a place for zinesters - writers and readers
This started as a dream, literally a dream, that slowly invaded our sleeping and waking hours. We’ve been working on this for what seems like months. What started out as cross-continent online chats, turned into coffee filled breakfasts and Google docs full of ideas. Now those ideas are becoming a reality.
Derek Neuland and I have joined forces to create Portland Button Works and zine distro! With a collective 15 years of button making experience, we feel our custom button making skills would be even more awesome if we worked together. Both of our lives are very intertwined with zines. We are both fans and creators of zines as we are hosts of a zine podcast (Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast) and organizers of the Portland Zine Symposium, we thought it was natural for us to start a zine distro as a part of this new business, Portland Button Works.
Another exciting thing is that we are opening a brick and mortar shop in Portland, Oregon! We have signed a lease at 1322 N Killingsworth, just a block away from the Killingsworth yellow line Max stop and down the street from the PCC Cascade campus. We are totally excited about this. Right now our shop is bare and we are working the fill it up with fixtures, buttons and zines! We are also going to offer a space for people to make their own buttons in the shop. We have zines for the distro that are slowly trickling in and a friend helping us build awesome fixtures!
How can you help? We have launched an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign. We wanted your contribution to be an investment for you to get something you would already want so reward levels range from copies of our zines (brainscan and All Things Ordinary), a Portland Button Works bottle opener, pre-orders of custom items, lifetime discounts on custom orders, gift certificates for when the distro is up and running, and even being able to name something in our shop!
While your monetary contributions would be greatly appreciated, we would also love it if you could help promote this project and spread the word about our fundraiser, or even send your zine for for distro consideration.