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Help my friends! Publishing and Distro Projects That Need Support

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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 SkellyThe 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.

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Short Run Recap, a Seattle vegan dinner, Memory zine

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I tabled at the first-ever Short Run Small Press Fest in Seattle this past weekend for Stumptown Underground! The Short Run Small Press Fest reminded us a lot of the Portland Zine Symposium in feel, ethics and organization.

Short Run was held at The Vera Project, an all ages, non profit, music and art venue in Seattle Center. We want to give a big thank you to all the organizers who worked hard to keep tabling costs low and admission to the event free, key ingredients to any independently minded festival (as a PZS organizer, I can attest to this)!

I  rode up to Seattle with Emily and Virginia Paine of Sparkplug and tabled for Stumptown Underground, sharing a table with Alex Wrekk.

I met so many people, got a lot of Stumptown Underground zines and information passed out, and had a lot of fun. There were many people checking out Short Run that hadn’t even heard of zines, so it was great to be reaching out to so many new people about independent media. When I talked to organizer Kelly Froh at the end of the day, she said that their count for attendance was 820!

Thank you so much, Short Run! We will want to go again next year, so keep up the good work.

After Short Run, quite a few people hit up Georgetown Liquor Company for food before the after party at Fantagraphics. And, holy moly, did they have some amazing vegan food there! Emily, Virgnia and I shared the arugula artichoke dip, which was blended artichoke hearts and arugula (and, I swear, at least one jalapeno, there was a hint of spiciness) with Daiya mozzarella on top. I had the split pea soup and the Picard, which was made with apple-sage Field Roast, roasted red onions, Daiya mozzarella, Tofutti cream cheese and roasted garlic spread, toasted on ciabatta and served with vegan au jus dipping sauce.  It was all amazing!

I also got a couple records at Georgetown Records, the record store that’s nestled with the Fantagraphics store, and made

Just as a reminder, the next deadline for Stumptown Underground is coming up, for submissions to our memory-themed, 21st issue. Read the open submissions call here: http://www.stumptownunderground.com/2011/10/issue-21-memory/

These days, I don’t sleep for fun. And also for zines.

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Things are going pretty awesomely the last couple months. I am getting back on track in putting myself into PZS and SU, as well as having some fun times with friends.

Last night, I slept from 3am to 6am, so that I could finish coloring a drawing…

 

Basically, I imported a scan of the drawing into Illustrator, made a live trace of the black lines with a few tweaks, then colored it in Photoshop by sampling from pictures of real things… This was a real fun coloring experiment for me…

The pea’s pod coloring was sampled from a photos of a real pea pod. One person’s skin was from a photo of a real peach, another’s from a photo of a pale white rose, and the third’s from photos of coffee beans. The red hair color was sampled from a photo of a orange rose with yellow and red accents, the blonde-ish hair was taken from a photo of yellow beans. The background blue was sampled from a photo of raindrops on glass, the darker blue was taken from a dark blue butterfly’s wings. The cloud swirls’ color was from a photo of very light blue and white clouds. After cutting out chunks of each of the photos, I cloned them a bazillion times in Photoshop, then I smudged them a bit, depending on how textured the sample was versus how textured I wanted it to look. It took quite a long time, but I really had fun with it.

The release party for the issue that this is the cover of (“Peas in a Pod”) is tonight, which is also a music show! If you’re not doing anything, you should come celebrate zines and fun music with us at The Saratoga. The issues will also each be a dollar off, for tonight at the release party only.

The next deadlines for Stumptown Underground are June 23rd for summer-themed submissions and July 23rd for ocean-themed submissions. More info here: http://www.stumptownunderground.com/2011/04/issue-19-20-summer-the-ocean/

“On the radio whoa oh oh”

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Yesterday, Alex Wrekk and I went on The Nerd Report to talk about the Portland Zine Symposium and zines!

The hosts, Emily Gibson and Sabrina Miller, were nice and very funny. Before I do radio interviews (wow, I have done multiple radio interviews, what are these people thinking?), I try to listen to a few episodes of the show asking for an interview to make sure it will be a good/fun/etc. Because of this, I am pretty sure I am going to become a regular, Nerd Report listener, they rule pretty hard. And I already listen to other pdx.fm shows, like Cort and Fatboy.

I love doing interviews because you really have an opportunity to learn more about you already love by being forced to articulate explanations for what you’re so passionate about. Also, doing interviews along side of people who share your passion (i.e. in this case, Alex and I did the interview together), is a great opportunity to discuss together what you love in ways you might not think to normally.

Normally, Alex and I work really hard with the other PZS organizers to pull together the event when we meet to talk about and, if when we meet together just as friends, we may not feel like talking about all things PZS because we want to have friend time together. In an interview, we have the chance to talk about PZS just in general, not for the purposes of planning it, which is really refreshing! Also, it’s fascinating to experience how different interviewers choose to frame their questions. In this interview, we sort of mention that when Emily asks a pretty serious and relevant question in an really intelligent way, despite not knowing a lot about zines. Major props, Emily! It also made me feel pretty great when my slightly inappropriate jokes made Emily laugh so much that she put down her headphones, got up and walked around the room cracking up.

The interview was live yesterday, but you can still listen to it now online, found here: http://nerdreport.pdxaudioarchive.com/nerd_episode044.mp3