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2011 Portland Zine Symosium Workshop schedule!


Fund raising strategies for your do-it-yourself projects large and small by Eleanor Whitney 11:00AM – 12:30PM

An Introduction to zinesters, independent publishers, and independent artists and performers of all kinds to the basics of fund raising, whether they aim to raise several hundred or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Telling a Story Without Telling a Story by Martha Grover 11:00AM -12:30PM

This is an idea-generating workshop on how to structure perzines in an interesting way. Martha Grover will be bringing in examples and participants can read out loud from selections.

Zines 101 by A.M. O’Malley, 1:00PM – 12:00PM

An introduction for novitiates to the world of zines, learn the basics of zines, how to make zines and why you should with A.M. O’Malley.

Portrait Zine Class by ladypajama 1:00PM – 2:00PM

This class will explore the unconventional portrait.  The students will use words, collage, and drawing to capture a portrait of their classmates.  The pages will be collected at the end of class and compiled into a zine that will be available the next day for pickup. Students should bring any art supplies they might be able bring, and a donation to go for making photocopies of the zine.

Adventures in Drawing by Jesse Reklaw 2:00PM – 3:00PM

Participants will have fun and expand their artistic horizons through a series of drawing games. One exercise will involve re-purposing old envelopes & packaging because mail art is awesome!

ZOE (Zine Organizers Event)  by Alex Wrekk 2:30PM – 3:30PM

This is a discussion group for zine event organizers and would be zine event organizers to share experiences and swap tips on running zines events. Zine events are any event that focuses on zine from 24 hour zine challenges, zine readings, zine tours or zine fests. The first ZOE was held during the 2011 Chicago Zine Fest and we hope to have these conversations going at different zine events all over the world.

Practical Mimeograph Printing by Dan Hack and Jake Anderson 3:00PM-  4:30PM

Be the first on your block since the 1950s! This workshop will give the user the skills needed to print using the mimeograph, mutli stamp, and other antiquated methods of office duplication. Dan Hack and Jake Anderson will go over equipment set-up, stencil preparation, printing, and any other basics that will send the user into the wilderness of ragged, inky zine production. Most of the earliest zines – our roots – were printed using the mimeograph. It can be the most DIY method of zine production (short of scratching it out with a sharp rock on bark) – no electricity required!

Storytime with James Michael Williams 4:00PM-  4:30PM

Take a 15 minute break and enjoy a multimedia story called, JASON THE CATDOG OR DOGCAT told by James Michael Williams.  Rated M for Mature.



Yoga For Zinesters by Korinna 10:00AM – 11:00PM

Yoga is great for relaxing and feeling good about yourself! Join Korinna for some yoga moves targeted specifically to relieve all your zine-making aches. It is not required, but you are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat.

No Shushing: Ask the Zine Librarian with Kelsey Smith, Milo Miller, Jerianne Thompson, and Joshua Barton 11:00AM – 12:30PM

A conversation between zinesters and the librarians who share their work with a broader audience.  Panelists will be giving an overview of their individual, zine library collections, which include public and academic collections as well as a web-accessible digital archive (QZAP).  Then the panelists will answer questions and solicit feedback on best practices for zine collections in libraries.  This workshop is for anyone interested in any aspect of zine librarianship!

JUST DRAW SOMETHING! by Rachel Lee-Carman 11:00AM – 12:00PM

The workshop is intended for zinesters to easily create illustrations. The workshop will help people who are daunted by drawing or those who know how to draw to explore new methods. Participants will use photographs (please bring your own, what we have will be really limited!) to create illustrations using a few easy and cheap transference techniques. The techniques demonstrated in this workshop create realistic illustrations in an easy way to make a zine fun and interesting without using often too-dark photographs. Zinesters can translate the skills they learn into making their mail more interesting, too!

