31 Activities for International Zine Month: July 2013!

July is fast approaching and I have created a list of zine activities for International Zine month this year so get stoked! I’m going to make some posters today and send them out with Portland Button Works order or free for a stamp. I’ll post more when I have them printed. until then, let me know if I am missing something, that goes for everything on this site, let me know what is missing so I can add it!

When posting online about International Zine Month use the #IZM2013

31 Days of International Zine Month July 2013


1 – Sign up or sign in to WeMakeZines.ning.com and write about IZM and what you plans are to celebrate zines this month! Feel free to write about it on your personal site as well!

2 – Make a Top 10 list of reasons why your love zines, post them online if you would like.

3 – Zine Distro Appreciation Day! Order from a zine distro.

4 – Reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much.

5 – Teach yourself a  new zine skill: learn how to book bind, make a 1 page zine, photocopier art, etc.

6 – Check out ZineWiki.org and add your zine or update existing entries.


ZINE EVENT 6 JULY – Kuala Lampur Zine Fest (Kuala Lampur, Malaysia)



7 – Make or decorate some envelopes or postcards to get ready for the week.

8- Make a little flyer for your zine to send out with orders and see if other people will trade for stacks of them so you can all promote each other.

(beginning of Ramadan, Muslim zine friends can pick back up on August 8th)

9 – Write a letter to a zine maker that you don’t know.

10 – Send a care package to a zine creator that you do know.

11 – Make some mail art!

12 – Send your zine out to be reviewed.

13 – Zine Trade Day! Ask someone if they would like to trade zines with you.

14 – ValenZINE’s Day! Write to your zine crush, or write to ZineCrush.com


ZINE EVENT 13-14 JULY – Zine Librarian (Un)Conferencehttp://iczluc.wikispaces.com/ (Iowa City, Iowa, USA)



15 – Leave a zine in public for someone else to find.

15 – Promote a zine that you really like that is not your own.

16 – Send your zine to a distro for distro consideration.

17 – Review a zine online or write a review of a zine to add to your zine.

18 – Order from a zine distro that you have never ordered from before.

19 – Zine Shop appreciation day! Stop by a shop that sells zines and buy some zines or consign your zines.

20 – Free Zine Day! Give your zine away to someone!


ZINE EVENT 20 JULY –  DC Zine Fest (Washington, DC, USA)



21 – International Zine Library Day! Visit your local zine library!

22 – Send your zine to a zine library.

23 – Make a 1 page zine. Here are some instructions.

24 – Organize your zine collection.

25 – Teach a friend or family member about zines.

26- Submit something to a compilation zine.

27 – Organize a zine event! A zine reading or a zine fair or fest or even just for friends to get together and work on their zines.



28 – Cook with a recipe from a zine or cook zine!

29- Post a photo online of you with your zine or your zine collection.

30 – Read some zines! Lay in bed and read zines all day if you can!

31 – Log into WeMakeZine and write about your experience or write about it on your own blog.


ZINE FEST 31 JULY – 1 August San Francisco Zine Fest (San Francisco, California, USA)


-Read a zine everyday

-do a 24 hour zine (sign up here http://24hourzines.com)

-post your progress online on your blog or on We Make Zines

-Attend a zine event

-Draw a comic each day and release them at the end of the month

It’s June! We have less than a month until International Zine Month!

I really wish I spent more time updating this site. I’ve been pretty good at staying on top of zine events and making updates to shops and zine distros when people get me the information. But, I still need your help with getting the information! I thought I would have more time to make posts about interesting zine happenings in art or education, but I just lack the time. I set up a google alert for zines but I keep getting things for some councilman in LA with the last name “Zine” and a bunch of things about “e-zines”, and we all know that e-zines aren’t zines. I also thought I would have more energy and be able to post more about the zines events I was able to attend. All ready this year I have been to The L.A. Zine Fest, The Chicago Zine Fest, The Brooklyn Zine Fest, and AmaZine Day. I’ll also be at the Portland Zine Symposium and the ABQ Zine Fest. I am one of the moderators for the We <3 Zines Tumblr. I’m not sure how I was added to that and I’m not even sure who any of the other members are, but it is a nice little space on Tumblr.

Currently, I just donated to Erin Fae’s Kickstarter campaign to help them get from New Zealand to Halifax, Canada for the Robert’s Street Social Centre zine residency, I’m very slowly working on the new book version of Stolen Sharpie Revolution but I haven’t had much time. I’ll be launching a kickstarter or indiegogo campaign for that in the next few months and before that I’ll be asking for your various photos of Stolen Sharpie Revolution to use in the promo video. More on that later. I’m also working on the calendar of activities for International Zine Month in July! I should have that done and posted in the next couple of days.

That’s it for now!

Zine Event list updates and SSR out of print!

The zine event listings have been updates. Check them out here. If you event isn’t listed you should tell me about it! Same goes for Zine distros and shops that sell zines!

I attended the Chicago Zine fest and it was a blast! next up: Brooklyn Zine Fest in April. Hope to see you there!

