Last month was the 10 year anniversary of the Independent Publishing Resource Center or the IPRC as we all call it. The IPRC is an amazing place, one of the things that makes Portland so great. Imagine a clubhouse where you have everything you need to make zines, books and art. There are letterpress machines, computers and scanners, copiers and drawers and drawers filled with crafty things. It is also home to probably the best zine library on earth. And all the people hanging out there are into the same geeky stuff you are! It is pretty keen. I found the IPRC in late 2000, only a few months after I arrived and I knew I had found a home away from home.
In honor of their anniversary the IPRC had a show up for the last month showcasing some of the zinesters and the zines that have been a big part of the iprc for the last ten years. I was very happy to be asked to be a part of this showing. I finally got over there this weekend to take a couple pictures before it came down.
Many of the zinesters that were a part of this display have moved out of town or moved on. It was strange seeing us all lined up there. I used to see all of them so much more regularly. It really does feel like the end of an era. But, as they say, all good things must end.
Luckily, the IPRC continues and a whole new group of people can come together and bond over zines. Meanwhile, I am still here in Portland and still working on my zines. They may not come as fast, but I am still cutting and pasting. The new Current Resident will be out soon - finally!