“The Origin of You-ness”  with Cheyenne McClain and Sarah Curtis 12:30PM – 2:30PM

In this workshop we will explore the role of “Creation Stories” and “Coming Out Stories” in personal writing and exploration. We will practice writing together to engage with narratives surrounding the body in order to blur the lines between myth and reality in storytelling about ourselves. Together we will participate in activities and reflection that will illuminate specialness and you-ness! In the context of zine and DIY cultures, writing serves as an exercise in reconnecting agency and community, and establishes everyone’s capacity to create.

In Postage We Trust with Alex Wrekk 1:00PM-  2:00PM

The theme of this year’s Portland Zine Symposium is, postmarked. What better way to celebrate than by sending mail? So, let’s set aside some time for the ancient art of REAL mail. Bring the address of a penpal or a zine you have just read so you can send them a letter. PZS will supply paper,writing utincils, envelopes, and stamps. You provide your words and penmanship.

WOC Zine Workshops (club): Diversity and Self-Empowerment in DIY Culture with Tonya L Jones 2:30PM – 4:00PM

The Women of Color Zine Workshops has been going strong for over two years now at PZS. Tonya Jones attended a PZS one year and recognized a need to get more local, WOC involved in writing, activism, and zine culture. The workshop will provide a panel of current WOC club members. There will be an opportunity for Q&A and attendees to make a mini-zine!

Zines for Kids!  with Blue 2:30PM – 3:30PM

A zine-making workshop for kids. Fun is required!

Mail Art with Theresa Soto 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Zines and mail have long been partners.What if your mail can express another dimension of your creativity? This workshop explores mail art, ranging from ATC’s (artist trading cards) to Embellished Envelopes and other forms. All of them can enhance your mailing experience and make beautiful complements to your zines. Supplies will be provided for you to try some forms yourself. If you’d like to bring some lovely paper from your stash, you’ll have a chance to use it. Bring a Sharpie, if you can!



International Zine Month Day 27

No more zine shirts, oh well. It was fun while it lasted.

Last year we had our first Zinester Feud. It was inspired by a dream of the lovely Erin H who runs Things You Say distro. It was a Family Feud style game show but with zine survey questions! I thought it was a pretty rad dream to turn into a reality and set up an online survey. I had this weird feeling that it was either going to be the most awesome thing every, or it was going to be a disaster. It turned out to be the most awesome thing ever! People formed teams and we had a great time. Well, we are doing it again this year. Would you like to take part in the survey that helps make up the game?

Take the survey here.

International Zine month is coming to a close. Did you finish your 24 hour zine? I did! The first print run was 20 and I plan on making another 30 more to trade at the symposium this year. After that I will decide if I am going to make more or not.

My Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast host, Derek Neuland, was on Fox News for his part in the Thirsty Dudes project. I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that is one of the reasons he STILL hasn’t edited the last podcast. It’s been in the can for months but has been in a partial state of editing. I can’t complain too much, I hate audio editing and I’m very grateful for Derek to do the dirty work! We are hoping to have that out by the end of the month and we plan to make International Zine Month round up post via Skype on Sunday. Hopefully we’ll get that out sooner rather than later.

Friday the Portland Zine Symposium is hosting a bike in movie. The movie is Triplets of Bellville. You should come.

Saturday I will be filling my wagon with my fold up table and heading to the Overlook Village Celebration to sell my wares and make buttons for the people. I have been meaning to get more involved in my neighborhood and this seemed like a great opportunity. Except, I  worry that I’ll get bored. Come and visit me!

I guess that’s about it. I’m headed to the IPRC for a zine symposium meeting. We have lots to talk about! It is less than a week and a half away. yikes!

International Zine Month Day 16

International Zine Month Day 16 shirt: Quimby's books

I got this shirt at Quimby’s after the Chicago Zine Fest this year. I actually got paid out from selling zines and put their money right back into the register to buy this shirt. That’s Korinna with me. We used to have zine adventures all the time, but it’s been awhile. We are both at the IPRC for the 24 hour zine challenge. I haven’t quite started yet. You can watch with the like ustream video feed here.

International Zine Month Day 14

We are almost half way through the month! My shirt pile is dwindling, but I still have some more to go.

international Zine Month Day 14 shirt: Portland Zine Symposium 2004. Artwork by Clutch!


