Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

T is for Twenty Years!

September 2014


Dear Readers,


It's hard to believe, but it's true! Reading Frenzy opened its doors twenty years ago this month in a tiny space on SE 37th Avenue! Since then we've moved twice, launched a small press, hosted well over 500 free art and literary events, and most importantly, placed tens of thousands of zines, comics, and books in the hands of curious and adventurous readers like you! 

This month we launched our 8th Kickstarter campaign (through our sister project Show & Tell Press) to publish A is for Zebra, an alphabet, activity, and art book by Sean Tejaratchi, creator of Crap Hound, which coincidentally is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this fall! After just one week our project is nearly 60% funded, so it looks like we'll be going to press in early October! A is for Zebra is also featured in our gallery this month, as the book is based on a set of Crap Hound-esque prints Sean created for us, you can view all of them here or visit the shop and see them in person.

Our new location is feeling like home now, and our new neighbors -- Beacon Sound and Fisk -- just made our block 10x cooler! Best anniversary present ever! The only thing that could make it better is you!

Keep Reading!
Your Faithful Proprietress,
Chloe





 

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The Ledger

10 Ways to Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

September 14, 2014:

Well, we didn't get a key to the city or an official commendation but we've always been a little anti-establishment anyway. All we really want for our platinum anniversary is for our patrons to celebrate this milestone with us! To that end, here's a handy list of 10 ways to celebrate with us and launch us into our 3rd decade!!!

  1. Swing by the shop this month and spend $20!
  2. Become a member of 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy! Friends receive 10% off all general merchandise, and 25% Reading Frenzy brand items (t-shirts, totes, etc.) for a year.* Now only $20 ($25 value)! *Some restrictions apply (but not many).
  3. Spend $100 or more during the month of September and receive a FREE 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership (see description above)!
  4. Purchase our lovely 4-color silkscreen Not Tonight I'm Reading print designed by Mary Kate McDevitt and printed by Seizure Palace for $20 ($30 value)!
  5. Purchase a 1000 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership and Not Tonight I'm Reading combo and get your discount on the spot -- only $35 for both ($55 value)!
  6. Pre-order a Not Tonight I'm Reading t-shirt or tote for $20 ($22-$24 value). Shipping in late September/early October.
  7. Purchase any issue of Crap Hound or from our selection of Reading Frenzy exclusive items
  8. Purchase one of these limited edition, signed and numbered, 2-color silkscreen prints from our Reading Frenzy print series for $20 ($25 value): Aaron Renier, Nikki McClure, or Kate Bingaman-Burt
  9. Purchase one of these limited edition archival pigment prints by Carson Ellis for $30 ($40 value)!
  10. Purchase an I Want to Kiss This Person print by Miranda July for $20 ($30 value)!
Special offers and discounts all expire 9/30/14, so don't dilly dally!


Rolling in the Ink: New & Notable Titles!

PORTLAND/PNW RELATED

True Portland
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • John Day Fossil Beds by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • The Monkey Puzzle Trees of Portland by Tom Meyers -- LOCAL!
  • PDX 100 by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • The Water Storage Tanks of Portland by Tom Meyers -- -- LOCAL!
  • Wizard Island by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!

KID'S & YA BOOKS

The Wonderful Egg
  • Alison and Her Robot by Fred Chao -- LOCAL!
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Beware the Haunted Legs by Brian Cook -- LOCAL!
  • Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown
  • Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
  • Level Up by Gene Luen and Thien Pham Yang
  • Rookie Yearbook Two edited by Tavi Gevinson
  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Wonderful Egg by Dahlov Ipcar

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Pretty In Ink
  • 100 Crushes by Elisha Lim
  • The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kerascoet and Fabien Vehlmann
  • The Big Feminist But edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly 
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  • Fight the Power: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples by various
  • Lovf by Jesse Reklaw
  • Malcolm Gladwell Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke
  • Nick Offerman Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers 
  • Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists edited by Trina Robbins
  • The System by Peter Kuper
  • World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2004 edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman

ART, DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

Citizen Keane
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat by Julia Kuo
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip by Trina Dalziel
  • Citizen Keane: Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson
  • Collect Raindrops by Nikki McClure
  • Drawn In: Inspiring Sketchbooks edited by Julia Rothman
  • From Here to There: Hand Drawn Maps edited by Kris Harzinski
  • Green Guide for Artists by Karen Michel and Kristin Hampshire
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants & Small Creatures by Sachiko Umoto
  • Map Art Lab by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly
  • Toilets of the World by Morna E. Gregory and Sian James

NON-FICTION

Dwelling Portably
  • Alive With Vigor: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle by Robert Earle Sutter III
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • The Atheist's Bible edited by Joan Konner
  • The Civil Disobedience edited by James Tracy
  • D.I.Y. Constitutional Amendment Kit by Nathaniel Whitten
  • Dwelling Portably 1980-2012 Box Set: Tips from the People Who Sparked the Tiny House Movement by Bert and Holly Davis
  • Hillbilly Nationalists by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
  • Mostly True: The Story of Bozo Texino by Bill Daniel
  • Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems... by Bill Adler Jr.
  • Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall


FICTION & POETRY

Sorrow Arrow
  • Loba by Diane Di Prima
  • Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey -- LOCAL!
  • This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra by Sun Ra
  • Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz

MAGAZINES & ZINES

Uppercase #22
  • Found Magazine #9
  • Hi-Fructose #32
  • Incandescent #4: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • Incandescent #5: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory -- LOCAL!
  • My Day #30 by Nate Orton -- LOCAL!
  • Pitchfork #1 (#2 also in stock!) -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • Sugar Needle #38 -- LOCAL!
  • Uppercase: For the Creative and Curious #22
  • Women of Color #4: Home -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #5: Interviews -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #6: Women Off-Color -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #7: Around Portland -- LOCAL!
  • Wrap #10: Into the Wild

MISC.

