Another sporatic update!

I’m working on some new updates to the site. I’m taking some zine distros out and adding a few new ones. As always, feel free to contact me. This site is only as good as we all help to make it.

Distro news!

Click Clack distro has closed

Ms. Valerie Park distro is now Antiquated Future.

Events:

Check out the POC Zine Project Race Riot tour!

Table applications for the LA Zine Fest are open! (LA Zine Fest will be held February 16, 2014)

The Scranton Zine Fest is June 7, 2104 and the organizers are hosting a kickstarter. Maybe you would like to help them out?

The Dates for the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium will be July 12-13, 2014

The rest of the zine events are here!

Got some zine news? Get in touch!

 

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 Summer!

 

I’ve been busy but I have been keeping the Zine Events page up to date. As always, let me know when I’m missing  a zine event. I only have 2 eyes and they can’t see the whole world.

I attended the Woman of Color Zine Symposium last weekend. Jenna, the Lower East Side Librarian, was in town and we got to hang out. I saw a lot of old zine friends and met some great people. I think the event was awesome and I hope they do another one.

Registration for both the Philly Feminist Zine Fest (so bummed I can’t go!) and the San Francisco Zine fests are open now!

This weekend is both the Flint Michigan Zine Fest and the Scranton Zine Fests proving that awesome zine fests CAN happen in your city if you are creative and motivated!

And in zine new in my home city of Portland:

June 21 The Portland Zine Symposium is also sponsoring a Zine Bike ride and Bike-in movie during Pedalpalooza!(it starts at our lovely Portland Button Works shop! check out all our zines! Check out all our buttons!)

June 23 AmaZINE Day!- A new mini zine fest hosted quarterly in conjugation with the Portland Zine Symposium! Table space is limited and all table registration is to signed up for physically at the IPRC. Up the mini zine fests!

Did you know that July is International Zine Month?

What are you plans?I’ll be adding events as YOU send them to me.

The Portland Zine Symposium is hosting a 24 Hour Zine Challenge for the 4th year in a row! It will work as a fundraiser again where you have an opportunity to sponsor a zinester. You only pay if they complete the challenge AND you can even get a copy of they creation.

Also, July 21st is International Zine Library Day!

How will you show love for your local Zine Library?


There are no zine fests on the calendar this week but….

Greetings! I’m battling “ConCrude” or possible “ZineFestCrude” or “the zine flu” after getting back from the Chicago Zine Fest. It’s not so bad but I had the same thing after the L.A. Zine fest! That being said, I don’t have much in the way of zine news.

Chicago Zine Fest was awesome! Look at photos here. A lot of them are from the Zinester Olympics. I’m pretty sure that my team, The Paper Sharks, won with our 2 gold and two silver awards!

Table registration for the Portland Zine Symposium went live today at noon! Get your table now because they always sell out!

There are no zine fests on the calendar for this week but that doesn’t mean there are any. If you know of any zine events this week, let me know and I’ll add them to the calendar!

Zine News Round up

Greetings! I am now back in rainy cold Portland after spending almost a week in sunny southern California. I’m hoping I can head to a warmer climate for Presidents Day next year. You folks taking about the Hawaii zine fest, I’m looking at you!

L.A. was great! I got to meet lots of new and old zine friends. The space was awesome, on the second floor of a book shop, and the turn out was incredible! Seriously, the place was packed with people all absorbing the print goodness. There was lots of press leading up to the event and this is an interesting piece about the V.Vale and Henry Rollins talk that happened after the actual zine fest. You should read it.

The 2011 Revenge of print was so successful that they fine folks at Atomic Books are gonna do it again! Check out .

This weekend is the 1st NYC Feminist Zine Fest and I’m super bummed that I can’t be there. But, You can read articles here and here about it.

We have final confirmation on ZOE (Zine Organizers Event) This is an even that will take place the day after the Chicago Zine Fest. We are inviting zine event organizers and those that would like to start zine events to come and chat and learn from each other. It should be a great time.

The Portland Zine Symposium has extended their submission deadline for the 2012 artwork to February 27th. Read more here including the new tabling policy.

Zine Fests This weekend:

NYC Feminist Zine Fest  (New York, New York, USA)

Tooting Zine Fair (London, UK)

Book Arts Fayre (Cardiff, Wales, UK)

In zines we trust,

Alex Wrekk

Ziney news!

Greetings from sunny Southern California. I’m down here for the LA Zine Fest . The sun is bright and I, as a Portlander, had to buy some sunglasses! What is the crazy bright ball in the sky!

Ok, here’s some zine news:

-My friends and fellow Portland Zine Symposium organizers edit a monthly anthology/comp zine called, Stumptown Underground. It is a curated and themed monthly and they have just extended their submissions for this month. The theme is memories and we all have those, right? Why not submit something for consideration?

-Speaking of submitting… The Portland Zine Symposium is looking for artwork for this year. Guidelines can be found on the webiste. The theme this year is “Sea Of Zines”! Please make us something like a shark fighting a giant squid for zines or a pirate treasure chest filled with zines!

