exhibitions and live readings. Below is an older podcast interview I did with Yumi Sakugawa a few years ago. Here's a link to her products at GR. https://soundcloud.com/realgiantrobot/art-podcast-with-yumi-sakugawa  

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Giant Robot at the LA Zine Fest 2015 Photos and Ruminations

Mari Naomi and Yumi Sakugawa. They're the best and I'm proud of what they do.  Giant Robot at the LA Zine Fest 2015 Photos and ruminations. The LA Zine Fest is an amazing annual event. It takes place two weeks after Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair and it's sort of like the "underground" to their "above-ground." It's huge in square footage. Imagine two gymnasiums and a lobby filled with zines, zine library, vendor tables, panel discussions, and outside is a parking lot with food vendors, art, and more zine makers.  For those who know, Giant Robot began as a zine in 1994 and at the time, the scene was spotty and small. Years later, as we turned into a...

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Art Podcast with Comic and Zine Author Yumi Sakugawa

In perfect timing with LA Zine Fest which is upcoming this Sunday, I'm publishing my podcast with Yumi Sakugawa. I recorded this in December, and have been waiting for the perfect time to release it.  I first ran into Yumi Sakugawa's work at a film festival. She was part of an art exhibition in the hallway of a movie theater. Since then she's shown in plenty of Giant Robot 2 exhibitions and has become a prolific and well selling zine author. Her most well known title might be her "hit" book, "I Think I'm in Friend Love With You." She's since released another book, "Becoming One With the Universe" and continues to make more zines.  We'll be hearing more about hardworking...

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Small Business Caturday - Photo Set

Small Business Saturday is a farce. The big box stores are still packed, the small shops, not as much. Yet the four ladies came up with Small Business Caturday, a more realistic day. Pictured below is Zoe Ruiz, Mari Naomi, Jen Wang, and Yumi Sakugawa. They did comic readings of stories with cats in them and although it wasn't an evening about shopping, it was sweet. They did sign some books afterwards. The best ending to the evening was see a stray cat family in the back parking lot being looked after by some passers by.  We'll get those signed books online today! Here's the link. link to the flickr photo set.  

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