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It's been a while since we've been on here, but we're excited to be back! And we wanted to spread the word that we're looking for poster art for the 2014 Portland Zine Symposium. The deadline is a week away, so send us your ideas soon!


The Portland Zine Symposium is looking for art submissions for the 2014 poster. Please read the whole post as our Art Call has changed a bit this year.

This year’s theme is “Portland Zine Symposium 2014: Entry Points – Do you remember your first trip to Planet Zine?

Our theme this year is a meditation on how we (zinesters) were introduced to zines for the very first time.

Your illustration should be a creative interpretation of this theme.

Helpful Hints:

Interpretation: “Entry Points” can be seen as both, the literal introduction to zines in our personal lives (for example: that one friend who happened to lend you a zine that one time when you were thirteen,) AND in terms of a meteorite, or other heavenly body’s atmospheric entry into “Planet Zine.”

Inspiration: Think 1950’s pulp science fiction films and novels, B-movies, giant robots, Martians, astronomy atlases, or David Bowie. Get creative with it!

This year we are doing things slightly different; instead of requiring artists to create a full mock-up of the poster,we’re soliciting sketches and concepts. You don’t have to completely finish the project, just show us something preliminary, and if the PZS organizing committee likes your idea, we’ll choose you.

Also, please send us a link to a your website, if you have one or several other samples of your work (jpgs.)

We encourage artists to use any medium or style.

Info to consider when creating your submission:

We strongly prefer that the chosen artist is able to assist us, after we’ve chosen the artwork, in the process of transferring (resizing / cropping / etc) the image multiple mediums.

The formatting guidelines are simple:

We are looking for a 11” wide x 17” tall poster that will also be used in other formats(the website, post cards, buttons, stickers, etc), so your design needs to be visible and striking at multiple sizes and resolutions (or have smaller, breakaway pieces).

Only 3 colors! The design will eventually be silk screened / screen printed onto t-shirts, so limit your colors to black, white and one other color.

Your design should include (or be able to include once all details are finalized) the following:

The Theme -“Portland Zine Symposium 2014: Entry Points – Do you remember your first trip to Planet Zine?”

The Dates – TBA (for now)

The Place – Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Blvd

The Website - www.portlandzinesymposium.org

“14th Annual Portland Zine Symposium” and the year “2014”

” Celebrating & Supporting Small Press & DIY Culture Since 2001.”

Submission deadline is November 15th.

Submissions can be emailed to pdxzines@gmail.com (most strongly preferred) or mailed (1322 N Killingsworth Portland, Oregon 97217).

We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

In Zine Solidarity,

The PZS organizers

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