-Chicago Zine Fest has announced the line up of zine readers. Check it out! It includes my housemate, and Zine Thug creator, Marc Parker.  I sure hope he gets his zine done in time!

-Also in Chicago: Quimby’s is hosting the Zine Olympics at the Chicago Zine Fest. Have you been training?

-And another thing in Chicago: Sunday after the Chicago Zine Fest will be ZOE, the Zine Organizers Event. It will be a day long event for people who organize and want to start organizing zine events. We will workshop and network and talk shop. More details to come.

-In sad zine news, Profane Existence will shut down its print operation.

-In odd UK fanzine news, fanzines were seized at a football match.

Zine Events this weekend:

18 – Feria de Fanzines (Santiago, Chile)

19 – LA Zine Fest (Los Angeles, California, USA)

I’ll be at the L.A. Zine Fest on Sunday, stop by and say hi! I’ll have some flyers for this site and lots of other stuff!

P.S. in internet land a meme has been going around about occupations and what people think they are vs. what they really are. My friend, Tara, created this one for zines.

A new photocopier is born and The Copy Scams are going on tour

Ok, I had to mention this. In the last post I wrote that the Robert’s Street Social Center is moving, but they have also welcomed a new photocopier into the world! I wonder if it has a name yet? In celebration they are hosting a copier launch party.  I saw this post on We Make Zines asking for songs about copiers. Do you have one to share?

In the We Make Zines post the  joke/niche band all about zines, The Copy Scams, was mentioned.

Here’s the story about that: In 2010 Steve Larder (of Rum Lad zine) was staying in my basement for a few months and decided he wanted to start a band. Then he tricked me, my housemate Marc of (Zine Thug) and my partner, Paul (who won’t make zine anymore for some reason) into starting a band with him. We decided it would be a zine themed band and in 3 weeks we wrote, rehearsed, and recorded 4 lo-fi pop punk songs all about zines including a song about apologizing for the zine being late, a song about the ubiquitous likes/dislikes list, a song about stealing photocopies, and a song about the 24 hour zine challenge. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, we performed a show that closed out the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium. It was a lot of fun.

Well, looks like we are going to top that. In November of 2012 The Copy Scams are touring the UK with a pack of North American zine friends!  We are looking for zine fests to attend as well! Let me know if you are planing a zine fest in England during the first two weeks of November. Stay tuned for more details and in the mean time you can get a cassette tape (yes, only cassette tape!) of the songs here, or listen live and download for free on last.fm, our Reverbnation site, or right here:

ComScore
 

End of the week zine round up: 10 February 2012

stI keep finding more awesome zine things to share with you!

Atomic books, one of the sponsors the 2011 Revenge of Print, has tallied over 2,000 titles printed last year! Over 1,000 people signed up on the facebook page and over 2,000 zines have been made! Take that, people say print is dead! Read more about it here.

-Another sponsor of Revenge of Print is Quimby’s, and they mentioned this site in the quimblog this week. thanks!

-Portland, Oregon zinester, author, and illustrator Nicole Georges is working with IFC to illustrate THE MOST PORTLAND THING EVER. It’s a bit like a contest where you leave a comment about the most Portland Thing Ever that you have seen and Nicole will illustrate the winner. Check it out!

-Also in Portland: The 12th annual Portland Zine Symposium will be 11-12 August 2012.  The website  has not yet been updated because there is no new artwork yet (and tabling is not open either, FYI)! The Portland Zine Symposium is looking for your artwork to grace the website, t-shirts, posters, stickers and more. The theme this year is “Sea of Zines”  So there should be lots of cephalopods reading zines, pirates with zine booty, or a shark trying to eat a zine reader on a surf board. Deadline for artwork is 25 February and details can be found on the website.

-And another thing in Portland: The Independent Publishing Resource Center is moving across the river to the east side! Since 1996 the IPRC has been located in an office building in Downtown Portland. After shuffling around the building and expanding into other offices there over the years, it has just grown too big. The move across the river to 1001 SE Division quadruples the space for more ziney goodness! Stay tuned for more news about the move!

Canada Corner! (I couldn’t help myself, sorry)

-Speaking of moving: The Robert’s Street Social Center in Halifax ,Nova Scotia, Canada has lost their lease  on Robert’s Street. They are looking for a new space in the North End. I’m particularly sad about this because I had the opportunity to be a resident with the Anchor Archive zine residency program in 2009. I know they will end up on their feet and I wish them well!

-Amber, of Fight Boredom zine distro and Culture Slut zine, was interviewed in this Montreal article about Fighting Boredom. I really dig the thought that “only boring people are boring”.

-I was contacted by the people from XSPACE Cultural Center in Toronto that they are having a BINGO fundraiser on 17 February and that they are accepting zine submissions for their zine library!

Zine Events this weekend:

12 – Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair (Melbourne, Australia)

12 – Bristol Radical Zine Fest (Bristol, UK)

Do you have zine related news? Drop me a comment to the right and I’ll try to get it posted!  —————>