Last night was the last Word Game Wednesday at the Waypost. It was pretty fun even though not too many people showed up. I introduced people to Fluxx, which is the best game ever. well, maybe not. Apples to Apples is the best game ever but Fluxx is pretty close.

My friend and fellow Zine Symposium organizer, Blue, called me a jerk in her blog because I have 7 sponsors for the 24 hour Zine Challenge this weekend and she only has one. If that makes me a jerk, then I’m ok with it! Maybe you would like to join Team Jerk too? You’ll get a copy of my brand new zine before anyone else if you do.

Here’s the info on how to join Team Jerk!

The Portland Zine Symposium is hosting a 24 Hour Zine Challenge at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) on July 16-17. This is benefit for the Portland Zine Symposium. If you sponsor a zinester to complete the 24 Hour Zine Challenge and pledge $10 or more you will receive the zine they finish!

If you go here and sponsor me in the 24 Hour Zine Challenge and donate $10 to the Portland Zine Symposium you will get whatever creation I come up with. Last year it was a zine full of storeis about all the post boxes I have ever had. If you sponsor me for $25 I’ll send some extra special goodies like stickers and buttons. In the words of my mother “It’s a pretty good bet that you’ll finish” and she sponsored me for $25!

There will also be a Ustream channel so, wherever you are in the world, you can watch our caffeine induced scribbling and creating. More details coming soon!

International Zine Month Day 13…and cats!

I might be running out of shirts. Know any I should buy? how about one your want to send me?

The shirt for today is the 2009 Portland Zine Symposium. The story about how the theme became cats is pretty silly. I think we were having a meeting at house that had 4 cats milling around us. We kept coming up with these ideas and we kept coming back to cats and everyone was all “Yeah! Cats!” and I was all “Cats? really?” then I realized that it was the 9th year of the symposium and that cats have 9 lives so I said sure

I think 2009 was the year of the cat for me because not only did we have a cat theme for the symposium, I think that was the same year that our house mate moved in with two cat friends. I had never been a cat person before….ever. I’m still not a cat person but I absolutely adore our fuzzy housemates, Jackie and OJ. They are inside/outside cats who hang out with me while I work. I’ve grown used to talking to them. They are also really protective. I didn’t know cats could be protective, eve of houseguests. They escort people away from the house and back to the house. They generally keep our block on lock down. I love these cats:

I love how they look like secret agents here.

Did I mention they are brothers? They fight like brothers, but they also just chill sometimes.

"I don't mind if you forget me" Jackie, or as we sometimes call him "Morrissey Cat", is my favorite. He likes people but he doesn't like to be picked up. he preens himself a lot and he really really likes me. Paul calls him my familiar. I never ever thought I would allow a cat to sleep in my bed but this guy does quite often. Maybe I should plant him some Gladiolas?

Oj....is a bit different. We call him Keanu Reeeves cat. He's a goofy muscley weirdo. He got in a tussle with a racoon, hence the cone, but he's kind of a bad ass. He also likes boxes and I worry I might accidently send him off to distant lands by accident.

They like to hang out with me while I work in the yard.

Ok, enough cats. Time for me to get back to work. If you wanna see more of my cat friends, you can see my “i’m becoming a crazy cat lady and they aren’t even my cats” album.

International Zine Month Day 12

And welcome to day 12.

It’s a cold and rainy morning in Portland so I was able to wear one of my two long sleeve zine shirts. They are both used shirts printed on for PZS. This is a 2007 shirt. It was the first symposium I had planned after taking a 2 year hiatus. It was nice to come back a familiar thing, but with a whole new group of people.


Did you know the Portland Zine Symposium and Whiffies are sponsoring a bike-in movie on July 29th. Go here to vote on what movie we should watch.


International Zine Month of zine shirts Day 4!

Paul’s Mom, Brother, and niece are in town so I think that means we have to do some sort of 4th of July thing involving fireworks or something. Or maybe just stay home. From our dining room window you can usually see two different illegal fireworks displays for the 4th and for New Year.

