Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Happy New Year!

January 2015

Dear Readers,

Phew! We made it through our most hectic holiday season ever! Thanks to everyone who made our first proper year on Mississippi Avenue a success! We're looking forward to an exciting new year of events, publishing projects, and fresh printed matter! 

We had a fantastic year of events! Some highlights include a Wildwood Imperium signing with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, I Am Not A Poet release party with Street Roots, Hip Mama and Rad Dad Relaunch Party, Lexicon Polaroid #3 Release Party, What Makes a Baby reading with Cory Silverberg, Harmonic Break Release Party with the von Trapps, The Magazine release party with The Doubleclicks, Incandescent Issue #6 release party, Derrick Brown and Greg Gerding reading, Dispatches Against Displacement reading with James Tracy, Curbside Splendor reading, The Wax Bullet War Veteran's Day reading, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, and Yumi Sakugawa triple header, and finally the Sub Pop USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology 1980-1988 release party with Bruce Pavitt and Calvin Johnson!

2014 also brought the launch of our dedicated exhibit space -- Minikin Gallery -- with shows by Annie Murphy (Symbology), Project Grow (Idols), Niko Courtelis, Eroyn Franklin, and Mark Searcy (Cut Here), Sean Tejaratchi (A is for Zebra), Chloe Eudaly (Your Hidden Skeleton), and Alicia Justus (Coloring is Fun), and we've got a full roster with a diverse range of artists and subjects lined up for 2015 starting off with Kinship Stories: Remembering Native North Portland by Peggy Ball-Morrill.

Last year through our sister project, Show & Tell Press, we reprinted Crap Hound #5: Hands, Hearts & Eyes and Crap Hound #8: Superstitions, as well as put a brand new book -- A is for Zebra: An Alphabet, Art & Activity Book -- and the 2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar (on our new LiarTownUSA imprint) both by Sean Tejaratchi. We also released this beautiful print by Lisa Brown called Summer Reading, as well as beautiful new Reading Frenzy prints, totes, and t-shirts designed by Mary Kate McDevitt. This year we'll be publishing a beautiful coloring book by Alicia Justus called Illuminating the Stars as well as the collected A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation that will include an interview with Joshua Chapman, plus reviews of all the aliens from the TNG movies, and we hope to finally reprint the very rare and long-awaited Crap Hound #2 & #3: Sex & Kitchen Gadgets! On LiarTownUSA we've got a postcard series coming out and we're already planning the next calendar for 2016. It might be Oh F__K These Light Houses, it might not be. Time will tell. 

Last but not least: come check out our newly expanded kid's, zines, and mini-comics sections! 

Always Be Reading,


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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!


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


Summer Reading

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


  • 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


Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms


  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko


  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald


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


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!

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Paper Chatter

Installation by Brittany Powell Parich and Tae Kitakata

Join us this 1st Friday for Paper Chatter by Brittany Powell and Tae Kitakata!  Paper Chatter. Conversation cut-outs.  Visual talks.  Brittany and Tae will be hanging words -- whole conversations of words -- at mouth-height.  Made of cut paper, the words will chat, respond, complain, comfort, shout, and ignore each other. The paper words are tangible, see-able conversations and visitors to the gallery can interact with the installation as if they themselves are speaking. Imagining, saving, and documenting what may otherwise be throw-away interactions.

About Tae:  My work varies between intricately cut paper and brightly colored wall paintings spanning twenty feet.  I like turning sketchbook doodles into reality and prefer simple processes with immediate results, like polaroids and drawing on paper.  The aesthetics of my personal space is always an important consideration that can deeply affect my creativity.  I find that ideas often dictate the media I use, but sometimes it's the other way around.

About Brittany:  In alphabetical order, the things that interest me are domestic items, the everyday, food, humor, Oregon, and products.  When I create my work, I look for the place where the mass-produced meets the personalized through the methods of inventorying, making products, and setting up environments.  My ways of working thus far range from rendering a Mexican restaurant in contact paper to recreating buildings in my hometown in cut-and-fold models to embroidering Ikea furniture assembly instructions onto a quilt.

