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Working on the 5th edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution and I need your photos!

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With 21,000 copies of the book in print through 4 editions, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture since 2002. However, Stolen Sharpie Revolution is currently out of print. I’m about to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 5th edition and I need your help!<br /><br /><br />
I’d like to make a Kickstarter promo video with photos of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, including your photos! Show me photos of SSR on your bookshelf, in a shop window, on a table at a zine fest. Show me SSR with with you cats, dogs, or hedgehogs! I’d love to see a copy in the middle of you floor scattered with zine making scraps, tucked out of your backpack, or being read in public. All submissions that are included in the video will receive a free copy of the book when it is printed.<br /><br /><br />
All submissions must be received by 2 February 2014 Submissions should be sent to: StolenSharpieRevolution@live.com<br /><br /><br />
STOLENSHARPIEREVOLUTION.ORG<br /><br /><br />
Did you know that the zine resource listings that have always appeared in the back of Stolen Sharpie Revolution are now collected and updated on the StolenSharpieRevolution.org website? The resources were always the most difficult part of upkeep and a website makes this so much easier. Check it out for zine distros, stores that sell zines, a calendar of zine events and more!  As always SSR is only as good as the information I have. If you see that I’m missing something, a ne zine event, a shop in your town that sells zines, a zine distro that hasn’t been included, please send a message through the contact form on the site and I’ll get it added.<br /><br /><br />
Please reblog and spread the word!<br /><br /><br />
In zines we trust,<br /><br /><br />
Alex Wrekk<br /><br /><br />
*Multiple copies received from a single person will result on only one free book. Owner of submitted photo reserves all rights to submitted images but may be asked for it to be included in promotional materials.” src=”<a href=http://31.media.tumblr.com/904cede5c8a7d920c206bba8483e2e69/tumblr_mzgc29mnEm1qzwgcao1_500.jpg&#8221; />

<br /><br /><br />
With 21,000 copies of the book in print through 4 editions, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture since 2002. However, Stolen Sharpie Revolution is currently out of print. I’m about to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 5th edition and I need your help!<br /><br /><br />
I’d like to make a Kickstarter promo video with photos of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, including your photos! Show me photos of SSR on your bookshelf, in a shop window, on a table at a zine fest. Show me SSR with with you cats, dogs, or hedgehogs! I’d love to see a copy in the middle of you floor scattered with zine making scraps, tucked out of your backpack, or being read in public. All submissions that are included in the video will receive a free copy of the book when it is printed.<br /><br /><br />
All submissions must be received by 2 February 2014 Submissions should be sent to: StolenSharpieRevolution@live.com<br /><br /><br />
STOLENSHARPIEREVOLUTION.ORG<br /><br /><br />
Did you know that the zine resource listings that have always appeared in the back of Stolen Sharpie Revolution are now collected and updated on the StolenSharpieRevolution.org website? The resources were always the most difficult part of upkeep and a website makes this so much easier. Check it out for zine distros, stores that sell zines, a calendar of zine events and more!  As always SSR is only as good as the information I have. If you see that I’m missing something, a ne zine event, a shop in your town that sells zines, a zine distro that hasn’t been included, please send a message through the contact form on the site and I’ll get it added.<br /><br /><br />
Please reblog and spread the word!<br /><br /><br />
In zines we trust,<br /><br /><br />
Alex Wrekk<br /><br /><br />
*Multiple copies received from a single person will result on only one free book. Owner of submitted photo reserves all rights to submitted images but may be asked for it to be included in promotional materials.” src=”<a href=http://31.media.tumblr.com/6fb454935ad043a2980630066f8237a4/tumblr_mzgc29mnEm1qzwgcao2_1280.jpg&#8221; width=”482″ height=”222″ />

With 21,000 copies of the book in print through 4 editions, Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture since 2002. However, Stolen Sharpie Revolution is currently out of print. I’m about to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 5th edition and I need your help!
I’d like to make a Kickstarter promo video with photos of Stolen Sharpie Revolution, including your photos! Show me photos of SSR on your bookshelf, in a shop window, on a table at a zine fest. Show me SSR with with you cats, dogs, or hedgehogs! I’d love to see a copy in the middle of you floor scattered with zine making scraps, tucked out of your backpack, or being read in public. All submissions that are included in the video will receive a free copy of the book when it is printed.
All submissions must be received by 2 February 2014 Submissions should be sent to: StolenSharpieRevolution@live.com

STOLENSHARPIEREVOLUTION.ORG

Did you know that the zine resource listings that have always appeared in the back of Stolen Sharpie Revolution are now collected and updated on the StolenSharpieRevolution.org website? The resources were always the most difficult part of upkeep and a website makes this so much easier. Check it out for zine distros, stores that sell zines, a calendar of zine events and more!  As always SSR is only as good as the information I have. If you see that I’m missing something, a new zine event, a shop in your town that sells zines, a zine distro that hasn’t been included, please send a message through the contact form on the site and I’ll get it added.

