Hey, the address for IPRC is wrong here! IPRC moved a few months back, it's now located on 1001 SE Division.
The event should be great, check out this short video from the first AmaZine Day! http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/2S-pIJsBkG…
I used to date a comedian that would regular announce to me that girls were only getting on the Helium mic because they had to pick one, we had some pretty uncomfortable discussions where I questioned why he was so threatened by others' success that he wanted to devalue it. Thanks for writing this.
Just commenting to say you are rad! I would say that I want to read your funny intellectualizing on what you hate about misogyny forever, but I can't because I have to hope that maybe, one day, in the very distant future, people won't be so goddamn ignorant, divisive, and hateful.
In the mean time, I am thankful to read these pieces as long as you're makin' them because they are terribly fantastic. It also gives me hope for us all that the Mercury will actually host these! Barbara Holm, preach it.
I really love this critique! I am an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium that first started by volunteering at Stumptown Comics Fest and then PZS 8 years ago... Alison puts it very well, listing reasons I stopped volunteering for SCF and devoted myself to PZS in a way that's always been a struggle for me to articulate.
I feel I watched SCF tailspin from what I thought it was (based on it's marketing when I first heard of it)... A community event focused on indie creators. I also feel that I watched people in "power" in the SCF ranks take advantage of the disorganization of SCF for the sake of their personal and selfish goals. As an organizer of a different convention, I saw the prices of event spaces while searching for new homes for PZS, and I was baffled at the way prices for SCF increased for a table... As well as increases in fees just to get in the door! It didn't add up for a "non profit." With PZS, I saw that they did not do that because PZS was started as a non profit with firm community roots and listens to our community's feedback, there is a real accountability going on... I gave up on SCF and devoted myself to PZS because I saw that it was really working to serve independent press and community. Our fest is FREE to attend, we have a year-long schedule of community-building and fund-raising events, we follow press release guidelines by the merc because we care about people reading about our events, we don't allow publishers to have 4 tables and the symposium, we attend other community events to table and reach out to new fans, etc...
I have a lot of hopes for Shawna Gore taking over as director, however, as I am acquainted with her and she seems very selfless, very driven, and very ethical. So, I am hoping critiques, like what Alison has written here, don't fall on deaf ears. As SCF becomes a non profit and is run by more accountable people, we may see it change. I think this is the chance for SCF to reform and get into actually being a sustainable, creator-driven fest... Not a fest straddling the line between fanboys and indie-lovers trying to desperately sustain itself as it passes hands between power-tripping organizers. I am interested in going to see if a tablet device has a booth or how many booths the Dark Horse company has, but maybe if SCF will start keeping that space open for local creators of awesome comics. And, if it does not manage to weed out some of the profit-driven commercialism this year, maybe it will next year, when the organizational legs are more stable. SCF has a lot to recover from. Maybe it will be a fest I am interested attending in the future, much less in tabling at some time again in the future.
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