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All the submissions are in. We’re sending out response e-mails, collating content, and starting to assemble our plans for layout and printing and all the fun fiddly stuff that makes the difference between a pile of content an an actual zine.
We are lucky enough to be members of Portland’s amazing Independent Publishing Resource Center, which is where we’ll be doing most of the dirty work on Waiting for October. The IPRC is the nexus of the local zine community: they offer members and community members affordable access to a slew of resources like photocopiers, design software, letterpresses, binding machines, and, most recently, silkscreening equipment; as well as a fantastic zine library. They teach classes, do outreach programs with local youth and seniors, and have supported everything from print collectives to neighborhood oral history projects.
The IPRC recently moved into a fantastic new space, and they’re trying to raise money to finish outfitting it: to install a door, benches, and exterior signage; to finish the new screenprinting studio (!) and classroom; to purchase much-needed new lab computers, letterpress machines, screenprinting supplies, library supplies, and other equipment; and to cover general operating expenses during the transition to the new space.
You can probably see where this is going.
The IPRC’s got a kickstarter up for outfitting their new space. They’re reeeeeally close to meeting their minimum goal—about $78 away, last I checked—but we’d love to see them push even further between now and the end of the kickstarter.
If you’re local, this is a fantastic way to score reduced-rate IPRC membership; if you’re not, there are incentives from printed material, to buttons and t-shirts, to membership in a zine-of-the-month club. Either way, please consider chipping in a buck or two to support community-oriented independent publishing—and help make projects like the Waiting for October zine possible.
-Miles & Rachel