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International Zine Month!

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It’s here! Happy Intenational Zine Month!

Hey everyone! Happy International zine month! Do you have any big plans for the month? I have updated a few of the events but I know there are more out there so let me know.

I would have done more work on this but I’m hard at work working on the Portland Zine Symposium, the Zines On Toast (website coming soon!) tour, and running a business or two plus working on my garden.

The Portland Zine Symposium organizers plan on having several fund raising events they are working on leading up to the symposium this year. If you are in Portland be on the look out for movie night, zinester spelling bee, the 24 hour zine challenge and more!

Portland Zine Symposium 2010 may not be in July for International Zine Month this year, but now you’ll have time to finish your zine project in July for the event!

Here’s the e-mail we sent out earlier today:
Dear PZS Supporters,
We’ve got a couple major announcements for you! First, are winning artwork for PZS 2010 has been chosen! Our winning artist is Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg and you can view the poster here, but if you check Portland Zine Symposium website, you’ll see her fabulous work has been applied to our website’s design!
Thanks to all who submitted artwork for the 2010 poster art call, it was a challenging design to pick the work to represent the convention this year. We would also like to announce that a close second was artwork from Brian Kaas, so we plan on making a special edition button from his submission, to be available at PZS, as well as printing his poster art on the back of the program.
Now here’s the news you’ve been waiting for!

Registration for the 10th annual Portland Zine Symposium

will open up at 4pm (PST) today, April 6th.

When you register, be on the lookout for a special question in your form, “Would you like to preorder a Special Edition, 10th Anniversary Program?” It adds just $1 to your donation total and ensures you will get the guaranteed-to-be-popular, zine style program we’re cooking up to help commemorate our 1th anniversary!
Also, remember that we’re moving from the Smith Ballroom to PSU’s Main Gym this year. This means more space and more tables! It also means that PZS has to pay a ton more money to book the space. You can support us a variety of ways, but this year we’ve adding some special gifts for supporters able to contribute donations. You can check out the donation levels here and you can donate just by clicking here!
As always, we love help at the event, too. Volunteers at the event get cool things like t-shirts and our undying gratitude.

A couple of things…

1) I signed the paper work for the inclusion of July as International Zine Month for 2011! It is already on the list for 2010. So, I hope you are all planning new and exciting this for this year!

2) The 1oth annual Portland Zine Symposium is happening August 28 & 29th!

We are still looking for submissions for artwork. Go here for more details.

Artwork needs to be received by March 15th!

3) Speaking of March 15th…

I (your humble curator of this blog, Alex Wrekk) will be reading from Brainscan 25 at Powell’s for the Smallpressapalooza. Paul will be accompanying me with an acoustic guitar. And we may actually sing and acoustic version of this song about our first date when we watched the Opera Carmen!

Are you ready? Get set! GO!

Tomorrow starts July… and International Zine Month? What are you plans? i know I have a zine in the works!


Click Clack Distro will be giving out a free copy of Entry Points with every distro order. Entry points is a comp zine specifically for International Zine Month Zine with zinesters telling their own stories about how they got into zines.

New Events!

I just added a bunch of new events for International Zine Month. Let me know of any other events happening in your area!

Not exactly International ZIne month stuff, but we are getting close

I just got back from a month long trip to the UK and France! I attended the London Zine Symposium, went on a mini UK zine tour, hung out with rad folks and then headed to France for the 20th birthday party of La Fanzinotheque! You can be sure that there will be a zine about my adventures! Check out photos and what not from my trip here: http://alexwrekk.wordpress.com

Now I’m back in the country and gearing up for Portland’s Summer zine events! Maybe you are interested in checking them out:

Friday June 12, 2009-7pm-10pm Stolen Sharpie Revolution official release party and open mic!

Since 2002 Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go to book about zines. Well, now it is back and better than ever! Bring your zine to read and join me at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) for an evening of zine readings and special Stolen Sharpie Revolution release party book pricing. Plus cake!

Otherwise you can still get copies of SSR here: http://www.smallworldbuttons.com and here: http://brainscan.etsy.com

Saturday June 13, 2009- 10am-7pm Square Foot Zine Fest!

I’m hosting this mini zine fest at the IPRC. The idea is that the table space is open to IPRC members for $5 but that catch is that each person only gets 1 foot of table space so that everyone is equal! Admission to the Square Foot Zine Fest is free. Sign up now! Table space is going quickly! Http://www.iprc.org

July 7, 2009-July 24, 2009 IPRC’s Teen Zine Camp!

Every year the IPRC hosts this summer camp for youth about zines where zines are made and explored and the Portland Zine Symposium is attended. Camp meets 2 times a week for 4 weeks. For more information check out: http://www.iprc.org

July 24,25,26 2009 9th annual Portland Zine Symposium!

Our yearly tradition! The Portland Zine Symposium is a 3 day zine fest and zine social full of workshops, tabling and socializing! Admission is free to everyone. Table space is available for donation and this year is separated into specific days with limited full tables available. In fact, I think all the full tables are gone for Saturday already! So, head on over the http://www.pdxzines.com to register.

Also, we are accepting workshop idea submissions so if you have a great idea for a workshop let us know!

That’s about it for now. Let me know if any of you are headed to the symposium this year. I hope to see you this summer!

If you have zine events happening udring July let me know and I can add them to my event listings!