Help ZAPP Live Long and Prosper

It’s an awkward thing, fundraising for an organization that has most of its physical assets in storage for the time being.  We’d love to have you over to browse our archive of 30,000+ zines!  We can’t wait to invite you back to use our lightbox/typewriter/photocopier to make your next project!

Why is ZAPP so awesome and worthy of your financial support?  Well, we can’t have you visit us so we can show you, but for now let us tell you what we love about ZAPP.

Emily, our fundraising chair, loves that ZAPP is “a killer resource for celebrating and developing experimental ideas.”  One of the main reasons we’re in serious fundraising mode right now is so that we can afford to have our own space again — or, as Emily sums it up, “to ensure that there is a safe space for these ideas to be preserved, created, and accessed by the public.”

Were you there for our big Sasquatch exhibit in January 2010 at Hugo House?  Nora, our coordinator at the time, remembers intern Owen putting that together.  “So many people started to reveal their call to Bigfoot” — like participating artists Kelly Froh, David Lasky, Darin Shuler, Greg Hoffman, Mare Odomo, Curt Waller, and Max Clotfelter.  “And Steve Willis, zine-maker and librarian, donated his Sasquatch zines stories – told us some whoppers too.”

Kelly McElroy tweeted today:

Chris (that’s me!) was there when ZAPP hosted the first ever Zine Librarians (un)Conference – I’ve been trying to apply librarian standards to my personal zine archive at home ever since.  And Jon, our legal/governance chair, enjoyed the ZL(u)C zine reading where Zach Mandeville brought down the house with a reading from his zine, “Funwater Awesome.”

What have you loved about ZAPP?  Have you been to one of our workshops?  Did you make a zine at ZAPP?  What amazing zines have you read in our archive?  How has ZAPP inspired you?  Leave your stories and reminiscences in the comments!  And, if you feel moved, pop over to the GiveBIG tip jar (specify “for ZAPP” in the comments field) and leave us a few coins.

Support ZAPP with the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG on 5/6

Join us this Tuesday, May 6th, for The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG!

GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

On Tuesday, May 6th, donate to ZAPP for GiveBig! This is a wonderful day to show us your support because a percentage of your gift will be enhanced by the Seattle Foundation’s matching pool, making your donation go even further!

When you GiveBIG, you protect a cultural resource and you contribute to preserving a historically significant and unique archive:

  • Your Donation will help us achieve our goal to move to a new space within a year. This space will keep the archive safe and accessible, as well as provide a place for zine production, in-house workshops, and performances and exhibitions.
  • Your Donation will also aid in our ongoing programming and community projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Help us spread the word! Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr, and use#GiveBIG when gabbin’ about why you love ZAPP.

Click here to donate to ZAPP on May 6th.  **Make sure you specify ZAPP in the comments field

(For more information on the Seattle Foundation and the GiveBIG event, peruse their FAQ page.)

‘Open Hours’ — Come hang out with ZAPP!

ZAPP’s collections may be in storage, but ZAPP is still out and about town.  We hold regular Open Hours at Black Coffee Co-Op
(501 East Pine Street) “on the 10s” of every month — the 10th, 20th, and 30th — usually 4-8p.m.  Come hang out with the ZAPP community to work on your current zine project or just chat.  Bring your own supplies, because ours are in storage, too!

Always double-check our event calendar to make sure Open Hours are still on!  Occasionally we have to cancel if we have a conflict.

Recent past — near future

Busy times for us!  Here’s a quick accounting of recent and upcoming ZAPP happenings (‘zappenings’?).

recent past:

  • On Feb. 21st ZAPP officially became a recognized non-profit by the Office of the Secretary of State of Washington.  Woohoo!!!!!  (Ahem.)
  • On March 4th we put out our very first press release.  Think of it as our State of the ZAPP address!

near future:

  • Don’t forget our party tomorrow night!  Hope to see you at ZAPP Is Alive, Long Live ZAPP at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar (on Capitol Hill) at 7pm!
  • On Sunday, March 16, we’ll be back on Hollow Earth Radio.  Tune in at 2:30 p.m.!
  • We are finalizing plans to launch regular drop-in hours later in March.  Drop-in sessions will be a way to replace the workspace portion of our open hours — stop by to hang out with the ZAPP community and work on your current project.  We’ll be able to reveal details in a day or two!

And here’s what it looks like when you box up a zine archive.  This is 100 boxes, which is not at all the full collection:


100 boxes of zines on the floor, 100 boxes of zines…..

Welcome, zine friends!

Hi, everyone.  Welcome to the new website for Seattle’s Zine Archive and Publishing Project.  We were founded as a project of Hugo House in 1996.  In January of 2013, Hugo House offered us the opportunity to move out of the House and establish our own independent organization.  We are working on doing just that!

Step #1)  We held our final Open Hours in Hugo House on Saturday, Feb. 15th.  ZAPP is now closed to the public for the time being (although the archive may be visited by appointment — please contact to schedule a time).

Step #2)  We are going to box up the zines and move them into archival storage temporarily.

Step #3)  Stay tuned!  We’re going to have a farewell party!  We’re going to launch a capital campaign!!

Watch this space for more details.  Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter.