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PZS is HERE!!!

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So, I have been so swamped with the Stumptown Underground issue that came out a couple weeks ago and also with organizing the Portland Zine Symposium, that I haven’t been posting!!

But, anyways, the Portland Zine Symposium is THIS WEEKEND!

Here is the final general update we posted online and sent out to everyone

I have a lot to say about PZS, as an organizer and a zine enthusiast, but I have to keep this short because I gotta go help setup tables at Refuge for tomorrow.

So, in short, this is PZS wonderfulness is happening all weekend, starting tonight, and I really hope you come check it out!!!

I can’t tell you how hard I work to organize PZS, countless hours every year, and I still feel like I am not doing enough or well enough. Doing SU, PZS, and other zine stuff drives a fair almost all of my life and challenges me to work harder and do better at every turn. It’s also incredibly rewarding, which is what compels me to keep trying harder and doing more.

Tonight, at the IPRC, we are starting with an IPRC Open House and PZS Kick Off Party, complete with a game of Zine Jeopardy.

Tomorrow is the first day of tabling and lots of workshops at Refuge. I will be there all day, of course, but the hours are from 10:00am until 6:00pm. This year, we also worked hard on an app  that allows you to “heart” the tablers you want to see and set notifications for workshops. : portland-zine-symposium.getbloodhound.com

In the evening, one of my favorite bands, Point Juncture WA,  and several of my favorite readers will be doing a music show, zine reading, and reissue party all to benefit PZS at Backspace. This should be a huge fund raiser for us and it has been written about in every paper in town and I want to give a huge thank you to Michael Heald for helping make it happen.

On Sunday, we have the second day of tabling and workshops from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Also, if you check out pdxzines.com, you will see that I have been working hard to post a bunch of interviews with many of the PZS tablers this year. Those interviews should give you a great idea of why I love zines and doing PZS. <3

Sunday night, we’re going to have a huge after party with karaoke at IPRC.

Hope to see you this weekend!

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August 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

AmaZine Day!

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Thanks to everyone who came out to AmaZine Day yesterday, it was so wonderful and fun! I am so glad to be helping organize another, more frequent zine fest here in Portland, I am so thankful for the Independent Publishing Resource Center and its new, bigger space so that the Portland Zine Symposium organizers could organize something like this. We had all the tables full and people in and out, including just random foot-traffic. It was so great to have the first one go so well. Justin, the director at the IPRC, took some video that we should have up soon, plus a lot of pictures various people took.

I had the PZS Pedalpalooza Zine Bike Ride and the PZS Bike-In Movie (we showed The Goonies this year, had our biggest turn out ever), another big event that had nothing to do with zines that I was helping organize on Friday, and AmaZine Day yesterday. I am glad the only thing I have got going on today is teaching comics/zines drop-in class for kids at the IPRC and a coffee date. I am tired.

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June 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

IPRC’s new Kickstarter + SU Science and Sci-Fi Submissions Call

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First, I want to thank anyone and everyone who followed the links from my last blog post to help fund  Sparkplug’s IndieGoGo campaignA.M.’s Kickstarter for Tiny Bones: A Memoir with a Wide Margin, or  The Portland Button Works IndieGoGo campaignAll three of those projects got fully funded and beyond! 

If you are still able to give or if you missed out on helping with those awesome projects, please consider donating to the IPRC’s latest Kickstarter to help fund the installation of a glass-paneled garage door, outdoor benches and exterior signage; to finish building the new screenprinting studio and classroom; to purchase much-needed new lab computers, new letterpress machines, screenprinting supplies, library supplies and other art/publishing equipment; and to cover general operating expenses (utilities, rent, staff pay, etc) during this transitional period.

$6,000 is the minimum the Independent Publishing Resource Center needs to raise via kickstarter; the IPRC is actually hoping to raise more than $12,000 in this campaign. Every Kickstarter donation is an investment in the IPRC’s promising new future–and also in your own creative future, especially since all contributions above $25 score you an IPRC membership/renewal. To sweeten the deal, the first $500 in donations will be matched by a generous individual donor.

So, if you need a new IPRC membership anytime soon, I would strongly encourage you to do it through the Kickstarter, but there is a myriad of rewards for contributing to the IPRC’s new Kickstarter campaign.