Please reblog and spread the word!

In zines we trust,

Alex Wrekk

*Multiple copies received from a single person will result on only one free book. Owner of submitted photo reserves all rights to submitted images but may be asked for it to be included in promotional materials.

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My Year in zines: 2012

I don’t really use thins space anymore but I thought I would round out the year with this post.

2012 was a ridiculously active zine year for me. It started with creating the StolenSharpieRevolution.org site to be a companion to my book. The site includes a Zine Event listing calendar. In February I attended the first L.A. Zine fest and it was great! In March I attended the Chicago Zine Fest and it was really fun. We even had a Zine Organizer’s Event where we met with other zine event organizers to talk shop and I released my very first fiction zines (Brainscan #29) as a split with No More Coffee #4. In April I helped the fine folks at Zine Works run zine workshops at Coachella. I made some really great friends and got to see some great bands for free.

In May I opened a brick and mortar storefront and online shop in Portland, Oregon called Portland Button Works and zine distro. July was International Zine Month and I created a poster of events to do for each day of the month.and participated in the 24 hour zine thing. August had the Portland Zine Symposium that I helped organize and I hosted a bunch of guest at my house. In September I quit volunteering at the Independent Publishing Resource Centerafter over a decade of volunteering because I just didn’t have any more time for it after opening the Portland Button Works shop.

October and November were big months. I had been saving for a UK trip for a few years and somehow we had also planned for The Copy Scams, our zine themed pop-punk band, to record and tour. We wrote 3 new songs that we hope to release next year. I got to hang out with a lot of my awesome Uk friends and attend the Leeds Zine Fair and the SE London Zine Fest. I kept a bit of a travelogue on tumblr and put out issue #7 ofNobody Cares About You Stupid Zine Podcast, it’s all about trading zine.

So, now it is December and I did a bit of updating to the Etsy Team Zine and my own Etsy shop and changing it over to a Portland Button Works shop. I’m also offering free shipping Sunday and Monday  in my Etsy shop when you use the discount code: POSTMAN. I also hope to work on my new zine this week. It’s all typed up and I just need to do layout. I also just signed up for the 2013 Chicago Zine Fest! Hope to see you there.

30 Day Photo Meme – Day 18

Day 18- Where you work/go to school

I work at home in a room directly before my bedroom. I press buttons and magnet for people and package up zines and books. Ideally it looks like this:

But mostly it is a mess. Last night, while I was finishing up some work, these three shelves fell on me spilling EVERYTHING onto me head and the floor.

There was actually more on the bottom shelf. I got really frustrated and stacked on the boxes on the floor. I’ll re-hang the brackets on another day.
Day 19- Something you love
Day 20- Your mailbox
Day 21- A photo you are proud of
Day 22- Something you cooked
Day 23- Your desk or work area
Day 24- Something important to you
Day 25- Graffiti you have seen
Day 26- Something you do everyday
Day 27- Your favorite place
Day 28- A favorite piece of clothing
Day 29- Something you like
Day 30- A photo of you today

PZS 2010: ZINE ARCADE! and some other stuff…

We are soooo close to having total confirmation for the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium! It WILL NOT be in the PSU Ballroom as usual but if all goes right it WILL be at PSU. We are just about ready to confirm the dates for late August. Stay tuned for more! Also, see my later post about artwork and tell me how genius ZINE ARCADE is as a theme.

I made vegan sausage from scratch the other night and it was fucking great. I’ll post photos when I have some time to work on them. I’m going to go put this dirt I just bought into my seed tray but first this:

My book has been on an end cap at Powell’s in the Blue Room for awhile. I guess that’s why they have sold so many copies, eh?

I also spotted SSR2 in the window of the lovely Portland Zine shop Reading Frenzy.

Whoever placed it there sure had a sense of humor...

Symposium, riot fest, ssr, stuff

Things have been busy! The Portland Zine Symposium is this weekend and I feel like I have had a meeting every other day! I missed the 24 hour Zine Challenge last weekend. I hear they had live streaming video and chatted with folks from ZAPP who were also having a zine challenge i nSeattle. That’s pretty rad! I thought that if  Iwent my body wouldn’t be able to recover for this weekend. Last year I was super sick at the symposium so I’m not letting that happen again!

