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Sparka út jams

And we did kick out the jams at the Reykjavik writing jam!

The October 10th reading was the first official event hosted by Seattle City of Literature, produced in partnership with Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature, Iceland Naturally, and ZAPP. Bragi Ólafsson and Karen Finneyfrock each wrote and traded one-sentence character sketches, then wrote stories featuring each others’ characters.

After the reading, ZAPP volunteers helped the audience of 75-100 people create zines from the work they just heard. From the official recap: “Everyone had a chance to walk out with a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted booklet commemorating the event. There were two covers to choose from, featuring the logos of Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature and Seattle City of Literature, respectively, and there were stamps, collage supplies, and other materials available to customize the zines.  We’re sending a bunch of these zines to Reykjavik.”

Thanks to our partners for a great event!

Short Run

We’ll be at Short Run comix and arts festival on November 15th. We will debut our third collaborative zine, Xenographic #3, themed FOOD. Please say you’ll be there, too!

**Short Run will also host a number of events, in addition to the fest at Washington Hall,  from November 10th-20th.  Check it out because it’s going to be rad.

Xenographic #3

The next Xenographic coming soon, and the theme is Food. Yum! Gross!  No holds barred in this collection featuring stories, comix, and other doo-dads by Emily Wittenhagen, Jon Horn, Evan Peterson, Gabriela Ooh, and many, many more! This is a particularly special zine because it will be presented in conjunction with Dallas/Portland/ Internet/all around the country-based collective (wo)manorial  on October 25th, and will debut in Seattle at ShortRun in November.  Proceeds will help support ZAPP!

Open hours at Hollow Earth

After a brief break from our open hours at Black Coffee, we’re relaunching our open hours at Hollow Earth Radio, the third Sunday of every month from 4pm-6pm, following our appearance on the Buoy and Bellow show at 2:30pm. 

ZAPP members will be there to answer any questions you have about the organization. Come check out some zines, listen to good music, and work on your newest screed, compare binding tips and what not. 

Much thanks to our own Hannah Fischer, DJ Dusty Mantle and Hollow Earth for helping make this happen!

What’s ZAPP been doing?

Here’s a round-up of stuff we’ve been up to:


  •  Every third Sunday for months now, we’ve been on Hollow Earth radio, talking about zines.
  • ZAPP tabled at the Hiawatha Artist Loft for a BBQ and their annual Flea Market.  We busted out some zines and slung a few shirts and shrinky dinks.
  • ZAPP hosted a blanket at the Vibrations art festival in Volunteer Park in August. People sat and read some zines while they listened to the bands. And it was lovely.


  • The second issue of Xenographic, Gynocracy, was printed in July. Thanks to Jon Horn for putting it together!


  •  Want to donate your zines? We have a PO box for that! Or write ZAPP a letter, that would be great, too!
  • A survey was sent out, seeking feedback on ZAPP’s plan for fundraising and finding a new space. We got a ~2% response; results are being compiled but the tl;dr is people want ZAPP to exist, and they want more info on what’s happening.  Please email if you’d like to take this survey and provide your own feedback.



Big giving

ZAPP asked, and you gavemore than $2,000 to our Give Big campaign. Thanks to everyone who donated and helped us take advantage of a great opportunity! And thanks to Shunpike for acting as our fiscal sponsor and making it possible for us to take donations.

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.