Speaking of the IPRC’s needs, I wanted to begin to talk about the volunteer need at the new space. Currently, the IPRC only has one volunteer on staff to help out visitors and members, as well as keeping up on maintenance tasks around the center. For the new, large space, the IPRC is looking to double its volunteer base, having two volunteers on staff during open hours. If you’re interested in getting more involved, I can tell you, it’s quite the experience. I have definitely learned so much helping at the IPRC…

Jon Washington and I are actually working on a series of video interviews to help foster enthusiasm for volunteering and spread the word that the IPRC needs more volunteers! So, be on the lookout for that video of IPRC volunteer interviews, coming soon!

In other zine news, have you seen the latest submissions call for Stumptown Underground?

Yep, our next theme is Science and Sci-Fi! The deadline is May 23rd and I can’t wait to see what you awesome people come up with. I am trying to see if we can have our release party at OMSI

Written by lovemotionstory

April 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

IPRC Zine Machine – Submissions Call and Layout Guides!

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Well, I breifly mentioned this project in my post about The new, bigger IPRC, but here are finally the full details!

Introducing the IPRC‘s wonderful, new Zine Machine! 

Justin Hocking, the Independent Publishing Resource Center‘s Executive Director, picked up this old machine at a local hardware store five years ago… It had a few hiccups, but, with the help of a friend, Justin has gotten this thing running smoothly and it’s just been sitting in his garage waiting for the IPRC to have enough space to house it!

Well, not only do we have enough space in the new IPRC location, we also have a wide open sidewalk with a surprising amount of foot traffic…. We plan to wheel this awesome machine out to the sidewalk while we’re open so that IPRC visitors and neighborhood pedestrians alike can plug in their quarters and pick up a fresh mini zine for just one dollar! 

So now, we just need some great mini zines to stock this ol’ machine! We’re doing an open call for submissions to the Zine Machine. The machine has eleven slots for eleven different zines at any given time and we plan to rotate the selection. If your submitted zine makes it in, the IPRC will print 50 copies of  your zine and box, 25 to be stocked into the machine and 25 for you to give to your friends, sell at Portland Zine Symposium, or whatever!

There are also four spaces to feature four boxes, so part of submitting your mini zine can also be making an eye-catching design for the outside of the box. In fact, you can start on this handy-dandy template I’ve made for the IPRC’s Zine Machine Boxes!

Click on the image to see the full size….

But that’s not all the help we’re giving you!

I did some of the math for you already on what kind of a zine might fit into a box like this and also created a layout guide.

This layout guide is for a single-sheet, mini zine that is 32 pages. A zine with pages this size will definitely fit into your awesomely designed box!

This template prints out on a 8.5″ by 11″ (or letter-sized) paper and is just one idea for a layout for a mini zine layout to fit into a box for the IPRC Zine Machine.

I spent way too much time making these guides, just for the record, but I had a ton of fun doing it and I felt it was important to make sure you feel empowered to create, make, and submit your mini zine! Keep this in mind and please feel free to email me with any questions on creation and submitting. Submissions can be emailed to me at lovemotionstory  at gmail dot com or dropped off at the IPRC for me, 1001 SE Division St. Portland, OR.

I am planning on making a couple more layout guides for mini zines over the next couple weeks, but I would encourage you to play around with a sheet of paper and dream up any new layouts!

There is no deadline for your mini zine submissions, as the Zine Machine will be an ongoing project with a rotating stock.  Personally, I would recommend submitting ASAP so that your zine can be one of the first we have in stock! Also, I would love to see the at least one new zine in there a month! In addition to your zine going into your box, a little zine about the IPRC will be in there too, so that others may learn of the wonders of the IPRC.

Also, if you come across any other old cigarette vending machines or any other old vending machines for cheap or free, the IPRC would love to have them! We could repurpose all kinds of machines, from old candy vending machines to tampon vending machines! We’re hoping to approach local businesses to host more Zine Machines all around Portland.

