Who writes this thing anyway?

Hi, My name is Alex Wrekk. I have been involved with zines since the early 90’s. I’ve been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997, it is now up to its 28th issue. I also wrote a book about zines called Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY resource to zines and zine culture  You can get copies at My Etsy Shop, my Small World Buttons Site and various zine distros and book shops (even Amazon, if that’s your thing.)

Somehow  I am involved with lots of things that are zine related. I am an organizer for The Portland Zine Symposium and an open hours shift volunteer at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) I have taught workshops about zines at the Rock N’ Roll Camp For Girls and various schools, universities and zine events across the US and even in Canada, the UK and France. I founded July is International Zine Month and the Zine Event Organizers group. I have done several zine readings and even some zine tours…. zines are sort of my life. I’m even in a zine themed band called The Copy Scams.

I moved to Portland from Salt Lake City, Utah in 1999 and started making custom buttons in 2000 while I was working for Microcosm Publishing. I left Microcosm in 2006 due to personal reasons and started making my own designs as well as custom buttons under the name Small World Buttons. I also sell custom buttons, my own button designs, zines, books and music at my Brainscan Etsy Shop. I also have special local pick up pricing for people who would like to pick button up in Portland.

I live with the love of my life, Paul Michael Burke, and some awesome housemates including two cats that aren’t mine but I spend a lot of time with them. They have helped me learn that I can love cats. We live in a century old home in North Portland (The 5th quadrant!) where I enjoy tending my garden, especially the hummingbird garden. I also enjoy cooking vegan food and traveling.  Paul and I enjoy drinking and brewing craft beer and riding bikes as well as playing Scrabble and solving crossword puzzles together often while sitting at a pub. Paul makes noise in the basement that are under Various names including The Downers and Cathy and I. And more recently, in Portland, The Tagalongs and various other projects. He even got me to sing on a track he recorded for the soundtrack to one of my zines. You can listen to it here, it is the very last song. We are also working on a few other songs that should be fun. In the summer of 2010 I started a zine themed band called the Copy Scams. In three weeks we wrote, practiced, recorded and played a show that closed out the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium.

Um, My favorite band is Discount, my favorite color is purple, my favorite movie is Heathers and I have been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately due to Paul’s obsession. I have a facebook account for me  and a catch-all umbrella site for all my projects. I enjoy playing D&D and have amassed quite a collection of dice. I’m vegan and I’m sort of obsessed with plants and herbs right now and spend a lot of time in my garden when I’m not in front of this stupid computer or making buttons and listening to FunEmploymentRadio(dotcom) and the The Rick Emerson Show.

I also have a post box! So send me a letter:
Alex Wrekk
P.O. Box 17230
Portland, OR 97217

5 responses to “Who writes this thing anyway?

  1. i just published my first zine today! hot off the xerox! you’re right – publishing is just such a rush…

    i first got into zines after reading a mini-review of stolen sharpie revolution in some 1998 issue of GL magazine..:). zine-making looked like fun, and i have this great love for doodling, crafty-projects, and gluesticks – i’ve been hooked ever since! so thanks and right on! – you really started something!

  2. hey alex!
    im jay from the Phils. just surf in! now i know who’s behind the stolen sharpie! ive heard alot about it but i havent read one. hope u reprint it soon, anyway, can we trade zines? i love to read Brainscan. keep up the good work

  3. I just started looking into local (Portland) zines. Is there a list of them that take submissions? I don’t see anything like a call for stories on your site, so I am guessing you don’t, but do you know who does? I have something coming out in the next Alltopia. Its the first zine I’ve read.

    I’m mainly a visual artist, but have been told my writing is good, so I am looking for feedback and exposure. I love your writing on this site (and the coffee sounds good)!

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