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Tabling FAQ

PZS 2017 tabling information.

PZS 2017 FAQ

Why is PZS in a new location this year?

The space which held PZS the past few years recently relocated to a new and smaller location. In addition to the relocation of this Event Center, the cost of the rental space also increased. As many of us know, the Portland rental market is driving many businesses, organizations, and individuals out of spaces they have inhabited due to increasing costs, unfortunately PZS is not an exception to this.

Locating a new event space was not easy as there are not many affordable, large event spaces in the city. In choosing APANO JAMS, we were looking at a variety of factors including space, cost, and preferably an organization that gives back to the community it is part of. We feel that APANO JAMS has all of these to its advantage and is actively involved in the community of which it is a part.

Will there be full sized tables available?

A limited number of full-sized tables will be available by invite only. To ensure exhibitors will have room to display their zines, each vendor will receive a half table (3 feet of space each). Please note that 75% of your table must be comprised of zines.

Why is PZS lightly curating tabling this year?

We are choosing to lightly curate this year’s event in an effort to uphold our Safer Spaces policy as well as to help us make sure the smaller location still features a diverse array of zinesters and zines. We also want to make the application process and time table more equitable to people who were at a disadvantage in the first come, first served model.

Why is PZS centering inclusivity?

Given the current political climate, we want to ensure PZS is an open space that is welcoming to a wide range of people. Zine culture has always been a place where people could share their varied thoughts and experiences and making sure that PZS is a place that showcases this is something we care about.

Is PZS getting smaller in response to more zine fests?

Yes and no. There are more zine fests around the country and as a result we do want to refocus slightly on building the local Portland zine and comics community. There are also logistical issues, such as to lack of affordable event spaces and the time commitment required of volunteer organizers.

What will table size and price be this year?

We will be offering each exhibitor a half of a 6 foot table (3 feet of space per vendor). The price will be $25 per day.

How does the smaller space affect tablers?

At this point, we are still working out some of the details as to how this will affect exhibitors. We are still examining options to try and maximize the space and the number of zinesters who will be able to table at this year’s symposium. We are considering having a different line-up of vendors Saturday and Sunday. Some other successful small publishing events, such as Linework NW, have done this for their events.

These details and more will be settled by the time we send out acceptance letters in mid-April.

How will the IPRC’s search for a new location affect this year’s Symposium?

As many of you know, the Independent Publishing Resource Center is currently in search of a new home. Last year we hosted a few satellite events as well as a skillshare day in their space. Because of their imminent move, it will most likely not be possible to use their space for events leading up to PZS 2017.

If you are a zinester who relies on their facility to create your zines, make sure you pay close attention to how their move might affect your own production schedule.

What does the future of PZS hold?

We hope that the future of PZS is vibrant and always developing to best serve the needs of our community. We hope for more inclusivity, an increase in year-round programming, and a committed core group of organizers and volunteers.

We’re also really hoping to forge a lasting relationship with the perfect event space for PZS.

What can I do to help to make PZS the best event it can be?

The current PZS organizers are working their hardest to make PZS happen every year. We’re putting in a lot of time and work as volunteers and we want all to feel welcome. If this year’s changes make you feel unwelcome or bummed out please know that is not our intention. To help the Symposium grow and flourish consider volunteering your time, making a donation, or give us leads on spaces or resources. Help us to create an event you want to see and attend. You can sign-up for our volunteer mailing list here.