The zine shirt for today is from the 2008 Portland Zine Symposium. I think it one of my favorite designs and it is a great color. The only problem with the shirt is all the ink on the front gets sweaty sometimes.


zine symposium, an untended garden, and work to do.

It’s been a busy few weeks. I have had steady massive orders of buttons that I have just now completed … which is good because I have been sick for the past few days. I blame it on a certain zine symposium organizer who seemed to get two of us sick after one meeting! Oh well, we still love you!

Speaking of the zine symposium. Did you know that you can donate your time, resources and (unfortunately) but most importantly, money to the Portland Zine Symposium? This year our operating costs have sky rocketed and we are faced with paying very much more money than we ever have in the past for this event. Any amount is helpful from $5-$1,000! For more info check it out here. This year we are even offering gifts, as if we were public radio or something! Stickers, t-shirts, and mugs from past years will be sent for different donation levels. Ok, so really it is also a way to get rid of the stock pile of this stuff hanging out in the basement. If you want to order specific things you can go to the store here and chose what you get. Derek is coming over in a bit and we are going to start packing up the latest donations and getting them out in the mail.

Currently I’m sitting on my porch enjoying the much needed Portland Spring sun. It seems like we had two false starts to spring this year leaving everyone a little more depressed each time. But, the view from my porch is awesome! The last of the red camellias, rad tulips, purple money plant flowers (moonwort/honesty) bluebells, yellow rue, and the very first Iris has blossomed and it happens to be white with veins of lavender.

This is all nice but I haven’t had time to work in my yard much. I cleared out the area next to my door  and cleared the weeds in the veggie garden yesterday. I found my celery made it through the winter and the broccoli reseeded itself a bit! But, right now the UPS guy dropped off another 5,000 button parts, I have finished my coffee, the cats are off chasing invisible faeries and not keeping me company on the porch, and my laptop battery is about to die so I’m going to head inside.

My house is hollyhock green

2010 Portland Zine Symposium

We finally secured the dates for the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium!

The dates for the 10th Annual Portland Zine Symposium are August 28-29 2010

Also, the symposium will still be held on the campus of Portland State Univeristy BUT WILL NOT BE IN THE BALLROOM. We are moving the location across the Park Blocks to the Gymnasium.

The theme for this year is ZINE ARCADE and we are still looking for artwork.

Stay tuned for more information about tabling, workshops and extra curricular activities. Keep up with us on the Portland Zine Symposium site or on the fanpage on Facebook.

I don’t get bored…

Yup, It’s noon and I’m STILL in bed. In my defense I have been up since 7am but working. Yesterday I did the same thing. I worked on my Etsy Site where I have changed the photos and tried to edit the text for my custom button and magnet listings. Today I was doing the same thing to my Small World Buttons site. I also edited all 160 listings in my Etsy shop with the mode of shipping in the listing text. It has been a tedious, but necessary few days. The reason I subjected myself to such a mind numbing task was not just the necessity, I’m also just trying to figure out what to do with myself now that the busy season is winding down. I even started my taxes this week!

Basically, if you ever thought about ordering some custom buttons from me or maybe one of my many button designs with hearts on them for the silly upcoming holiday now would be the time. I’d be able to get buttons done and out to you in no time flat!

That’s not to say that I’m bored. I’m never bored because there is always SOMETHING to do. I spent all yesterday afternoon cleaning and rearranging my bedroom. The idea was that if I cleaned the first place I wake up in the morning then maybe I’ll spread the rest of the clean into other parts of the house. So far today that hasn’t worked out… I’m still in bed because I quite like sitting in this clean room.

but, I’ll have to get out of bed and on with my day. I have an IPRC shift and Zine Symposium meeting today. We may be deciding the date and place of the 2010 Portland Zine Symposium FINALLY! I’m excited to get this part done and move onto the next part of planning and also to start work on the autumnal zine tour!

For a little while longer though I’m going to lounge in my robe in my bed of clean sheets with glow in the dark constellations on them and my fake down duvet to keep me warm.