Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Suddenly, It's Summer!

Summer 2014

Dear Readers,

Time is flying! Why it seems like just yesterday your faithful proprietress was a shopless shopkeep and here we are nearing our 20th anniversary (September 1) and our 1 year anniversary in our new location (November 1)! Here's a quick summer round-up of Reading Frenzy events and other notable occasions...

First of all, if you haven't had a chance to come check out the Idols show by the artists of ProjectGrow it will be up through June! In addition to original works on paper we're also presenting a selection of nearly 20 zines by these largely self-taught artists. We're so pleased and proud to be showing this work, we hope to make it an annual event. Next up in the gallery is Cut Here: Three-In-One Collage Show with Niko Courtelis, Eroyn Franklin, and Mark Searcy. A group show featuring philatelic oddities and small but mind bending collages. Magnifying glasses provided! We'll also be celebrating the release of Philatelic Atrocities by Niko Courtelis and exploring related themes -- stamp design, collage, typographic art -- in the store through July. We may even have some good old fashioned typewriters on hand for visitors to experiment with.

The week following the 4th of July is going to be a doozy with not one, not two, but six, count 'em SIX events! We're launching our new poetry club Verse Union and welcoming poet Emily Kendall Frey, hosting another Print Fancy! -- a group release party for self-publishers, the opening reception for Cut Here, participating in both the Mississippi Street Fair AND the Portland Zine Symposium, and to wrap it all up on Sunday we are very pleased to welcome author and illustrator Lisa Brown to celebrate the recent release of Emily's Blue Period as well as the next installment in our Reading Frenzy print series, Summer Reading! Phew!

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Rolling in the Ink: New & Notable Titles!


True Portland
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • John Day Fossil Beds by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • The Monkey Puzzle Trees of Portland by Tom Meyers -- LOCAL!
  • PDX 100 by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • The Water Storage Tanks of Portland by Tom Meyers -- -- LOCAL!
  • Wizard Island by Matt Sundstrom -- LOCAL!


The Wonderful Egg
  • Alison and Her Robot by Fred Chao -- LOCAL!
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  • Beware the Haunted Legs by Brian Cook -- LOCAL!
  • Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Fossen Brown
  • Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
  • Level Up by Gene Luen and Thien Pham Yang
  • Rookie Yearbook Two edited by Tavi Gevinson
  • Shackleton's Journey by William Grill
  • Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern
  • The Wonderful Egg by Dahlov Ipcar


Pretty In Ink
  • 100 Crushes by Elisha Lim
  • The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kerascoet and Fabien Vehlmann
  • The Big Feminist But edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly 
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner 
  • Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  • Fight the Power: A Visual History of Protest Among the English-Speaking Peoples by various
  • Lovf by Jesse Reklaw
  • Malcolm Gladwell Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke
  • Nick Offerman Foldy by Josh Shalek -- LOCAL!
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • Pregnant Butch by A.K. Summers 
  • Pretty in Ink: Women Cartoonists edited by Trina Robbins
  • The System by Peter Kuper
  • World War 3 Illustrated 1979-2004 edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman


Citizen Keane
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Cat by Julia Kuo
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf
  • 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip by Trina Dalziel
  • Citizen Keane: Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes by Adam Parfrey and Cletus Nelson
  • Collect Raindrops by Nikki McClure
  • Drawn In: Inspiring Sketchbooks edited by Julia Rothman
  • From Here to There: Hand Drawn Maps edited by Kris Harzinski
  • Green Guide for Artists by Karen Michel and Kristin Hampshire
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Cute Animals by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Happy People by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Magical Color by Sachiko Umoto
  • Illustration School: Let's Draw Plants & Small Creatures by Sachiko Umoto
  • Map Art Lab by Jill K. Berry and Linden McNeilly
  • Toilets of the World by Morna E. Gregory and Sian James


