Super-cute queer 2015 calendar (hey – it’s still January) is out now and getting love at the LA Art Book Fair downtown at MoCA this weekend. It’s from LA-based queer-artzine JIMMY THE ZINE and it features an array of beardy/hippie boys from LA, Atlanta, New Orleans and all over posing as various figures from the Tarot card deck. And our very own sex god John Polly is one of ’em! (Shirtless John Polly – Hubba hubba.)
Photos were shot both in LA and at a radical queer commune back in the South by AJ GOODRICH. Check out the fab calendar images below. And buy yours here.
From the Hammer Museum blog interview with Jimmy Vogel of JIMMY the Zine.
Darin Klein: How long have you been self-publishing?
Jimmy Vogel: Brent Freaney and I printed the first issue of JIMMY the zine in 2010, Xeroxed at a little print ship in Hollywood, then folded and stapled them on the floor of my living room.
DK: How many issues have you published?
JV: There have been 5 Issues of the zine. Everything we make is produced under the umbrella project of JIMMY the zine, but we’ve also gotten to play with other mediums. We’ve done 4 calendars and commissioned poster prints as well as graphic work on t-shirts and totes. And we organize events and exhibitions.
DK: I understand you’ll be bringing the JIMMY the Zine 2015 Calendar to the fair this year? Give us some details. Who is the photographer? Any fun anecdotes about the photo shoot or production?
JV: For this year’s calendar the filmmaker/photographer AJ Goodrich shot 26 beautifully theatrical portraits recreating Tarot cards. He’s done all the major Arcana and the 4 suits. We shot half of them here in Los Angeles and the other half at a radical queer commune, which for a project like this, is an amazing wonderland of props and costumes.
DK: Who and/or what are you looking forward to seeing at the fair this year?
JV: I of course always love the turnout of queer zines. The fair organizers group us all together each year, so we all know each other and it feels like a mini reunion in some ways.
DK: Can you compare and contrast your experiences at past NY and LA Art Book fairs with other fairs and festivals you’ve participated in?
JV: Printed Matter’s Art Book Fairs are like nothing else. To see such a massive turnout of people still interested in printed things is amazing. Other fairs I’ve done are often a bit too crafty and the audience is only half interested. These fairs bring together really creative and talented mix of publishers dedicated to print and a crowd of people genuinely excited to see it still happening.