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Welcome to summer. As you know, July is International Zine Month and we're celebrating. We're bringing on a bunch of new zines and replenishing a lot of old favorites with the end goal of: more zines than ever before. Exciting. We got our first zine for kids and our first zine in Spanish, both of which we're very happy about. The 24 Hour Zine Challenge is on its way and in a month we'll be spreading out most our wares at the 13th annual Portland Zine Symposium. A lot going on and a lot to look forward to.

 

New

The story of living in a haunted house with a dead pony in the barn and an upstairs full of dog poop before moving into a cabin off-the-grid and moving out right before the first snow.
Kate Berube Greeting Card Set- Kate Berube (Paper Goods) ($16)
Five cards from Portland illustrator Kate Berube. Fun, cute, and able to apply to most occasions. For the kid in all of us.
No Biggie City #1- Jefferson/Various artists (Zine) ($3)
Issue #1 of this new Olympia music zine features an interview with Queer Rock Camp, a piece on the band Dogjaw, wonderful art by Camille McCarthy of Sharkpact, and an somuch more!
A Spanish version of Think it Over: An Introduction to the IWW, an easy to understand guide to the principles of this long-running labor organization.
Romantic Feelings- Self Titled (Cassette) ($5) 
Luscious pop landscapes with surfy canopies. Dubbed on swanky yellow cassettes, Emo skips algebra & goes to the beach.
Using his real life experiences on and off game shows as the basis for this engrossing collection of essays, Taken for a Ride is part perzine and part pop culture analysis.
Our very first zine for kids! But really, I think it's for everybody. Put together by Portland illustrator Kate Berube.
The first issue of Tater Totter, the awesomely fun zine for kids. Comics, games, silly poems, and stories.
Vinyl records, radio culture, and a love for all things oddball come together for this issue ofTurntable Operator.
Five song EP from Olympia's We Play Quiet. Melancholic, fuzzy pop punk.

Restocked
*Basic Paper Airplane #4- Joshua James Amberson (Zine) ($3)
*Basic Paper Airplane #5- Joshua James Amberson (Zine) ($2)
 
News
*In August our own Joshua James will be hosting the Northwest Literary Showcase at K Records' annual Helsing Junction Sleepover festival! Tons of great writers on board for this one.
*Some Olympia friends are turning the long-running New Moon Cafe into a collectively-owned cafe, which is going to be awesome. They are fundraising to make this a reality and we highly encourage people to donate.
*Speaking of collectively-owned organizations, our friends here in Portland are in the process of starting a collectively-owned pub and are hosting a family-friendly fundraiser later this month.
*Our buddy Elisa Hough made an awesome radio documentary for L.A.'s KPFK programFeminist Magazine. Definitely worth checking out.
*Another fundraiser we highly encourage you to donate to is the Rad Dad relaunch project, which will bring the long-running Rad Dad zine onto magazine racks and open up this great publication to a way bigger audience, in a way that's ethical and inclusive (As in, not selling their soul to big publishers).
*Kendl Winter has a feature article (written by our own Joshua James) in the July issue of Performer Magazine.
*Corespondents has a new video for their song "Manifest Destiny's Child" (from their excellent Land of the Low People album). The video is part of Seattle dancer Ezra Dickinson's piece Mother For You I Made This, which is is aimed at activating a conversation about failures in the mental health care system.
*Upside Drown's Mood Music album was reviewed on the Half Gifts blog.
*An article about Ruby Pins was recently on East Bay Express and a video from M'Lady's Records' 6th anniversary party, with Ruby Pins, is on Mondo Nation.
*Big congrats to the Independent Publishing Resource Center's recent 15th anniversary! The party for it was a lot of fun and their anniversary was written up in the Portland Mercury.
*There's a couple cute new videos from some of our Olympia old time music friends. One for the Pine Hearts' song "Last Man Standing" and one for The Lowest Pair's song "Rosie."
*Markly Morrison, of Skrill Meadow and Lake, was recently interviewed in Impose Magazine.
*Olympia performance art experimental pop friends, Hot Fruit, were recently interviewed onAlibi.
*Portland's own Natasha Kmeto's album dropped a few weeks ago and got mentions (on the day of its release alone!) on Rookie, Refinery29, FACT, xlr8r, Dummy, Pigeons & Planes, and more.
*Our pal Charlie Zaillian did a piece on They Might Be Giants for the Seattle Times.
*We had some words about Cometbus #55 for L.A. Zine Fest's zine recommendationfeature.
*The aforementioned International Zine Month comes with fun daily activities, so check it out and participate! Also, if you ask us, we'll send you a printed copy of the day-by-day activities.
*And finally, congrats to our good friends at Herbivore Botanicals on their recent wedding!
Until next month,
 
Joshua James & Chask'e
Ms. Valerie Park Distro

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