Get to Know Your Zinester: Portland Button Works

Describe your work in two sentences or less.

I’ve been writing the zine Brainscan since 1997, published the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY Zine Resource, and sing in the zine themed band The Copy Scams. In 2012 I started Portland Button Works and zine distro, an online and brick and mortar shop in Portland, Oregon that sells zines, books, and make custom pinback buttons.

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?
In my mail box and in the Portland Button Works shop!

What are you working on for the Fest this year?
I hope to have a new issue of Brainscan and possible a new printing of Stolen Sharpie Revolution and of course lots of new zines in the distro.

How did you get involved in making zines?
I read zines in the early 90s while living in Salt Lake City, Utah. At some point I though “hey! I can make one of these!” and spent time in my high school graphics class doodling and making lists.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?
Seeing all my friends and getting out of the gloomy Portland February.

Check out Portland Button Works!

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