Dwelling Portably
  • Alive With Vigor: Surviving Your Adventurous Lifestyle by Robert Earle Sutter III
  • Annual 2014 True Portland: The Unofficial Guide for Creative People edited by Bridge Lab
  • The Atheist's Bible edited by Joan Konner
  • The Civil Disobedience edited by James Tracy
  • D.I.Y. Constitutional Amendment Kit by Nathaniel Whitten
  • Dwelling Portably 1980-2012 Box Set: Tips from the People Who Sparked the Tiny House Movement by Bert and Holly Davis
  • Hillbilly Nationalists by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
  • Mostly True: The Story of Bozo Texino by Bill Daniel
  • Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems... by Bill Adler Jr.
  • Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences by Mark Siddall


Sorrow Arrow
  • Loba by Diane Di Prima
  • Sorrow Arrow by Emily Kendal Frey -- LOCAL!
  • This Planet is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra by Sun Ra
  • Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz


Uppercase #22
  • Found Magazine #9
  • Hi-Fructose #32
  • Incandescent #4: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • Incandescent #5: A Color Film Zine -- LOCAL!
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory -- LOCAL!
  • My Day #30 by Nate Orton -- LOCAL!
  • Pitchfork #1 (#2 also in stock!) -- LOCAL!
  • Popeye #807: The Magazine for City Boys -- The Portland City Guide
  • Sugar Needle #38 -- LOCAL!
  • Uppercase: For the Creative and Curious #22
  • Women of Color #4: Home -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #5: Interviews -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #6: Women Off-Color -- LOCAL!
  • Women of Color #7: Around Portland -- LOCAL!
  • Wrap #10: Into the Wild


Summer Reading

P.I.E. Books: Pretty. Impressive. Entertaining. and More This Week!


  • 100 Illustrated Papers for Writing & Crafting
  • Cats in Yukio-e
  • Hisui Sugiura: A Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design
  • Makiba: Cute Farm Animals
  • Mushroom Botanical Art
  • Sou Sou Paper Book
  • Sweet & Nostalgic Designs in Japan: Handicrafts, Graphics, Architecture and More
  • Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects
  • Yurio Seki's Design & Patterns


Drawing Type
  • Drawing Type: An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms


  • Maps
  • Welcome to Mamoko


  • Superzelda: The Graphic Life of Zelda Fitzgerald


Bitch #63
  • Bitch #63: The Tough Issue
  • The Lou Reeder/You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
  • The Mystery & Adventure Series Review #48
  • Poppycock #1: 100% Portland, 100% Nonsense
  • She Shreds #5: The Magazine Dedicated to Women Guitarists
  • Sugar Needle #38
  • Vandals Make Me Puke
  • Women of Color #4-#7: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks


Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Circle
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Forest
  • Yurio Seki's Notebook: Dalarna

Just In: A BUNCH of New Books!

Hot Weather, Hot New Titles!

This Week's Fresh Titles

New Arrivals!

Linework NW Special Guest Art Show and Reception for Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge

Linework nw

Reading Frenzy is very excited to announce that we will be working in conjunction with Linework NW on their first annual comics and illustration festival happening this April! At our location, on NE Mississippi Ave, we will be hosting an opening reception for the convention as well as an art show for acclaimed illustrators, and special guests, Jim Woodring and Michael DeForge. Reception will be held on Friday the 11th of April from 6-9pm and the art show will continue through the end of the month. There will also be original works, prints, and merchandise from both artists in store for sale during the time of the convention.


Linework NW's goal is to focus attention on the creators who work in a variety of creative mediums that share so much in common. The primary location for the fest will be held at Norse Hall (NE 11th and Couch) on the Saturday of April the 12th and it is completely free and open to the public.


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A is for Zebra

An Exhibit by Sean Tejaratchi!

This fall we'll be publishing our first book -- A is for Zebra by Sean Tejaratchi -- and we'll be exhibiting the artwork for the month of September. More info coming soon...

A is for Zebra


Verse Union Poetry Club

with Zachary Schomburg author of The Book of Joshua

Join us every 1st Sunday for Verse Union -- Reading Frenzy's poetry book club! At 5pm we gather to discuss the last book we read and at 6pm we have a reading by the author of the current book. 

