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April Portland Zine Symposium Newsletter

Greetings zine friends!


We have some exciting news to share for this edition of our Portland Zine Symposium newsletter, including info on table registration, workshops & panel discussions, revealing our PZS 2016 poster artist, as well as some events PZS friends are hosting. Read on, and we hope to see you at this year’s event which takes place July 9th at Ambridge Event Center and July 10th at the IPRC. For more info, visit our website or see our Facebook page for updates. Stay tuned for our next issue, where we will reveal our poster art for this year, as well as unveil more info on this year’s zine symposium.


Thanks for reading,


PZS 2016 Organizers


Portland Zine Symposium 2016 Table registration


Our table registration is now full!

We do have a waiting list registration and we highly recommend signing up as there are always cancellations. To access the waiting list registration, click here.


Introducing Portland Zine Symposium 2016 Poster Artist: EBIN LEE


Ebin Lee is an illustrator, comic book artist and the author of A WRETCH LIKE ME: SAD/BLACK/UGLY/QUEER (published by Sparkplug Comics).  His autobiographical comics reveal intricately drawn linework on what it is to be Black and queer in white-dominated Portland. We are proud and honored to have Ebin draw this year’s Portland Zine Symposium poster!



For more on Ebin’s work, check out this rad interview with Bitch Magazine: https://bitchmedia.org/article/ebin-lee .


Call for Workshops


Portland Zine Symposium is putting out the call for workshops and panels!


In addition to the panels we generally offer during the symposium, this year’s PZS has one full day dedicated just to skillshare and discussing issues near and dear to every zinesters heart, and we need your help!


Ideas include but are not limited to:


-Creating Indigenous community through zines panel discussion

-Typewriter maintenance skillshare

-Self-care through zines/zinemaking workshop

-Zine librarian panel discussion

-Witch zine panel discussion

-How to start a zine distro workshop

-Comix panel discussion

-Zine Fest organizers discussion

-QTPOC zinester panel discussion

-Creating community through zines workshop

-What is a Zine? skillshare

-Queering disabilities with zines panel discussion

-Cultural appropriation and accountability in zine culture panel discussion

-Breaking gender normatives through zines panel discussion


What’s your idea? Fill out a workshop form here.


Call for Volunteers


Do you live in the Portland area or intend on being in the Portland area during the Portland Zine Symposium? We need your help!


Attend our upcoming volunteer meeting in May (more details coming soon!) or apply here.


Don’t want to volunteer, but still want to help? Consider making a monetary donation to this year’s symposium, by clicking here. All proceeds go directly to funding the Portland Zine Symposium, which you can read about here.


Upcoming PZS Friends Events


Comix Thing

Saturday March 26, 2016

East Portland Eagle Lodge 3256

4904 SE Hawthorne


$1 entry


Comix Thing is a gathering of underground comic artists selling their creations, plus live music and a VHS swap!


WOC Zine Release Party & Reading

Saturday April 23, 2016

ILWU Local 5 Union Hall

920 W. Burnside




WOC Zines is a loose group of women of color zinesters, writers, bloggers, illustrators, and comic book artists who use zines as a way to negotiate living in a white-dominated city such as Portland, Oregon. The zine release party & reading celebrates the group’s 11th issue as well as raising funds for the 12th issue.