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.
September 17, 2013: SO many happenings and going-ons! Readers, you must forgive me as I play catch-up with our blog. There is certainly much to talk about and as preparation intensifies on our new NE Portland storefront, we recently had the opportunity to host our first art opening in our new location. Letterfirm, a group exhibition of expressive typography, opened August 20th and ran through the 27th. This show, expertly curated by Ian Lynam in association with TypeCon, featured the creatively diverse works of 23 internationally recognized graphic designers and typographers leading the industry both professionally and artistically. If you were not able to attend the opening or exhibition, I have included pictures below as well as links to all participating artists.
We were definitely excited to open our doors again for this beautiful collection of artists and designers. This show utilized the entire store retail space, but in the future we look forward to hosting shows in our gallery space located within the new Frenzy. Our official store opening date is October 4th. So, come on or after for your opportunity to see what we have been up to and experience a taste of the new Reading Frenzy.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
September 15, 2013: The 13th Annual Zine Symposium was a complete success! From a business perspective, having the opportunity to reconnect with past Frenzy guests and forge new relationships was exciting. With all of the preparation for our reopening on October 4th it most certainly felt empowering to generate new interest in the store. The event as a whole was a veritable cornucopia of information, workshops, panels, and beautifully handcrafted products. For what once was a tiny, homegrown convention, this event now attracts people from all over the West Coast and beyond. For those not able to attend, I have taken a couple of photos so you can live vicariously through our escapades!
February 01, 2013: You may have heard that Reading Frenzy will be closing our Oak Street location -- February 14 is our last official day of business in our current space. But never fear -- we have found a new location and are in the final throes of lease negotiations! We hope to make an official announcement next week! While we are sad to leave our longtime home, we are so excited about our new space, which will allow us to more than double our retail space, have a devoted gallery area, hold bigger events, and offer workshops (among many other exciting developments)!
We are suspending consignment as of February 1, as we will be closed for about six weeks. We will be mailing checks due from the February pull but returns will not be available until we reopen in April. Current consignors are welcome to pick up items early if this is a problem or concern. If you already have returns waiting now is the time to pick it up. Anything left here prior to August 15th, 2012 is going to be considered a donation and given away (as per our longtime consignment agreement). We hate to do this, but we are looking forward to a fresh start in our new space and that's not going to include continuing to store hundreds of unclaimed consignment items.
More info coming soon!