Visiting the Portland Zine Symposium is always exciting - a big room full of zinesters from far and wide, chatting, swapping zines, drawing, and displaying their work. Among the zines on display, there are minicomics, personal zines (aka perzines), works of history, fantasy, art, humor… basically, zines as diverse as the zinesters themselves. This year’s symposium was bursting with exciting new work, and we bought many new titles for the library’s zine collection.
Here are a few of our favorites. Also, check out our blog post about all the food-related zines we found at the Zine Symposium!
That’s Not Ok: Boundaries for the Conflict-Avoidant by Breanne Boland
A guide to setting boundaries that’s clear, concise, and also fun, interspersed with humor, comics, and drawings.
Portland Oregon AD 1999 by Jeff W. Hayes
Written in 1913 and beautifully reprinted by Corvus Editions, this speculative story tells of a little old lady who calls upon the narrator to tell him of the vision she’s had of life in Portland in 1999.
Mocha Chocolata Momma: Bessie Coleman by Marya Errin Jones
Mocha Chocolata Momma Zine chronicles the lives of black women, real or imagined. It’s part history lesson, part perzine, full of engrossing stories, photos, and illustrations. This issue’s about Bessie Coleman, the first female African American pilot.
Grow: How to Take Your DIY Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job! by Eleanor Whitney, MPA
From a blurb on the back: “Eleanor Whitney breaks down the daunting process of earning a living as a creative person into chewable, bite-size bits.” With easy-to-digest, step-by-step tips and tangible examples from working artists, Eleanor’s expert advice is some of the most sought-after content on diybusinessassociation.com.” - Amy Cuevas Schroeder, Venus Zine and DIY Business Association
Includes the author’s original posting on Craigslist, as well as all the responses she received. Can you guess which guys she actually went on dates with?
Punk by Mimi Thi Nguyen and Golnar Nikpour
A conversation between two lifelong punks about punk and how it’s been defined, studied, and canonized, and the problems and politics therein.
Bad Boy Image #1: Paranormal by Asher Craw, Fiona Avocado, and Moishe
The first comic zine put out by Bad Boy Image, a comics collective consisting of Asher Craw, Fiona Avocado, and Moishe. This issue focuses on stories of the paranormal.
Science You Forgot: An Illustrated Guide to Your Elementary School Science Textbook by Jeannette Langmead
Gorgeous illustrations reminiscent of your childhood science textbooks, including four famous scientists, with facts you may have forgotten. Also includes an experimental cocktail and a pop quiz drinking game because you're a grown up now.
This issue of the long-running zine about radical parenting focuses on parents sharing hard-earned wisdom with one another.
Trusty Companion #1 by Katy Ellis O'Brien and Max Karl Key
A charming comic all in blue about a lady space explorer and her robotic trusty companion.