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.