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Alex Wrekk
  • 37, Female
  • Portland, Oregon
  • United States
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JULY is International Zine Month 2014! What are your plans?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by girlishboyish Jul 2.

July Is International Zine Month 2013!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by b stein Aug 8, 2013.

Portland Zine Symposium 2013!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Krissy PonyBoy Press Jun 3, 2013.


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Brainscan zine, Stolen Sharpie Revolution, Portland Button Works and zine distro

Alex Wrekk= DIY By Default

Hi, my name is Alex Wrekk and I have been making the zine Brainscan since 1997 and I have just completed issue #30! I have made several one-off zines like I'm A Wrekk, Birthdays & Christmas, Time Zones and Statelines, Fire Apparatus, and more. I also wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution.

I live in Portland, Oregon USA. I am an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium. I was an open hours staff volunteer at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) for many years. I am an organizer for the Portland Zine Symposium. I created a website with a Zine Event Calendar at StolenSharpieRevolution.org and started July is International Zine Month.

I make custom 1", 1.25" & 2.25" buttons at Portland Button Works and Zine Distro and shop. I also sell my my zines, & my own catalog button designs,  I also have an Etsy site for my items and I am a Team Leader for Etsy TeamZine.

I also like to ride my bike, garden, travel, play with photocopiers, drink and brew craft beer, play at home repair, and cook vegan food.

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Only a few days left to back the Stolen Sharpie Revolution Kickstarter! Have you backed it yet?

Happy Autumnal Equinox!This is just a quick note to remind you of the Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for Zines and Zine Culture (5th edition) Kickstarter that is going on now!  Since 2002 Stolen Sharpie Revolution has been the go-to resource for zines and zine culture. With over 21,000 copies in print, this book is poised to break the quarter-hundred-thousand copy barrier at least…See More
Alex Wrekk commented on Filka's group Showcase your Zine
"Hey there! I have made over 30 issues of my zine, Brainscan. The ones that are still in print are available in my Etsy shop here. Brainscan 31 is my newest.I'm also currently working on a Kickstarter campaign to to fund the 5th printing of my…"
Alex Wrekk commented on Alex Wrekk's group PDX Zinesters
"Hey Portland friends! The rain is back and I couldn't be happier! I'm working on  a kickstarter to fund the 5th printing of my book, Stolen Sharpie Revolution and I hope you might be interested in in: "
Alex Wrekk replied to Robin Layne's discussion Places to sell zines? in the group PDX Zinesters
"Portland Button Works 1322 North Killingsworth We'll take almost anything on consignment."
Alex Wrekk commented on lizzy / marching stars distro's group Distro Owners
"Hey Distro owners! I know some of you have carried my book, Stolen Sharpie Revolution in the past. I'm running a kickstarer campaign to fund the 5th printing. One of the rewards is a 10 pack for stores and distros. Maybe you might want to pick…"
Alex Wrekk commented on Paula Wirth's group Teaching Zines
"I hope this is OK to put here. I taught several workshops about zines but teaching isn't really my calling. However, I did write a book about zines that frequently gets used when teaching zines. I'm working on a kickstarter to raise funds…"
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Group for teachers and folks that like to help other people learn how to make zines. Share info about lesson plans, projects, workshops, classes, good resources and books, grants, and other teaching-related stuff.
Alex Wrekk joined Filka's group

Showcase your Zine

This is a space to invite everybody to show their zine off_Add pictures and descriptions_I am trying to get a better idea of what people put in their zines and why_Add links to website/blogs_Open up discussion on collaborations+++++++++++++See More

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Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition) Kickstarter Update!

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

We have 18 days to go and I wanted…


Stolen Sharpie Revolution tumblr giveaway!

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 8:30am 0 Comments

I'm doing a give away on tumblr. Here's the detail!

Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for zines and zine culture (5th Edition)…


Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition) Kickstarter

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Please help Kickstart the 5th edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution! Go here!

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At 2:40pm on June 11, 2014, Cheering and Waving Press said…

id love to get Brainscan #30 are you down to trade? (:

At 4:42pm on May 2, 2013, Jennifer Dao said…

I thought you might find this interesting. This is a perzine I did about a demonic experience I had that led me to Christianity. True story. I used to be on the borderlines of agnostic and atheist, and I was raised Buddhist, but this experience led me to God. 

It's a very short zine, I hope it qualifies as one. You can read the PDF form here: The%20Incubus%20a%20testimony.pdf

At 11:24am on December 1, 2012, Lubomyr Tymkiv said…

We invite you to take part in the First International Exhibition "ZINESHOW" in Ukraine. Participation is free. Any technique. Any theme and format. No return. Deadline: 15/04/2013. Exhibition on the blog http://zineshow.blogspot.com All works will be exhibited also in the gallery "tymutopiyapres" http://tymutopiyapres.blogspot.com is not a commercial gallery. Welcomed but not "necessarily" summary of your zine or about you or your creative work (this is necessary for further elucidation of the project and possible documentation). Zines for the exhibition please send air mail: "Zineshow" A/C 9875, Sadivnycha 19/1, 79038, Lviv, Ukraine. mailposht[.]gmail[.]com

At 2:32pm on March 5, 2012, Carlos Palacios Hidalgo said…

dont worry i can understand that youre busy at the moment,maybe another time :)

cheers :)

At 4:55pm on February 24, 2012, Carlos Palacios Hidalgo said…

hey :)

i got your package with the book,the zines and the taoe!!! thank you a lot!!!!!!!! everything just great! i wanna produce your tape on Cdr with my label!!!!!!!!!

and today came another package from you with the book again..you send it twice by mistake?? if so i wanna pay your for that book too

in other note: what about the article for my zine you got more time if you need it

drop me an email please


At 12:53pm on October 13, 2010, Stephanos said…
Oooh summer vacation pack, sounds good:) I'm glad I'm going to be offline for the remainder of the month, I've spent far too much on zines and music today!

How are you doing anyhoo?
At 6:31pm on August 25, 2010, Becky the Evil Flower said…

I just wanted to say that Stolen Sharpie Revolution rules. Without it I would never have made a zine, found this website and connected with the amazing people I have in the short time since I started making zines. Thank you so much.
At 6:00am on January 5, 2010, Bradley Adita said…
Zines, zines are good for your heart,
The more you read, the more you smart,
The more you smart, the better you feel,
So read your zines after every meal!
At 8:56pm on November 10, 2009, Clare Marshall said…
Hi Alex! I don't know if you remember me, but I'm the journalism student that interviewed you in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Just to let you know that that piece is going to air this Thursday night and will be up on the website (thefax.wordpress.com) later this week.

I want to thank you so much for being one of the two people that got me interested in zines! I didn't really know much about them before attending the fair in Halifax, but now I'm in the process of making my own! Yay! Thanks so much and I hope you come back to Halifax sometime soon! :)
At 1:36pm on October 16, 2009, AvantAfro said…
nice where can one buy the sharpie revo
-----on another spin i wanted to know who created the portland zine sym
poster -I am about to start a zine libray in my town, and what hack the poster to help my communicate about the zine library ---

HI my name is abdul dube ---my blog


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