Please check out our Shoppe. The only items currently available for mail order are listed there. We do not conduct mail orders by phone, so please e-mail us with any questions.
JOB OPENINGS & VOLUNTEERING
Reading Frenzy has a long history of volunteer support. Currently, six shifts are covered by volunteers, the rest by paid staff. The paid staff positions are always filled from our pool of volunteers. We don't and won't have any paid positions available for the foreseeable future.
Volunteer shifts occasionally open up, but we only take applications when we're actively looking to fill a shift. Please check our blog for any recent announcements -- if we're looking there will be a post on the front page of our website. Volunteer shifts are weekly 3-4 hour shifts, either opening (Mon-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 12pm-3pm) or closing (Mon-Sat 3pm-7pm, Sun 3pm-6pm). We're interested in volunteers who have retail experience, are reliable and responsible, are involved in (or are extremely enthusiastic about) small press, self-publishing, creative writing, and/or comics, and who can make a minimum 6-month commitment. When applying for a volunteer position please include your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in Reading Frenzy and independent publishing/press in general.
Volunteers receive a staff discount, free IPRC membership, and other perks. They also receive potentially valuable work/professional experience. Many of our past volunteers have gone on to work for Powell's, Portland Mercury and other publishing/media related ventures. It's also a great way to immerse yourself in small press, learn about the local publishing community, and meet fellow enthusiasts!
CONSIGNMENT & DIRECT ORDERS?
Reading Frenzy is not accepting submissions or consignment at this time. We will be resuming these activities when we relaunch in our new space. Reading Frenzy takes any locally self-published magazine, zine, journal, chapbook, book or comic (that the law allows!) on a consignment basis. Come by Thursday-Saturday 11am-7pm with 5-10 copies of your title and we'll set up an account for you. All other items, i.e. t-shirts, posters, cards, etc. are handpicked for the shop. Please provide a line sheet or catalog with images, descriptions, and pricing for consideration. Please do not leave samples you want back. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive we only follow up on items we're interested in carrying.
If you're not local, please send a sample copy or catalog. Make sure and include contact info, cover price and any distributors you use. If we think your title is a good fit and it is not available through a distributor we work with, we will contact you to place an order. Due to the volume of inquiries we receive we only follow up on titles we're interested in carrying.
Our terms are standard: we pay 60% of the cover price (50% on non-printed and bound matter), about 90 days from receipt. Payments and/or returns are ready for pick up on or around the 15th of the month following the 90 day consignment period. Payment by check, PayPal or store credit (you get an extra 5% in credit!) is available.
Reading Frenzy hosts two big annual group shows in February (Valentine's Invitational) and December (Cheap Arts & Crafts Bazaar), the remaining months feature solo exhibits and small, thematic group shows. We are typically booked three to six months in advance. If you're interested in showing your work here, please submit at least 6 images of your work, as well as a written description, proposal and resume. We feature unknown, emerging and established artists. We're partial to comics, graphic art, street, pop and political art. We've also been known to show interesting collections -- mac & cheese boxes, found poloroids, etc.
We host a handful of monthly literary events. Our in-store capacity is small -- around 50 -- but we can accommodate bigger events at other venues. If you're interested in setting up an event with us, please send us a copy of your publication, along with contact and tour info. We suggest booking two to three months in advance.
NOT OUR CUP OF TEA
Reading Frenzy is devoted to independent media and art. Our main focus is on progressive and radical politics, independent art and culture, D.I.Y., and comics. As a general rule we are not terribly interested in science fiction, horror, fantasy, new age, self help, sports, or religion. There are rare exceptions. You have been warned.
If you'd like to get in contact with us, you have a few options, but before you do, please check out our FAQ to the left, maybe we've already answered your question. There are only so many hours in the day, and frankly there are not enough of them to answer every query we receive. So please, read up before you write us! Specifically, please DO NOT contact us about the availability of back issues of Crap Hound. If it's available it's on the Trading Post. If it's not, you'll have to wait. If you want to be the first on your block to find out when a new issue is released, please sign up for the appropriate mailing list on our front page.