Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Our Spring Has Come at Last

Spring 2014

What a strange past year we've had. We officially closed our doors at the end of February 2013 and quietly reopened them on November 1. In between we hosted multiple events despite our temporarily homeless status. Since reopening we've been slowly rebuilding our inventory and letting people know, as best we could, that we had resurfaced on Mississippi Avenue. North Portland has a different pace than downtown and we had moments when we wondered if it was the right fit for our quirky little shop. We're pleased to report that as the sun emerges more and more so do the people! We've been having fun getting to know our neighbors -- both residents and businesses -- and look forward to a busy summer. 

We're ramping up our events to a weekly (or more) schedule. Our gallery opens next month for the opening party for Linework NW and featuring work by Jim Woodring and Michael Deforge! Our sister project Show & Tell Press is set to release a couple titles by summer. And we'll have lovely new t-shirts, totes, and posters any day now! Sign up for our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to keep pace with all our goings on!

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New Arrivals!

Linework NW Special Guest Art Show and Reception for Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge

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Reading Frenzy is very excited to announce that we will be working in conjunction with Linework NW on their first annual comics and illustration festival happening this April! At our location, on NE Mississippi Ave, we will be hosting an opening reception for the convention as well as an art show for acclaimed illustrators, and special guests, Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. Reception will be held on Friday the 11th of April from 6-9pm and the art show will continue through the end of the month. There will also be original works, prints, and merchandise from both artists in store for sale during the time of the convention.


Linework NW's goal is to focus attention on the creators who work in a variety of creative mediums that share so much in common. The primary location for the fest will be held at Norse Hall (NE 11th and Couch) on the Saturday of April the 12th and it is completely free and open to the public.


Mondays aren't all bad! New Arrivals in Store Now!

She Shreds and Tom Tom: Musical Inspiration and a Whole 'Lotta Bad Ass Women!

If you know any musical ladies, or if you are looking for inspiration yourself, your search for the perfect magazines has come to an epic conclusion! She Shreds and Tom Tom are the perfect companion for any mademoiselle who wields an axe, bass, or who can bang it out on a drum kit. Both of these publications feature interviews, record reviews, cool articles about lady musicians and sheet music to follow. Even for those of us who are not musically gifted, like yours truly, these issues make for fantastic reads. Moreover, the photography contained within each is stunning and powerful

We are carrying the most recent issues of each (as well as the third back issue of She Shreds) so, come on down and get it!

Shanna Matuszak

Frenzy Devotee 

A Launch, and A Re-Launch

Hello fellow devotees! Have you been coming to check out the events hosted in our new location on N. Mississippi? If not, you are most certainly missing out! This past Thursday was our first Print Fancy since reopening.  Some of our favorite local comic and zine makers entertained a packed store with readings from their handmade works. If you did not make it down, fear not! We will definitely be scheduling more Print Fancies in the future. In the meantime, we have a bunch of events on the horizon happening soon!

Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7:00pm:  We are so proud to host the I AM NOT A POET launch party this upcoming week! From Street Roots, Portland's largest, non-profit newspaper supporting social advocacy, I Am Not a Poet offers a view at a life often overlooked. This anthology, 15 years in the making, is a collection of poetry from the perspective from people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Portland.  Please join us at our new location for the launch of this book. 

Sunday, March 2nd at 4:00pm: Hip Mama and Rad Dad are making their much anticipated return! Join us in store for reading, a chance to mix and mingle, and Q&A with the Raddest Dad of them all, Thomas Moniz! We already have the newest issue of Hip Mama on our shelves, so if you feel as though you cannot wait until the re-launch party, come and get it! 

These two happenings are only a sample of what we have coming up. Check back weekly for updates, more info, and new events.

Shanna Matuszak
Frenzy Devotee 

Imported for your Pleasure



During our down time this summer we set out on a very specific mission: to get fresh, new books into the store and,  into your mits. Our proprietress took a trip over the pond, and guessed it, she was looking out for us all. We now have a growing collection of new European publications ready to be purchased and savored. The every item in this new crop of imports is most definitely worth coming by the shop and peeking at, but a few of my personal favorites are as follows:

HOME, published by Delebile,  is an anthology set around the theme, of well, home. Expertly curated and total eyeball candy, this book contains work from Sam Alden, Ugo Schiesaro, and Micey Zacchilli as well as a gaggle of other talented artists. One feature that completely sets this imported gem aside from its brethren is that it comes with translation booklet, so even if you do not fluently read Italian like the rest of us smarties, you will not miss out on any of the stories.

Ten Steps Until Nothing, published by Teiera, is another anthology loaded with a beautiful collection of  comics and visual narratives. If you are looking for a book that contains artists that perhaps you might not be acquainted with, this title should most definitely be on your shopping list.

  31 July, 1992: The Day Your Father Left, independently published by Sarah Mazzetti, is one part poster and one part folded comic. This publication folds out, similar to a map, and is proper to keep as reading material or hung on a wall. The photo below does not do this zine justice! 

It feels so great to be back in business and to be able to fill out our new space with fresh material one might be hard pressed to find anywhere else.  If you have not wondered over to our new location on N Mississippi, bring over your bones! Come so that we my get reacquainted!

