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ZAPP was alive for real at this party

On a rainy Sunday this past March. the Vermillion bar was chock full of weirdos: zinesters, comic artists, poets, performers and other awesome folks. The beer flowed almost as much as the poetry, our high school correspondent made led collage-making in the front galleries, and we all were there to celebrate the long awaited, glorious independence of the Zine Archive & Publishing Project.

Only a few weeks prior to the move of the collection to our temporary storage through Seattle Public Library, we thought a party would be in order for a couple reasons. One was that we were working so hard on behind the scenes business that some people assumed ZAPP had shut down, an assumption which clearly could not stand. We also had been so busy on behind the scenes business that we hadn’t seen our ZAPP buddies in a very long time… and of course, we really just needed to throw down and have a huge party. And luckily, all of ZAPP’s alums are hugely talented and equally generous, so the entertainment was great.

Mark Campos gave a short and hilarious presentation on his favorite zines, including the infamous “Frrr without Fear” about, you know, furries; Emily Wittenhagen came with a haunting sound and poetry performance; Bryan Edenfield took us on a winding journey through the mythical Southwest and the world of professional writing; Graham Issac shared some fierce and powerful readings; Kate Lebo took us through a road trip through rural Washington.

And the EMTs only had to come once.

If you were there, you know it was amazing. If you missed it, well, you’ll just have to come to one of our upcoming open hours at Black Coffee Coop. So far we’ve been treated to marching bands and free feasts, so they’ve been pretty magical themselves.


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.