About Low-Commitment Projects: During art school, our studios were connected by an open doorway.  We started as strangers, but for the first (and only) assignment of the two-year program, our instructor paired us together.  So began a back-and-forth of materials, ideas, and foods. Since school, we've both returned to our home states.  Hawaii and Oregon aren't exactly connected by a tele-transporter, so it is hard to keep up the co-generation of ideas.  That's where Low Commitment Projects comes in. Low-Commitment Projects provides us a chance to share concepts and schemes without a huge outlay of time, energy, or money.  These ventures are like the materialization of mental sketches; there's minimal risk because they're quick.


Upcoming Events


ACRL 2015 Zine Pavillion!

Oregon Convention Center

More information coming soon...

SUNDAY, APRIL 12th, 3pm

Rad American Women A-Z

Reading & Signing with Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

On the occasion of their 60th anniversary has published their first kid's book! Please join us to celebrate the release of Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History... and Our Future (City Lights, 2014) with author Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl! Children should have easy and plentiful access to books and to characters that reflect their own lives, their communities, and their interests. Rad American Women A-Zis diverse in many ways, including representations of women from different class, race, and geographical backgrounds, women of different sexualities, and abilities, from different times in our country's history. Children's books should also represent a diversity of life choices, and our book showcases a range of things that women can do -- flip through the pages and you'll find an actor, a judge, a scientist, a dancer, a community organizer, a pilot, a novelist, and more.

"I need 2 of these books, one to read to all the kids in my life and one to rip the illustrations out of so I can frame them! This MUST HAVE super fun read fills in the missing pieces in so many kids' (and grown-ups') educations. Couldn't recommend it enough." -- Kathleen Hanna, singer, Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin 

"I was totally in rapture reading this book. Bold women, bold colors, and fierce black paper cutouts. I cheer these histories of women who fight not for war or country or corporation, but for EVERYONE! I can't wait for my son to read this." -- Nikki McClure, Illustrator of All in a Day 


FRIDAY, APRIL 17th, 6pm

Intelligent Sentient

Art Exhibit and Book Release Party with Luke Ramsey

More info coming soon...


Linework NW Illustration & Comics Fest

Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.)

Come see us on Saturday at Linework NW! 

FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 6pm

Feminist Bookstore

Curated by Jennifer Armbrust & Michelle Blade
A dozen (or so) artists reimagine the covers of influential feminist tomes. Each artist will create a custom jacket for a book that has shaped their life, work, thinking or way of being. Drawing attention to role of feminist thinking in our practice, the exhibition celebrates the contribution of writers, theorists and intellectuals and invites viewers to engage not just with the art, but with the texts themselves. Both the artwork and the books will be on display and for sale.

Jennifer Armbrust is an artist and creative consultant living in Portland, Oregon. She holds a degree in Critical Theory from The Evergreen State College. A former gallerist (with Motel), she currently runs her own creative studio,

Michelle Blade is a visual artist. She received her MFA from the California College of the Arts and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

TUESDAY, MAY 26th, 7pm

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory and Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000

Reading and Signing with Stacy Wakefield and Ash Thayer

Join for a reading and signing with Stacy Wakefield and photographer Ash Thayer to celebrate the release of their respective books, both focussed on squatting in NYC in the 1990s.

The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory (Akashic Books, 2015) tells the story of Sid, a young woman who gets swept up in the 1990s squatting movement in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area that continues to deal with issues of gentrification today. Stacy Wakefield's own experiences add a lot of legitimacy to the novel -- she herself squatted in both New York City and Europe in the '80s and '90s, and the novel draws heavily from her own experiences and observations. She is probably best known for her seminal nonfiction book and underground classic Not For Rent, a compilation of interviews with women she met while living in squats -- one of whom eventually became the basis for the character of Sid in The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory. Stacy is also the cocreator, along with Nick Zinner of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs and writer Zachary Lipez, of the photo/essay book Please Take Me Off the Guest List.

Ash Thayer's Kill City (powerHouse Books, 2015) perfectly complements the themes of Stacy's novel. The book is a compilation of photographs she took while she, too, squatted in New York City in the 1990s. Few outsiders -- especially photographers and journalists --were allowed inside these squats due to their perilous legal standing, so Thayer's book provides a rare first-hand and intimate look at a largely undocumented movement and the lives of those involved in it.

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