Since 2000, the Portland Zine Symposium has celebrated the DIY culture of zine-making, gathering thousands of artists, writers, and readers for a weekend of workshops, exhibitions, and panels. But after marking its 15th anniversary in 2015, organizers brought on a new, young team of organizers to usher in a modern era. The result? This July, for the first time, people of color and those who are trans or nonbinary will dominate the two-and-a-half day exhibition. Among more than 100 zines on display, here are three to peruse.
Leen Zine #5
Eileen Chavez is a queer nonbinary Latinx whose series offers “winding narratives and themes,” meditations on any given moment. Chavez also designed the symposium’s newest logo art.
Con Las Dos Manos (With Both Hands)
Self-taught Chicana-Latinx artist Emilly Giselle Prado, whose work has appeared in numerous local publications, often focuses on “stories of marginalized communities in music, culture, activism and art.”
Stresses and Dresses: Tiny Moments While Transitioning
A queer nonbinary Asian Pacific Island-Filipinx artist, Marty Guerrero uses digitized, gaming-style animation as a lens to discuss intensely personal subjects.