Thursday Bram's Newsletter — September 2022 Edition
This newsletter is technically going out in the month of September. It’s been a busy month! October will be just as packed — I expect to spend most of the month staring at spreadsheets related to the general election.
Portland Zine Symposium
I got to table at PZS this year! It was a good experience all around. The event itself had great energy and decent COVID energy. I updated several of my zines for the occasion, and even created a new zine! The new zine focuses on unreinforced masonry buildings in Portland (along with how URM buildings increase risk during earthquakes). You can see the new zine and check out my updated zines in this blog post.
Oregon voter registration
If you’re in Oregon and planning to vote in the general election this fall, now is a great time to confirm your registration is up-to-date. And if you aren’t yet registered to vote, I’ve put together a guide that covers common issues for PDX.Vote. If you want to share it in your work Slack, family group chat, or elsewhere if you want, do so soon — the deadline to register to vote is October 18.
Other posts and updates
Oregon saw an intense burst of wildfires this month. I did a Twitter thread about air quality and how to protect yourself. The air quality in Portland has improved, but there are still 14 wildfires at the time of writing this newsletter.
I sent off a package of zines to the Jewish Zine Archive after the pop-up event I held in August. JZA highlighted the zines on their Instagram!
Links to other folk’s work
I’ve been reading a fantastic literary magazine lately. It’s called The Taco Bell Quarterly and, no, I’m not kidding. The publication is not affiliated with the fast food corporation, although the company did inspire the creators of the magazine. The literary magazine has gotten a fair bit of press lately, including this good introduction to all things TBQ.
You probably know that I’m a fan of Affect the Verb, especially their free inclusive stock image library. Well, they keep giving me good reasons to be a fan, like the new images they dropped this month. The new set is focused on nature and I can’t wait to find projects to use these images in. There are additional images in the works and I can’t wait to see them! In the meanwhile, Affect the Verb could use your financial support to keep producing these great images.