If you’re not in town for the NY Art Book Fair this week, don’t sweat it – there’s still plenty of ways to flip through the newest zines in your city. Here are some spots that we’ve been adding to our bucket list:
Los Angeles: Ooga Booga Store
A zine seller and publisher, Ooga Booga is a hidden gem in LA’s Chinatown filled with hard-to-find magazines and other obscure ephemera. They’ve also got a second location – aptly named Ooga Twooga – where the shop hosts artist talks, book launches, workshops, and more.
Plus, we really like saying the name out loud.
Where: 943 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Tues-Fri 11AM-6PM
San Francisco: Needles & Pens
From the usual suspects like Apartmento Magazine to more obscure stapled-in-the-artist’s-apartment paperbacks, there’s no doubt that you’ll find a new favorite in this San Francisco mainstay.
Where: 1173 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours: Open daily, 12-7PM
Brooklyn: Desert Island
Just few steps away from the Metropolitan stop on the G, this little bookstore also happens to host the annual Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival, which kicks off this year on November 7th. From their vintage Mad Magazines to zines from all over the world (any artist can sell their zine here, which makes for an interesting assortment), we could probably spend the whole day here.
Where: 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Mon-Sat 12-9PM, Sun 12-7PM
(But wait, there’s more!)
One of the landmarks of underground Midwestern alt culture, this Wicker Park darling just celebrated its 25th birthday this week. It’s dedicated to the strange, the weird, and the unusual – we recommend checking it out for a glimpse into zine history.
Where: 1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-9PM, Fri 12-10PM, Sat 11AM-10PM, Sun 12-7PM
Portland: Reading Frenzy
Reading Frenzy isn’t just a zine shop – it’s a gallery, a publisher, and an event space that supports the vibrant community of indie/alternative zine-makers in Portland. (And it’s not just the local arts community they support – the owner, Chloe Eudaly, is running for Portland City Council. We’re rooting for you, Chloe.)
Where: 3628 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 12-5PM