i flew in to portland overnight on wednesday night of last week and arrived at my layover during a sunrise.
i got to portland at 11am on thursday morning, plenty of time to spend the day exploring. derek and amy leigh, two zinester friends, met me at the airport to escort me into the city!
derek is from portland and was my host for the weekend. he's also one of the organizers of the portland zine symposium. amy leigh is a zinester friend from toronto who was also in town for the symposium. here's amy leigh. she rules!
derek gave us a tour of his awesome home, including a great garden, yard, and chickens!
there was also an ample amount of wild blackberries growing everywhere!
derek and his place
waiting for the bus
we had the day to kill so our very first item on the agenda was to eat at the dc vegetarian foodcart. portland has over 400 foodcarts in the city! it's a dream.
vegan sausage and vegan philly cheesesteak.
we hung out in pioneer square for a bit and then decided to go get coffee at the infamous stumptown. it was delicious. one thing i noticed about portland is all the establishments are huge! from coffeeshops to venues to bookstores, space is clearly not limited. most places in chicago are pretty small. i had never thought about it before.
then we went to ground kontrol, which is a bar and old school arcade!
DDR. yeah. i used to be in a DDR club my freshman year of college. hello.
more wandering brought us to this cool park.
we were mostly just killing time before an event we were heading to at 7
we went to powells bookstore, which was massive, and then headed to reading frenzy, a little indie zine and bookstore. we were going to see the kick off of the 'zines on toast' tour (which will be in chicago at quimby's in two weeks! recommended)
there was some downtime before it started so we went next door to rocco's for giant slices of vegan pizza
no cheese but they were loaded with veggies
back at reading frenzy, we missed alex reading (she's one of the main organizes of the symposium) but caught all the british kids that she's touring with. they were funny.
i think we just went back and had a chill night. i can't actually remember. the following morning, at derek's. derek lives with his girlfriend and her 3 year old daughter. super cute.
all the houses near derek's were super quaint, had gardens, and definitely felt like the type of places i'd like to live
waiting for the bus again
after wandering around, going to the post office, and hitting up another food cart, i met derek at the independent publishing resource center (the iprc), which is like a co-operative kinkos sort of. symposium organizers were gathering there to put together the program. we all volunteered to help.
at the dc vegetarian foodcart again!
back at the iprc
i hung out with mostly british kids and canadians for the weekend!
after a full day of volunteering with symposium stuff, and also using the iprc to make more chicago zine fest flyers, we headed out to go grab drinks. they fountains are all around portland. they're called the benson bubblers.
drinks at tugboat with alex wrekk and nicole introvert (richmond, va), two zine friends
then derek and i headed to hungry tiger too for vegan corndogs and tator tots. clearly not a healthy eating weekend by any means! amy leigh and her friend chris met up with us a bit later.
the bus/walk home afterwards
saturday morning with all our stuff, ready to go table!
we discovered derek's thorough pzs promotion
canada setting up
our host, derek, and his table for his zine 'all things ordinary' as well as his website www.overglued.com
a visit from lyra
i met a long time online friend, jane boston (stab heart zine), finally! she was also sitting next to aron, of big plans, who's work i really like.
jane's beau, jared, who i've known a while by proxy, bought all the issues i had with me even though he'd already read them all at jane's! so nice.
my view for two days
after day one
people outside riding zines
we headed to sushi ichiban, a place i had gone last year after the symposium. there's a train that carries the sushi around and all sorts of good vegan options
the fun thing to do is write notes and send it on the train to go around. everyone sitting there can see the notes.
this was a nice one from derek. hmm
so many silly notes
with some more time to kill before the next event, amy leigh, chris and i went to stumptown to read some zines and drink more coffee. i consumed a LOT of coffee this weekend.
then we headed to floating world comics, a really rad comic book store, where 'zinester feud' was happening. basically it was zine themed family feud. it was pretty silly and fun.
nicole georges, an illustrator/comic artist i really like, was the host
after that, i headed out with all the foreigners to find a bowling alley
this photo represents canada, the UK and france!
this funny, charismatic drunk guy stumbled into us on the street and was very entertaining for a bit.
i ended up pushing him in a shopping cart, before he went on a tirade about how his friends are boring and people need to be more interesting and do interesting things. agreed. this photo was taken by amber.
amy leigh and her sass
chris was shown what's up
we used our zines names for our bowling names, of course
the 8am bus wait
day 2 of tabling!
the place was huge. there were 130 full tables
giz and amber
UK kids, steve, isy, ian and tom
me, eryca and derek
eryca had free candy on her table. it was a kid magnet, and happened to cause a couple tantrums... haha. whoops
what up, steve and amy leigh
after the symposium was done, my tablemates and i went to hot lips for more vegan pizza with lots of hot sauce on top
then it was back to stumptown for coffee, time killing, and inspecting our loads of zines
then we headed over to the backspace, a coffeeshop, bar, internet cafe, venue and computer repair spot? whoa.
there was a post-symposium show with bands that all featured a zinester. alex and steve started a band a few weeks before the symposium, pretty much just to play this show. it was a zine themed band called the copyscams. they were actually really good! i wish i had gotten their tape before it sold out.
we all crammed in the photobooth a few times for some funny pictures
i'm excited to see these kids again in two weeks at quimby's
last but not least, we went for a late night run to voodoo donuts
this is my haul from the weekend, most of which were trades for my own zine