March 07, 2014: 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!
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.
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
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
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 Rookiemag.com 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 MatuszakFrenzy Devotee
I recently had a chance to
sit down with T. Edward Bak and speak to him about his newly published graphic novel Island of Memory. No matter how well intended I was to have a serious Q
and A, I was immediately disarmed by Bak' s intelligence, dedicated knowledge,
and clear explanation of the history behind his new work. The first book in the WILD MAN series, Island
of Memory follows the story of naturalist Georg Steller and his experiences with the
Second Kamchatka Expedition during the 18th century. The composition, beautiful
in its own right, is underscored by the meticulous research put into it. Simply
put, Bak' s work hits home on two fronts: aesthetic and intellectual.
Island of Memory is an
exceptional story filled with vivid depictions of people that lived long ago.
Bak does a phenomenal job humanizing historical figures while still preserving
the fact that they actually existed. It was incredibly easy for me to devour
the entire story in one sitting because, frankly, it was too beautiful to put
down. The richness of the artwork along with beautifully crafted storytelling
make this first volume a great introduction to the WILD MAN series.
Looking to get your hands on a copy? Listed below are a few ways to capture the WILD MAN!
- T. Edward Bak will be having a book release and signing October 3rd at Floating World Comics from 6-10pm.
- Island of Memory is also available for preorder through Floating World Comics and will ship in November.
- WILD MAN Research + Lecture Series KickStarter has some awesome rewards, including a signed copy and original artwork.