I was interviewed by someone from Reading Local about the Symposium and Stolen Sharpie Revolution here. It was a pretty good interview with some questions I have never been asked before, which is refreshing!

My sister asked me to go to Riot Fest in Chicago with her in October. I bought tickets for Paul and I to go. I figure I’ll jsut stop off there on my way to Halifax for my zine residency at the Anchor Archive. My sister and I are most excited to see The Dead Milkmen! I never got to see them. I was 12 or 13 the last time they played in Utah and my mom wouldn’t let me go to shows then. It will be so awesome to go with my sister and it will be cool to see Screeching Weasel, another band I have never been able to see live. Looking at the line up though it seems like such a dude fest. What really can you expect from that genre of music. I guess it just shows me how far away I have gotten from it but that it still holds a special place in my heart.

Anyway, Today I have to put together the program for the symposium, finish a rush button order and go grocery shopping with Paul. Paul has a house show tonight with his new band the Tagalongs withour housemate Marc. I have been hearing them practice in the basement and I really like them! I just hope that I can get all my work done so that I can go!

Hey, wanna do me a favor? Go to the Amazon page for Stolen Sharpie Revolution and write a nice review of my book, I mean, if you happen to like it. Or walk into any book store and order it with this ISBN 978-0981794105. With and ISBN you can order any book in the world. It is sort of magical, especially because it doesn’t have to be a barcode!

My zine is an “institution”, who knew?

These are reviews from maximum Rock NRoll:

Stolen Sharpie Revolution #2

“This is the second installation of the how-to guide to making zines. Kind of similar, but totally overhauled, and now Stolen Sharpie Revolution includes stuff about the internets. It’s really useful and pretty open-ended, unlike a lot of how-to guides that get way too this-is-the-only-way and mega complex and stuff. It’s also a good resource for finding distros, review mags, and zine libraries. Totally seems like something to give yr[sic] little sister to impress her towards being cool, but I also felt like I learned some stuff, though I couldn’t say what. Not essential but really super gelpful.”

Brainscan #23 (and they even included a cover picture!)

“Brainscan is and institution in the world of personal zines at this point, and Alex Wrekk has been holding it down with her narritive writing style and her distinctive cut-and-paste aesthetic for years and years from the depths of her Portland bunker. I guess I haven’t read this zine since probably about issue #8 but from what I can remember, it doesn’t seem like Alex has led this publication too far astray from what it once was. This one’s theme is “travel stores that never quite went as far as the travel written about,” with each story representing a different time and place in Alex’s life and featuring and ever changing cast of characters. She covers everything from awkward situations in bars, to the ups and downs of nation-wide zine tours, to fleeting romances on family vacations. The travel theme makes for a more cohesive collection of writing and I’m psyched that Brainscan is going strong.”

California trip June 2009

So, Paul and I flew into Oakland about 1pm, got a car and drive straight to 1984 Printing where over 3,000 copies of Stolen Sharpie Revolution have been stored but the lovely Amy. We chatted for a bit and then Paul and i set out to place ISBN stickers on 2,000 books. It took us a little over 3 hours. Then we carted them across the hall to AK Press, who will be distributing a lot of them for me.

Paul placed stickers on the books and I set them out, counted them up and put them in boxes.

Paul placed stickers on the books and I set them out, counted them up and put them in boxes.

After we got them all stickered and 2,000 carted off to AK Paul put the 2,000+ a sizable remainder in the car where he was solicited by a prostitute as he was loading a car full of books. He laughed a little which the woman said

“what, you think that is funny?”

Paul said “No, I just wasn’t expecting that.”

SHe said “Oh, ok.” and continued down the block. I think that was the best answer he could have given.

From there we headed down to Freemont to my friend Jess’s parents’ house and picked up her sewing machine, a record player and some drum sticks because Paul is teaching her to play drums. The we headed North in search of the Russian River Brewing. We got lost and ended up just getting a hotel room.

In the morning we walked around Santa Rosa and got some coffee and waited for Russian River to open where we had lunch and attempted to have our Stone growler filled up. We found out that in California you can only have growlers filled by the brewery that they growler came from. This sort of ruined our whole plan. The guy gave us a Russian River growler for free though and we headed on our way.

Next was a series of super curvey roads that lead up to the Anderston Valley brewery. I sampled a beer and we bought a bunch to bring home. Then we walked around their property through a disc gold corse, a small hop field and talked to the horses next door. More curvey roads and we hit the coast, stopped at the Lost coast brewery and bought some more beer to take with us.