FYI Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2 is completely out of print!  I’ll be reprinting in the next few months. So please, don’t go posting or buying overpriced and outdated copies on E-bay or Amazon or I’ll think you are a dick.

You’d do a lot better ordering the remaining copies from one of these fine distro:

Crabby Media

Parcel Press

Sweet Candy

Zine events update! Stolen Sharpie Revolution at the end of this printing! Brainscan #30

I have updated the zine events page as well as the zine event google calendar. Check it out.

I’ll be at the Chicago Zine fest and the Brooklyn Zine Fest. Come and say hello!

Also, Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY resource for zines and zine culture the book is just about out of print! I’ll be reprinting in the next few months. So please, don’t go posting or buying overpriced and outdated copies on E-bay or Amazon or I’ll think you are a dick.

You’d do a lot better ordering the remaining copies from one of these fine distro:

Crabby Media

Parcel Press

Sweet Candy

or get it from my Etsy shop or my distro, Portland Button Works.

Also, here’s a little self promotion. I have a new zine out! Brainscan zine #30 is my 30th issue in 15 years! You can also get that in my Etsy shop or at Portland Button Works. It is 40 pages with 5 color Risograph prints on recycled paper.


unapologetically late

It’s been a busy summer and I’m getting life back on track after International Zine Month and the Portland Zine Symposium and keeping my zine and button distro/shop up and running. My next project involves a trip to the UK for a tour with a zine themed band! Maybe you’ll come and see us? More on that latter.

Here’s some zine stuff that has crossed my path:

I updated the zine events page. As always, I need your help to keep it updated. Send me a message if you know of any that I an missing.

Check out these Zinester’s Dilemma articles 1 & 2

The POC Zine Project talks about having a POC zine conference in 2014.

Telegram zine is being collected in an anthology!

The Lesen Lounge seems like a bicycle version of the Fly Away Zine Mobile!

The Brooklyn College has a collection of Brooklyn zines.

This is an interesting exchange and discussion about the Birmingham Zine Fest in the UK and how out of touch the organizers seem to be about zines and zine culture.

Last, but definitely not least, Sage and Sarah are hosting another issue of their Postage Paid Zine Podcast tomorrow! Get on it and listen.


Happy International Zne Month Day 14 – ValenZine’s Day

Happy Valenzine’s Day! Remember to write your zine crush or, write to Zine Crush about your zine crush.

At the Portland Button Works shop we are having a ValenZine’s party. If you are in Portland you can come and make a  Valenzine to send to your Zine Crush! We will also have a stop by the Fly Away Zine Mobile tomorrow!

Here’s a great article about the Zine Apothecary in Minnesota. This library has over 2,500 different zines!

Today (Tomorrow? What time is it there) the Folks in Indonesian are rocking the Bandung Zine Fest! I wish them success!

What else do I have for you this week? Awesome zine librarians attempting to make the worlds largest zine!!! July 21st is Zine library day! If you happen to be in Pittsburgh you should check it out!


International Zine Month Day 8

Today’s activity is to try something new! If you draw comics, try writing fiction. If you write a per-zine, try drawing comics. If you write poetry, try writing a per-zine. What are you going to work on?

Next week is postal love week.  Get out your stamps and those letters you need to respond to because this is your week to send out some mail!

Other cool stuff:

Bad Zine, Everyone’s Fault: A Zine Reading tour!

check this out if it comes to your town:

7/20 – Chicago, IL @ Quimby’s Bookstore–1854 W. North Ave (7pm)
7/21 – Grand Rapids — MI 622 Benjamin (7pm)
7/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cyberpunk Apocalypse – 1200 Boyle St
7/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wooden Shoe Books & Records — 704 South St
7/24 – New York, NY @ Witch Beach
7/25 – Atlantic City, NJ
7/26 – Baltimore, MD@Red Clover Collective — 603 E. 30th st.
7/27 – Washington, DC

And of course, come to the DC Zine Fest on 7/28 at St Stephen’s Church!

University of Iowa Libraries Zine Month in Special Collections Follow along on twitter!

How’s your International Zine Month going?

Wow! Did you know there is a twitter hash tag for IZM! #InternationalZineMonth Ya, it is kinda long. But look! People are using it. Follow along and post your own activities.

Taryn Hipp is a superstar! She’s blogging about her zine activities here. It’s pretty inspiring.  Also, she and Sarah of Once Upon  A Distro are going for extra extra credit by not only reading a zine everyday, but reviewing a zine everyday here.

Sage from Sweet Candy distro is also playing along!

Let me know what you plans are and I’ll add them!


International Zine Month- Day 1

Greetings! Happy International Zine Month! If you are following along at home with the 31 activities for 31 days of International Zine Month today’s activity is to head over the WeMakeZines, a social networking site just for zines, and post about International Zine Month.

How to get your own 31 Activities for International Zine Month poster

Oh, if you would like a a copy of the 31 activities for International Zine Month poster along with a Portland Button Works Quarterly here’s how you get them: Send a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to:

Portland Button Works
1322 N Killingsworth
Portland, Oregon 97217