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PZS 2018 Programming

Portland Zine Symposium / PZS 2018 Programming

Saturday Programming

Drag Queen story time with Ruby Q. (Saturday  11:15, 12:15)
At 11:15 and 12:15, local drag queen Ruby Q will be reading books for kiddos, their caregivers, and enthusiastic adults.  The books will be for kids 0-8, and will cover themes about fear and creativity. Kids are free to stop by and draw and color with Ruby between story times.

Shotgun Seamstress Chronicles: A conversation with Osa Atoe and Anna Vo

(Saturday, 11:30-1pm)

More details to come.

Meet, Make, Mail with Portland Correspondence Coop! (Saturday, 1:30-3 pm)

What the heck is mail art and how can you do it? Find out during this workshop with Portland Correspondence Coop. You’ll get the inspiring low-down on mail art and then make you own to keep or share. All supplies provided (including postage stamps) but feel free to bring your own, too!


Screen printing Demonstration with Tanisha Willis (Saturday, 1:30pm-3pm)

Tanisha Willis will be helping folks screen print, while teaching a bit about the screen printing process. Drop in to try your hand at pulling a print or screen printing a patch!  Designs will be art by Tanisha Willis and PZS logos by Eileen Chavez and Rebecca Artemisa. Tanisha Willis makes art which is introspective and narrative, containing elements of horror, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and comedy.  It is about moving slowly and soaking up the small details.


DIY Zine Design with Emilly Prado (Saturday 3:30pm – 5pm)

Zines give people the power to shout loudly about things they dig in a unique and tangible form. Whether you create sad comics about problematic celebrity favs, write odes to your abuelita, or jot down daily thoughts journal style, design choices seep through every page of a zine and is a crucial element in the process. Graphic design is a form of communication, after all. With layout and colors and typography and more to decide, the options can feel overwhelming, but not anymore! In this DIY Zine Design workshop, you’ll learn the ropes from zinester Emilly Prado—a passionate not professional who likes graphic design and figuring out how to do it well through a steady diet of trial and error. Learn more about her work at www.emillyprado.com or on Instagram @emillyp.


Fat Justice, Media Making, and Body Roles.  (Saturday 3:30pm-5pm)

Join four local fat activists for a panel discussion on fat liberation, media making and body roles and rolls. We’ll discuss questions related to making art/media as a fat person, what it means to be queer fat activists of color in an age of body positivity, and the role of DIY in fat culture/identity. Shilo George is a superfat femme, Cheyenne warrior causing mischief, cracking jokes, and doing anything to piss off the patriarchy. Galadriel is a queer, black, writer, and artist from the Mojave desert via Kingston, Jamaica. They do work towards fat justice at the intersection of policy and food justice. Carrie Fuentes is a Xicana, fat femme who is committed to the dismantling of white supremacy in all its destructive forms. This panel will be moderated by Cory Lira, a local fat Xicana femme fat activist, abolitionist, and writer.

Sunday Programming

Button-Making with Portland Children’s Museum (Sunday 11am-1pm)

Portland Children’s Museum will be at PZS with a 2’’ button-maker, so that you can make the button of your dreams!

COMICS VS. ZINES! (Sunday 11:30am – 1pm)

This panel will introduce and explore the comics-zine divide! Why is there equal parts celebration and shame around cat-related content, wiggly pizzadogs, talking about “heavy issues”, perfect binding, full-color prints, low-res photocopies, straight lines, identity politics, and/or Good Ol’ Gross Dude-ing? This panel will feature Melanie Stevens (Watershed, Miss Anthology, Nat Turner Project) , Tim Goodyear (Video Tonfa, Vision Quest) and A’misa Chiu (Eyeball Burp Press).

Shrinky Dinks with M. Sabine Rear + friends (Sunday 1:30pm-3pm)

Do you wanna be more d.i.y. than enamel pins made in a distant factory? For two hours we’ll be focusing on ideas and drawing on shrink plastic, beholding magical transformations, and learning about ways to make this goofy children’s craft into unique, affordable jewelry. Hosted by the Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, karaoke star and pro-wrestling fan, M. Sabine Rear. Her work can be found at http://www.michaelsabine.com/

Women of Color Zinesters 101 with Tonya Jones (Sunday 1:30pm-3pm)

This workshop will look at the various contributions of women of color (WOC) zinesters. WOC creators have brought unique stories and fresh perspectives to the zine community, tackling various topics like mental health, gardening, and more. The workshop will conclude with an interactive writing activity. The space is open to all.

Tonya Jones is founder of Women of Color Zine Workshops, and facilitator of PDX Black Feminism. She is also the single mother of an energetic toddler. You can follow her work at: https://seemeblackfeministhought.com


Paper Marbling with Asher Craw (Sunday 3:30pm-5pm)

Learn how to use marbling technique to create covers and end papers for your zines and books. This hands-on workshop will lead you through the steps and materials to create your own marbling paper projects. Materials provided.  Asher Craw first heard about Portland from zines and has been making zines in Portland since 2010. He is married to another zine and comic maker – Lillie Craw, and they have a fat cat that enjoys biting and laying on zines. Find Team Craw tabling on Saturday at PZS, or find asher’s art on his Instagram: @ashercraw

Both days

Both days

a collective altar space for communal healing and creative joy.

Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Special Guest Yumi Sakugawa will be helping arrange an altar space where people can leave offerings of little art, crystals, rocks, plants, talismans.  Watercolor paper and paints and other supplies will be available, so that everyone can paint on a small piece to add to a two-dimensional backdrop behind the altar.

While we were hoping to have childcare provided, our original resource did not work out.  We will update if we are able to provide childcare.