We made it to Arcata and had dinner at a place with lots of different humbolt beers on tap, too bad I was driving. The we headed north in search of a place to camp or a motel. We found a motel/cabin place that was super cheap and awesome. I swear nothing in it has been changed since 1963:

We parked the car next to a tree stump of a redwood that was the size of the car!

We parked the car next to a tree stump of a redwood that was the size of the car!

I think this little cabin was Paul’s favorite. It even had a kitchen. In the morning we had coffee and fruit and hummus and bread and made our way up to coast to the Redwoods… which were so amazing. I mean reallly, who would think that giant tress could be so cool?

These trees can live to be over 2,000 years old and when they fall over other trees just grow out of them.

These trees can live to be over 2,000 years old and when they fall over other trees just grow out of them.

Paul standing in the crack.

Paul standing in the crack.

Froom inside a tree looking up.

Froom inside a tree looking up.

I took a photos of Paul by surprise. These two trees are huge!

I took a photos of Paul by surprise. These two trees are huge!

I guess if they cross the path they will cut them up. I wonder how old this one was?

I guess if they cross the path they will cut them up. I wonder how old this one was?

My battery ran out on my good camera so I had to take a lot of these with my sucky camera phone. Oh well. We worked our way through the Redwoods and up into Oregon to Crater lake. I wish I had my camera for it. Crater Lake isn’t really a crater, it is a collaped volcano. In the center there is Wizard Island that is the remnant of the volcano cone. I really really wanted to go to Wizard Island.

Our Crater Lake trip was thwarted from the beginning with no good camera, the boat trips to Wizard Island wouldn’t start until July and the second we stepped out of the car we were each swarmed by a dozen mosquitoes. Apparently since the snow is still melting the mosquitoes are growing out of the puddles left by the snow. It was obnoxious to be swatting at them while we were trying to enjoy this view.

It was beautiful but something about the circumstance makes me think that Tahoe might be more beautiful.

It was beautiful but something about the circumstance makes me think that Tahoe might be more beautiful.

Paul and I on the rim.

Paul and I on the rim.

We quickly decided that we were not going to camp there under the reign of the even mosquitoes because it would just be miserable. We drove up to the Lodge and walked around where a nice lady sprayed us with some Off that helped a bit but we decided to drive to Bend anyway.

We got to the Deschutes brewery on Bond Street that we had heard about for years. I then recalled that in 1998 on my 21st birthday trip to Portland with Paul I had suggested that someday we go to Bend to check out the Deschutes Brewery. There we were 11 years later sitting at the bar, having a beer and eating yummy food! We met a guy sitting next to us working in Bend but has a cabin across the river and down the road from my parents’ place in Yacolt! Small world! We got a cheap motel and had a nice night together with our Oregon beer filled growler.

In the morning we checked out the Victorian Cafe that the guy at the bar had suggested. The food was really good with huge portions. Then we walked around a park and went record shopping. Paul found the 12″ single of Material issue-Valerie Loves me for $1! I found a Contender CD in the $3 stack with me listed in the thank you notes. I had to get it!

The we walked to the Silver Moon Brewery that smelled disgustingly like bacon when we walked in. We had bad service and the beers were just alright. I did get the urge to start writing so I wrote about 3 pages while I was there. Then we walked to the Bend Brewery. Paul Pointed out that the beers reminded him of Eddie McStiffs out of central Utah. We wondered if the water had anything to do about it. Bend Brewing had great beer and nice staff. Paul and I starting writing a few songs for our band we are working on.

On the drive home paul kept getting texts about Michael Jackson being dead but neither of us really cared. I got home and crashed out with jackie the cat who was happy to see me. I guess the rest of the housemates stayed up watching MJ stuff on You Tube and making Mint Julips with fresh mint from the yard.

Now I’m home and have a bunch of buttons to make by tomorrow. My friend James is in town for a Job interview, which I am super stoked about because he really needs to get out of Utah. Anyway, I’m off to work some more!

Quick response zine unit, upcoming travel and my birthday!

You would think that I would learn that I can’t do every idea that comes to my head that involves zines, apparently not. Yesterday ath the Square Foot Zine Fest I met a lot of awesome IPRC members that I didn’t know. We played boggle and talked about zines and zine culture and had a nice casual hang out day at the IPRC eating cupcakes and Voodoo doughnuts.

