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Alex Wrekk
  • 39, Female
  • Portland, Oregon
  • United States
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July is International Zine Month 2015!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Billy Da Bunny Sep 30, 2015.

JULY is International Zine Month 2014! What are your plans?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by girlishboyish Jul 2, 2014.

July Is International Zine Month 2013!
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Interview with IZM Founder Alex Wrekk

Originally posted on Zine Nation:
In commemoration of International Zine Month 2015, we did a quick email interview with founder Alex Wrekk. Besides being the original force behind IZM, Alex is a well-known and well regarded zinester who publishes Stolen…

The 2015 LA zine fest was a blast, our DIY Buffy the Vampire Slayer tour was pretty rad, and pdxcarpet is a thing

Did you know the Portland airport carpet is a thing? It’s totally a thing. It’s a thing on Instagram so it must be a thing! I may not have been born in Oregon but my mother swears that the raised … Continue reading

Hello February!

There’s only a few days left of the Stolen Sharpie Revolution blog tour! Go here and read along or register to win a free copy! This month I hope to get review copies of SSR out as well as out … Continue reading

Stolen Sharpie Revolution is on tour! A blog tour!

Hey! I’m going on a blog tour with the Stolen Sharpie Revolution book! There will be reviews, interviews, and giveaways! Please check out these blogs on these dates for more info! January 17th The Book Adventures of Emily January 20th Crafty … Continue reading

Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition!) Is back from the printer!

After a successfully funded kickstarter the new edition of Stolen Sharpie Revolution has returned from the printer! It is available direct from the Portland Button Works Etsy shop and the Portland Button Works website as well as Pioneers Press, Powell’s … Continue reading

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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Alida Bevirt replied to Alex Wrekk's discussion Zine event organizers unconference (we really need a better name for this)
"Hey Alex, I'd be interested in something like this in the future (an event where organizers can compare notes). Currently I'm pulling together a zine fest in Eugene OR, that I'm hoping will compliment other events like the Portland…"
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PDX Zinesters

For Zinesters of Portland, Oregon USA. We can talk about upcoming events or if Stan (the photocopier at the IPRC) os on the fritz again!
Alida Bevirt joined Alex Wrekk's group

Zine Event Organizers

Do you organize a zine event? A zine picnic? zine readings or a zine fest/symposium/gala/etc? This group is for you!Talk to other zine organizers about workshop, promotions, fundraising, getting event space, etc.See More
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PDX Zinesters

For Zinesters of Portland, Oregon USA. We can talk about upcoming events or if Stan (the photocopier at the IPRC) os on the fritz again!
Jul 7
Sarra F joined Alex Wrekk's group

over 30 and still at it...

A group for those 30 years and over that are still printing and reading zines.
Jul 7
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over 30 and still at it...

A group for those 30 years and over that are still printing and reading zines.
Jun 29
Synthia Nicole commented on Alex Wrekk's group over 30 and still at it...
"Registration is open thru June 30th!"
Jun 26
fishspit commented on Alex Wrekk's group Cascadia ZIne Coalition
"Cute!  a split zine by serena "aika" pruess and fishspit! All things cute!  love trades . . . contact me on here or at 1304 175th Pl. NE, Bellevue WA 98008 (I adore mail!) or contact serena on here or at…"
May 19

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Stolen Sharpie Revolution (5th edition) Kickstarter has less than 60 hours left!

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 11:26am 0 Comments

Stolen Sharpie Revolution: a DIY Resource for zines and zine culture (5th Edition) Kickstarter is less than 60 hours to completion! 

We have made our $6,000 goal with 4 days to spare! I’m not feeling completely proactive about setting a stretch goal, but here’s the thing. As of now There is enough for all the rewards and to print 4,000…


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)…


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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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