-- Shanna Matuszak
Frenzy Devotee 

A Packed House For Rookie Yearbook

The Q Center's capacity was certainly tested this past Friday as we played proud hosts for the Rookie Yearbook Two book release and signing. Over 100 attendees packed in tight and cuddled up close to listen to writer/editor/girl wonder Tavi Gevinson speak, answer questions, and sign her newest book. Tavi, who is currently in the midst of her final year of high school, was as congenial as she was consummately charming. The book itself is busting at the binding with favorite rookie entries from the web as well as brand new content. If you have not already, I strongly encourage you the peep for more information, thrice daily posts, and fashion inspiration for both young girls and girls young at heart. If you were unable to make it to the signing, Tavi graciously left a few signed copies at our store. But, I do encourage you to hurry if you would like to wrap your hands around a copy, they are going with the quicknss!

This was the first book signing we have hosted since reopening shop just over a week ago and it could not have been more of a success. Thank you to everyone who was involved and attended. We look forward to hosting more happenings in the upcoming weeks, including our Grand Reopening Party this Thursday, November 14th, 7pm-9pm!

Hope to see you there!

Shanna Matuszak

Frenzy Devotee
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Linework NW Opening Party & Exhibit

with Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge!

We are very pleased to be hosting the opening party for Linework NWincluding an exhibit featuring the work of Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge in our new gallery space!

One of the all time greats of American cartooning and a legendary figure in Pacific Northwest arts, Jim Woodring is an accomplished illustrator and oil painter. He is best known for his surreal comic series JIM, from which sprang the iconic character Frank. You may also know him from his quest to create a giant, functional pen nib, which he'll be bringing to Linework NW!

Michael DeForge is a Canadian comic book artist and illustrator. A prolific artist and writer, his work includes the comic book series LOSE and the collection Very Casual, (Koyama Press), Ant Colony (Drawn & Quarterly) and a wide-ranging series of webcomics. His illustrations have appeared in publications such the New York Times, The Believer, Pitchfork Magazine, The Stranger, and many more. Michael is also a designer & storyboard artist on the popular animated show Adventure Time.

Original works, prints, books, and other merchandise from both artists will be available. Show runs thru April.


Upcoming Events


Harmonic Break Comic Release Party

With the von Trapps!

Join us for an unusually musical comic-book release party featuring a live performance by the von Trapps! 

We all know and love the story of the von Trapps from the Sound of Music. That remarkable familyís creative adventures continue today with the current generation of von Trapp sibling musicians, Melanie, Amanda, Sofia, and August, who recently released an album with Portland lounge legends Pink Martini. Comics enthusiast August von Trapp has written a time-bending adventure minicomic to accompany the release of Dream a Little Dream called Harmonic Break.

This limited edition release features short stories written by August and drawn by an incredible team of comics artists, including Ethan Nicolle (Axe Cop), Jeff McComsey (Mother Russia). Chris Grine (Chickenhare), Thien Pham (Sumo), and Zak Kinsella, and tells a fantastic story about the four singing siblings who are whisked away from a performance by a temporal rift and dropped into different times and places in history.

This event is free and all ages!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th, 6:30pm

The Magazine: The Bookwarming!

With Glenn Fleishman and friends

Join us to celebrate the release of The Magazine: for curious people's first book! Editor Glenn Fleishman will join us along with a number of Portland based contributors, plus the Doubleclicks will be making a special appearance!

The Magazine is a subscriber-supported, independently produced bi-weekly electronic periodical that comes out every other Thursday. Topics range from pinhole lenses for digital cameras to a daughter coping with the obsolete computing technology left behind when her father died to the best way to make tea and coffee. We look at technology very broadly: the tools we use and how they affect our lives.

Glenn Fleishman is a Seattle-based technology journalist, and two-time winner on Jeopardy! He's the editor and publisher of The Magazine, host The New Disruptors podcast, a contributor to the Economist's Babbage blog andBoing Boing, and editor and programmer of TidBITS. He does not sleep.


A Book Fair at the Museum

Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave)

More info coming soon...

FRIDAY, JUNE 13th, 5pm

Queer Lit Happy Hour

At Bridgeport Brewing Pub (1318 NW Northrup)

Join some of the Northwest's top LGBTQ writers & publishers for this one of a kind happy hour! Featuring: 

  • Tom Spanbauer, author, I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books), and founder of Dangerous Writers
  • Lidia Yuknavitch, author, The Chronology of Water & Dora: a Head Case (Hawthorne Books)
  • Cathy Camper, author, Low Riders in Space, reviewer Lambda Literary
  • Chloe Eudaly, writer, publisher, gallerist, and bookseller, Reading Frenzy 

Come early to mix and mingle with hosted appetizers and free beer to the first 100 people in the door (there will also be a full bar available).

Door prizes from Reading Frenzy, Tom Spanbauer, Sage-Ink Custom Tattoo and more TBA.

This is event is free. 21+ w/ ID.

Bridgeport Brewery's Heritage Room (up the stairs and to the left, past the bar)

FRIDAY, JULY 4th, 6pm

The Art of Zines

1st Friday at Reading Frenzy

More info coming soon...


Mississippi Avenue Street Fair!

More info coming soon...

SUNDAY, JULY 13th, 3pm

Emily's Blue Period

Reading and Signing with illustrator Lisa Brown!

More info coming soon...

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