PZS’s Portland Gift Guide

We love supporting the incredible independent businesses in the Portland community. The sheer amount is amazing and inspiring. In our organizers alone, there’s Redux Wrapping (a gift wrapping service that uses all reused materials), Portland Button Works (a shop on Interstate Ave that sells & makes buttons, zines, patches, books, and more), and Antiquated Future (an online shop that sells zines, music, notebooks, handmade cards, and beyond).

Below is a short list of some of our favorites. Many of them have online storefronts as well, so whether you’re in Portland or not, check them out when doing your holiday shopping.

Floating World ComicsFloating World Comics

The best place to go and buy comics and zines in this town! The racks and shelves are overflowing with local and international contributions, and there is a large selection of street art/grafiti interest books as well.

400 NW Couch St



Give creatively! Sponsor a membership for the friend who needs that extra push. Or treat yourself to a membership to the coolest club in town. (After all, PZS is only 7 months away!)

1001 SE Division St

Mississippi RecordsMississippi Records

People come from around the world for the selection at this tiny record shop. Their mixtape series (which spans from noise pop to early rhythm & blues) make great gifts.

5202 N Albina Ave




Mother Foucault's BookshopMother Foucault’s

A hidden little bookshop in inner SE. If you are lucky enough to find the door open, you will find walls and shelves chock full of used books big and small. You won’t be able to shop online here, as “Mother Foucault’s is old-school: no computers, no email, no voicemail, no credit cards (cash or check only). Just magnificent books.” (from their unattended facebook page).

523 SE Morrison

Muse Art PortlandMuse

Art store with lots of paper goods. I love how everything is displayed in little stacks! Muse has a little of everything, and I often run into creative people stocking up!

4220 SE Hawthorne

Publication StudioPublication Studio

Book press located on SW Ankeny around the corner from Mary’s Club. Run and operated by two very able and creative ladies – you can buy book projects from local authors and artists, find blank journals to put your ideas in, as well as publish your own work in collaboration with PS. Many of these creations are made with lovely reclaimed materials.

717 SW Ankeny St


Scout BooksScout Books

Another precious little book press. Scout makes thousands of little brown books out of their bright yellow studio in SE, and also accepts custom orders. I personally carry one with me at all times!

2130 SE 10th Ave





Get crafty with your gifts and hit up this local go-to spot for reused materials and oddities.

2915 NE MLK Blvd.


tender loving empireTender Loving Empire

A shop and record label carrying everything Portland ever. Music from Portland favorites, (like their latest compilation Friends and Friends of Friends Vol 5) and many other delights. Especially for those who love special little things. Visit shop Downtown Portland or online.

412 SW 10th Ave

Portland Zine Symposium Poster Art Call!

The Portland Zine Symposium is looking for art submissions for the 2014 poster. Please read the whole post as our Art Call has changed a bit this year.

This year’s theme is “Portland Zine Symposium 2014: Entry Points – Do you remember your first trip to Planet Zine?

Our theme this year is a meditation on how we (zinesters) were introduced to zines for the very first time.

Your illustration should be a creative interpretation of this theme.

Helpful Hints:

Interpretation: “Entry Points” can be seen as both, the literal introduction to zines in our personal lives (for example: that one friend who happened to lend you a zine that one time when you were thirteen,) AND in terms of a meteorite, or other heavenly body’s atmospheric entry into “Planet Zine.”

Inspiration: Think 1950’s pulp science fiction films and novels, B-movies, giant robots, Martians, astronomy atlases, or David Bowie. Get creative with it!

This year we are doing things slightly different; instead of requiring artists to create a full mock-up of the poster,we’re soliciting sketches and concepts. You don’t have to completely finish the project, just show us something preliminary, and if the PZS organizing committee likes your idea, we’ll choose you.

Also, please send us a link to a your website, if you have one or several other samples of your work (jpgs.)

We encourage artists to use any medium or style.

Info to consider when creating your submission:

We strongly prefer that the chosen artist is able to assist us, after we’ve chosen the artwork, in the process of transferring (resizing / cropping / etc) the image multiple mediums.

The formatting guidelines are simple:

We are looking for a11” wide x 17” tall poster that will also be used in other formats(the website, post cards, buttons, stickers, etc), so your design needs to be visible and striking at multiple sizes and resolutions (or have smaller, breakaway pieces).

Only 3 colors! The design will eventually be silk screened / screen printed onto t-shirts, so limit your colors to black, white and one other color.

Your design should include (or be able to include once all details are finalized) the following:

The Theme -“Portland Zine Symposium 2014: Entry Points – Do you remember your first trip to Planet Zine?”

The Dates – TBA (for now)

The Place – Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Blvd

The Website - www.portlandzinesymposium.org

“14thAnnual Portland Zine Symposium” and the year “2014”

” Celebrating & Supporting Small Press & DIY Culture Since 2001.”

Submission deadline is November 15th.

Submissions can be emailed to pdxzines@gmail.com (most strongly preferred) or mailed (1322 N Killingsworth Portland, Oregon 97217).

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

In Zine Solidarity,

The PZS organizers

The Portland Zine Symposium is free conference and zine social exploring facets of independent publishing and DIY culture. The Portland Zine Symposium is a two day event held in Portland, Oregon every summer since 2001. It consists of two days of of workshops, panels, discussions, games and tabling of zines and independent media.

The Portland Zine Symposium aims to promote greater community between diverse creators of independent publications and art. This fun and free event helps people share their work while exchanging their skills and information related to zine culture. Through workshops, panels and discussions, Portland Zine Symposium explores the role and effect of all types of zines.




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