Shoppe ~ Reading Frenzy Print Series

A selection of hand-picked gems from our downtown Portland store. Minimum order of $8.

A Few of Our Favorite Zines cover

A Few of Our Favorite Zines

By Kate Bingaman Burt

18"x22", two color silk screen print, limited edition of 250

Our fourth print features a selection of classic zines selected by our patrons and illustrated by Kate Bingaman Burt! All launched in the 1990s, some of these zines are dearly departed but a number of them are still with us! Many of them have a special significance to Reading Frenzy and your faithful proprietress! For instance...

  • I'll never forget twin sisters Amber Gayle and Stacy Wakefield of My Evil Twin Sister walking into the old shop in the early, early days and laying a box of the most beautiful stuff on us that we've seen to date!
  • The charismatic Nicholas Johnson only put out a few issues of the brilliant and hilarious Shark Fear, Shark Awareness but I will never look at ocean the same way again. Johnson's memoir Big Dead Place (Feral House, 2005) is currently being developed by HBO!
  • Murder Can Be Fun was the first zine I ever read, purchased at a shop on Haight St. during a trip to San Francisco in 1986!
  • Girl Frenzy (discovered on my honeymoon in Seattle at Left Bank Books in 1991) was one of the inspirations for our name.
  • Although I had stumbled upon Murder Can Be Fun, it was Factsheet 5 that really opened the door for me to the wide world of zines in 1988!
  • Farm Pulp was one of the first zines I ordered after reading a review in Factsheet 5. It remains one of most loveliest publications ever produced on a photocopier. Also, I'll never look at raccoons the same way again.
  • I met the lovely editrix of Flatter!, Ms. Jaina A. Davis, mere weeks before the shop opened. Flatter! was a staple of the shop for many years and Ms. Davis has been our most devoted patron, supporter and enthusiast! Check out her latest effort, Splatter!, at Reading Frenzy!

As the title suggests, these are just a few of our favorite zines. There are hundreds more that have made the past 17 years of Reading Frenzy a non-stop reading adventure!


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No Book Ever Ends

By Aaron Renier

16"x20", silk screened, signed, numbered, edition of 250

Reading Frenzy is thrilled to present the latest installment in our artist's print series ~ No Book Ever Ends by Aaron Renier! This signed, numbered, limited edition two-color silkscreen print captures the feeling of sinking your head into a great book -- that swimming feeling of being there, and how every book you've ever loved is somehow, magically, a part of you now. See if you can pick out the references to classic children's literature from the ones that Aaron made up!

Aaron Renier was born and raised in Green Bay Wisconsin. He has been drawing comics, in one way or another, for as long as he can remember. His illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of places, including turning an entire city bus into a moving aquarium. He won the Eisner award for cartoonist deserving wider recognition for his first graphic novel, Spiral-Bound. He is the illustrator of a series of books about the knights of the roundtable by Gerald Morris, and a picture book by Alice Shertle titled An Anaconda Ate My Homework.


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Reading Frenzy! Print by Carson Ellis

By Carson Ellis

archival pigment print on cotton rag paper, 17"x22", signed, edition of 250

We are very pleased to introduce the first work in a series of reading inspired images commissioned by and exclusively sold at Reading Frenzy! Our first artist, Carson Ellis, happens to be one of our all time favorites. Aptly entitled, Reading Frenzy, what makes this image extra special is that Carson and her son Hank are regulars at Reading Frenzy and a number of the books in the piece came from the shop.

Carson Ellis was born in 1975 in Vancouver, Canada. She was raised in suburban New York and attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where she earned a BFA in Painting in 1998. These days she divides her creative efforts between children's book illustration, artwork for the Decemberists, and, once in a great while, fine art for exhibiting. Carson lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Colin, their son Hank, and their cat Albert.

Expertly printed by Harlan Mahaffy, this generously sized, and affordably priced print is suitable for framing and will last for generations. This 17"x22" edition is limited to 250. Edition disclosure: We will be issuing a limited run of 8"x10" prints that will only be available as a premium through our 500 Friends of Reading Frenzy membership program and will not be offered for sale. We will also be using this image with added text for a book bag.


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By Nikki McClure

17"x17.5", silk screened, signed, numbered, edition of 250

Print number three in our Reading Frenzy print series! Steady is the perfect celebration of summer reading by Olympia based paper cut artist Nikki McClure!

Nikki McClure of Olympia, Washington is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.


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Summer Reading Print by Lisa Brown

By Lisa Brown

17"x22", 2-color silkscreen, edition of 250, signed and numbered by artist.

SHIPPING JULY 14TH! We're pleased to present the 5th release in our Reading Frenzy print series! This time around we asked one of our favorite children's book writer/illustrators, Lisa Brown, to create an original piece of work and she whipped up this lovely image perfect for the precocious reader, writer, book lover, parent, teacher, librarian, and/or whale lover in your life!

Lisa Brown is the bestselling author and/or illustrator of a growing number of books for children, teens and new parents, including How to Be, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, and Baby Mix Me a Drink. She sporadically draws the 3 Panel Book Review cartoon for the book section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lisa lives in San Francisco, California with her son and her husband, who is rumored to be Lemony Snicket.

This two-color silkscreen print will be prodcuced at Portland's Seizure Palace just in time for ICON -- an illustration conference being held in Portland this July. Prints are limited to an edition of 250 and signed and numbered by the artist. 

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