Summer Reading

P.I.E. Books: Pretty. Impressive. Entertaining. and More This Week!

P.I.E. BOOKS FROM JAPAN


  • 100 Illustrated Papers for Writing & Crafting
  • Cats in Yukio-e
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Makiba: Cute Farm Animals
  • Mushroom Botanical Art
  • Sou Sou Paper Book
  • Sweet & Nostalgic Designs in Japan: Handicrafts, Graphics, Architecture and More
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
  • Yurio Seki's Design & Patterns

MISC. BOOKS

Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms

KID'S BOOKS

Maps
  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Superzelda
  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald

MAGAZINES & ZINES

Bitch #63
  • Bitch #63: The Tough Issue
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  • The Mystery & Adventure Series Review #48
  • Poppycock #1: 100% Portland, 100% Nonsense
  • She Shreds #5: The Magazine Dedicated to Women Guitarists
  • Sugar Needle #38
  • Vandals Make Me Puke
  • Women of Color #4-#7: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks

PAPER GOODS

Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Circle
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Dalarna


Just In: A BUNCH of New Books!

Hot Weather, Hot New Titles!

This Week's Fresh Titles

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th
 - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th

A is for Zebra

An Alphabet Show by Sean Tejaratchi

Ampersand Print

Sean Tejaratchi (creator of Crap Hound and LiarTownUSA) made a beautiful set of Crap Hound-esque alphabet prints for us back in 2012. We've brought them back for an encore exhibit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Reading Frenzy and Crap Hound, added an ampersand print, and launched a Kickstarter project to publish an A is for Zebra alphabet book! 

A is for Zebra will be an all-ages alphabet, activity, and art book, intended for lovers of graphic design, typography, alphabets, word play, and vintage commercial art. Each page will feature a single brightly colored letter of the alphabet surrounded by dozens of (mostly) vintage black and white illustrations depicting words that begin with that letter. From obvious to obscure, there's fun for the whole family in identifying the images! Answers key will be included in the back of the book. 

Printed with archival inks on 100% cotton rag paper, and available in a muted rainbow of 13 different colors, the prints can be purchased individually or as a complete set through our Kickstarter project until October 8th.

Exhibit runs through September.


 
 

Upcoming Events

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

Your Hidden Skeleton

Antique Inkblot Exhibit curated by Chloe Eudaly

Your Hidden Skeleton, Alma Jones

A few years ago I purchased a 100-year-old autograph book from a rare book dealer called Your Hidden Skeleton. The directions were simple -- "Sign your name with full pen of ink, on folded line. Fold paper while ink is still wet. Be careful to dot the i, and to place the period at the end of the name." -- but the results were otherworldly, revealing images that look like alien x-rays replete with wings, faces, antennae, and other apparitions. For October's show we will give these "skeletons" a new life, plucking the most compelling examples from their yellowing pages, gently enhancing the images, and creating heirloom quality prints that will last another hundred years. In addition to the exhibit, we'll have a handful of the original books on display and inkblot activities. We'll also be exploring inkblot and other accidental art forms, pareidolia, handwriting, and divination in the shop.

Presumably inspired by the 19th century parlor game, Blotto, these novelty autograph books (there's at least one other version called "The Ghosts of My Friends") pre-date the Rorschach Test by at least five years and involve the very unique element of an individual's own handwriting which lends a layer of possible meaning and infinite variation to the game. Read more about the history and cultural impact of the inkblot here.

Exhibit runs through October.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 5pm

Verse Union Poetry Club

with Hajara Quinn, author of Unsayer

More info coming soon...

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 4pm

Your Hidden Skeleton Exhibit & Activities

Design Week Portland Open House!
More info coming soon...

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 7pm

Derrick Brown and Greg Gerding

Reading and Signing!

More info coming soon...

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 3pm

The Best Book in The World!

Reading & Signing with Rilla

More info coming soon...


Best Book in the World

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 6pm

Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars

Potluck, Reading, and Discussion with James Tracy

San Francisco is being eroded by waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded "Google buses" are only the tip of the iceberg. James Tracy's book focuses on the long arc of displacement over almost two decades of "dot com" boom and bust, offering the necessary perspective to analyze the latest urban horrors. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy puts the hardships of the working poor and middle class front and center. These essays explore the battle for urban space -- public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a well-respected community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 7pm

Curbside Splendor Reading

More info coming soon...

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 5pm

Trick or Treat on Mississippi Avenue!

Happy Halloween!

Join us for early trick or treating on Mississippi Avenue! We'll have treats for bigs and littles! Costumes required! 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 7pm

Horn! The Collected Reviews

Reading and Signing by Kevin Thomas

More info coming soon...

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 7pm

The Wax Bullet War

Reading and Signing with Sean Davis

More info coming soon...

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 7pm

Sara or the Existence of Fire

Book Release Party with Sara Woods

More info coming soon...

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17th, 7pm

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories

Reading & Signing with MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa and Kinoko Evans

More info coming soon...

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27th

CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

 
 
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