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April 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The new, bigger IPRC…

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I volunteer to be on staff every Monday at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. If you ever have stopped by on a Monday anytime the last little while, I have probably given you a tour, tried to explain something about InDesign to you, helped you figure out why the copy machine wasn’t printing your zine as you imagine, or whatever. The IPRC has been looking for a bigger location for quite awhile, but a much bigger and interesting place was finally found last year and we spent most March and the beginning of April begging the big move across the river.

That’s me, volunteering real hard, followed by Michael, of Perfect Day Publishing, who also volunteers real hard on Mondays.

I came in last week to help try to unpack, build shelves, clean, setup supplies, shelve zines, etc. The IPRC had a soft opening last week, and things are looking good over here. For so long, we’ve had so many more zines for the zine library than we had shelves. In the new space, we have new new shelves up that are empty! With room in the library to expand, to add even more shelf space! I am excited to watch our backlog of donated zines slowly fill up the library… Our gigantic library (which anyone can borrow from for free, by the way), is fully searchable! Check out the online catalog of all the IPRC’s zines here.

We also have more room in the letterpress area (which allows us to carry new typefaces that were donated to our collection!), we’re are adding a screenprinting studio to our repertoire of available DIY experiences, we have more room for workshops and the certificates programs, and A LOT more…

Today marks my first regular Monday volunteering in our brand new space and, after feeling so inspired helping out last week, I came in early to snap some photos to help give you an idea of how wonderful the new space is and how much the IPRC is really being able to add and incorporate…

Definitely check this machine out which, has been just sitting in Justin’s garage for almost five years, just waiting for us to have more space and to be turned into a Zine Machine!

I am going to be helping IPRC solicit submissions for mini zines to into this wonderful thing and curating it’s selection, but more on that later…

Also, the cheery on the top of the new IPRC’s location, the rooftop! Check out my new favorite place to get elevated.

So, yeah, that’s just a quick update sharing the new IPRC! In case you were too lazy to click the links to the IPRC’s website, the new location is at 1001 SE Division St. #2… Which is kind of rad for a vegan lady like me, because Los Gorditos and Portobello are not even two blocks away!

And, speaking of cool non profits, ADX is also in the neighborhood. Is close-in, SE Portland the new DIY district? Could be…

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/

Life Eternal

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So, as several of you know, either because I emailed you or talked to you in person or because you saw my last blog post, I am working on a zine in remembrance of and in dedication to Dylan Williams.

At this point, after talking to Emily regarding how to handle distributing the zine (if it should be free, if it should be sold by Sparkplug to help keep it going, etc), I approached Justin at the IPRC about selling this zine to help raise funds for a scholarship that IPRC is just announcing will be offered in Dylan’s memory for the IPRC’s Comics Certificate Program. Dylan taught in the program, teaching and supporting others in their creative endeavors was important to him in many ways, and it seems like the best thing to do with the result of the zine… Especially since Emily suggested it. So, this zine will be sold all over and all proceeds will go to the Dylan Williams Scholarship Fund for the IPRC’s Comics Certificate Program.

I am also thinking of calling the zine Life Eternal, because my favorite photo of Dylan is the one Theo posted of Dylan next to those words. I think Dylan would feel kind of awkward if his face was on the cover of something, as he was rather humble, so I was having the cover all black, those letters in white, and that photo on the inside cover with an explanation of the zine, how it’s in dedication to his life and ideas and what the sales of the zine go to. This is not an idea I am married to and I need to ask Theo about using the photo, but it’s the first idea I had. I would also be open to doing a call for an illustration for the cover.

As far as submissions go, anyone can submit anything related to Dylan Williams, his ideas, his life, and so on. I would like to keep guidelines very loose so as to have the zine be  as inclusive as it can. Writing, illustrations, comics… Pretty much anything printable.

Do you have any thoughts on any of this? To what degree would you like to help? Just contributing? Helping review submissions? Organizing? Just organizing advice? I am open to as little or much involvement from anyone at this point, because I’d like to approach it with an inclusive and cooperative spirit. The zine anthology I work on usually, Stumptown Underground, is a collective I started to publish anthologies where all organizers have equal input and submissions are totally open to anyone, so I guess that’s why I would approach this that way.

Please email me regarding any of this or to contribute.
lovemotionstory [at] gmail [dot] com