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Zinesters Talking: From Zines to Publishing

Portland is home to many authors who started out by self-publishing

their work in zines, and went on to have work published by bigger

publishers, or by becoming publishers themselves. This program will

bring together some of these authors, as well as other creators,

entrepreneurs, and connectors in the local zine community, to discuss

how Portland’s economy and culture enable innovation and access

in publishing. Recorded live at Multnomah County Library US Bank Room, February 7, 2015. 

Audience: Adult Programming


Chloe Eudaly, Reading Frenzy bookstore proprietor

Nicole J. Georges, writer, illustrator, comics instructor at California College of the Arts, and

advice columnist at Bitch magazine

Tonya Jones, organizer and editor of the Portland Women of Color Zine

A.M. O'Malley, writer, Program Director & Certificate Program Director at the Independent

Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)

Kevin Sampsell, writer, publisher of Future Tense Books and curator of the small press

section at Powell’s Books

François Vigneault, artist and writer, cofounder and organizer of Linework NW comics


Direct download: 20150208_MCLZT_FromZinestoPublishCC.mp3
Category:Zinesters Talking -- posted at: 10:45am PDT

We'll Never Have Paris; Zinesters Talking 2012

The Eigth Annual Zinesters TalkingFeatured the release of the print-only, small press literary journal We'll Never Have Paris. Speakers included Gabby Holden (My Time at Fabric Depot), editor Andria Alefhi, Jaime Borschuk, Bob Soper, Seth Kaplan and Martha Grover (One More for the People)

Recorded live at Central Library U.S. Bankroom, September 4, 2012

Audience: Adult Programming

Direct download: 20120904_MCLWellNeverhaveParisCC.mp3
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Zinesters Talking - Stumptown Comics Fest 2012 with Vera Brosgol and T. Edward Bak

Vera Brosgol is Russian-American and has recently published Anya's Ghost, a young adult graphic novel about how a high school friendship with a ghost turns creepy. She is also a storyboard artist at Laika, where she worked on the films Coraline and the upcoming ParaNorman.

T. Edward Bak's natural history-oriented graphic novel biography, Wild Man - The Strange Journey and Fantastic Account of the naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, was serialized in the Fantagraphics comics anthology MOME. The aritst has conducted his own researhc in Southeast Alaskaand the Aleutian archipelago as well as the St.Petersburg (Russian Federation) where he recently delivered presentations of his work for this ongoing project.

This program was presented live at Central Library April 24, 2012.

Audience: Adult Programming


Direct download: 20120424_MCLBrosgolBakCC.mp3
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Zinesters Talking: Martha Grover and Nicoles Georges

Night of Sharing. Martha Grover (Somnambulist) will discuss her hilarious zine about family meetings. Families are downsizing and sharing households, and this phenomenon is reflected in her zine.

and. . .

Nicole Georges will present her work Tell It Like It Tiz, a zine that shares anecdotes and stories of the elders at the Marie Smith senior center in Portland. Georges will also discuss her upcoming graphic novel Calling Doctor Laura.

Recorded Live October 11, 2011 at Hollywood Library

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111011_MCLNGeorgesMGroverCC.mp3
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Zinesters Talking Ebin Lee and Aron Nels Steinke

Comics and Art Coming Together. Ebin Lee, cartoonist and student at Pacific Northwest College of Art, talks about getting started in comics. Does going to art school improve your art? Which school is the right one? And how do you make your way as a person of color in the mainly white world of comics and art?

and. . .

Aron Nels Steinke, cartoonist and teacher, talks about his comics. How does writing for kids, adults and oneself fit together? How important is it to maintain a life outside of art and where does inspiration ultimately come from? What is the difference between self-publishing and working with a larger book publisher? Steinke will also discuss his two new comics Super-Duper Dog Park and Big Plans, No. 5.

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, October 18.2011

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111018_MCLEboneeLeeAronSteinkeCC.mp3
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Zinesters Talking - Gay Genius and Asian Pacific Islander Pride Zine


Annie Murphy, editor of Gay Genius, a comics anthology, explores just what it means to be exceptional and LBGT in the past, present and future,


 Asian Pacific Islander Pride Zine presenter Sally Moon Lee shares the diversity of Asian gay culture in Portland through this compilation zine.

Recorded live at North Portland Library, October 4, 2011.

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20111004_MCLGayGeniusCC.mp3
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This Zine will Rock You!

Zines rock! PORTLAND rocks! ...and on August 3, your library rocked! Zinesters present their rock'n' roll publications for your enjoyment, edification and rock-ification. Featuring:

Music from Growler

Roz Ballard - Rozine

John Isaacson Ride the Lightning and Feedback

Jen Sbragia Diary of a Metal Girl

Kevin Cross Radio and Truly Crucial Rock n Roll

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, August 3, 2011

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20110803_MCLRockZinesCC2.mp3
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Srsly Big Deal: Making & Being Comics in Portland

From self-published mini-comic zines to traditional comic books, manga and graphic novels, comics are a seriously big deal in our community, home to big-time publishers, small presses and independent artists. Speakers Dylan Williams, of Sparkplug Comics, Dark Horse Executive Editor Diana Schutz, PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild, and independent comics creator Julia Gfrorer discuss the cultural and economic significance of comics. The panel discussion was followed by Julia Gfrorer reading her comics Too Dark to See and Ariadne auf Naxos, with the assistance of Jesse Reklaw.

