The ninth annual Portland Zine Symposium sashays onto the scene on Thursday, July 23, with a party at Holocene—then it's on to three days of workshops, panels, and the chance to stock up on reading material from your new favorite zinesters. We asked Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) Director Justin Hocking and Reading Frenzy owner Chloe Eudaly to recommend a few names to look for while you're wandering the tables. ALISON HALLETT
Justin Hocking recommends:
Shawn Granton: Creator of the Zinester's Guide to Portland (which is, impressively, one of Powell's all-time bestsellers). Shawn also makes some of the most fun and useful mini-comics series ever: Ten Foot Rule and the Urban Adventure League series. TFR chronicles Shawn's many cross-country bike/train odysseys, while the Urban Adventure League gives practical tips for exploring Portland via foot or pedal.
Nicole J. Georges: Always a crowd pleaser, Nicole is one of Portland's favorite zinesters/illustrators, and with a full-on graphic novel in the works, she's getting to be a bit of an, um, big deal. Look for her excellent Invincible Summer compilations (published by Microcosm) as well as a variety of mini-comics and pet portraiture.
Alex Wrekk: The creator of the zinester's bible, Stolen Sharpie Revolution. With sales records up in the 20,000 range, SSR is one of the best-selling underground books of all time. Alex will be on hand with the newly released and updated Stolen Sharpie Revolution 2.
Chloe Eudaly recommends:
AIGA PSU (Art and Design Student Group at PSU): Professor Kate Bingaman-Burt has breathed new life into our local AIGA chapter. We are currently showing her work [at Reading Frenzy].
Miami, You've Got Style: One of our current bestsellers, Miami, You've Got Style is all about The Golden Girls.
Carolee Gilligan Wheeler: I was excited to see that Carolee will be at the symposium this year! She makes really beautiful journals and other paper goods.