I wrote about the Independent Publishing Resource Center in the books section this week: Fresh off a very successful move that saw their membership rates skyrocket by 72%, the IPRC is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week, and they're two days from deadline on a Kickstarter to produce a commemorative zine "filled with IPRC memories, writing and artwork by 30+ contributors." Contributors to this "Superzine" include Carson Ellis, Sarah Mirk, "Dishwasher" Pete Jordan and Nicole Georges; money raised will also go toward the IPRC's exterior renovation. They're asking for a modest $6,000; reward tiers include copies of the zine, IPRC memberships, prints, and more.
Here's the thing about the IPRC: That organization has its shit together in a pretty profound way. When we all rallied to save Reading Frenzy early this year, there was a seat-of-the-pants, last-ditch quality to that Kickstarter campaign—everyone knew it wasn't ideal, but it was better than nothing.
There's nothing last-ditch about the IPRC: their growth has been strategic, their administrative infrastructure seems sound, and their budget is underpinned by grants and community support (they were the most-funded nonprofit in the Willamette Week's give guide last year). It's been around for so long that it's easy to take for granted, but the IPRC really is a unique organization, and a crucial part of the city's books community. Give 'em your money—or at the very least, go eat a 15-foot-long cake at their birthday party tomorrow. The party starts at the IPRC (1005 SE Division) at 7 pm; if you're so inclined, a comics-themed bike ride leaves Floating World at 5:15 pm and ends at the party.