Anyway, a few of us came up with this neat idea to assemble some or or guerrilla stlye quick response zine unit that could be made up of independent publishers in Portland that would gather at things like First Thurdsday or Last Thursday with light weight maybe cardboard structures to sell and trade zines from. I figure there are enough of these people in Portland that even if we only have 5 show up that’s a nice representation of zines and comics. I’m not exactly sure where it is going yet but I think it will be fun. Let me know if you might be interested in being part of it. Even if you don’t make a zine yourself you can still be supportive. more details to come!

I’m also in the early planning stages of a possible zine tour with some folks from the UK who are going to come over here and rock out zine world! More info on that later.

In other news, Paul and I are headed down to Oakland next Monday. We are going to pick up my books at 1984 printing and take 2,000 to AK Press and sticker them with ISBN stickers. Then we are going to put the remaining 1,000 copies of Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2 in a car and drive them back to Portland. Just in time too because I think I’m down to less than 200!

From there the plan is to drive up the coast and stop at the breweries we love, try samples and fill or beer growlers so we can drink when we get to our destination each night.  I’m really excited because we have sort of been planning this trip for a few years. Breweries of Northern California that we are excited to see: Lagunitas, Russian River, Anderson Valley, Northt Coast, Lost Coast,  etc. Then we want to camp in the Redwoods and then head over to Crater Lake. Neither of us have been to the Redwoods or Crater lake so I’m stoked!

When Paul and I first did the math it was cheaper to buy plane tickets, rent a car and pay for gas than paying to have the books stickered… but we didn’t expect the one way driving fees and the plane tickets were already bought. Now we are just lookinmg at it as a trip that will be awesome! It is a few days after my birthday so we’ll just call it my birthday trip!

My 32nd birthday is next Friday! Paul wants to buy me a new knife set so we are going to go knife shopping this week. You know you are an adult when you are stoked about the gift of kitchen knives!

Today I am teaching a workshop about Etsy at the library in St. John’s and then headed to an IPRC shift at 5. It will be a busy day.

Stolen Sharpie Revolution package pictures.

So, UPS dropped off 1/4 of my 4,000 print run in 4 huge boxes. . The rest are still at the printer. They are printed but will be bound and trimmed when they get back from vacation. I’m leavning in 2 weeks anyway so I’ll wait until I get back to deal with them.

I got 1,000 copies and over 500 of them have been packed up and shipped out today, or they will be shipped out soon enough. I spent yesterday on the porch packing envelopes and then inside metering them and then Paul helped me with more this morning.

Here’s yesterday:

boxes!

boxes!

pretties!

pretties!

more!

more!

envelope stuffing party of one!

envelope stuffing party of one!

outgoing mail waiting for the postal pick up.

outgoing mail waiting for the postal pick up.

yup, a little under 100 packages!

yup, a little under 100 packages!

Now that I have spent close to $400 in postage in the past two days Paul and I are going to ride downtown and drop off books at Powell’s and Reading Frenzy. I’m thinking of headed to Stumptown Comics fest to see if I can sell some books out of my bag this weekend. Every penny helps since I’m leaving in less than two weeks. ugh.

SO, buy my book won’t you? Here or here. If you order from my Small world buttons site and put “zines” as the promo code you will get 10% off!

Paul  I spent only one night up at the Riverhouse and it wasn’t enough. I needed to get home and stress out about orders and long lists of question type interview things I have been sent in e-mails and make sure everything is good to go when the books shows up…

Well, UPS estimated that my books would get here today… they didn’t now they say tomorrow. It’s ok, I have work to keep me busy.

Paul and I got back last night and dropped off the Zipcar. It was over on Greely and we were going to catch a bus but ended up walked a good portion of the way. My sister had gotten us gift certificates to Portland Center Stage. I think it was because it was a LEED platinum building, and not so much for the art that happens inside. It’s ok, she’s an architect. Paul and I had tickets to see Crazy Enough. A one woman play/musical autobiographical thing. It was really enjoyable and the music was great.  I think I made the comment to Paul that it is zines but with music. I love people telling their own stories in the best way they know how.

We cam back from the Theatre tired last night and I saw something moving in our backyard. It looked bigger than the cats and when I looked harder I realized that it was a raccoon. It was digging in my garden! i yelled at it but didn’t want to get to close because raccoons and mean and smart, a bad/good combination. I have lived in this house since 2001 and I have never seen one in my yard!

I got inside and knocked on the window and yelled at it but it jsut started at me all cute and vicious. Paul went out there weilding a microphone stand and yelling at it and chased it up a tree. I later took these photos of the tree strnaged cutie.

HALP!

HALP!

MOAR

MOAR

I took some more photos of the Riverhouse that I plan on putting up too.