Recorded live at Central Library, U.S. Bank Room, April 14, 2011.

Target Audience: Adult



Direct download: 20110414_MCLSrslyBigDealCC.mp3
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Le Cheap, C'est Chic

Budget living without feeling the pinch: Chelsea Baker (Olympia) presents Cheap Cookin': A Beginners Guide to Affordable Cooking and Raleigh Briggs (Seattle) shows how to Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills.

Recorded: September 7, 2010

Direct download: 20100907_MCLZT_LeCheapCestChic.mp3
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Examining Portland's Forgotten History Through Zines.

The Dill Pickle Club, a civic organization that organizes educational projects on local history, culture and civics, talks about Oregon History comics, Lone Fir Cemetery, with author and Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk. Board members of the Club present a slide lecture on their "Forgotten Histories" programs, while Sarah discusses the process of researching, writing and working with 10 artists in illustrating under-acknowledged facts of Oregon history.

Recorded October 12, 2010 at Central Library

Direct download: 20101012_MCLZT_KnowYourCity.mp3
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Portland author Jesse Harrington reads from his Brains series about zombies passing as humans and the punks who recognize and resist them.

Local artist Daniel Duford discusses his comics and public art installations exploring the urban legend of the The Green Man of Portland.

Recorded at North Portland Library on October 5, 2010.

Direct download: 20100105_Zinesters_Talking_P-town_Paranormal.mp3
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Workin' It with Gabby Holden and PRWA

Zinesters talk about earning a living.  

Gabby Holden shares insights and lowlights from My Time at Fabric Depot.

Portland Restaurant Workers Association volunteers urge food service employees to Know Your Rights! a Restaurant Worker's Survival Guide

Recorded at Hollywood Library September 28, 2010

Direct download: 20100928_MCLZTWorkinIt2.mp3
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Interview with Tonya Jones - Women of Color Zines and Workshops

Tonya Jones has been instrumental in introducing women of color in Portland to zines and zine culture through her workshops, her zine writings and her talks. In this interview with librarian Cathy Camper, she talks about how she discovered zines, how zines can impower women of color and how women can participate in her workshops. 

 Tonya was the speaker for the Zinesters Talking Women of Color at North Portland Library September 14, 2010. The podcast of that meeting didn't record, so we're posting this instead. 

Connect with Tonya Jones on Facebook at: WOC Zine Workshops (Club) 

Zines discussed in the podcast:  Shotgun Seamstress #2 by Osa Atoe  Cocoa Puss #1 by Lamesha Melton

Target Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20101004_MCLTonyaJonesWOCcc.mp3
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Zinesters Talking - Zines Go To School

Educators Bobi Blue of Fir Ridge High School, Julie Hoffer of Open Meadow High School, and Leanne Grabel of the Rosemont school share tips about how they integrate zines into their classrooms. Learn how making, reading and sharing zines can change students lives!

For information about booking a zine workshop with Multnomah County Library School Corps for your classroom, click here.

Recorded live at Belmont Library, September 21, 2010

Target Audience: Adults


Direct download: 20100920_MCLZTZines_Schools_CC.mp3
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Zinesters Talking Dino Night

In celebration of Stumptown Comics Fest 2010, and of dinosaurs in general, speakers Rio Safari and James Williams show-and-tell their awesomest dinosaur minicomics, plus some sweet online cartoons.

Check out Rio's and Jame's  comics in our collection too.  

Audience: Adult

Recorded: April 20, 2010 Central Library's U.S. Bank Room

Direct download: 20100420_MCLZT_DinoNiteCC.mp3
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Best and Most Bizarre Dinosaurs

Love dinosaurs? Listen in as zinester Rio Safari and librarian Cathy Camper discuss some of the best and most bizarre dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are related to birds, but were they colored like parakeets? What's the deal with T. rex's teeny tiny arms? And what dinos had more spikes than a punk's leather jacket? Listen in and explore the books below, for more info:

Bizarre Dinosaurs;Some Very Strange Creatures and Why We Think they Got that Way by Christopher Sloan

Chased By Sea Monsters; Prehistoric Predators of the Deep  Nigel Marven and Jasper James

Extreme Dinosaurs Steve Parker and Leslie Mertz

A Field Guide to Dinosaurs; The Essential Handbook for Travelers in the Mesozoic  by Henry Gee and Luis V. Rey

Rio Safari and James Williams speak about dinosaur mini-comics at Zinesters Talking Dino Night, Tuesday April 20, 2010, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Central Library's U.S. Bank Room.

