Newsletter Post! – AmaZine Day Recap + 2013 Poster Art and DATES!!!

This post is our newsletter from February 22nd! Want to get these awesome newsletters delivered straight to your mailbox? Join our google group!

Hey there PZS people! Here’s another newsletter!

1. AmaZine Day was so AWESOME!
2. Announcing the 2013 PZS poster artist… Asher Craw!
3. Check out our new internet address: www.portlandzinesymposium.org
4. We’ve got the dates for the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium!
5. ZineGo Bingo Fundraiser, March 16th.

1. AmaZine Day was so AWESOME!

We had a really great AmaZine Day back on February 9th! Thank you so much to the incredibly huge crowd and tablers that filled the Independent Publishing Resource CenterAnother thanks goes to A.M. O’Malley for curating the reading and to all the awesome readers (Emily Kendall Frey, Gabby Holden, Liz Moyer, Gabby Holden, and Ruji Chapnik). The single-sheet “ValenZine” workshop was a hit, too, thanks to all those who attended! Big ups to Art Institute for being there to film a “commercial” for IPRC. Thanks to all who helped us flier and to the Mercury and Willamette Week for including AmaZine Day in their print editions. Finally, thanks to IPRC volunteer Reid Psaltis for helping and staying late to break down the event!

Check out the photos from AmaZine Day here… http://www.portlandzinesymposium.org/3rd-amazine-day-photos/

2. Announcing the 2013 PZS poster artist… Asher Craw!

Moving forward we’ve got some REALLY exciting pieces of news for everyone! First, we wanted to formally announce the 2013 Poster Artist, Asher Craw! Asher Craw is an awesome, independent comics maker living in Portland, OR with his wife Lillie Craw, poet and fellow zinester. Asher also graduated from the IPRC’s Comics Certificate Program. You can find his comic Zebadiah at many stores in Portland, including Floating World and Portland Button Works, but you can also check it out from the library! To see more of Asher craw’s work, check out his website…  http://ashersprogress.tumblr.com/

And you can check out their awesome poster for the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium here…. http://www.portlandzinesymposium.org/poster-art/

3. Check out our new internet address: www.portlandzinesymposium.org
With the new art for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium, we also have some other cool news to formally announce! Portland Zine Symposium has had an address change! Those of you paying closer attention may have noticed the url shift, as we’ve been gradually moving our old site to the new one and building it up. Our new url is www.portlandzinesymposium.org and the new website builders are just us, the Portland Zine Symposium Organizers! To save money and to empower our whole organizing collective to have a steadier and more frequent hand in updating the website, we’ve been rebuilding the website with wordpress.org, self-hosting. We’ve definitely got a few more snags to sort out, but surf on over and let us know what you think!
Here’s a blog post all about the new website… http://www.portlandzinesymposium.org/welcome-to-the-new-pzs-website

4. We’ve got the dates for the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium!

One thing you may notice on our new site is that we also have finalized and posted the dates for the 2013 Portland Zine Symposium! The dates are August 10th and 11th, 2013! We also finally found a new venue that we think our attendees will love, Abridge Event Center, located on 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. This venue has air conditioning! It’s right off several bus lines, max lines, and the new street car loop! It’s also bigger than Refuge, the venue we’ve had the past two years… So, save the dates!

We’ll also be opening up table registration VERY SOON, but we will be doing another newsletter soon to give you all the specifics on that.

5. ZineGo Bingo Fundraiser, March 16th.

Join us for a fun night of bingo to raise funds for Portland Zine Symposium… On Saturday, March 16th, get lucky with PZS! Starting at 5pm and going until 8pm, bring your cash dollars to play bingo and win cool prizes!

With Respect,
Blue & The PZS Organizers

Newsletter Post! – January 25th

Here’s our latest newsletter, sent out to our mailing list on January 25th, in which we talk about AmaZine Day, helping us with promotions, ValenZine Week (there are so many zine events the week before Valentine’s Day), and our last ditch efforts to find an affordable venue that can accommodate us for 2013 (we may just end up back at Refuge for one more year).
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1. AmaZine Day!
Please join us for the 3rd-ever AmaZine Day, a quarterly mini-zine fest held at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (1001 SE Division) on February 9th from 2-6 pm. We will be having a bake sale and hot cider for you to enjoy. At 3pm we’ll have a ValenZine workshop to learn how to make a single-sheet zine to express your love for someone special. At 5pm we’ll be having love and anti-love readings by Gabby Holden, Liz Moyer, Emily Kendal Frey, and more. Check out this video of the first AmaZine Day!
The event is free to attend, or sign up for a slice of table for $5 in-person at the IPRC. When you stop by to sign up, grab a stack of flyers to help promote the event! All proceeds from the event will benefit the Portland Zine Symposium and the IPRC.
2. Help us Flyer!
Help us get the word out about our AmaZine fundraisers! On Saturday Jan. 26 and Sunday Jan. 27 (this weekend!), pick up AmaZine Day flyers and handbills from either the IPRC in SE (1001 SE Division) or Portland Button Works in North Portland (1322 N. Killingsworth St.) We’ll have special surprise packs for those of you who stop by to help out!
3. ValenZine Week
And if AmaZine Day isn’t enough for you, there are two other events to celebrate during ValenZine Week….
On Monday, February 11th at 7:30pm, Portland Button Works (1322 North Killingsworth) will be hosting a Mend My Dress Press Anniversary Zine Tour!  Neelybat Chestnut (Mend My Dress: Collected Zines), Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress Zine Collection), and Maranda Elizabeth (Telegram: A Collection of 27 Issues) will be heading down the northwest coast, making stops along the way for zine readings. This event is FREE!On Wednesday, February 13th, from 6pm – 7:45pm at the North Portland Library (512 N. Killingsworth), come to “Zinesters, meet My MCL; My MCL, meet Zinesters: A Social.” Imagine a library catalog that includes the social functions of Facebook; the searching ability of Google; and the types of reviews, comments and cover photos of books you find at Amazon — an interactive catalog! We’ve got one now, it’s called My MCL, and we could think of only one group who could immediately make the most it: Zinesters! 
My MCL can offer you a way to reach your local audience, bring in new readers and publicize your work. The library benefits when you create lists to share with readers, create bookshelves like on Goodreads, and tag our collection with information that makes finding stuff fun and easy. Join guest hosts Moe Bowstern and Alex Wrekk and our zine librarians as we show you the ins and outs of My MCL. Let the tagging begin! We’ll have treats, too.
4. Venue Search
Portland Zine Symposium is STILL looking for a new home for our event! If you know of any LARGE, cheap, and ADA accessible spaces that might work for us, please let us know! Also, if you have suggestions of other people to talk to about this, please send them our way, and we can do the rest.
Yours truly,
The 2013 Portland Zine Symposium Organizers

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