The book we featured for our inaugural meeting was Sorrow Arrow (Octopus Books, 2014) by Emily Kendal Frey, which we'll be discussing at 5pm. Feel free to join us for the discussion or come at 6pm to hear Zachary Shomburg read from his recent work, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean, 2014). 

From the publisher: Zachary Schomburg has delivered his latest work from a dark place, where little machines repeat in a hollow voice, "this is only further proof of your badness." Presented in a single narrative, The Book of Joshua is a sorry heart begged out of dreams, death and a horse's eye. It is an epic journey not only affirming that "there is a difference between sadness and suffering," but that Schomburg is one of the most unusual poets writing today, pushing his work beyond our familiarity. These poems have a thirst for blood, but they don't yet know exactly what to do with their hands. The Book of Joshua calls out in hunger and loneliness, "I didn"t feel like living in anything not shaped like me anymore." 

Both books will be available for purchase. Refreshments provided. This event is free and open to the public.


2nd Thursday on Mississippi Ave.

More info coming soon...


Banned Books Week!

Celebrating Graphic Novels

From CBLDF: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), with the national Banned Books Week planning committee, today announced that this year's celebration of the freedom to read will emphasize a thematic focus on comics and graphic novels. This year's Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, will shine a light on this still misunderstood form of storytelling and will celebrate the value of graphic novels to readers from all walks of life through the work performed by Banned Books Week sponsors and individual librarians, retailers and readers from all over the world.

'This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,' said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

Recently, the acclaimed memoir Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, has been the flashpoint in a university funding controversy in South Carolina, while last year Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, faced an attempted ban in the Chicago Public Schools. Graphic novels continually show up on the American Library Association's (ALA)  Top 10 list of Frequently Challenged Books. The ALA released its current list in April and includes Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants at the top spot and Jeff Smith's series Bone arriving at #10.

"The CBLDF is pleased to be a part of the coalition that makes Banned Books Week such a vital time to celebrate the freedom to read," said CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. "It's shocking that books are still banned and challenged. Comics are especially vulnerable to those challenges. With this year's Banned Books Week focus, we welcome the opportunity to engage the public in a vital dialogue about intellectual freedom and the powerful role comics serve."

Banned Books Week celebrates the Freedom to Read by encouraging readouts, displays, and community activities designed to raise awareness of the ongoing threats of censorship that continue to occur.

To learn more about Banned Books Week, or how you can get involved please visit and


Your Hidden Skeleton

Antique Inkblot Exhibit curated by Chloe Eudaly

More info coming soon...


Verse Union Poetry Club

with Hajara Quinn, author of Unsayer

More info coming soon...


Your Hidden Skeleton Exhibit & Activities

Design Week Portland Open House!
More info coming soon...


2nd Thursday on Mississippi Ave.

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The Best Book in The World!

Reading & Signing with Rilla

More info coming soon...

Best Book in the World


Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco's Housing Wars

Potluck, Reading, and Discussion with James Tracy

San Francisco is being eroded by waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded "Google buses" are only the tip of the iceberg. James Tracy's book focuses on the long arc of displacement over almost two decades of "dot com" boom and bust, offering the necessary perspective to analyze the latest urban horrors. A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy puts the hardships of the working poor and middle class front and center. These essays explore the battle for urban space -- public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life.

James Tracy is a Bay Area native and a well-respected community organizer. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power.


Trick or Treat on Mississippi Avenue!

Happy Halloween!

Join us for early trick or treating on Mississippi Avenue! We'll have treats for bigs and littles! Costumes required! 


Horn! The Collected Reviews

Reading and Signing by Kevin Thomas

More info coming soon...


The Wax Bullet War

Reading and Signing with Sean Davis

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2nd Thursday on Mississippi Ave.

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Sara or the Existence of Fire

Book Release Party with Sara Woods

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Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories

Reading & Signing with MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa and Kinoko Evans

More info coming soon...

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