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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/

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I’m a zine hustler…

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Making the Portland Zine Symposium update yesterday, reminded me to update my blog. Then I quickly realized I am majorly lacking on updating my blog again. Oh, sigh.

I better use this opportunity to announce that I organizing and doing the 3rd Annual PZS 24hr Zine Challenge this year. I would encourage most any zinester/comicker to try a 24hr project at some point in their creative life. It’s really exciting, scary and fulfilling. Even if you don’t finish (I didn’t the first year), you inevitably learn a lot. If you’re not up to the challenge, please consider sponsoring me (I only have one sponsor, but that jerk Alex Wrekk has, like, a million). Speaking of which, my one sponsor is the ever-awesome Neil Brideau. He is a friend of mine that lives in Chicago, makes awesome comics, and helped start / organizes the Chicago Zine Fest.

If you sponsor me for $10 or more, you get a free copy of the zine (but you only pay if I finish) and PZS gets a donation, so everybody wins. So far, the 24hr Zine I made last year is the only zine of only my work I have ever made, so this will, hopefully, be the second.

I am not sure where to begin. My life is totally swamped with PZS, I am super behind on Stumptown Underground‘s summer issue organizing. I am asking the others for help, but Katie A. is in the same boat as me, Katy O’Brien is in Sweden being an au pair for the summer, Kirsten is still in Korea, Jon just got a job (congratulations, dude), and hopskotch is just always busy. Oh, by the way, did you know Stumptown Underground is a collective and we’re open to new members? Because, yeah, we could sure use some more, dedicated hands.

Oh, also, the deadline to submit to Stumptown Underground ocean issue is July 23rd. If you submitted to the summer issue, you should her from us soon!

ocean issue, zine submissions call

I will make a more personal update soon, I swear…

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/

DOOM’d Daddy

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Katy O’Brien and I collaborated on a comic for the video games issue of Stumptown Underground, “Game On!” I wrote it, I laid it out, Katy drew it…

 I love Katy’s drawing style (though this is a departure from her usual anthropomorphic characters) and it was so cool to collaborate with my best friend on a personal piece.

Our next deadline is for our breakups issue, February 23rd. Submissions are totally open and the editors all vote on each submission, providing feedback to all potential contributors.

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February 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

2011 PZS Poster Art Call / Stumptown Underground Submission Call

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So, onto to zine things!

Every year, the PZS gives EVERYONE a chance to make the image that will represent the next Portland Zine Symposium on the website, posters, buttons, fliers, outreach events, and at the convention. All you have to do is think about the theme, create a poster and submit! This theme for the 11th Annual Portland Zine Symposium will be “Postmarked 2011” and the deadline is March 1st. Check out the call here and give it a try!

And in other zine news, Stumptown Underground’s 17th issue will be centralized around the theme of BREAKUPS. For more info on that, check here and look over SU’s (finally) new and improved website. The graphic at the top was thought up by me and inked up by Ben Bush! We couldn’t seem to keep up with updating the website between Katy and I, so Stumptown Underground finally implemented a wordpress set up so that all the members in the collective can help keep it updated.

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February 7, 2011 at 10:42 am