Zines 101 by Marc Parker
An introduction to the world of zines! Learn the basics of zines, how to make zines and why you should.
Using Adobe InDesign to Create Layouts for Print by Abe Olson (from Flying Dodo Publications)
This workshop will introduce people to using Adobe InDesign for laying out their print projects, including zines, comics, etc. Will include demonstrations.
Mini-ZOE (a Zine Event Organizers support group) by Alex Wrekk and others
This is a workshop and support group for zine event organizers from across the country. The aim is to talk and network and share ideas that would make organizing zine events easier. We will also discuss topics that came up at ZOE in Chicago in March. Organizers from from the Portland Zine Symposium, the LA Zine Fest, Albuquerque Zine Fest, Philly Zine Fest, Olympia Timberland Library, and more will be in attendance.
Zines for Kids! by Blue
A zine-making workshop for kids. Fun is required! Basic supplies provided.
Your Library IS Your Social Network, using Bibliocommons — Something all Multnomah County Zinesters Need to Know! by Cathy Camper and Steph Miller
Multnomah County Library wants to get zinesters involved in Bibliocommons, the library’s new interactive catalog. MCL librarians will give you a tour of the new system, which lets you share lists with readers, create bookshelves (like on GoodReads), tag items, and more. Bibliocommons can offer a new way to reach your local audience, within a noncommercial framework.
Goodbye Cruel World’s and Dear John’s: How to Write the Letter You’ll Never Send by Olivia Olivia
Confessions are the beginning of a story you’d never think you could tell. This workshop will explore the deeper and darker side of letter-writing, secret telling, and memoir. Telling our own stories on paper might be a good way to start writing letters “we’d never send” and turning them into “stories we decide to share.”
Taking it to the Next Level: How to Navigate the Modern World of Self-Publishing from Design to Marketing by Melissa Delzio
Melissa will present a workshop about the process of publishing a book in the modern environment. Melissa is the designer and founder of Our Portland Story, an anthology of stories about Portland written by Portlanders.
Creating a Beloved DIY Community by Tonya L. Jones
A Women of Color Zinesters panel. The purpose is to get attendees to think about the importance of creating a beloved DIY community, a community where a “sea” of diverse voices are heard, respected, and supported. Non-people of color and allies are welcomed. Tonya hosts monthly workshops for local women of color to get them more involved in self publishing and the DIY community.
Remembering Dylan Williams by The Organizers of the Portland Zine Symposium
This memorial is being held to acknowledge the profound loss the zine and comics community has felt this year with the death of former Portland Zine Symposium organizer Dylan Williams. We want this to be a space where we can remember Dylan, talk about what he meant and means to us, and keep his DIY spirit alive. For many of us, Dylan was a true inspiration, literally telling people to do and create art, and helping support them in their endeavors. We want to create a space for everyone to connect over his life and to encourage people to live better and more inspired lives because of his impact.
How Am I Not My Self: Transversing and Transgressing Creative Categorization by Cheyenne McClain and Sarah Curtis
Through a series of hopefully disorienting interactive and reflective activities, we will each eventually emerge with a zine of writing, pictures, collaborations, secrets, lies, and outpourings we didn’t expect we were capable of. We will discuss ways of riding out waves of shame and self-consciousness that come with making a fool of oneself and trying new things, and then all take a swim together! The two of us have dipped our toes in a fair amount of imaginative waters; sometimes stigmatized as low-art craft-artists and beacons of controversy, We look to get lost with the rest of the group in unfamiliar currents and challenge the scale of our collective and individual capabilities. We will provide all materials.
Telling Tall Tales: Writing Autobio Comics that Rock by Chelsea Baker
This hands-on workshop will teach attendees how to write compelling autobiographical comics, with an emphasis on how to make dull details more vibrant.
Ziners’ Advisory: A Zine for Every Reader by Kelsey Smith, Sage Adderly, and Joshua James Amberson
Two distro owners and a librarian discuss how to suggest zines for zinesters and non-zinesters alike, and how to put zines into the hands of new readers through descriptions, conversations and displays.
The Upsides and Downsides of Funding Your Project with Kickstarter/Indigogo by Ramsey Beyer and Derek Neuland
Ramsey and Derek have experience in online fundraising: He used Indigogo to start a custom button shop and zine store; she used Kickstarter to compile a year-long comics project and have it printed as a book. Some other zine-related projects that might need funding: community zine libraries, zine fests, local zine resource centers/print shops, compilation zines, etc! This session will present a discussion about the pros and cons of fundraising with these popular websites.