Help my friends! Publishing and Distro Projects That Need Support
A already blogged about the Sparkplug IndieGoGo campaign, but, seriously, please consider contributing.
A lot of people have shared the campaign in support of continuing the work of Dylan Williams and Sparkplug, but I also wanted to take the time to link to a very beautifully written perspective by Shannon O’Leary on the importance of supporting weird, unique, and wonderful comics in the underground, as well as connecting and inspiring people to share and hear each other’s voices… Comics not Cancer: A personal plea for the Sparkplug Comic Books IndieGoGo Fundraiser.
If you know me, you know how important of a friend and an inspiration Dylan Williams was to me. If you ever met Dylan, you would instantly understand how he was so important to so many people. Help help fund the release of Nurse Nurse by Katie Skelly, The Golem of Gabirol by Olga Volozova, issue 9 of Reich by Elijah Brubaker.
These books are of special import not only because they are amazing in themselves, but because they are the last projects on which Sparkplug founder Dylan Williams was working before he died of cancer in September 2011. I can personally say that knowing Dylan was such an inspiration because he was kind and intelligent, but also because of what he did for comics. It would mean a lot to see these books published…. This Sparkplug campaign only has 10 days left to go.
The next two projects I’d like to encourage you to support are also by friends and active members of comics and zines communities, people who regularly and selflessly volunteer their times for others’ creative endeavors and developments….
Tiny Bones: A Memoir with a Wide Margin by A.M. A.M is the Program Coordinator for the Independent Publishing Resource Center, a place where I volunteer. While A.M. holds one of only three paid positions of the IPRC, the amount of work this lady puts into the IPRC, the zine community in Portland at large, and in the world is just amazing. Like me, she teaches zines to middle schoolers, which is a job I can tell you is VERY challenging, but so important. A.M. teaches media literacy to youth, facilitates writing workshops with adults, and helps people of all ages express themselves through independent media. Please consider supporting her! The Tiny Bones project has 24 more days to go.
And finally, my friends Alex Wrekk and Derek Neuland are joining their button-making skills and zine passion together to create an awesome new store that aims to have a zine distro, Portland Button Works!
As well as an online store, Portland Button Works is also going to be opening a physical storefront with the next month or 2 in Portland, Oregon. Along with zines and buttons (in three different sizes!) they will also be offering people the ability to make their own buttons right there in the store. They will even have same-day service on custom button orders! The Portland Button Works campaign only has three days left to be funded.
Alex and Derek are also fellow Portland Zine Symposium organizers, I am really excited to see them collaborating and creating another outlet for their community and DIY ethics.
Please consider contributing in anyway that you can to these projects, even if it’s just sharing this online and telling your friends.
Written by lovemotionstory
April 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm
Tagged with Alex Wrekk, cancer, comics, distros, Dylan Williams, Elijah Brubaker, fundraising, help, Katie Skelly, memiors, Nurse Nurse, Olga Volozova, Portland, Portland Button Works, Portland Zine Symposium, Reich, Shannon O'Leary, Sparkplug, zines