...Zine Scene & Books...
Every time I come to Portland, I vow to buy some Zines. I've never gotten to them, until this trip. They are little pamphlet booklets, usually made with a page or two. Zerox copied and stapled together. Sold for just a few bucks, without a publisher. ...Their subjects are varied and really...anything goes. During my visit, we went to three different book stores. The biggest and most famous is Powell's Book Store. It's Gianormous!
They actually hand out a map, just so that you can navigate it's many floors and rooms! It's like shopping a warehouse. Do ya need a work out? 'Cause they have many stairways to get you to the next room full of books.
A few days later, the hubster and I did the complete opposite. We went to a teeny tiny book store that houses Microcosm Publishers. It's a two room house, packed with Zines and small books. If you want to check them out online, they're over here: Microcosmpublishing.com
I adore their sign! I shoulda took a pic of the actual store. It's bright green with purple trim. :)
Here are a few Zines and books that I bought. The book above, "This Is Portland," so funny. It's about a dude's move to Portland and the places that he thinks you should visit. The places that you might not think of and for cheap! I haven't gotten to the others yet, but yeah, I mostly chose books about Portland. The tree finder will come in handy. My dad does woodworking and we're constantly say'in, what's that?!
I'm set for Portland guides! I went over board. ;)
The person who rang up my books, threw in extras! Stickers, a button and catalogs to share. EAU/AFA peeps, let me know if you want one.
Another small shop, but a bit fancier...Reading Frenzy. They have a lot of art related books too!
I bought a small art Zine from here. It has what looks like real block/screen printing and Zerox prints.
This Zine also came with a link for free music to go with the art. :)
Last, but not least, Uwajimaya. It's a Japanese grocery store, but it also has a bookstore inside. I've bought craft books from them before, but not this trip.
Their books and mag's are pure eye candy! ;)