GRIDLORDS #33   AUG 30th   7pm   IPRC   Gridlordian Workshop Publishing

Gridlords would like to invite you to participate in Gridlords #33

This is Gridlords’ second ever event that removes itself from performance and presentation, in order to get down and make something beautiful with you all in one evening! Previously Gridlords operated a jam comics night that successfully had close to 30 artists jamming together. This time Gridlords wants to make a publication with you. You are invited to come to the IPRC between 7 & 10 pm to frantically work in stations with art prompts and guided exercises to generate art and collaborate on pieces and then turn right around and utilize the IPRC’s facilities to print, fold and staple a book published by Gridlords, copies of which you can take home yourself at the end of the night. If everyone is on the top of their game of coarse. Some things make the cut, some are just cut, and all is cut and paste. It’s the perfect time for this kind of insanity as Seattle’s Short Run Small Press Fest is just around the corner!

Please RSVP to gridlords@gmail.com

event is free with donation for snacks and beverages encouraged.

@IPRC 1001 SE Division

Portland! Please come to Black Cake’s first ever live reading & recording, Saturday, June 28th at 7:30pm at the IPRC. There will be beer & snacks, as well as readings & performances by Black Cake alumni Zachary Schomburg, Emily Kendal Frey, Lisa Ciccarello, Sara Woods, & Robert Duncan Gray. We will be accepting donations for future Black Cake projects & recording the event for a new live album on our site. Be there!


Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC)

I went and had a look around the IPRC, which is essentially a one stop shop for those interested in the self-publishing scene in Portland. The facilities include; letterpress, screen printing, computers to use on site, an ever expanding zine library, as well as the use of typewriters, photocopiers, printers, guillotines, binding machines and anything else you might feasibly need.

They’ve been up and running for 15 years, and their space now is fantastic - sounds like it has come a long way from the days of “a photocopier in a closet".

It is based on an affordable membership scheme, enabling anyone to get involved. They also do a lot of outreach projects, courses, and collaborate with local organisations.

Thanks to Chloe and Asher, two of the volunteers that let me wander around and distract many of their members. I left feeling somewhat envious that London hasn’t got anything quite like this to offer.


2014 Portland Zine Symposium Open Organizing Meeting!

Sept. 22nd, 6:30-8pm at the IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center 10th and SE Division)

Ever wondered how the Portland Zine Symposium happens? Want to know what it takes to be a PZS organizer or volunteer? Come to this open meeting and find out! Learn about our time line and commitment levels and where you could fit in. Your experiences and perspective can help make the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium the best yet!

Discovery Workshop: Making Zines with Kate Bingaman-Burt & IPRC

An affable, colorful and hardworking force in Portland’s design community, Kate Bingaman-Burt needs little introduction. In addition to her work as a graphic design instructor at Portland State University and an integral member of Design Week Portland, she also finds time for client work and personal projects. Her daily drawing project, which ran from 2003-2013 resulted in the book Obsessive Consumption, and she is most recently drawing other people’s plants. Kate’s illustrations have been commissioned by Chipotle, Bedsider, car2go, Good magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.

We are thrilled to have Kate lead us in our final workshop of the year, with our community partner the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). Come spend a Saturday morning exploring zines as a medium and create your own using IPRC’s tools and resources. Kate will also be bringing a selection from her personal zine collection, and we will be able to peruse the extensive zine library of IPRC as well. If you are a designer, illustrator, doodler, writer, printer or otherwise, this workshop will be a great opportunity to explore how you can print and publish your work in this small, easily shareable format.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street
Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is open now.

Kate answered some questions about zines:

Wikipedia describes a zine as “small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier”. What would you add to that? 

Zines give you a platform for your ideas. You are the author, editor, art director and publisher. BOOM! the power! (use it for good, not evil, please).

What sparked your interest in zines?

I have been a paper hoarder from WAY back. I grew up in a super small town, but I traveled quite a bit with my parents. When I was 13 I visited my first independent record store in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There had a rack of zines and I was hooked. I don’t think I knew they were zines though…they were just really interesting and super affordable books and I wanted to buy them all. I didn’t make my first zine until my second year of college, however. I started making zines on the regular when I started my Daily Drawing project in 2006 and I haven’t stopped. I am planning a big monthly zine project for 2015. I AM ADDICTED!

Why is a zine a great platform for an illustrator or designer? What makes them accessible? It’s an excellent way to share your visual work, writing, fully formed drawings, beginnings of ideas, half baked ideas and possibly even BRILLIANT ideas. I hand out zines instead of business cards…more fun to share and less awkward than being like, OH, can I give you my card? It’s more like: OH, hey! I would love to give you my zine. Everyone wins.

Our partners at the IPRC answered some questions about their space.

What makes the IPRC a great resource for illustrators and designers who want to print/publish their work?

The IPRC is a truly unique organization in that we provide all the resources, tools and materials for making print media. We have a letterpress print shop, a screenprinting shop, a bindery and a Mac computer lab with all of the latest Creative Suites Design software. We are also a 501©3 nonprofit so we are accessible in terms of pricing and offer outreach to various groups.

Tell me about the IPRC’s zine library.

Our zine library was started in 1998 and we have over 10,000 catalogued and circulating. We have another 15-20k zines that are not yet catalogued. Our library is the largest zine library in North America and second largest in the world (there is one larger in France)

The IPRC maintains a library of self-published and independently produced materials. Items are available to the public for circulation and for reference use. The library contains materials that are not otherwise represented in public libraries and that may be lost forever without our efforts. Located on the shelves are comics, chap books, novels, catalogs, zines, artists’ books, and more. A comprehensive reference section includes artists books, guides, criticism, history and how-to information available to examine and use in the library. Additionally, all materials produced in whole or part at the IPRC are archived as part of this collection.

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division Street
Price: $20, includes supplies, a zine from Kate and coffee (generously donated by Stumptown)

Registration is now open.


I’m really excited about the portland zine symposium next weekend (july 12th and 13th)! So I made this gif showing where me and some of the cool cartoonists I met at the IPRC are gonna be.

here’s some tumblrs with art by my hip friends who draw things:
sam szabo / hannah ratblood / hannah mizar (i don’t know sam h’s site)


Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) has empowered thousands of people to create and publish their own artwork, writing, zines, books, websites, comics and graphic novels.

Bottoms up to IPRC for being gracious hosts for the last few If Not for Kidnap readings as well as excellent other local events and creative gatherings! IPRC is a maker’s haven, with old school letterpress machines and equipment to iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite CS6. IPRC has handfuls of workshops in calligraphy, graphic design, InDesign, Illustrator, zine making, bookbinding, letterpress, screenprinting, as well as certificate programs for Poetry, Fiction/Non-Fiction, and Comics/Graphic Novel, a fantastic zine library, and so much more! Check out the calendar for upcoming events and workshops. You should also, if you haven’t already, just drop into open hours to speak with a volunteer to learn more about the space and its treasures.

Since its inception in 1998 the center has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of a visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The IPRC is an Oregon 501©(3) Nonprofit organization.

(Images from IPRC’s Instagram)