Audience: Adult

Direct download: 20100305_MCLDinobooksCC.mp3
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Historic Zinesters Talking -  with Leanne Grabel and Kevin Sampsell

Leanne Grabel, poet, performer, teacher and co-founder of the legendary poetry hub Cafe Lena, and Kevin Sampsell, of Future Tense Books and Powell's City of Books discuss the development of chapbooks, poetry and zines in Portland, along with much audience participation. Re-live some of the writing and music scene of the 1980s and 90s that put Portland on the map!

Audience: Adult

Recorded November 3, 2009 at Central Library

Direct download: 20091103_MCLZTChapbooksCC.mp3
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Explore emotional terrain with A.M. O'Malley in The Empire Builder, a zine about her train ride from Minneapolis, Minn., to Portland, Ore., including reflections on a life left behind and and hopes for a future no longer separated from her long-distance love interest.

Find out what's in Free Box the Magazine with Bece Kidder. Learn about epic scores, things to avoid, the etiquette of giving away and the fun to be had hunting for priceless treasures.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 27, 2009

Direct download: 20091027_Zinesters_Talking_OMalley__Kidder.mp3
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Get up close and personal with Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg as she shares work from I Cut My Hair, a mini-comic journal about her creative process, working in education, pet ownership and more.

Mini-comics come alive when Julia Gfrörer and partner perform Ariadne auf Naxos, comics about time and death, gods and saints, knights and spies, babysitting, the apocalypse, courtesy phones and the benefits of being a ghost.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 20, 2009

Direct download: 20091020_Zinesters_Talking_Eisenberg__Gfrorer.mp3
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Glamorize your life Golden Girls-style with Scott and Zach, the editors of Miami, You've Got Style, a detailed Golden Girls fanzine with an episode guide and a map of the house where characters Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux and Sophia Petrillo lived. Scott and Zach also provide in-depth wardrobe analysis and funky fashion tips.

Take a hilarious trip with Dr. Danny Q. Swank and his Tales from the Bus, a compendium of bizarre, bawdy, bumpy, and occasionally brutal happenings witnessed on public transportation, torn from the pages of the strangely true and truly strange zine Manuscripts Don't Burn.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 13, 2009

Direct download: 20091013_Zinesters_Talking_Swank__Style.mp3
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Becky Morton takes you way back to The Oregon Trail, her zine containing excerpts from the journal of Frances Henderson, who traveled from Missouri to Oregon on the Oregon Trail in 1846, illustrated with images from the educational computer game "The Oregon Trail."

Artist, activist and filmmaker Marc Moscato showcases WPA artworks in Portland in Art for the Millions, an audio CD and 28-page guided tour of local public works projects of the Works Progress Administration, a federally funded program that provided relief to millions of idle workers during the height of the Great Depression.

Target audience: Adult

Date of event: October 6, 2009

Direct download: 20091006_Zinesters_Talking_Moscato__Morton.mp3
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Historic Zinesters Talking - Craphound Zine and Reading Frenzy Bookstore

Sean Tejaratchi, creator of the zine Craphound, an internationally known zine of clip art, and Chloe Eudaly, founder of Reading Frenzy, an independent press emporium in Portland,Oregon, discuss the creative scene in Portland during the 1990s that lead to the creation of their zine and bookstore.

You can also watch and listen to a streaming slidecast of this presentation. When you get to the link, scroll down to get to the presentation labeled "Zinesters Talking."

Target Audience: Adult

Date of Event: October 24, 2009

Direct download: 20091024_MCLCraphoundintroutrCC.mp3
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To get you excited for the fifth annual Zinesters Talking series of events in October and November 2009, Christopher Cuttone, library assistant at North Portland Library and member of the Zine Library Group, reads zine reviews and teasers.

Direct download: 20090225_Christophers_zine_reviews.mp3
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Zine readings by Shawn Granton, Editor of The Zinesters Guide to Portland and the author of Temporary Relocation Project and Ten -foot-rule and Erica Schreiner, author of The Way Things Used to Be and Argyle. Adult program Zinesters Talking, recorded live at Central Library August 26, 2008.

Direct download: 20080826_ZinestersTalkingCentral.mp3
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Carolyn Main is a freelance cartoonist from Portland, Oregon, and a featured speaker of Stumptown Comics Fest 2009. She specializes in the cute, gross and bawdy world of animation, comics and graphic novels. Here she discusses her work, webcomics and the differences between publishing on the web vs. paper. Adult programming recorded live at Central Library April 16, 2009.
Direct download: 20090416_MCLCarolynMainZT.mp3
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Mini-comics artist Dunja Jankovic reads from her work Department of Art, accompanying herself on keyboards, followed by Hellen Jo reading from Jin and Jam #1 and other works, ending with questions and answers for both artists from the audience. Both are Sparkplug Comics artists, and featured speakers of Stumptown Comics Fest 2009. Adult programming recorded live at Central Library, April 17, 2009.

Direct download: 20090417_MCLHJoDJankovicZT.mp3
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Hear stories of transportation, both public and private, from zinesters Kate Lopresti of Constant Rider and Karen Giezyng of Bumpstart. Adult program Zinesters Talking, recorded live at Central Library September 16, 2008.
Direct download: 20080916_MCL_ZinestersTalkingTransport.mp3
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