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October 2015

Dear Readers,

Just a quick update before I dash off to start shipping our 1000+ 2016 Apple Cabin Calendar pre-orders and prepare for tonight's Illuminating the Stars Coloring Book Release party! 

October may look a little quiet from the outside -- we're taking a little hiatus from events but that's because we are working on a couple exciting new projects and getting ready for the holidays! We're also hitting the road twice this month for the Olympia Zine Fest and Seattle's Short Run Comix & Arts Festival -- come say hi! We'll be peddling our own Show & Tell titles: Crap Hound, A is for Zebra, Illuminating the Stars, and 2016 Apple Cabin Calendar as well as a selection of our Portland faves! 

Thank you for helping to make 2015 our best year ever and keep your eyes peeled for some exciting updates...

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The Ledger

One Flaming Arrow: An Inter-Tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film Festival

June 01, 2015: One Flaming Arrowis an Inter-tribal, Indigenous Art, Music & Film festival happening from June 2nd-14th of 2015 in various venues throughout Portland, Oregon. One Flaming Arrow emerged as a collaboration between local business entrepreneur, Carlee Smith and the artist collective RISE: Radical, Indigenous, Survivance, & Empowerment's Demian Din Yazh (Din) and Kaila Farrell-Smith (Klamath-Modoc). In autumn 2014 the One Flaming Arrow collaborative came together through a collective desire to bring a platform for contemporary Indigenous art to the inter-tribal urban-Native communities of the Portland area and the project was selected as a 2014 Precipice Fund Grant awardee from Portland Institute of Contemporary Art with support from the Callagram Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. One Flaming Arrow's aim is to inspire the rural, reservation, and urban Indigenous communities: Chinook, Multnomah, Warm Springs, Yakima, Grand Ronde, Klamath, Modoc, Coos, Coquille, through interactive, intellectually stimulating examples of Survivance via-contemporary arts.

More information and schedule here:

New Arrivals and Restocks: May 2015


  • Character Design Now: Effective Characters in Advertising
  • Letter Press: A New Trend in Letter Press by Miki Usui 
  • Taxidermy Art by Robert Marbury 
  • Comic Mix Design
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Girly Design Idea
  • Maja Isola: Art, Fabric, Marimekko
  • Myopia by Mark Mothersbaugh


  • The Indie Rock Coloring Book by Yellow Bird Project, Andy J. Miller
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly by Trina Dalziel
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf 
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Hell Yeah: Best Colouring Book in Sports Entertainment by Various artists 
  • More Than A Woman: Shading Through the Women of Hip Hop 
  • Osiris by Mike Coley, Nick Alston
  • The Magic Book of Nightmares by Mike Coley


  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • This is Cezanne by Jorella Andrews, Patrick Vale
  • This is Matisse by Catherine Ingram, Agnes Decourchelle 
  • This is Van Gogh by George Roddam, Slawa Harasymowicz
  • Hip Hop Family Tree Volumes 1 & 2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set by Ed Piskor
  • Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud 
  • Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp
  • Marbles by Ellen Forney 
  • Here by Richard McGuire
  • The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann, Kerascoet 
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
  • Black River by Josh Simmons
  • Pablo by Julie Birmant, Clement Oubrerie
  • Beyond the Surface by Nicolas Andre
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
  • Jim: Jim Woodring's Notorious Autojournal by Jim Woodring
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
  • Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast 
  • The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple
  • Syllabus: Notes from An Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
  • What It Is by Lynda Barry
  • Showa 1926-1939: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson
  • Showa 1939-1944: History of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki and Zack Davisson


  • Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki 
  • The Graphic Canon of Children's Literature by Russ Kick
  • Amazing Animals: A Collection of Creatures Great & Small by Quarto Press 
  • Beautiful Beasts: A Collection of Creatures Past & Present by Quarto Press
  • Welcome to Mamoko by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska 
  • The World of Mamoko: In the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska, Daniel Mizielinska
  • Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story by John & Jana
  • Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, Kris Di Giacomo
  • The Wild Piano by Fred
  • Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgel 
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
  • Benny's Brigade by Lisa Hanawalt & Arthur Bradford 
  • Moomin's Desert Island by Tove Jansson 
  • Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2- Tove Jansson 
  • Who Will Comfort Toffle? by Tove Jansson
  • Star Trek: Book of Opposites by David Borgenicht 
  • Animus by Seonna Hong


  • Fluke Fanzine #12
  • Pitchfork Review #4 and #5


  • Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders
  • CarSick by John Waters
  • Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout! Records by Kevin Prested
  • This Planet is Doomed by Sun Ra
  • Love Not Given Lightly by Tina Horn
  • Your Life is a Book: How To Craft & Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson, Sarah Jane

Jessica Hopper at Reading Frenzy/Beacon Sound!

May 13, 2015: The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

We're excited to welcome Jessica Hopper and hear her read from her book on Sunday May 18, at Beacon Sound (3636 N. Mississippi Ave). The show is free and all ages are welcome! A record shop will be the perfect setting for Hopper's talents.

Jessica Hopper, a senior editor at Pitchfork, has been tackling music and culture for over a decade. A sizable chunk of her work has been collected and published in a new book of essays,The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic. 

Hopper has made more than a few waves in the past decade detailing the not-so-subtle sexism in the emo music scene and by examining the accusations of abuse made against R.Kelly. Feminism is more than an undercurrent in Hopper's work. Her essays offer sharp and entertaining insight any discerning music buff will appreciate. Hopper's approach to criticism is nuanced and discerning because she herself holds it in such high regard. In a new interview with Willamette Week Hooper said "We're so nostalgic about music and what it means to us. It's more influential to culture than almost anything, if we're talking about books and movies. It helps us orient ourselves in the world, gives us a sense of identity when we're young."  The full interview is here and is a great introduction to Hopper's work. 

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!

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Haunted Houses

Group Exhibit by the artists of Project Grow

We're so excited to present our second annual event with the fantastic artists at Project Grow! This year's theme is haunted houses. 

More info coming soon...


Illuminating the Stars Book Release and Coloring Party!

With Alicia Justus!

Come celebrate the release of Illuminating the Stars Coloring Book with Alicia Justus! Jacob Balcom will provide the tunes, you'll provide the coloring, and we'll toast the stars with champagne punch! 

Illuminating the Stars features 34 beautifully drawn portraits of famous and forgotten stars of early Hollywood.Alicia Justus is a self-taught artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. Her work hearkens back to other eras from the gilded age to the great depression. In addition to creating the exquisite pen & ink drawings collected in this volume, Alicia also paints, sews, beads, sculpts, and self-publishes! We've been proudly showing her work and peddling her wares at Reading Frenzy for over a decade and we figured it's high time we share her with the rest of the world!

For the past three years Alicia and her boyfriend, Jacob Balcom, have been hosting Record/Coloring nights at local cocktail bars, and inviting friends and fans to to while away the evening sipping cocktails and coloring pretty pictures of mostly early golden era Hollywood film stars.


Upcoming Events


The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement

Reading and Signing with Michael Alexander Gould-Wartofsky

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