The Zine Scene

When Alex Wrekk discovered zines as a teenager, a whole new world opened up to her. “I thought they were so neat, because they were these little slices of life of people I hadn’t met, but it felt like they were friends,” says Wrekk, a zine creator herself and organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium. “At some point, the barrier between consumer and participant vanished, and I realized, ‘Hey, I could do this!’”

Since 1997, Wrekk has been creating her zine Brainscan, which “started out as a mix of pseudo-philosophical nonsense and the paper equivalent of bad observational standup,” she explains. Now, though, “I feel like my zine is as varied as I am.”

In May 2009, Wrekk did a small zine tour of the United Kingdom and France. “I met some awesome people, and we kept joking about them coming over here and doing a tour,” she says. Well, the joke is on us, because that’s exactly what Wrekk and five of her friends from across the pond (Isy Morgenmuffel, Edd Baldry, Nat Last Hours, Tom Fiction and Steve Larder) will be doing at Zines on Toast, tonight at 7 p.m. at the 27 Social Center, 2727 West 27th Avenue. They’ll be sharing anecdotes and stories from zines, information, entertainment and more. Admission is by donation; visit www.zinesontoast.org for information.
Tue., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., 2010

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