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Portland Button Works Zine Distro Collective

The Portland Button Works distro collective is a loose knit group of zine enthusiasts from across the US and a few other countries. Our mission is to scout out great zines across the land and bring back the awesome to be included in the Portland Button Works online catalog and Portland store.
Alex Wrekk
Alex's life revolves around making things; primarily zines, buttons, vegan food, travel plans, and space for a cat in her bed.

Alex Wrekk has been creating the zine Brainscan since 1997 with stories ranging from travel, reproductive health, love, emotional abuse recovery, zine culture, and even fiction all wrapped up in text and photocopier art. She also wrote the book Stolen Sharpie Revolution: A DIY guide for zines and zine culture that is now entering its 5th printing.

When Alex isn't doing zine things she is doing other zine things like organizing the Portland Zine Symposium, establishing July as International Zine Month, commiserating with Zine Event Organizers around the world, updating the zine event listings on the website, hosting the podcast Nobody Cares About Your Stupid Zine Podcast, fidgeting with her Risograph printer, reading from her zines out loud on zine tours or singing in a zine themed back called The Copy Scams.

In 2012 Alex opened Portland Button Works and zine distro, an online and brick and mortar shop in Portland, Oregon. Alex maintains the website and put stuff in envelopes for the collective and occassionally falls in love with zines by people that are no her friends already.


Giz is the editor of the zine Cheaptoys, a travel/punk/perzine originally based in the french riviera, but being published from various places since then. From 2010 to 2013 he has been researching Zine Trade as part of an Anthropology Master, getting him to hang out with lots of zine writers around the world. He also plays in bands such as Xtramedium, Vélociraptor & the all-star zinester band Copy Scams.

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Nicole Harris lives in Richmond, VA and likes zines, running, and skepticism. Her involvement with zines started by reading a Cometbus due to a constant playlist of Lookout Records music in 1996. She has written the perzine Introvert and put together the compilation zine Get Fit for the Pit.  She operated Click Clack Distro from 2008 thru 2013 and helped organize the Richmond Zine Fest 2007 thru 2011.  Her favorite zines are perzines with a focus on health or mental health. 
Taryn Hipp
Taryn Hipp is an old tattooed college lady who has been making zines for more than half her life. Currently she writes the perzine Ladyteeth, a collection of stories about her experiences being depressed, getting divorced, getting sober, & falling the fuck in love. Every day is a beautiful gift & a terrifying adventure that continues to make her stronger & continues to be documented & xeroxed for all to read.
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